If you're a celebrity like Shahs of Sunset bachelor Mike Shouhed, a night out on the town is all about finding a balance. After all, when you're a reality star, the last thing you want is to make a fool of yourself in front of a club filled with strangers who might be quick to spill about it on the internet.
"You know I'm one of the few people that's on reality TV that really doesn't mind people taking pictures with me. I love it. As long as people are polite about it, I'm OK with it. My biggest pet peeve is when people start taking pictures of me from a distance. It makes me feel awkward like they're trying to catch me doing something," he told Bravo After Hours. "It's like just ask and I'll be more than happy to take a picture with you. But it does give you a whole new consciousness of being on your best behavior because now you're not just representing yourself."
Mike noted that when he does step into a club, he is aware of who he is and what that means for the show. "You're representing a brand. You're representing a network. You're representing a show and you're representing your fans and so it's something I don't take lightly."
Still, Mike isn't the kind of guy who can just turn the fun dial all the way down. "You adapt, right?" he said. "So it's like anything in the world: you either become open to growth and change or you stay stagnate in life. And I realized that I can't allow the outside world to dictate my level of fun. I just do it now in a more responsible way. And it comes with age, as I've gotten a little bit older I know my tolerance and I know how much I can drink before I'm drunk and I know how to act."
If you think it's madness when Mike steps into one of his favorite hotspots like Hyde, Warwick, or 1 Oak by himself, you can bet that partygoers get even more excited when he's out and about with his fellow Shahs. "People just become overwhelmed with excitement," he said. "If I'm with MJ or Reza or Shervin, they just don't know what to do with themselves and it's crazy."
He added that the experience of going out with his pals is always evolving. "Every time I thought, 'Man this particular experience made me realize this is much bigger than we ever imagined it to be or ever thought it is,' and it gets trumped the next time we got out."
Case in point: "I was at a party last year and Hugh Jackman [was there]. We were both just turnt up a little bit, having fun. He comes over, he goes, 'Dude, I love you guys' show. You guys are hilarious.' [It] tripped me the f*** out. [Like], 'You're Hugh Jackman. You like [our show], that's insane; thank you. I love you.' I'm telling you, it's the craziest thing, these people love our show. So wild."
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