Watch A Two-Minute Sneak Peek of Bravo’s New Show ‘Shahs of Sunset’ [VIDEO]
Your new guilty pleasure has arrived as Bravo has released the first look at video from “Shahs of Sunset” in a cold open for the highly-anticipated show.
The two minute clip sets the scene for the show which follows a group of young Persian-American friends who live and work in the area between Beverly Hills and West L.A. — nicknamed Tehrangeles (a combo of Los Angeles and Iran’s capital Tehran) — which is home to approximately 500,000 Iranians, the largest population outside of Iran.
“When the revolution happened, we had to pick up and flee the old country,” explains the cast via voiceover in the somber opening of the video. “We really didn’t get to take our wealth with us, we got out. I’ve been a refugee since I was eight. My parents sacrificed everything for me to be free…so we ended up in Beverly Hills!”
Watch the video below (click the full screen button for so you don’t have to get your granny squint on).
Meet M.J., Reza, Asa, Sammy, Mike and GG, the show’s young stars who sport expensive cars and designer clothing in their daily grind to juggle living and working in Los Angeles while balancing the demands of their families and traditions:
Mercedes “MJ” Javid | @MercedehJavid
MJ is a 30-something year old, luxury real estate agent living the high life in the Hollywood Hills. A known party girl, she sometimes struggles balancing her “networking” at night with her early mornings at the office. Coming from different sides of the spectrum MJ and her overbearing and unconventional Persian mother, Vida, fight over everything from the way MJ dresses to the boys she dates. MJ struggles to find out who she really is and what she really wants from her friends, from her work, and from her family.
Reza Farahan | @RezaFarahan
Born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Beverly Hills, Reza is a 38 year old prominent player in the Los Angeles real estate world. Best friends since high school, Reza and MJ love to party, drink champagne and spend money on designer names. He is one of few openly gay Persians in the community and often struggles with gossip and prejudice regarding his sexuality. Reza’s family supports him in spite of the pressure they feel to ostracize him. Despite his untraditional style, Reza is an old fashioned guy at heart who wants a partner, a family, and the American White Picket Fence happy ending, but he is going to have to get past the baggage he carries from his upbringing to achieve it.
Asa Soltan Rahmati | @ASAjoon
Asa is a controversial singer/artist who prides herself on living the “Modern Persian gypsy bohemian lifestyle” and is prominent in the Venice artist scene. A refugee who fled Iran as a young girl Asa grew up in Europe before moving to Los Angeles as a teenager. The sassy 35 year old is often considered an outsider in the group doing whatever she wants, whenever she wants including dating outside her race and religion. With little desire to settle down any time soon, Asa’s main priority in life is staying true to herself and her career.
Sammy is a residential developer in Beverly Hills specializing in building multi-million dollar homes specifically for the Persian community. Constantly working to make a deal, Sammy feels the pressure from his family and culture to be wildly successful in his career. The 35 year old loves to spend his money and is often the first one to buy bottle service at one of LA’s hottest clubs. Sammy is a “ladies man” and is always on the prowl for his next fling, but recently began debating if it’s time to find the right Persian girl who appreciates what’s in his heart and not in his wallet.
Mike Shouhed | @MikeShouhed
Mike is part of the self-appointed “Persian Real Estate Mafia” in Los Angles. After being a high roller in the Vegas commercial real estate market, Mike lost his shirt in the crash and has moved back home to rebuild. The 33 year old reformed player has the best of intentions, but old habits are hard to break and Mike can’t seem to stop charming every girl in the room. His friends joke he’s looking for “the one” every night at the club, but ultimately he is looking for a woman he can bring home to his mother.
Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi | @GolnesaGG
GG is an exotic beauty with a fiery temper and very little filter. Fully supported by her father, this classic “Persian Princess,” goes out to lunch with her friends during the day and shops for Mr. Persian Right at night. More than ready to start a family, GG is definitely looking to settle down, but the 29 year old is having a hard time finding a man that can support the lavish lifestyle and handle her unapologetic personality.
Produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, “Shahs of Sunset” will premiere on March 11 at 10PM on Bravo. Follow Ryan Seacrest Productions on Twitter at @RSP to keep up on details leading up to the premiere!