Jennifer Lynn Farley (born February 27, 1986),[1] also known as JWoww, is an American television personality. She first came to prominence as one of the eight main cast members in the MTV reality series Jersey Shore, and is a main cast member of its spin-offs, Snooki & Jwoww and Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. She has also made several appearances on other shows, such as TNA Impact!, Disaster Date and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.[2] Since 2015, she has starred in the web series Snooki & Jwoww: Moms with Attitude, which started on go90 before moving to the MTV YouTube channel in 2018.

JWoww in 2010
Jennifer Lynn Farley

(1986-02-27) February 27, 1986 (age 38)
Years active2009–present
Known forJersey Shore
Roger Mathews
(m. 2015; div. 2019)

Early life

Farley was born in East Greenbush, New York,[1] where she attended Columbia High School.[3] She later attended the New York Institute of Technology.[4] Before starting her career, she spent time working as a nanny.[5] For a year, during which time she auditioned for Jersey Shore, Farley lived in Franklin Square, New York, on Long Island.[6]

In 2019, she took a DNA test to learn of her full genetic background. Her 23andMe test stated she is mostly of Northwestern European ancestry, the breakdown being 24% British/Irish, 16.9% French/German and 23.9% Broadly Northwestern European, with her recent ancestor location being Ireland. The test would also prove she had a small percentage of Italian ancestry, a fact that surprised her as she had previously stated that she was not Italian like most of her Jersey Shore costars.[7] She herself has claimed to be of Irish and Spanish descent, although her DNA test would also reveal she only has a small amount of Iberian ancestry.[8][9]


Before Jersey Shore, Farley owned a graphic design business, Jenni Farley Designs, Inc. In December 2009, at age 23, Farley began appearing in Jersey Shore in which she and seven housemates spent the summer in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The second season was filmed in Miami, Florida, and then the third season returned to New Jersey. A fourth season of the series was filmed in Florence, Italy, and the final two seasons moved back to Seaside Heights.

Farley launched a line, "Filthy Couture", in a Las Vegas runway show in July 2010. After four months of operation, the line ceased sales in October 2010 due to a threatened trademark lawsuit.[10] Farley stated that the brand was not over and a new line would be released.[11] In April 2011, MTV announced that it ordered two Jersey Shore spin-off series, one of which will feature Farley and castmate Nicole Polizzi. Twelve episodes were ordered for the first season. In 2010, she released a book titled The Rules According to JWOWW: Shore-Tested Secrets On Landing a Mint Guy, Staying Fresh to Death, and Kicking the Competition to the Curb. In 2012, she was sued for allegedly filming several episodes of her reality show without proper authorization from her landlord.[12]

In 2012, Farley and her Jersey Shore co-star Nicole Polizzi began starring in Snooki & JWoww, which premiered on MTV on June 21, 2012. The first season was filmed over the course of six weeks at a former two-story firehouse located near Grove and Mercer Streets in Jersey City, New Jersey,[13] followed Polizzi and Farley moving in together,[14][15] and was described as a modern-day Laverne & Shirley.[16] Farley also hosted MTV's Club New Year's Eve 2013 with Polizzi and Jeff Dye to ring in 2013. The duo did star again in the second season of Snooki & JWoww, which followed the stars at their actual permanent residences, and premiered on January 8, 2013. It was renewed for a third season.[17]

In October 2011, Farley launched her official website.[18]

In January 2013, Farley ranked in GQ magazine's "Sexiest 100 Ladies of the 21st Century" list.[19]

In 2015, Farley competed and won the seventh season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition. Farley also made her feature film debut starring in the indie production, The Mint, in which she played the girlfriend of a record executive and also served as the film's executive producer.[20] Since late 2015, she has starred in Snooki & Jwoww: Moms with Attitude.

In 2018, Farley returned to the Jersey Shore franchise starring in Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.

Personal life

Farley in 2018

Farley and Roger Mathews married in October 2015.[21] They have two children: daughter Meilani, born July 13, 2014,[22] and son Greyson, born May 5, 2016.[23][24] In September 2018, Farley filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[25] In the midst of her divorce from Mathews, on December 17, 2018, she reported to the police that her previous boyfriend Tom Lippolis, whom she had dated approximately 10 years prior, and had made appearances with her in the early seasons of Jersey Shore, attempted to extort $25,000 from her in exchange for not selling "her secrets" to the press. He was arrested for this crime on December 19, 2018.[26][27] In August 2019, Farley's divorce from Mathews was finalized.[28][29] From April to October 2019, Farley was in a relationship with professional wrestler Zack Carpinello. After a brief separation period, Farley confirmed reconciliation on her Instagram page in December 2019. In February 2021, the couple became engaged at the Empire State Building, a surprise for Farley’s birthday.[30][31][32]

TV and film appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2009–2012 Jersey Shore Herself Credited as JWoww (71 episodes)
2010 TNA iMPACT! Herself 2 episodes
2011 Silent Library Herself Episode "Jersey Shore"
2012–2015 Snooki & Jwoww Herself Credited as JWoww (48 episodes)
2012 The Three Stooges JWoww Cameo role
MTV's Club New Year's Eve 2013 Herself Hosted with Snooki and Jeff Dye
2013 One Life to Live Nikki Recurring character
2014 Marriage Boot Camp Herself Main cast (Season 3: Reality Stars, 8 episodes)
2015 Worst Cooks in America Contestant Winner (Season 7: Celebrity Edition 1, 6 episodes)
2015–present Snooki & Jwoww: Moms with Attitude Herself
2015 The Mint Vicky Actress and executive producer
2016 Burgers, Brew & 'Que Herself
2017 Jenni & Roger: Domesticated Herself
2018–present Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Herself Main cast
2020 Celebrity Family Feud Herself Season 7, Episode 4
2021 Floribama Shore Herself Season 4, Episode 14 & 15, Hosted with Snooki[33]
2022 Buckhead Shore Herself Season 1, Episode 11 & 12, Hosted with The Situation


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  2. ^ "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars". WE tv. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
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  6. ^ Farley, Jenni (February 14, 2010). "Omg for the last time". Jenni Farley verified Facebook account. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2019. I lived in Franklin Square when I tried out for show! I never grew up there or went to carry! I am not from Long Island lol... Love FS but only lived there a yr
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  8. ^ "Fox411 Exclusive: JWOWW reveals neither she nor Snooki is Italian!" Archived June 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Fox411. February 16, 2010.
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  20. ^ "My Movie Debut In 'The Mint'..." Jenni Farley | Official Website. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  21. ^ "JWoww Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2!". E!. October 19, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  22. ^ Marquina, Sierra (July 13, 2014). "Jenni 'JWoww' Farley Gives Birth to Baby Girl Meilani Alexandra Mathews!". Us Weekly. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  23. ^ Adams, Char (May 5, 2016). "Jenni 'JWoww' Farley Welcomes Son Greyson Valor". People.
  24. ^ Farley, Jenni (May 5, 2016). "So blessed to welcome our precious son Greyson Valor Mathews". Jenni Farley verified Instagram account. Archived from the original on December 26, 2021. He arrived healthy at 6:03pm tonight
  25. ^ "'Jersey Shore' Star JWoww Files for Divorce". TMZ.
  26. ^ Merrett, Robyn (December 19, 2018). "Jenni 'JWoww' Farley's Ex Charged with Extortion After Allegedly Threatening to Sell Stories About Her". People. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
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  30. ^ Heller, Corinne (April 26, 2019). "Inside JWoww's Relationship With Zack Clayton Carpinello". E!. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  31. ^ Corinthios, Aurelie (August 26, 2019). "Jenni 'JWoww' Farley's Boyfriend Revealed: Meet Pro Wrestler Zack Clayton Carpinello". People. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  32. ^ Clarendon, Dan (October 11, 2019). "Jenni 'JWoww' Farley Splits From Zack Carpinello After Seeing Him Flirt With Angelina Pivarnick". Us Weekly. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  33. ^ Ossad, Jordana. "Will Floribama Shore's Feuding Roomies Take Snooki And JWOWW's Advice?". MTV News. Retrieved May 29, 2021.

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