Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Asa Stays Golden

Recap: The Shahs Peace Summit

Recap: Recipe for Disaster

Asa's Profound and Cathartic Trip

Recap: Reza Pops The Big One

The Return of Lochnesa

Mike: I Will Marry Jessica Soon

Reza Dishes on His Engagement

Recap: Make a Run for the Border

Mike Shouldn't be "Scared" of Other Religions

Recap: Turkey with a Side of Apology

Mike's Inner Struggle

Lilly's Disrespectful Behavior

Mike Takes GG's Side

Recap: Outed by Chihuahuas

Reza: "Lilly Doesn't Understand Friendship"

Lilly's Battle with Foot Boogers

Recap: Always a Lady

Recap: A Little Too Much Diamond Water...

The Shah of Bull Sh--

Reza: "I Wish I Had Kept My Mouth Shut"

Ep 8: Persian Empire Divided

Will Mike Put a Ring on It?

Reza Learns the Power of Apology

Recap: Shah-etiquette

MJ Owes GG a Genuine Apology

What MJ Did was Wrong

Loch-Nesa vs. MJ

Asa's Juice Disaster

Recap: Persian Pride?

MJ's Moral Compass is Way Off

An Offer Lilly Can't Refuse?

Recap: Homo-Not-So-Genius

Mike's Disappointment with Reza

Asa: "I Definitely See Why Reza is Irritated"

Reza on the Fight: "I'm Not Proud of It"

Lilly Needs to "Get More Real"

Reza to Lilly: "Get Off Your High Horse"

Cry Me a River

Mike: Master Negotiator

Lilly: Ain't Nobody Got Time for This

Asa Stays Golden

Asa thinks you should let GG's behavior (and facial expression) speak for itself.

Stay GOLDEN no matter how dirty things get around you.

OK, let me start off by saying that it's so funny to me that GG not once acknowledges how rude Omid was to us that night. I am so tired of this nose issue. And that she never has a single positive thing to say. Ever. She is filled with hatred and must be so unhappy in her life.

Even though (sadly), I don't expect any more from these two, it's still crazy to see your "friends" saying such rude and nasty things behind your back.

I love my family and there is nothing more I enjoy than hanging and eating with them. It makes me happy. But these talks of "going back to UCLA to get my PhD" are hilarious. I already have two degrees from UCLA in psychology and philosophy. I even walked at the graduation just for my Mom!

My parents don't understand what I do. This is even more motivation for me to make lots of money as an artist so that they can see it's "legit." Inshallah. One day they will understand what being a Persian Pop Priestess means. Meanwhile, I'm gonna hu$$le and werq hard to make my dreams come true.

I like seeing Lilly in action at work and I'm proud of her for pursuing her dreams.

It's nice to see MJ's dad and how she takes care of him. It's sad when our parents get older and you see them being physically so vulnerable. It would be interesting to see how her parents interact with each other.

Aww I'm happy for Mike. Jessica is a nice girl. I hope it works out between them. I think regardless of what he or his parents say, once he falls in love, they will accept the girl regardless of Jewish or Persian.

OMG Reza and I had such a fun day that day with the Persian psychic. We were both tripping out how accurate she was with what she said about him! Whoa.

Of course, Reza's gay life crises is nothing to laugh about, but he literally had me rolling and CRACKING UP all day with his Ferrari and Daisy Dukes comments.

It makes me sad seeing MJ at the therapist, but I am happy that she is dealing with her issues and ready to peel back the layers. Healing is definitely a process and initiating this process is the hardest part.

Awww Reza and Adam. They're super cute together. Reza needs to decide if he's going to commit or not. They are both great cooks by the way!

The pool party: There is no need to really blog about it. Just look at our faces (please look at GG's psycho face! It's alarming) and body language and listen to our words. . .make your own judgment.

GG's behavior is hilarious, sad, and disgusting all at the same time.

Dealing with her and MJ is like being in the Twilight Zone. There is no common sense or frame of reference based in facts or the truth. GG is forever a barking Chihuahua with tiny Chihuahua game barking loud talking too much and saying nothing. She needs boatloads of attention and train wreck is an understatement.

To sum up this episode: Stay GOLDEN no matter how dirty and wack things get around you.

Asa's Profound and Cathartic Trip

Asa opens up about her expereince at the Iranian border.

Thank God that I'm a captain's daughter and grew up on boats and hovercrafts and do not need anything inserted to not get sick, LOL! Reza and Golnesa are cracking me up here. Hahaha!



Yachting all day on the same waters my wonderful father sailed in his youth. Such a wonderful day hanging out with my friends. Away from the B.S. and in this beautiful place enjoying each other’s love and company. Princess Island was so relaxing and charming. Every restaurant was a seafood restaurant, and I was in heaven! When I saw the tears in Merc's eyes, I could feel that she was ready to “go there.” I am so proud of her rawness about what she wants and her needs. After all, how can we achieve something we can't even visualize or speak of? I am here for her for strength, love, and support through thick and thin. She will be a wonderful mom!


By the great power of Destiny and Will, Reza, my Mom, and I were able to find a way to make a personal pilgrimage to the border of Iran, where all of us and our ancestors were born. It was such a long, intensive, and at times dangerous journey there, but this was nothing compared to the 30 years we have been waiting to go back home.Without getting too political, I wanted to explain to those who might not fully understand our inability to safely go to Iran. The fact alone that I am a political refugee is not the only reason. While I'm a very proud Iranian and feel a great responsibility to shed light on all the wonderful things about my culture, I also feel socially obligated to be honest about the things terribly wrong with the government of Iran. Iran sadly is a tyranny and deals with political dissidents (that's anyone with an opinion) as criminals. It jails, tortures, and executes its own citizens for simple expressing a political opinion. Think about all the individuals, comedians, talk show hosts, or journalists expressing various opinions here in the US about the president or government... In the US it's called freedom of speech. Well, this freedom does not exist in Iran. The number of “political” prisoners and executions of the latter is staggering. So, somebody whose art deals even mildly with such things and is considered “Islamic Feminist” going to Iran safely is pretty much out of the question.

Back to our beautiful pilgrimage to the center of my heart. Throughout the whole day, my Mom, Reza, and I were like silent warriors. We were all dealing with our own personal emotions throughout the journey while also in the collective experience. On the flight and the bus ride, it was sheer excitement. Then on the last leg of the journey in the Kurdish car, we all lost it. Listening to our favorite old Persian song on our iPhone and nearing the Iranian border, tears of joy and sadness starting falling endlessly.

It was so incredible for me to have my Mom, who sacrificed everything in her youth to make a brighter future for me and my brother, with me. I could feel her pain and joy and see it in her eyes. Reza and I really bonded on a primal level, and I will never forget these moments we shared together. I felt that we were making this pilgrimage for all immigrants, all refugees, all displaced people in the world.Then as I got out of the car and smelled the familiar air, a feeling of complete joy and euphoria came over me. I was not sad anymore. Nor was I missing it the way I used to. I surrendered all those heavy feelings right there on that earth. As I said, when you embrace the big monster, it melts away.

We all have landmark events in our lives. This was one of mine. Going to the border of Iran with my Mom and Reza was one of the most profound and cathartic experiences of my life. I am forever grateful and enormously blessed to have been able to have this experience. And I’m thrilled that I was able to share it with you all.