Vinny Gaudiagnino rose to fame in 2009 as part of the cast of MTV's mega-hit The Jersey Shore. Since then, the reality star has focused on his acting and comedy career, landing guest roles on televisions shows such as The Hard Times of RJ Berger and 90210. In May of 2013, the scored his very own show on MTV, appropriately titled, The Show with Vinny. Catch the rising star as he hosts the NYE Extravaganza at AMC 34th street this New Year's Eve!
Interviews by Marjorie Romeyn-Sanabria
What has life been like since the end of the Jersey Shore?
Life has been good. I do miss my crazy roommates and all of the fun experiences that being on a pop culture phenomenon brought with it, however I now have time to focus on my long term goals of acting.
Do you still keep in touch with your cast members? Do you miss them?
I keep in touch with some. We will always be a family and share a unique bond that no one could take away. As with any experience, you get closer to some people more than others.
We all saw how close you were to Pauly D during filming, even saying you’d babysit his daughter. Has he taken you up on the offer?
No not yet, but I am here for him if he needs anything.
Are there any plans for a Jersey Shore meet-up or reunion either on or off camera?
Not that I know of but would be cool to do in the future!
“The Show With Vinny” debuted this year. What were some surprising things that happened while filming?
Lil Wayne showing up at my house, my mom giving Mark Wahlberg cannolis, the list goes on and on. Filming The Show With Vinny was a constant crazy experience full of surprises for everyone who was a part of it.
What inspired you to take the plunge and do your own show?
I have always been an actor acting in school plays, theater programs, acting schools etc... so entertaining in a "non reality format" has always been a goal of mine. Being a talk show host of my own show is one step in the right direction.
What was the best thing that happened to you this year?
Getting my own show. I am 26 years old and have accomplished a lot but never thought I would have my very own TV show. It really showed that people had faith in me to deliver and be a talk show host.
What are some of your goals for next year?
Doing more stand up comedy and acting. I have been going to school for Improv for a few years and just started to do stand up. I love it but it is terrifying. However these activities open many doors in the acting world and my dream is to land myself somewhere on a scripted series.
Who was your favorite celebrity on “The Show With Vinny” this year and why?
Honestly all celebrities were my favorite for different reasons. Just the fact that they agreed to step out of the studio and come into my old ass child hood home made them awesome. Lil Wayne is my favorite rapper so that was amazing. Mark Wahlberg is one of my favorite actors so that was great as well. But I also learned how down to earth some people were like Scott Disick and ASAP Rocky.
Earlier this year you adopted an adorable pitbull, Tita. Do you plan on adopting any more dogs in the future?
She is amazing. I adopted her from the North Shore Animal League. I encourage everyone to adopt from there or another shelter. You have your hand pick of any kid of dog you want.
Any New Year’s resolutions? Are you stopping anything cold turkey or are committed to starting something else?
I really just want to concentrate on becoming a good stand up comedian and improviser. I really love making people laugh and would love to do it in a professional format but it takes a lot of hard work so that will be my resolution.
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming NYE party at AMC?
The AMC party has been crazy the past few years so I am excited to continue the legacy where I get to celebrate NYE with all my friends and fans. Each year it gets better and better. You don't wanna miss this.
Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici met and fell in love on ABC's The Bachelor last spring, and are now preparing for their January 26 wedding that will also air on the channel, live. Join them as they host the Times Square New Year's Eve bash this New Year's Eve.
Congratulations on your engagement! What has it been like having an engagement in the public eye? How do you feel about having a televised wedding?
Being engaged in the public is all we know! It's had it's many benefits and we are just happy to enjoy it all together. Our wedding being televised is a little Thank You for the fans, the happy ending to our Bachelor love story and the beginning of our lives as one.
We're excited to have you join us on New Year's Eve. Do you anticipate interacting with fans of The Bachelor at the party? What has meeting fans been like so far?
We are so excited to be at the Joonbug/Bowlmor party for NYE! Bachelor fans are supportive in the most energetic way so they're the perfect people to celebrate the New Year with!
Your wedding is scheduled shortly after New Year’s Day, on January 26th. Was the motive behind picking a January date the desire to start the new year off right?
We got engaged in 2012, spent all of 2013 in fiancé mode so we wanted 2014 to be the start of our marriage chapter! It was perfect timing right after the holidays so all our guests could keep that happy spirit going into our wedding.
What have been the biggest challenges about planning a wedding as a reality TV couple?
Since we are working with a whole slew of people to put on this fabulous event, sometimes there are pieces lost in translation. Other than that, our wedding planning has been pretty seamless and stress-free!
Where are the two of you planning to honeymoon?
Somewhere tropical. We want to relax and just be together for the honeymoon to relieve us from the chaos--fun chaos!--that the wedding will surely be.
Catherine mentioned moving back to Dallas with Sean after the wedding. Is this still the plan?
I'm already here! We've been in Dallas for the last few months, enjoying hanging out with his family and friends
What are the two of you looking forward to the most in 2014, besides being married?
Building a home together! We have been looking forward to sharing our lives together for so long and having a space for that will be the icing on the cake.
This season on the Bachelor seemed to be wrought with a lot of intense emotions. If you could pick one moment that stood out to you the most, what would it be and why?
C: The moment I said "I love you" for the first time and the minutes that followed were the most intense of the season for my emotions. It was an amazing breakdown that I needed. I was pretty easygoing about the process before that and I needed that consuming feeling to truly understand that I couldn't live without him for even one second.
S: Probably the very last day for me. It was the day I had to break someones heart but it was also the day I got to propose to my best friend. It was one of the greatest days of my life.
What do you two do best together?
C: Laugh! Sean's constant mission in our relationship is to make me happy and he's the best at getting me to smile and laugh.
S: Goof off. We are never serious and will do anything to make eachother laugh.
What was the funniest thing that happened on set while filming the Bachelor?
C: There were so many silly moments during filming but one that pops in my head is when Sean had to rock roller derby gear and I couldn't stop commenting on how his huge head barely fit into his helmet.
S: I think the funniest thing that happened on the show was watching Catherine and I try to ride an elephant. I almost fell off several times.
If you had any advice for next year’s participants on the Bachelor, what would it be?
C: Make sure you are fully 'present' in every situation. When you are focused on who is in front of you, it's easier to enjoy yourself and not get caught up in other things.
S: Be yourself and look past the exotic dates and focus on the woman.
What's your favoirte New Years memory growing up?
C: For almost every year of my adolescence, I spent New Years with my closest girlfriends--bridesmaids now--and my immediate family. We would stay up all hours of the night and play games and make each other laugh. It was always something I looked forward to.
Describe your ideal New Year’s Eve experience.
C: From now until the end of time, my ideal New Year's Eve is to hold Sean's hand and look into his eyes for the countdown. No matter where we are, I know we'll be sharing a New Years kiss
S: Being surrounded by great friends and having big laughs.