The Persian Version

Reza shares the emotions behind the Shabbat dinner and his reconciliation with his dad.

Apr 6, 2012 Is that why you decided to bring MJ with you to have a buffer?
Reza: Totally. It's kind of like going to club. It's good to have a wingman -- sometimes you need them sometimes you don't -- but it's just nice knowing that they're there just in case. It was just nice knowing that I have this friend who knows my history that I go back 20 years with, that I wouldn't need to explain anything to. She can just see it and experience it and take it all in the same way I would because she knows so much about it. So we see you come in and you pull your father aside before dinner. Why did you decide to do it then?
Reza: I was sweating like a whore in church. You couldn't see it, but if I had taken my jacket off I'm sure I would have been soaking wet. I couldn't take it any more. I literally felt like I was going to self-combust. I was like "I need to do this now so I can enjoy the rest of the night and eat dinner." Like I'm at this Shabbat dinner that my cousin was kind enough to throw in my honor and literally I wasn't feeling 100 percent pleasant. I had the weight of the world on my shoulders, and I just thought I need to get this taken care of before we get any further along into the night. Were you surprised by the way your dad reacted when you started talking?
Reza: Totally. I mean my dad has a very passionate and very opinionated and fiery personality, and I didn't know what I thought would happen, but I didn't think that the first thing out of his mouth would be that he ruined my life. That kind of lowered my walls down a little bit and let me know that this man gets it. He knows that this wasn't me trying to attack him, but more me trying to work on some stuff. Not only on my on stuff, but our stuff.