The Persian Version

Reza dishes on everything from his sexuality to Mike and GG's relationship.

Mar 9, 20120

Bravotv.com: MJ started to describe your younger (awkward) days, but please tell us more about them.
Reza: I started out life really cute, and then it went downhill. There are a lot of things that are socially unacceptable in our culture: drinking excessively, drug use, all those things are really taboo, and they don’t just impact you personally, they impact your immediate family and your extended family. And being someone that was gay and in the closet, and not knowing how to deal with those emotions, I turned to food for comfort. And me and food had a relationship because I blossomed into about 300 pounds at one point. And she’s right -- I used to wear thick glasses and I had braces and I had zits and as soon as you start dealing with your issues, the food stopped, the zits went away, I started working out and started peeling away the layers. The authentic me came out. 

Bravotv.com: Tell us more about your work with Sammy, and what you thought of the house he showed you.
Reza: I don’t know if the audience can tell from just one episode but Sammy is an amazing person, really has the most amazing disposition whether it be with friendships or business, he’s amazing. He’s a true businessman but he’s amazing to deal with. He’s all smiles; he’s great. His workmanship and his product are stellar. The homes he builds in Beverly Hills are stand-out. People are still talking about houses that he has built 10 years later. He sold homes that were close to 10 million dollars, we have negotiated in the past, friends of mine that live in his properties love his homes and specifically request projects that he has done. This one was very unique because we literally walked into a shell. You know it’s hard to sell a shell and it was a bit jarring to me and my client, and my client ultimately decided not to embark upon such a huge project and he bought something else. But I’m looking forward to listing that house when Sammy’s done with it, because I know it’s going to be an amazing product.

Bravotv.com: Let’s talk about the dinner with everyone. What do you think is going on with Mike and GG? What are your thoughts about inter-religious dating? What about GG and Asa’s H&M fight?
Reza: When you get six very, very vocal, very passionate, hot blooded Persians in a room, mix it with music and food and drinks, things get heated. Americans, when they see Persians engaged in just a heated debate or conversation, think we're arguing because our hands are flying in the air. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but we use our hands a lot, and our decibel and volume is much higher, than your average American might be. Do we argue, do we debate? Absolutely. But is that all we do? Of course not, because, you know for example that argument that you saw at the dinner table? If that was all we did, we would not have such tight bonds and such long relationships. 

88 comments
cactusrose
cactusrose

Reza I love Asa and when GG blew up at her over something that was not even said about her and her stupid clothing it was like the twilight zone. Asa was talking to you and not even looking at GG-Do any of you realize how lucky you are to have the things you have? I know you do as you are a hard worker but believe it or not there are people who have nothing-I mean Zero because of circumstances beyond their control an illness, a Hurricane many reasons to lose all you have. I hope that you all have charities of some sort that you share your blessings with..

MustLoveReza
MustLoveReza

Love you Reza! You are coolest and cutest guy ever! I love Shah's of Sunset mostly because of you Reza! Such a fun show! love it love it love it!

ElleP
ElleP

Reza, you're courage, honesty and journey inspire me. I wish you much love, happiness, prosperity and good health.

MaLi007
MaLi007

ReZa me from Head to Toe! You are Fascinating & Funny...Love, Love, Love Me Some ReZa!;0).

Midwest Girl
Midwest Girl

Reza, you are a star. I'll keep watching.

Hoku
Hoku

I found it interesting that GG made it very clear that anything other than designer clothes was forbidden, but on the 2nd episode she was shown wearing a black beaded cover-up from Forever 21($30)!! I myself love mixing upscale designers with other pieces, but why does she degrade others in the group for this and then pretend she does no different????

Hoku
Hoku

I found it interesting that GG made it very clear that anything other than designer clothes was forbidden, but on the 2nd episode she was shown wearing a black beaded cover-up from Forever 21($30)!! I myself love mixing upscale designers with other pieces, but why does she degrade others in the group for this and then pretend she does no different????

4260
4260

This show is flippin hilarious!

truth26
truth26

REZA your are awesome I give you alot of respect because you are true to who you are and dont make excuses for it. I like the fact that you can put people in their place when they need to be like GG and MJ. Your girl Anita was ridiculous thought wearing a bathing suit that she couldnt get wet the bathing suit was nice though.

Viewer88
Viewer88

Reza thanks so much for being the leader and star of this show, it is incredibly brave to do this to bring awareness about homosexuality in Iran and other countries with oppressive governments, you are helping far more people than you will ever know about, I love watching this show and it saddens me that there have been complaints in the Persian community who feel this show must present a certain face. Viewers just want to get to know each of you as people, which is a great triumph, rather than having to be viewed collectively as a culture. I believe with all my heart that this show is humanizing, as Mike said, so that when non-Persians think of Iran and Persia they will see the faces of the cast of this show instead of media stereotypes, and it can't even be overstated how profound that is and how it has the potential to do good. The very things some people are complaining about are going to draw young people to watch the show, and then they will 'know' some Persians personally, if only on tv....it is very much the same philosophy of the the gay rights movement and 'coming out' in this country, that familiarity takes away stigma...and the show is entertaining; while some people have complained education and intelligence should be stressed, no one is going to tune in to watch young Persian students defend their doctoral theses, that's just boring.

Reza's Lady Fan
Reza's Lady Fan

Reeeeezzzaaaaa you are too delicious. You better get your own show after this show. You make the show and thank you for putting that GG in her place. You are a sexy, delicious man and I love your absolute hilarious commentaries. People at work were saying all day... "Hello I'm Persian" ... and you know what? They are not Persian.....thats how funny we all think you are....take care and big huggs

Keep it 100 (the dirty south)
Keep it 100 (the dirty south)

For the first time tonight I watched your show and the impression you gave me was not in the nature of respecting a 15 year friendship. You not only exposed yourself to the extreme level of wanting something and not knowing the correct approach of getting. I have 4 male friends of 20 years and I would never jeopardize my friendship it defeats the purpose of having a friend of the opposite sex. Mike is a very attrective guy who is trying to restore his life, you are looking for someone to fill your fathers shoes which is a huge challenge not saying that you can't achieve. Life changes every minute, all the money in the world has not made you happy true love is free. If you ever see a uhaul truck behind a furneral car please notify me, nothing in this world can you take with you but your pride and dignity. If you are incomplete no man can make you happy. It seems like you don't know who you are, if you are wrong be a woman and take your lick. It's reality once the tape roles it's in the stores you can't erase what the audience saw yesterday it is what is and it will be what it will be and at the end of the day everything that comes at will be in it to play your game. Life is real you will be judged before you get fame. Keep it real it will cost you less..................................

Ms. Lola
Ms. Lola

Thank you to all those discussing differences between Middle Easter Countries. Wikipedia only explains so much but part of the reason I started watching this show was to find out more! I love that Bravo choose cast members of different religious backgrounds. If they could explain a bit more about their families and their history that would be awesome!

Ms. Lola
Ms. Lola

Reza, your friend Anita is a beauty both inside and out! She handled GG with grace because she has class and cares about you! Anita already looked smokin in that beaded dress, but haters will be haters. Then the Herve sun suit, wow! I knew what it was when I saw it. That was the criticism of his swimsuit line but Fashionistas know how fabulous the design is. My point was, she was so hot GG couldn't handle it anymore and launched a physical attack! Protect your loyal friend Anita Reza and please keep GG away from her. She doesn't deserve that! SHe looks good, its not her fault!

RdS in BH
RdS in BH

Reza, you are the only good thing about this show. The rest of them make me cringe.

harbar
harbar

For those that want to watch an entertainment show for an education, get over it!!! However, I did learn something (that will probably expose my own ignorance). I did not know Iranians, etc. referred to themselves as Persians. I thought that was a negative ethnic label, like Oriental for Asian. So there, it is educational... and funny so far

TTYala
TTYala

Reza you and the crew were totally right for giving GG the silent treatment at dinner (even if it wasn't 100% intentional-or was it?) She was being a complete lunatic! Talk about GHETTO! As the countess says, money can't buy you class...

jenni-jenni
jenni-jenni

They may own the buildings but they lack class and sophistication, especially for those who are the older ones. Grow up and represent with dignity!!

 Caribbean Beauty
Caribbean Beauty

On tonight's episode GG's swim suit cover up is from Forever 21, I have the same exact cover up and its the same down to every detail... so why does she act as if they only shop at expensive stores???

AMANDAC
AMANDAC

REZA I AM ALREADY ADDICTED TO YOUR SHOW AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU FOR BEING SOO BRAVE AND COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET LIKE THAT. I MAY NOT BE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST BUT I ACTUALLY PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT GOES ON IN THE WORLD AND HAVE MANY INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND GET FIRST AND KNOWLEDGE OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES.

I THINK ITS SO COURAGEOUS TO COME OUT ON TV AND WAVE YOU GAY FLAG SO PROUDLY BECAUSE I KNOW YOU CANT GO HOME BC OF YOUR SEXUALITY. ITS VERY VERY SAD THAT THEY ACTUALLY KILL PEOPLE FOR THAT. PLUS IT RAISES AWARENESS BECAUSE I HATE TO SAY IT BUT OUR NEWS AND COUNTRY FOR A MAJORITY IS CLUELESS TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT CULTURES AND COUNTRIES LAWS. YOUR SHOW IS WONDERFUL

AND FINALLY I LOVE THAT THERES A SHOW ON TV RIGHT NOW THAT BRINGS THE PERSIAN COMMUNITY TO LIGHT SINCE IM SURE PEOPLE HAD NO IDEA MANY HAD WEALTH AND LEFT WITH NOTHING TO ESCAPE. AND ITS AMAZING TO SHOW PEOPLE HOW DIFFERENT THE CULTURE IS IN A POSITIVE WAY. BECAUSE AS AN AMERICAN AND IVE TRAVELED ALL AROUND I HATE TO SAY THIS BUT WE TEND TO BE SELF INVOLVED AND IGNORANT TO WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE TO DEAL WITH OR HOW DIFFERENT THINGS ARE THAN WHAT WE PICTURE.

DoubleJ
DoubleJ

Reza, the show is great! And so were the sunglasses you wore to the pool party on the first episode! What designer were they!? Does anyone know?

ChrissyK
ChrissyK

I love the show and look forward to learning more about the Persian culture. I am in awe of the stories of how your families fled your homeland - like so many people who have come to the states. You and your friends have landed on your feet and are doing well. Hooray for the cast and to Bravo for giving us this look at this facet of our American culture.

hallie from New York
hallie from New York

Love you, Reza - but I hope you back away from low-class GG & see that an original and creative human being like Asa is a friend to be proud of.

Justin Keaner
Justin Keaner

Reza, don't ya still live with ya Momma? Did'nt ya grill get kicked outa ya crip? Oh, yeah from the highrise too girl. Ma goodness.

Marblegoldcolumfans
Marblegoldcolumfans

Reza, we looove watching you on the show, because you have naturally talent! The camera loves you too, because you make this show fun & interesting. You definitely nailed your CNN interview---awesome/priceless! Please do NOT listen to any negative Iranians (cuz it hurts more from your own kind); when was the last time you heard any Iranians work well together or sincerely praise one another? Bottom line, this is your show, and don’t let the haters take that away from you. Remember, your own quote “ I was NOT elected from the Persian House of Representatives….so I represent myself” so live/enjoy the moment my friend! From your Marble, gold, & of course colum fans!

Viewer
Viewer

I like the show! I'm glad Bravo decided to go outside of the box. Everyone is seems to be following their passion. Mike (obviously) is VERY handsome… Sammy, Asa, MJ...you guys are great, awesome personalities! Reza, seems sweet and funny....GG is a very pretty girl; however she is extremely shallow, not confident, mean, and jealous.... she needs to grow up, she's too old to talk and behave that way! She comes off as a wanna be princess; rude, ungrateful and totally detached from “the real world”. Sorry but this is true and I know I’m not the first to say it. Can't wait for the next episode!

De'Anna
De'Anna

Love you!! I think you are awesome and cant wait to get to know you better in episodes to come. You are so handsome with your gay porn mustache. LOL

Ali Pressly-Shemiran
Ali Pressly-Shemiran

Its wonderful to see a persian tv show that goes into many topics that we deal with as persian americans. Especially the homosexuality part- I myself am a get persian/muslim and I am married to my husband - but it was definitely a lot for my family and extended family to deal with. I am luckier than most and fortunate to be out of the closet and still loved by my family and middle eastern friends but I still think there is a lot of toleration vs acceptance. My mom did walk me down the isle however I think watching this show together with my family they can see a different side of me portrayed through Reza. Honestly all in all it really feels nice to know I am not alone because there are very few gay out persians/middle easterns here in san diego

greatfallsfan
greatfallsfan

Bravo, please allow me to address GreekGoddress' comment! No, calling oneself Latina and calling oneself Persian is different. Here's why: Latina or Latino refers to people of Spanish speaking countries. Persia was an old civilization that encompassed Iraq and Iran. Persian is a reference to an ancient civilization, not a reference to a language spoken or race. Iraq's, who also used to be part of ancient Perisa, do not speak the same language as Iranians. They are ethnically different. They are Arab. And no, I have never ever heard an Iraqi refer to himself or herself as a Persian. They would refer to themselves as Arab. Apples and oranges. It may be a reference explained by great pride that their ancestors reigned over a powerful civilization at one time. But does the rest of the world care what the Iranian people's ancestors accomplished thousands of years ago? So who is it that "Persians" desire to impress by referring to their ancestor's ancient civilization? It's actually ironic that such a great civilization now is also the same that sentences women to stoning and imposes rigid rules on their people and their descendants are immersed neck-high in materialistic aspirations all the while putting down the rest of the middle-class world. Not one of the show's characters seemed intelligent, they simply have money.

Moosiecat89
Moosiecat89

Reza, I love you on this show. You are truthful, but not hurtful. Proud of who you are and make no apologies. I love how your Mom accepted you as you are and your relationship seems to be beautiful. I think I'll continue to watch the show , in spite of that clown GG.

JJguru
JJguru

yes Bring Lana back! She is definitely a hottie.

Think000
Think000

This show was boring until Lana showed up! Can't wait to see her next week!

Texanne
Texanne

This show was very entertaining. It seems just like any other group of people no matter what nationality they are. Everyone has their little quirks. At least they don't seem to take themselves seriously.

LI New
LI New

R these people kidding me. I mean to think that they r the creme de la creme. And "GG" girl you got nothing!

SHE SAID WHAT!
SHE SAID WHAT!

Some people are so poor, that the only thing they have is money.

Blair979
Blair979

OMG!!!! LOVE REZA!!! Total breakout star of Shahs! He is hilarious!!! LOVE HIM!!

Akimbo
Akimbo

Reza Joonie, I hope you will use this format to bring some deeper understanding to what it means to be a gay man in the Persian community. I also hope you will not further negative stereotypes of Persians as shallow and superficial. We have so much rich tradition, culture, poetry and music that goes deeper than that awful Tehrangeles stereotype. This is a unique chance to show the depth of our culture, and I hope you are able to do that.

stacey_armes
stacey_armes

Lana absolutely looked amazing! She is an amazing and beautiful person inside and out! Love her....

maz2fresh
maz2fresh

Reza, you are very funny, I like your honestly, and what you said: "we are all from the same cloth". very well said my friend. I look forward to more episode and wish you guys all the success. By the way tell GG to tone down a little; not sexy at all.

halid
halid

Your friend Mike is not as hot as he thinks and at the end of this day you seem cool ,I think the people who are blogging about how their is a war going on with Iran and how can they show you guys having a good life one has nothing to do with the other. People please get a life and stop harrasing the cast of the show because of your feeling toward their country that they haven't been in since a child or never. If this was a show about russians or south koreans would you be saying the same things about them. This show is for entertainment people lighten up.

MsMimi
MsMimi

Idk about this one Bravo. These people are 30 plus actin like children. One minute they're poor refuges the next they're throwin their snotty attitudes around. "We don't work in hotels, we own them" complete with the smug look and all. Yuck! I'm not adding another cent to their bank accounts. I'll pass!

Jane Gold
Jane Gold

Why would you throw your "bestfriend" MJ under the bus. Either it's not true and you're lying to make your bestfriend look bad and think it will somehow make you look "cool" OR, you are telling the truth to make your bestfriend look bad and think it will somehow make you look "cool." Either way, you come across really poorly.

maypole
maypole

this is for everyone that is confused bout why they all themselves PERSIA. Iran the countrys name was changed from PERSIA in the 40 s to IRAN indicating all the farsi speaking people of the region They call themselves PERSIANS because they are PERSIANS . The name IRAN suggests many many tribes that live there apart from PERSIANS. like azeri , turk , balouchi , armenian IRANIANS. PERSIA is a very very old as you know , so yes the name PERSIA brings about old old culture. It is not going away folks. Persian food, Persian carpet, Persian music , Persian cats, it is here to stay forever and ever and ever. so you all sound uncultured and uneducated and out of it when you make fun of Persians calling themselves Persians and compare it to people calling themselves Romans. What is this hatred or jealousy you all have with the word Persian ? why are you all so offended ? we are not confused , we are Persians so maybe you all need to catch up :p

Cindy1963
Cindy1963

Reza, I watched the first episode and I loved you!! The show seems like it is going to be interesting. But I don't like what GG said "I don't like ants and I don't like ugly people." I can agree with her on the "ant" thing but not everyone in this world is pretty,handsome or beautiful! That is really not a nice thing to say. I know she's your friend but I have to say, she's not beautiful herself. I know that when you have money you can afford to go to the spa, get beauty treatments, buy nothing but the best so yes-you may look great but try not to hurt those of us who can't afford to get any of these things. I don't have alot of money but I think I am pretty and I don't need all of that make-up. I am going to be 49 this year and nobody can believe it. I always say "I have good genes, thank God!" Anyway, good luck with the show and I hope to see some interesting confrontations and situations.

Lisa D
Lisa D

Reza! You are by far my favorite Persian. My husband thinks you are the best too--and he usually hates all these Ryan Seacrest reality shows! You are so real and make the rest look ridiculous. Love, Love, Love you and please keep being yourself cause you are awesome!

Lisa D (Atlanta Georgia)

R2_D2
R2_D2

Hi, Reza

You're Handsome with great taste...why so single?...hahaha...anyway I just wanted to congratulate you on your new show...I just laughed a lot when I read on the last comment from MANDANA "Reza is a sexy version of Charlie Chaplin and Hitler (in a good way)."....hahahaha.....true...although I don't know if sexy is the right way to put it....:-)

Hugs....from Miami Beach, FL

Honestly,
Honestly,

Love this show, the food looked awesome. My sons think it's a riot, reminds them of their grandparents and aunt who are Persian. You all who think that these people are over the top, not real, not who they are are wrong. Some were born here and some in Iran. If you got out before the Shah you have all your money and more if not, you had to start over. My inlaws keep their home in Iran and live in Toronto. They left just 10 years ago while their son came in 76 to give him a better life. They have a ton of money, my husband is extremely well educated and a mix of all these people. They feel lucky and with that feeling are prosperous and thankful to this Country that they were able to do all the things they set out to do. Don't think for one second these people are not humble, because they are extremely humble, whether they are Moslem, Jewish or Christian. Give these people a chance, they are a very loving, generous, kind, people.