'Jersey Shore' series finale: Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino reflects on being the first one cast

mike-the-situation-sorrentino-oct-2012-gi.jpg Zap2it: On "Jersey Shore," who was your closest friend?

Mike Sorrentino: I would have to say Paulie. Unfortunately we both work extremely a lot.

Zap2it: Is he the guy you could call at 3 a.m.?

Mike Sorrentino: I could probably call every single one of them. The whole cast is definitely almost like we grew up in front of the camera, and any time, I can call any one of them.

Zap2it: What were you doing before "Jersey Shore"?

Mike Sorrentino: A year prior they were shooting the concept, and they liked it and were searching for the right people, I was working as a trainer and doing some fitness modeling at the time, and I ran into someone who said 'Go to an audition.' They shot the pilot and I had to wait eight months to [hear] MTV had agreed to do it. It was very validating for me. I was the first one [cast].

Zap2it: What is it like living at the house?

Mike Sorrentino: You have no phone, no Internet, no TV -- almost concentrating on the human element. I was really coming straight from college. It is not easy to live in that environment.

Zap2it: Did you like living in such a spotlight?

Mike Sorrentino: I actually enjoyed it. I liked the attention initially and I was happy to be doing something, and I wanted to be on TV. I didn't know where I was going to be and something I thought maybe the public would like. I was just winging it.
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