Adam Neely is certainly not new to Shahs of Sunset viewers, but his life outside the tight-knit crew and his marriage to Reza Farahan may be a bit of a mystery. So what viewers may not realize is that Adam has an incredibly successful career in TV behind the scenes in addition to what we see in front of the camera. As fall TV season gets underway, The Daily Dish caught up with Adam, who reflected on his successful run working as an assistant editor on a number of high-profile small-screen projects, including several of Ryan Murphy's always-buzzy shows.
But, let's start at the beginning. Adam broke into TV after a friend and former neighbor, who worked an editor "inspired me to go into post production." Adam attended California State University, Northridge and from there found himself working in Ryan's wacky world. "I had interviewed with a reality company that had referred me to Ryan Murphy's company as a PA and I actually got that position," he recalled. "I started off in Ryan's world as a PA. I had no idea who Ryan Murphy was. I had no idea he did Nip/Tuck. I had no idea he did Running with Scissors, or the show Popular."
Adam definitely knows Ryan and his work now, having worked on Glee, American Horror Story, and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. "Being on set with him is just like watching a painter make his canvas look pretty," Adam said. "He's very focused. He knows exactly what he wants. He gets exactly what he wants. It's just phenomenal to watch him work. He's really great to work with. He always gave people opportunities to be challenged and take it to the next level. And what I really thought was cool about him when it came down to making cuts and rearranging an episode, he always knew exactly what to do exactly, what to take out, what was working, what wasn't working. And that's one thing that's really, really interesting about him... I really enjoyed working with him."
Working in the Ryan Murphy universe also means that he gets the chance to play in all different genres, ranging from comedy to horror to true crime. "I like having my hand in every cookie jar," Adam explained.
But he especially loves working on a series right from the start. "I loved working on the pilot for Scream Queens. I loved working on that. It was funny. It was new. It was fresh same thing with The People v. O.J. Simpson. The pilot was very intriguing. It just brought back a lot of memories from a kid when that whole trial was going on from start to finish," he said. "I really enjoy working on pilots, especially Ryan's pilots because you get to put your own little stamp on it and just make it a little part of your own. And that's what I really enjoy doing with all of Ryan's pilots."
And the hard work is paying off. The People v. O.J. Simpson went home with tons of hardware during the Emmy Awards earlier this month, including wins for Outstanding Limited Series, performance awards for Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown, and Courtney B. Vance, and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie. "I was very very proud. I was very very excited for the editorial team to be recognized cause all three of our editors were recognized for best editing," he said. "It was really good to see all the hard work pay off. And I'm very happy Sarah Paulson got an Emmy. My good friend Chi Yoon [Chung] who was one of the editors, she got an [Emmy]. I was very happy to see all the work being recognized."
Adam shared he's currently taking a break from Ryan Murphy to focus on other projects, including the upcoming McG-directed The Babysitter ("he's an amazing person to work with"), a stint on FX's Tyrant, and the upcoming series The Deep. Though he one day hopes to branch out into directing and writing in the horror genre.
The Shahs spouse credits his work as an assistant editor for some of his greatest friendships in the business and giving him the chance to work with some really incredible talent. "Oh God, there's so many like Kristin Chenoweth; she and I are good friends. Lea Michele, she and I are good friends," he said. "Darren Criss, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson. I mean, there's so many. I really enjoying working with all actors. Evan Peters is amazing. Cheyenne Jackson. Everyone who I've worked with actorwise, they're all amazing across the board, all very down-to-Earth, all very approachable."
When Adam's not working, he, of course, has Reza to come home to. And his husband has a very specific list of flicks he likes to watch on repeat."He loves [Argo]. There's three movies that he always watches when I come home," Adam shared. "One of these three is always playing: it's either Argo, Gone Girl, or Eddie Murphy's Coming to America."
Check out some adorable photos of Adam and Reza, below.