Reza Farahanwants us to know that not all reality TV is scripted and “steered” by the powers-that-be. (aka Ryan Seacrest).
TheShahs of Sunset star says that he and his fellow cast mates are the real deal. And unlike some of those others famewhores on the air, you will find this gang together even when they’re not filming. “It’s not a reality show based on characters that were brought together randomly — I had dinner with GG last night, I talk to Mike everyday, MJ and Sammy are in Coachella for a music festival together right now.”
Reza says that no story lines are contrived or forced on them. You know, it was their own decision to gift each other with colonics and film it for the world to see (and be traumatized by). “Ryan would call, email, text, check in but it was just to make sure we were happy, make sure we were OK, make sure that whatever feedback, whether positive or negative that we were OK with it. But it was never to steer us. There’s no steering.”
Also not fake (besides Reza’s pornstache)? The intimate details of his life. He is committed to spreading his fabulousness to all the land and in the only way he knows how: through brutal honesty and an “all or nothing” attitude. “You can’t have expectations of wanting to bring about change in your community if you have one foot in and one foot out…. There’s so much homophobia and it was either: not do it, or if I was going to do it, I was going to put it all out there. And that’s what I did.”
Reza is okay with putting it all out there, but he said that his cast mates have a lot of regret over things they did or said on camera, but he didn’t dish any details. Perhaps
Reza is hoping that by sharing their lives, they’ll do some good to break down some of the misunderstandings out there about Persians in general. “We’re humanizing a group of people that have been characterized and misrepresented as terrorists. If I’m a hard-working gay man who’s proud of himself and his family supports him, I want to showcase that instead of what’s been showcased since I got to this country, which is that we’re terrorists, we all have camels in our driveways and we all own an Uzi, all of which are not true.”
Even though he’s wanting to bring some change and give viewers a new perspective on Persians, he also isn’t the spokesperson for the entire community. “At the end of the day we’re not trying to represent anything other than ourselves. I wasn’t elected by the Persian House of Representatives to represent my people and this is not a documentary on the plight of the Persian people. This is about six fun, fabulous people living in L.A., period.”
After seeing themselves in the six season one episodes, I’m dying to see how they’ll behave in season two since some of them have regrets. Hopefully it doesn’t get boring!
Our favorite reality stars can’t get enough of the limelight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to Twitter to share even more with us. And we love them for it! Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite photos from the Twitterverse this week! Enjoy!
Are you ready for more mustaches, diamond water, taser guns, parties and cat fighting? Bravo just announced that it has officially renewed Shahs of Sunset for a second season!
The news isn’t too shocking since the ratings were increasing with each one of the six episodes. The season finale was the most watched, with 1.5 million viewers, which was a 20% increase over the previous week’s show.
After just six weeks on the air, we bid farewell to the Shahs of Sunset! Last night’s episode had its fair share of personal growth, bad blind dates, and varied levels of douchiness. (We’re looking at you, Sammy Younai)
Mike Shouhed and Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi head out together for a morning workout. GG is apparently new to this exercise thing and leaves all of her jewelry on while attempting an intense workout. When she’s finished, GG looks a little sweaty in her (nearly falling off every three seconds) jogging pants, yet her eye makeup is perfectly in tact.
Mike lets GG know that the two of them will never get together, despite the fact that he thinks she’d be a great catch for someone (once she gets her anger issues in check). She’s determined to learn how to chill out and let things slide. GG reveals that she hasn’t been on a date in five years.
Reza Farahan and Mercedes “MJ” Javid spend some time talking about their recent trip to NYC to see Reza’s dad. Reza says the situation with his dad has helped him to grow and he isn’t taking crap from anyone. Reza decides that since he’s found peace with his father, MJ should confront her mom, Vida. Reza shares that MJ’s mom has treated her terribly the entire time that he’s known her and even goes so far as to say that he doesn’t think Vida loves MJ. MJ doesn’t take that last bit very well and is irritated with Reza’s opinion. I was feeling Reza’s friendship for MJ until he started ripping on Vida for constantly being critical of MJ’s weight and more. Just two episodes ago MJ told us that Reza has given her hell about her weight for YEARS. Pot meet kettle.
This week’s episode opens with GG explaining that she’s been trying hard to keep it together and be zen-like since the crazy dramatics of the past few weeks. She also talks about buying her parents a new car for their anniversary, which is coming up. Persians love to give lavish gifts, she explains.
Reza Farahan comes over for some wine and to break the news to GG that he won’t be able to attend the party she’s throwing for her parents’ 40th anniversary party. He pretends to be heartbroken over it, but he’s secretly thrilled. “Thank the LOOOORD” Reza yells into the camera. GG isn’t too happy, but knows the date is important to Reza. Reza explains that he feels like his window of opportunity to snag a good man is disappearing. He wants to get out there and find someone while he’s still got it goin’ on.
GG decides to show off her collection of knives. GG grew up with weapons for protection, so it’s very normal to her. I don’t know anyone who names their weapons, but GG is unique. Reza thinks if we look up GG in the dictionary, we’ll find her on the page wielding a machete. “You don’t joke about GG and her knives”. This whole show should be peppered with Reza-isms. They’re my favorite part.
Meet Crispy. GG’s taser gun. 150,000 volts of love. Cripsy scares Reza on several levels – mostly because Golnesa admits she’s dying to try it out on someone.
Sammy Younai stops by Mohamed’s mansion (palace?!) to check up on things. This mansion is crazy. I know where I’m spending my Mega Millions dough. Oh wait, that lady in Maryland that I’m not related to won it. Sammy wants this job to be perfect so she can get in tight with the billionaires. We feel you, Sammy.
GG meets her dad for lunch. She admits to us that she’s been very blessed to have parents who’ve given her everything. She knows she’s lived a pampered life. When her dad asks how her day was, she gripes about the traffic on the way to the mall and chipping her freshly manicured fingers. Her dad gives her grief – gently – about her out of control spending. Daddy tells her that she needs to get a job and then pulls out the most recent credit card statement, which GG doesn’t want to see. He tells her he many not continue to foot the bill – $6800 last month and $8500 this month alone. The food arrives and they shift the conversation to finding GG a man to support her instead. GG’s doesn’t like to hear about her sister Leila’s self-supporting ways, as she’s married and doesn’t have her credit card bills sent to her dad. It’s a touchy subject with GG.
Mercedes “MJ” Javid talks about her upcoming birthday while she blings up her puppies and heads out for a walk with Reza. He asks MJ if she’d come to NYC with him soon for a long-overdue meetup with his estranged father and she agrees.
The conversation to turns to MJ’s weight. Reza has apparently been trying to get her to lose weight for years now and he says he’d like to gift her with a colonic for her birthday. I think i want GG buying my bday gifts. New car or a colonic? Decisions, decisions.
GG’s sister plays hardball with the car dealer over the price of the Mercedes Benz they’ve picked out for their parents. GG is frustrated that she doesn’t get any respect from her sister on the financial front – Leila thinks GG’s job is shopping.
Mohamed is home to see how his ‘house’ is progressing. He isn’t happy despite the fact that Sammy is ahead of schedule. He gives Sammy hell for a few minutes as they do a walk through. Mohamed loves the pool and tile – for $2million he better adore it! Sammy is going to celebrate Mohamed’s praise by getting wasted.
Last week on Shahs of Sunset, there was drinking and drama. Poor Reza Farahandid not have a good birthday weekend. Hayvoon Bazi did not happen. Well, some things did go animal style, but not in a fun way. (I’m looking at you, SnookiMJ)
This week opens up with the gang still in Vegas, after a weekend of celebrating Reza’s birthday in that insane suite at the Aria hotel. Reza blows in and finds that MJ (Mercedes Javid) and her fifty pairs of heels are still spread out all over the room and nowhere near ready to catch their flight. MJ enlightens the group that GG packed up her toys and went home in a huff. My question is..how did she slip out without being noticed when there are that many people in the suite? She clearly isn’t a packing-light kind of girl, nor one who would carry her own luggage. Reza is angry at GG and plans to confront her when he gets home.
MJ tries to play herself off as a “mere observer” in the mean girl antics toward Reza’s friend Anita. Thank goodness Reza calls out MJ for her part in the Anita dress drama from last week. MJ was sloppy, wasted and absolutely started the nastiness with her “where is her tired ass dress from?” comments during dinner with Anita sitting two feet away.
Asa Rahmati explains how abrasive and negative GG is and shares: “if you keep barking, eventually somebody will step on your face”. Asa is wise.
Back in Beverly Hills, an impatient GG waits for MJ to meet her for lunch. MJ feels like it’s her duty as a good friend to let GG know how bad her behavior was in Vegas and wants to help her be a better person. MJ clearly was too busy throwing up on club couches and attempting to peel off her dress one sleeve at a time to remember that she started this whole thing. GG says that Anita got her riled up and “brought the ghetto out” of her. Well, how much is Anita supposed to put up with? They picked on her dress and then started in again with her bathing suit. (Her $800 bathing suit!)
Sammy tries to get some work done. He meets with Mohammed, the biggest real estate developer in all the land. Mohammed lets Sammy know that he better do a good job or he’ll be part of the concrete. The Mob Wives would be so proud.
Asa is inspired to be artsy after her weekend in Vegas. Did anyone understand her bottling these Diamond Water “feelings”? And it’s connecting of her inner Aries fire dragon intergalactic Persian priestess? I didn’t quite get it, but that’s okay, as I don’t have any loose diamonds hanging about anyway.
We get to see MJ and Reza’s shared office. MJ explains that most of the Persian stereotypes are true: they’re loud, they’re gaudy, they drive expensive cars, wear a lot of gold, and they are “all” in real estate. She also wants us to know that she thinks her approach to selling is more laid back and completely different from Reza’s. She describes Reza’s style as “if you don’t take my advice and adopt my opinion like it’s your new Bible, then you’re an idiot, a moron, a loser, you have missed the bus of life.” Tell us how you really feel, MJ. She continues on with the revelation that Reza works harder than she does, but makes less.
GG heads over to MJ’s apartment to sit down with Reza to try to smooth things over before the champagne tasting goes down. GG reveals that she’s been in therapy her whole life for her anger issues and feels like she physically needs to lash out when she’s being confronted. (but clearly she’s okay being the one to do the confronting – that’s different.)
Mike Shouhed has a quick lunch with his BFF, aka his mom. Mike’s brain screams ‘SQUIRREL’ like the dog in “Up”: he can’t concentrate because there’s a modeling agency across the street with a stream of gorgeous women filing in and out. Anyone else think he looks like a cross between Lenny Kravitz and Kelly Ripa’s husband Mark Consuelos?
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The Bravo network definitely has a way with shows as their latest hit seriesShahs of Sunset is already stirring up some controversy!
The Ryan Seacrest produced show (no I haven’t forgiven him for giving us the Kardashians either), which follows a group of wealthy persians living in Beverly Hills, has received some backlash from the Iranian community, with some creating petitions to have the show pulled, complaining that it perpetuates stereotypes.
One person firing back at the backlash is however the openly gay cast member Reza Farahan who tells the Hollywood Reporter: “The Persians that are complaining now, they would be complaining no matter what… If we were all tall, they’d say, ‘You’re too tall.’ If we were all short, they’d say, ‘Oh, they’re all short, they don’t represent us.’ You can’t make everyone happy, and I’m not trying to.”
Valid point. Also speaking out is controversial castmember Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi. GG took some time off from hating ugly people her schedule to give an interview to Bravotv.com. In the interview, GG opens up about her relationship with Mike Shouhed(they should just do it and get it over with no?), her fight with Anita in Las Vegas and getting the cold shoulder from her castmates afterwards.
Bravotv.com: Talk to us about your relationship with Mike. Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi: Mike and I have known each other over 15 years, and he was always like a big brother figure for me. He and I are both naturally very flirtatious, so it always gets a little interesting when we’re around each other. The most common ground we share is that we both love each other and will always be there for each other. . .no matter what the title of our relationship is. I won’t say much, but soon enough everybody will see for themselves how it plays out between us.
Bravotv.com: Tell us some more about Chris. GG: Chris and I have known each other for a very long time. I could definitely say there was a point in our lives where we were interested in more (like a relationship) but we’re very, very different from each other. I will always hold a big place in my heart for him because he’s a very special person to me. But at this moment in my life, it’s not going to be more than a friendship and maybe playtime (wink wink) when I go to Vegas. LOL!
Bravotv.com: Can you give us some back story on you and Anita? Why did you have a problem with her? GG: I genuinely never had a problem with Anita. Some people have thicker skin than others. I guess this is why I’ve always had guy friends — because girls get too emotionally involved when they hear things. I genuinely do like Anita, and I think she’s a beautiful woman. I never meant to hurt her feelings. But if you get in my face, be prepared for me to possibly bite. I gave her plenty of chances to lower her voice or walk away and talk to me calmly, but she went forth. . .as did I.
Bravotv.com: Why did you decide to leave the dinner after the fight? GG: Being at the dinner table was very difficult for me. The showdown at the pool was very intense and I was feeling an overwhelming sense of exhaustion from all the emotions. I was going above and beyond to get a hold of Anita before dinner so we could talk it out. But she wouldn’t answer and it made me more frustrated. I had no idea that when I walked up to the dinner table that I was going to feel so hated and left out. People see me as the one who gets feisty and I get quite ghetto at times. But I never react for no reason. So I felt nobody cared to understand that about me. Nobody cared to ask if I was OK. I was singled out, so it was best for me to just remove myself from the dinner table because I didn’t want anyone seeing me cry.
Bravotv.com: Can you give us a preview of what happens next? GG: As you’ve seen in the previews, I pack up and leave Vegas with no trace left behind. You’ll see what happens when the rest get back to LA and the confrontations on “who was the real s–t starter” will begin. Will there be resolution? Will there be more fights? You better watch to find out.
Must say I wasn’t expecting to like this show as much as I did. So many questions, so little time but I’ll give it a go! Seriously, where does Bravo find these characters? Is Sammy really a “Playboy”? Doesn’t GG kind of remind you of a poor man’sAishwarya Rai? Doesn’t MJ’s mom deserve her own spinoff? Why does Reza insist on having that 80s porn star mustache?
Nonetheless an entertaining show all around. It will be interesting to see what happens between GG and Mike as there definitely does seem to be “something” there!
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