Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Finding Namaste

Mike explains his relationship with GG and what he hopes you got from this season of 'Shahs.' Tell us a little bit about your relationship with GG over the years. How has it grown and changed?
Mike Shouhed: I met Leila, GG's sister right when they moved to Los Angeles. I was the first Persian guy she had met. We had a math class together at Santa Monica College. We quickly became friends and got very close soon after. I met Golnesa at their parents house one time when I was over. I didn't think much of her. She was very young, pre-nose job, pre-developed, quiet and a lil "nerdy."

Fast forward years later, she turned into a beautiful woman. We can relate to one another now. We are good friends, we talk, we hang out, she comes to me for advice. I am helping her find "Namaste."

What do you think GG needs in a man?
Mike: GG is a very outspoken, quick to the draw, fire racker. Her man needs to be dominant, in the sense that he can give her guidance with intellect and wisdom. She needs a man that won't try to over power her with fear and anger tactics, but with sweetness and serenity. Any man can make people fear him but it takes a real man to have people follow and love him. Why don't you think anything will happen between you guys?
Mike: She's not my type! Although I love brunettes, my girl will be fierce -- not by yelling and having a temper but with making her presence felt because of her energy. A woman is so much sexier when she is classy and kills with kindness. Attitude is sexy, but not all the time. . What did you think of Sammy's decision to bring Navid to the blind date with MJ? Did you think it was fair of MJ to leave?
Mike: I think it was a horrible idea! I'm shocked that Sammy would do such a thing to our girl MJ. Navid is a great guy and a sweetheart (at least to me). I know a ton of guys who would have given their right arm to hang with Mercedes. I dont know what Sammy was thinking. I think MJ had every right to leave. Navid was being way too aggressive! NOT COOL! What did you think of GG on the date?
Mike: Can you say SUPER AWKWARD!?! The guy was a total dork. He was leading the date, the way a real man should. GG needs to go out with more guys so she doesn't seem so nervous.

BTW, soup??? That was another party foul. If a girl doesn't want to eat on a date, she should order a salad. Oh yeah, her date just watched her having a hard time with her food and laughed. What a chump! Get up and get her a fork dude. What did you think of Sammy's reaction to MJ's attitude about the set-up?
Mike: I think Sammy should have been more humble. An apology was in order and instead he flipped it on her and made her feel worse. NOT COOL! What did you think of MJ's moment with her mother?
Mike: MY HEART BROKE!!! I love MJ, and I know she wants her mothers approval. Vida should be proud of MJ. My girl is so sweet, so lovable, and all-around amazing. Vida needs some counseling. Maybe my mom can teach her a thing or two. What did you think of Asa's music and her "coming out" party?
Mike: SUPER DOPE! I love "Tehrangeles"! Awesome song! Makes me want to move, dance, and smile! My girl Asa put her heart and soul into it, and her song is a HIT! The party was absolutely beautiful. Homa was very gracious and kind to allow Asa to use her beautiful home. What did you think about this season of Shahs? What do you hope people learned and saw watching you guys?
Mike: This last summer was one of the best ones I have ever had in my life. Filming the "Shahs" was so much fun. To see how the show played out over the past six episodes was epic. We put all of our emotions, trials, tribulations, successes, and defeats for the world to see. I appreciate everyone that supported our show. The emails, tweets, Facebook posts, and messages proved to me that we were able to entertain and touch people all over the world. That to me says that this season of Shahs of Sunset was a major break through hit.

As far as what I want people to learn. . .please don't judge a man or woman until you have walked in his or her shoes. This show was never meant to be a documentary. It was meant for entertainment and to allow the world to see six fabulous friends (who happen to be Persian) living their awesome lives while you watch.

MJ: Vida Wiped the Floor with Us

MJ opens up about Pablo's death and the epic ping pong game with her mother.

The day that Pablo's little heart gave out was one of the most shocking and sad things for me to accept. I always imagined that I would have to be heavily sedated the day this happened, inconsolable and mad. But that's not what happened. Although I was in shock, I just kept walking on Santa Monica Boulevard, taking the long way home with him in my arms wrapped in a blanket. I stared at him, and just tried to take in the last moments possible. I wanted to feel the weight of his little body in my arms and say goodbye to his sweet little face. This little man of mine is gone. I worried about Julio and how this would impact him. Julio has never known life without his big brother. I worried about how the news would impact my mom and dad. I was terrified to tell them that it happened. I came home and called Pablo's veterinarian. They gave me the three options: burial, cremation, and taxidermy. I called the taxidermist and followed their instructions. He had to be frozen until the taxidermist could receive him. I realize that most people would have dropped him off and had him cremated, but that process is not something I was prepared to do.

Vida was the regional ping pong champion of her time, and apparently very much a champion to this day. Vida's skills have not weakened over the years. She wiped the floor with our asses. Golnesa and I could not keep up with her! Two against one would seem unfair, and Golnesa and I are pretty athletically well rounded -- we ski, we play lots of sports pretty well. Nonetheless, our minds were blown by Vida, and I am proud that she was so dang good! She definitely beat us in that sport, but luckily I inherited my parents’ good genes and am glad to know that she has something to do with the other sports that I excel in.

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