Tuesday night I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Deena Cortese from The Jersey Shore at Just Restaurant in Old Bridge, NJ. We talked everything from Jersey Shore finale to showing her cooka and will she be in Snooki & J-Wowâ€™s weddings.
Me: Why is it important to you to be at this Breast Cancer awareness event/has someone close to you been effected by this specific disease?
Deena: Breast cancer and all cancers are everywhere. The opportunity to raise money for breast cancer is an amazing feeling. Actually, my cousin had breast cancer and she lost both of her boobs, but sheâ€™s doing well now. Probably due to great fundraisers like this.
Me: If you didnâ€™t do Jersey Shore what would you be doing?
Deena: Iâ€™d probably be doing dental assisting. But now no one will probably let me work on their teeth.
Me: Itâ€™s Jersey Shoreâ€™s last season. What can we expect during the remaining episodes of Jersey Shore?
Deena: Up until 8 I was a little depressed and down and out. I had a few rough times and that was the first time I really had any rough times during the seasons I was there. Sometimes I think you need to hit rock bottom so you can start building yourself back up. Thatâ€™s kind of what happened. After I hit episode 8 I hit rock bottom, went into a panic attack. The rest of the season you will see Nicole and I start hanging out more again. I think the rest of the season for me is gonna be more fun rather than me sad.
Me: What plans do you have now that the show is ending?
Deena: I partnered with a hair salon in Manalapan called Whisper, so now Iâ€™m working with Whisper hair products. We are working on getting it into bigger places. Iâ€™ve also been working on a clothing line called Short Couture. Itâ€™ll be a clothing line for anyone and make every woman feel sexy.
Me: Ok did you have a meatball tonight?
Deena: My friend Mallory is my meatball. And my publicist Melissa is my meatball.
Me: Are you going to be in the bridal party for Jenni or Nicoleâ€™s wedding?
Deena: As of now I am. They both asked me to be bridesmaids, but I guess weâ€™ll have to wait and see.
Me: Fave club down the shore?
Deena: Dâ€™Jais in Belmar
Me: Fave bar down the shore?
Deena: Dâ€™Jais! No I like Jenks!
Me: Biggest regret while filming Jersey Shore?
Deena: Biggest regret while filming was probably showing my cooka.
Me: Best thing/most exciting thing that has happened to you since filming Jersey Shore?
Deena: Just being able to do fundraisers like this and bringing people in. Going to the VMAâ€™s was one of the most amazing things. Thatâ€™s what I dreamt about when I was little. Then I was there and people were screaming for me and was like this is crazy.
Me: Favorite cast mate?
Deena: I like all my roommates, but probably Nicole.
Me: Now this is coming from my internâ€™s friends in college. OK: You have Mike, Vinny, and Pauly D. from the shore house. You have to marry one, kill one, and have sex with one. Who do you choose?
Deena: Well Iâ€™m probably not going to have sex with any of them cause I see them as my brothers now. Plus I have a boyfriend and he probably wouldnâ€™t like that. I feel bad killing Mike. Marry probably Vinny or Pauly. I feel Vinny is a family guy and Pauly is just fun.
Me: When driving in the car and â€œyour songâ€ comes on the radio and youâ€™re like â€œthatâ€™s my songâ€â€¦ what it is?
Deena: One of my favorite songs to dance to now is that song by Ke$ha â€œDie Youngâ€. We have a blast to that song. Or â€œLet Me Love Youâ€ by Nee-Yo. I really enjoy that song when it comes on.
Me: Anything else youâ€™d like to say to my readers:
Deena: Thank you for watching the show and supporting us.
Me: You guys are doing the Hurricane Relief Fundraiser on MTV Thursday night right?
Deena: We are actually doing a telethon Thursday (Nov. 15th) at 11pm to help raise money for Seaside Heights.
Tune in tonight for a new Jersey Shore episode at 10pm EST, followed by a Hurricane Relief telethon at 11pm EST.
*Photos courtesy of Lucky 17 Photography.