There are few people in this world as confident as Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi. However, before the Shahs of Sunset pal made her stage debut in the Off-Broadway comedy Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man on Saturday, December 3, she was absolutely terrified. "I'm excited and scared sh**less at the same time," she told The Daily Dish in mid-November. "I've never done anything like this before, so this has been brand-new for me. This has been very surreal for me."
Specifically, GG said she was worried about forgetting her lines or not remembering her cues, typical things that anyone who has never been onstage before might be afraid of. But at the same time, GG said she had found a new passion in acting. "I've never even had the smallest interest in it before, and now I'm just really excited because I like it," she said. "So I'm really interested in seeing which direction this can take me and which doors it'll open for me."
GG said she has always dreamed of being a talk show host, so she began getting some expertise in this area and meeting with acting coaches. She was approached by the director of Sex Tips, Tim Drucker, to star in the production as Robyn, the mousy moderator of a literary talk at the local university who soon finds herself as a student of Dan Anderson (Grant MacDermott) as he leads an interactive sex seminar. "And once I read the script, I was sold on it," GG told The Daily Dish.
GG gets her sex ed on in Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. Photo: Jeff Mills
In addition to taking acting classes and meeting with an acting coach, GG said she had been preparing for the role by "reading, reading, reading" the script. But mostly, GG said that she was really trying to figure out who Robyn is beyond what she saw on the page. "Because my character doesn't have a whole backstory to her, I had to create it. So it was really interesting creating who she is, where she came from, what she eats, based off of just reading the script, just becoming her," GG explained. "Every time I read the script now, I make sure to put my hair up because her hair is up, and I try to wear something I wouldn't typically wear. So I'm just slowly trying to become her."
Of course, there's no way of preparing for all of the improvisational moments in the show, but that didn't seem to worry GG. "That's the stuff I'm looking forward to. That's the stuff that looks fun for me," she said.
And since the show is all about sex, GG said she won't have a problem thinking on her feet. "I talk about sex like every other conversation I have. I'm just talking about penises or vaginas or just sex," she said. "I just love the conversation, so I'm really excited for this role."
However, GG said that a scene that involves her demonstrating a handjob even makes her blush, especially when she thinks about the fact that her dad is going to be in the audience on opening night. "So I'm just like, f*** my life," GG said. "Oh my God. It's like, Dad, just close your eyes, turn around, do something."
GG said that she was looking forward to leaving Los Angeles a bit and experiencing New York in a different way as part of a play. She was also eager to finally get to spend some time with the cast. "It's really tricky when you don't live there and other cast members, they sit around with each other for months practicing their play. And for me, I have only one week with them, so it's scary for me. It's very different reading a script by yourself and then finally meeting these people just a couple days before this play and having to nail it," GG said. "So I'm nervous. I'm really nervous. If I set my mind to something, I'm usually good at conquering it."
GG will also be putting a personal touch on the production since a portion of the play's proceeds will go to her foundation, Little Warriors, which supports children battling autoimmune diseases. That's something that is close to GG's heart since she has shared her experience with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) on Shahs of Sunset, and she was also diagnosed with a second autoimmune disease earlier this year. "My heart melted," GG said of her reaction when she heard about how the play would be supporting her organization. "So it became even more special for me."
Photo: Jeff Mills
GG will be starring in Sex Tips now through December 17. Her fellow Bravoleb, The Real Housewives of New York City's Sonja Morgan, made her Off-Broadway debut in Sex Tips in October. Watch Sonja dish on her sexiest role ever, below.