Shahs of Sunset‘s Mike Shouhed is the Bravo show’s hard-working, hard-partying (and very connected) Beverly Hills commerical real estate king who’s recently traded his single-and-ready-to-mingle ways for new girlfriend Jessica Parido. With a killer body and equally appealing charm, he comes by his nickname as the “Persian Casanova” honestly.
In an exclusive interview with gossipdavid.com, Mike discusses his family’s reaction to Jessica, his squabbling co-stars, and if his arm would need to be twisted to pose in the buff for Playgirl!
Now that season 2 of Shahs of Sunset is airing, how have you noticed that your fame has increased, like walking around, getting spotted, more people from your past coming out of the woodwork?
My life has completely changed since season two has aired. Seems like any girls that I have dated in the past have gotten in touch with me via Facebook, Twitter, old email addresses, even people calling my parent’s houses! It’s pretty exciting being spotted while I’m out. I’ve lost all anonymity, but it’s cool because I’m gonna use this newfound fame to do some good and bring a positive impact to my fans.
So how serious are you and your new girlfriend Jessica Parido?
Jessica’s an amazing girl, gorgeous not only on the outside but also on the inside and we are getting a little more serious. Who knows, she may be the one.
Who in your family is the least supportive of the relationship, or is having the most difficult time, given she’s not Persian and Jewish, and that seems important in your family? Why?
My Mom and Dad are having difficulty coping with the fact she’s not Persian or Jewish. It’s difficult for them because it’s uncharted territory that they don’t seem to understand. My parents want someone they can relate to and speak openly with in their native tongue and they think they’re gonna have difficulty understanding Jessica and her ways because of her different religion and background.
Do you agree with your co-star Reza that you’re wasting your time on commercial real estate? What would be another line of work you would pursue, or expand into?
I agree with Reza that commercial real estate isn’t as hot as residential, but a waste of time? No. I think transitioning into residential would be a great idea and partnering with Reza to take Beverly Hills over is gonna make both of us very wealthy. I’m gonna use this show’s platform to market myself as the best thing to happen to residential real estate in a long time, and I expect all my Persian friends and family to give me their listings.
You’re in amazing shape: What’s your fitness routine and diet?
Believe it or not I eat whatever I want. I just work out very hard. I’m disciplined when it comes to the gym, cardio and working out to maximum potential. Everything in moderation with eating. I like In N Out, but I’ll only have it once a month or so, when a craving hits.
Reza said “You’re hot as hell” in a recent episode. Would you pose for Playgirl if asked?
I agree with Reza: I am hot as hell! If the opportunity and the money was right, I’d definitely consider Playgirl.
If you were single, would you go on JDate.com?
Hell no! I have no problems finding women in real life, why the hell would I use internet dating to find someone?
You seem to be on Team ASA not Team GG, the show’s resident frenemies. Why?
I’m on team Mikey, and I side with the people that are right. I’m an advocate against bullying, and I feel that GG is a bully and needs help so I side who I feel is in the right against the wrong.
You must be getting fan tweets, emails, and letters. What’s the scariest or most disturbing one you’ve received?
I’m lucky, I haven’t received anything too crazy. There are some super fans that sent me crazy pics and tweets but nothing too scary, and I welcome all the tweets, facebook requests and emails. I read them all, and it makes me feel good and very blessed.