My friend Shira Weiss over at Huffington Post did a great interview with Shervin Roohparvar recently and he gave some behind the scenes news about the trip to Israel we will see in the next episode of Shahs of Sunset.
I’ve been to Israel many times and I can see it’s kind of a…nuanced subject when it’s approached by the group. You guys seemed nervous about the trip last episode. Will you be on that trip?
Yes, I go. Well, you know the teasers are designed to keep you on edge. You see our detainment in the airport, but we were traveling for 27 hours and if i were Israeli intelligence protecting everybody, I would profile – if 9 out of 10 people look a certain way and do a certain thing behaviorally, it is what it is. We look a little worse than we felt and that’s because we’re so tired. We weren’t working out and our diets were pretty bad – we were eating airplane food – you’re not a spring chicken at that moment. Israel was filled with gorgeous views, really awesome food, very cool places and history. Each and every person on that trip had some kind of personal growth and development and that was amazing to me. I think it’s two episodes and I am excited that I’m going to get to relive it.
In all fairness, I can tell you that going to Israel, being in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea have always been on my bucket list, wonders of the world. There was some fear about going into what was defined as a hot zone. Tel Aviv is very safe, but we travel to other cities and we’re not inconspicuous! The reality is we’re there with a production crew and people take notes. If there’s some idiot doing something stupid, it would probably be a prime target. Many precautions were taken by production and they made sure we were safe, but in all fairness, you think twice about a vacation where precautions need to be thought out.
You were worried about going to Israel because of your business relationships. What exactly do you do and why were you concerned?
I have a few different companies in different spaces and I’ve been back and forth to Dubai. I have computer companies that export to the Middle East and I also had some properties and titles in my name. If you, Shira, were to go to Dubai right now, you would go through extra stages of security because you have multiple Israel trips on your passport. They’ll let you in, but will want to know why you went to Israel, who you spoke to…The whole thing is really sad to be honest because it’s keeping people from seeing the beauty of the world, but that’s the world we live in so we kind of got to play by the rules.
Shira’s interview with Shervin covers much more than just the trip to Israel. He opens up about his relationships with other castmates, hints that he and his showmance break up this season, and makes a few comments about Asa that have me wondering what all she is really hiding.
So go check out her interview here. You won’t regret it. There are also some really hot photos of Sherv.