AG: The director of the show had heard about me through the grapevine, and reached out to me through Facebook. I was reluctant at first, but after some coaxing I decided to take a chance, and here I am!
TT: How long have you known Reza? Where did you meet? Tell me something juicy about him!
AG: I have known Reza for years! We met through a mutual friend and felt an immediate connection. He is a loyal friend and we have each other’s backs. As for juicy.. I PLEAD THE 5th! LOL! I will tell you that Reza is super ticklish, and becomes powerless if you get him in the right spot!
AG: I’m currently in transition right now. Up until recently I was working for an humanitarian organization called OmniPeace. My background is in fashion merchandising and that’s the environment I am most comfortable in. I also have a paralegal degree. I do occasional modeling work when I’m not training as a triathlete. I am also currently working on a side business with my little sister, but it’s still a secret–details soon to come! In a nutshell, I know how to keep busy.
TT: What is your religious background?
AG: I am Sephardic Jewish which means that I come from a long line of Middle Eastern Iranian Jews. Some of our customs are different from European Jews, including foods, prayers and some of the ways that we observe holidays.
AG: Having been born and raised in Ohio, I did not attend high school or college with the group, so I definitely don’t have the kind of history that, for example, Reza and MJ have together. I would say my relationship was overall good with the cast before going to Vegas although I definitely felt the closest to Reza. I have spent the most time with Reza and through him have spent time also with MJ . My relationship with GG is the most recent.
TT: Were you surprised by GG being so confrontational with you? As a viewer it seemed to me that GG felt you had done something to threaten her in some way. I understand we don’t see everything. Was there anything that you feel you may have said or done to cause the argument? GG did not seem to own up to the things we witnessed her saying and doing on the show and yet you accepted her non-apology and gave her a clean slate. What is your relationship like now?
AG: I LOOOVE the stache, as does the rest of world. It gives him character and suits him very well. He has been compared to Freddie Mercury a lot, which is awesome since he was also a fellow Persian. Reza has had the stache since I’ve known him, and I don’t think I would recognize him without it.It’s become his trademark and I think it’s here to stay.
TT: What has been the best thing and the worst thing about being on the show so far?
AG: I’m glad that I can help shed light on a part of the world that doesn’t always have the best reputation. I think our culture and country is beautiful and has an amazing history that we can help share. I like the friendships and camaraderie that our group has, however, it makes me sad and embarrassed that the world witnessed the ugliness demonstrated in Vegas.
TT: What is the craziest thing Reza has dragged you into other than Shahs of Sunset? Does he get you into mischief?
AG: Reza is like the brother I never had. While it’s more him that seem to get into crazy shenanigans, he helps me kick back and enjoy myself while witnessing his crazy stunts.
AG: Thank you, Tamara! I must admit that I bought the suit without ever intending to swim in it–Vegas is all about how you look, and a wet, saggy suit just doesn’t fit the bill. Also, wasn’t too crazy about getting into a pool filled peepee and who knows what else (it is Vegas, after all). I admit that a non-swimming swimsuit is kind of silly, however, must observe that neither MJ nor GG got theirs wet either!
TT: Finally, I recently ran a story about the Kathy Salem lawsuit and David Golshan. In the court documents she alleges you called David your fiance. Is this true? (say it isn’t so!) Were you surprised to be mentioned? What’s the story there?
AG: No, David and I are not and never were engaged. We have never even dated. As we all know David is a comedian and is always messing with people. We were all joking around and I just played along. It didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, so being named in the lawsuit was a big shock to me. There’s really not too much more to it than that, and I haven’t really been following or involved in it since. I think you probably know more details than I do!
Thanks so much to Anita for giving me the scoop on everything before anyone else! I hope that we see her again in season two in an even bigger role!
EDITED TO ADD MJ’s comments on a Bravo blog about how Anita was treated in Vegas. I had not read it and am frankly SHOCKED.
Bravotv.com: Talk to us about GG/Anita’s confrontation. Why did you decide to get involved? Do you think they can move forward now and get along?
MJ: I still haven’t forgiven Anita. After investing so much time praising and empowering her, apparently, her eye’s only saw red. Why go behind our backs individually to gain false support? We all fell for it at one point or another.
The thing that disappointed me the most, was that after I made such a delightful fuss over her being a goddess in red, she accused me of talking ish about her. Yes, I was there, and I’m not innocent either, but I’m not that petty either. At the time, I felt like saying to her, “Grow up! Walk it off! State your case then let it go!” But she couldn’t, and Anita’s obsessiveness has time again only proven that sometimes beauty only runs skin deep.
Wow, that is even less of an apology than GG gave. We all saw MJ be just as ugly to Anita as GG was, and it certainly appeared she instigated the namecalling. You did talk shit about her, MJ. I don’t think Anita needs to get her empowerment from you or GG. She behaved with class and decorum the entire trip. You and GG cannot say the same. I can’t believe you would not apologize and move on. I’m really very surprised.