Nicole "Snooki Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley catapulted into reality stardom after the 2009 premiere of MTV's pop culture phenomenon Jersey Shore. Now five years, three kids, and two engagements later, the besties are ready to close the chapter on their spinoff series to focus on motherhood and their upcoming marriages.
ETonline chatted with the down-to-earth leading ladies and got the details on this season's most shocking moments, the struggles of motherhood, and what they'd say to their younger Jersey Shore selves.
Plus, would Jenni and Nicole ever let their kids star in a wild and crazy reality show when they're grow up? Keep reading to find out!
ETonline: You ladies have had such an incredible journey from your early days partying it up on the Jersey Shore, and now you both have two beautiful families. What would you tell your younger selves back then if you could?
JWoww: Don't change a thing.
Snooki: Yeah I mean I feel like everything that we've done in the past has made us the people that we are today and also I feel like we needed to get that crazy partying out of our system. Some people grow up so early and then they're not done partying, and then they want to go out partying but they have to be a parent.
ETonline: Nicole you recently opened up on ET about not wanting to raise your kids on a reality show, is that an issue that you feel strongly about?
Snooki: Yeah because I mean I didn't grow up on reality and I feel like if I did, I would be a totally different person than I am now. I just want my kids to try and grow up as normal as possible. I don't want them to get used to having a camera in their face. That's why it's kind of bittersweet that this is the last season. I would love to kind of branch off and do some things on my own and not have my kids on TV because I feel like they need to grow up without a camera in their face.
JWoww: I definitely agree. I just want [my daughter] to have a normal life. I want her to pick and choose the routes that she really wants to go. [I'd like to see her] save for a college education because I would hope that one day she would just love to go to college and be a normal girl.
ETonline: If your children were to grow up out of the spotlight but were later approached - just like you both were - to be on a reality show, what would you say?
JWoww: I am just hoping that reality TV is done with in like15 years.
Snooki: Yeah, there's got to be something else.
JWoww: Right? In like 15, 16 or even 18 years from now I can't imagine there's going to be reality TV. It's going to be like 3-D TV where you jump into the screen and you're like in the movie.
ETonline: What would you say if, later down the line, Lorenzo (Nicole's son) wanted to ask Meilani (Jenni's daughter) out on a date?
Snooki: I feel like they're going to grow up and be like cousins.
JWoww: Yeah, they're going to see each other every Christmas and be with each other around the holidays and just assume that Nicole is Auntie Nicole and I'm Auntie Jenni.
ETonline: With this being the last season of the show, do you feel like this is going to affect the closeness of your friendship? Are you still going to see each other just as much?
JWoww: I love Nicole and mine's friendship outside of the show, we still talk every day and we're constantly texting and sending pictures. I just feel like there's no pressure there. Even though we have a great time filming, it's just different. We get to be ourselves: lazy, no makeup, showing up at each other's houses in sweatpants and just doing our own thing.
ETonline: This is Meilani and Giovanna's first Christmas, are you guys planning anything special for the holidays?
JWoww: I think I'm going to drive to Nicole's in the morning like I did last year, spend it with her for a couple of hours, and then head to [see] my family. We always spend Christmas together.
Snooki: I know since this is a reality show, some people think we're not really best friends, but we're really best friends. She's been coming to my house for Christmas for three years now, and she actually told me last year on Christmas that she was pregnant and I freaked out.
ETonline: We've seen some of your old Jersey Shore co-stars pop up on the show in the past, can we expect to see any more familiar faces this year on Snooki & JWoww?
JWoww: I hope so. Sam (Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola) was there a lot and Deena [Cortese], I just don't know with editing, but hopefully they'll be there. Sam came and visited me in the hospital after I had Meilani and it'd be nice to see her on the show. She's a good friend, she's popped in a bunch of times.
ETonline: Since having your babies, have you found it difficult to balance motherhood with your old beauty routines?
JWoww: I prefer dressing Meilani up and me being in like a gym sweat suit, I wouldn't have it any other way. I think she needs to look cute and, I just need to look like I showered and like I'm presentable - barely.
Snooki: It's definitely hard, when I'm not filming; I'm literally in work-out clothes every single day. I'm lucky if I brush my teeth, I don't put on makeup, like I just look like a hot mess. But when we're filming, we don't want to look like that on TV, so we always dress up and we all look pretty. It's refreshing to know that we're still pretty girls because lately every time I look in the mirror, I'm just like, 'Oh my, you're hideous!' That's mom life.
ETonline: What is something that is coming up on this final season of Snooki & JWoww that you're really excited for fans to see?
Snooki: Oh Jenni's birth-that was crazy.
JWoww: It was terrible! It was awful.
ETonline: Why was it terrible? They always say that childbirth is beautiful.
JWoww: I had a rapid delivery and my epidermal ripped me from the inside out. Not fun.
Snooki: Have you ever had a baby?
ETonline: Not just yet. We're all learning through you girls on the show.
Snooki: Well then you should know it's not beautiful. The process isn't beautiful, but the baby is beautiful.
The fourth and final season of Snooki & JWoww kicks off tonight at 10 p.m. on MTV