Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mike Sorrentino: "Every Day I Wake Up And My Popularity Gets Bigger And Bigger"

"Two years ago, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was a struggling fitness model–slash–stripper living in Staten Island."

New York Mag:
“At 25, I had lost my job due to the economy, and my family wanted me to become a policeman or firefighter, but I knew there were other things out there for me.

I sent some pictures to New York City and a model agency called and said, ‘Where have you been?’ So my friends took me out to celebrate in some bar where the girls wear bikinis and guys have shorts on, and a girl was holding her boyfriend’s hand, and as she walked by me, she’s like, ‘Oh my God, honey, look at his abs!’ And my friends were like, ‘Dude, that’s a situation!’ And I looked down and I was like, ‘That’s the situation!’ ”

He filed to have “The Situation” trademarked after season one, in the midst of a short legal battle with his brother.

When Sorrentino landed an audition for the pilot of Jersey Shore, MTV was canny enough to ignore the fact that he wasn’t actually from New Jersey.

At this point, it hardly matters; his most famous catchphrase—“GTL, baby. Gym, Tanning, Laundry”—has become an unofficial state motto. To Sorrentino, though, New Jersey is just a launching pad. 
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