Aww — Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi says that the "worst part" of filming Jersey Shore Family Vacation was leaving her two kids, Lorenzo, 5, and Giovanna, 3, behind — but in an interview with Life & Style, she admits she hasn't exactly filled them in on her wild on-screen persona.

"I went to the grocery store," she tells Life & Style, "and someone goes, 'Hey, Snooki!' and my son goes, 'What's a Snooki?'"

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First day home after 4 weeks of filming #jsfamilyvacation .. calls for jammies ALL DAY with the kids and ice cream for lunch. Missed my nuggets & @jlavalle5 SO MUCH! 😩😩😩😩😩😍😍😍😍😍😍

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To answer that question, the woman they typically hear referred to as "Nicole" — or "Mommy" — admits she told a white lie. "I basically explained to him that I'm an actress, it's scripted," she says of her small-screen infamy.

"And I'm gonna lie to him until he finds out the truth that it's actually real. I'm just gonna lie to him and say I'm an actress!" she admits to Life & Style.