When Season 8 of Shahs of Sunset kicked off earlier this month, fans got to meet Mike Shouhed's girlfriend, Paulina. Their romance was first teased in the trailer, which dropped weeks before the premiere, and it was in that moment her parents learned she was going to make her Bravo debut.
"Hi, Paulina's parents; she's going to be on TV. Persian-Jewish girl on television without her parents knowing is a big deal," he said said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight recently.
As for Mike being a Shahs star, well, they knew prior and had a less than enthusiastic response: "They weren't very excited."
Mike also confirmed they were introduced by mutual friends. "We went on a date and I just looked at her and, in my own mind, I was like, I am going to marry you one day," he said.
They went on their first date at Taco Bell upon her suggestion(!!) and sat there for hours and "just sat and talked, and she told me everything, her story, her looks, her personality, I just fell in love with her … she just got me. It was cool."
And it sounds like Mike has met his match. "When you meet the right one, you just know," he said. "I am falling more in love with her every day that I'm with her, because I just realize more things about her that are so lovable."
Paulina has two young kids, who Mike has quickly become a huge fan of — and vice versa.
"I never thought I could love two babies that were not my own offspring as much as I love them. Like, when I come over to Paulina's house, they rush to see me, ‘Mikey! Mikey! Mikey!’ Regardless of how hard of a day I had, they give me life and they give me energy again, it's so amazing to watch them grow up and, at six and four, the way they communicate, like, dude. I wish I was as smart as you two when I was that age. Like, the 6-year-old negotiates with me to get chocolate and candy and sushi and I'm like, how do you know already?" he said.
He added that having kids together is still in the cards for the couple: "I love these two like they are my own, I want one or two or three of my own. [Paulina’s] young, and she makes me feel young, and we are going to try, let's see."
Want more Shahs of Sunset? New episodes air every Sunday at 9/8c or catch up on this season through the Bravo app.
The Daily Dish is your source for all things Bravo, from behind-the-scenes scoop to breaking news, exclusive interviews, photos, original videos, and, oh, so much more. Subscribe to The Daily Dish podcast, join our Facebook group, and follow us on Instagram for the latest news hot off the presses. Sign up to become a Bravo Insider and be the first to get exclusive extras.