August 9th, 2010
02:28 PM ET
The more the merrier?
New “Jersey Shore” housemate Deena Nicole Cortese, 23, has joined the cast as they film new episodes in Seaside Heights. But the “chill” New Jersey native says she won’t be bringing any extra drama to the series… darn.
"I'm different because I'm just a personable person,” Cortese told MTV. “I don't take things to heart. People can make fun of me 'til the day I die and I will just take it in and be like, 'Yeah, you know what? Whatever.' I just don't care what people think and I think that's what everybody in the house loves about me.”
Cortese originally auditioned for season one - but, whether it was her poofless hair or lack of a creative nickname - she didn’t make the cut.
But according to her friend of two years, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, she’s a great addition to the cast.
"Not [just] anybody can survive in this house, and the fact that the first 24 hours that I brought her in ... everything was cool, I was like, 'All right, this is gonna be a good summer,' " Snooki told MTV.
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