The drama and gold is bigger and better than ever on season four of Bravo's Shahs of Sunset.
A lot has changed in life and love for the gang this year, and ETonline
caught up series stars Mike Shouhed
, Asa Soltan Rahmati
, Mercedes “MJ” Javid
and new castmember Asifa Mirza
at Pump Restaurant
in West Hollywood for the scoop on the transformative and explosive new season.
Among the exciting life changes for Mike this season is his engagement. The reformed player is finally settling down and invited the cameras to capture the moment he popped the question to Jessica Parido-- while skydiving, no less!
"I committed to this project three years ago, good, bad, the ugly," Mike said. "This was something that was real in my life and I wanted people to see the evolution of myself and my relationship."
Everybody's favorite gay Persian, Reza Farahan is also tying the knot and this season will sow his last wild oats in an epic bachelor party.
"His bachelor party was a night where he got so crunk like you've never seen him get that crazy before. You might have overheard me saying there was sex in the champagne room so he might have gotten in a little trouble with Adam," MJ shared.
Asifa is the new blood this season, replacing "Persian Barbie" Lilly Ghalichi, who parted ways with the show after three seasons.
"You go [into Shahs] with a little bit of anxiety-- it's kind of like the unknown," Asifa explained. "To my surprise they are all amazing people. It's a pleasure to be a part of the group."
Half Indian and half Persian, she brings the heat this season, thanks in part to her passionate and complicated relationship with her retired boyfriend/ex-husband/possible fiance Bobby Panahi.
"My relationship now can be a little bit of a hindrance because we do fight a lot in front of people," Asifa admitted. "People don't want to see people fight so we need to work on that. I know that can bother and affect some of the friends because they don't want to get involved."
But as we all know, it wouldn't be the Shahs of Sunset without some drama, and this season is more explosive than ever. "There are some accusations flying this season," Mike revealed. Among them is a shocking allegation from Golnessa "GG" Gharacheda, who claims that Mike tried to hook up with her during the group's trip to Turkey last season, despite having a girlfriend at the time.
"It's America people are free to say whatever they want about whoever they want and she did," Mike said. "It causes a riff between me and the rest of the group."
The cast explained that unlike other reality shows, the close-knit group are friends in real life. When there's any beef between members of the group, it affects everyone.
"It was a really difficult season and like we said before were the type of people that go there," Asa added. "But I think it weirdly brought us closer together."
Aside from the drama and shenanigans the Shahs find themselves in each year, the show has also been a platform for some real social issues. From Reza's coming out to the group's emotional trip to the Iran border, the reality show has managed to balance the fluff with genuinely tender moments that the cast says anyone can relate to.
"All of these revelations we had like in Turkey are continuing," MJ added. "I think as we mature we have more of them, we have more social awareness and personal awareness."
Watch the video for more on the drama this season and for a sneak peek of tonight's new episode. Let's just say the claws come out!
Shahs of Sunset airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. on Bravo.