Interview with Reza Farahan
Reza Farahan entered the world stage on Bravo TV’s “Shahs of Sunset”. He is funny, honest and sometimes quite the prankster. He has a long-time professional real estate career outside of the show. His new show, “Yours, Mine or Ours” really highlights his life away from the “Shahs”. Teaming up with Taylor Spellman, the show helps couple decide whether to stay in one of their two properties or if they need to move on and purchase something new. It is a very interesting combination of Reza’s real estate prowess and Taylor’s design wizardry. There may be similar shows in the marketplace but there are no characters like these two. You really need to check out “Yours, Mine or Ours” Monday nights on Bravo TV. Check your local listings for the times. Set your DVR and enjoy.
Check out our interview with Reza Farahan here!
What made you want to take on a new show like “Yours, Mine, or Ours”?
I have wanted to collaborate with Bravo on a real estate show. So when they presented me with the idea of the show, how it would be structured and where we would be doing it, I jumped on it. With real estate you are pretty much geographically bound to an area. I have been in real estate for fifteen years and I cover about a ten mile radius. The opportunity to travel and help couples outside of that area was really appealing to me. I just couldn’t say no.
What did it mean for you to be able to have a gay couple on the first episode?
It was amazing. They were so adorable. I had just gotten married. It was a big deal. The fact that one of the two amazing gentleman was of similar decent to myself was also amazing. He also had two amazing kids and was marrying his partner. The significance of all of this was not lost on me at all. Outside of it making an interesting and entertaining show, there were just so many similarities to my life at the time. I had so much pride in this episode. I just thought of the gay kid, or aunt, friend, family member of a gay kid watching this episode and seeing this amazing couple with their kids. I just wanted to put this out in the universe. I know it can do so much good. I felt it the entire time we were with them.
Does that mean you might have kids on your radar?
Adam Neely (Reza’s husband) has me on the five year plan. The radar is currently active and the negotiations are ongoing. He comes up with these inevitably strange names that I have to shoot down. One of the names he came up with was Behr, which I told him was a brand of paint at Home Depot. The kid would just get beat up. We talk about kids almost daily. We discuss how we will make them happen.
How do you juggle so many projects? You have property in LA and Palm Springs along with a real estate career and another show, “Shahs of Sunset”.
I have an amazing friend that helps me handle my business. It really allows me to travel and have great trust that a great person is taking care of my clients. We actually have two properties in Palm Springs and we are currently doing construction on both of them. It is really mind numbing some days. It is not easy but we are managing.
You seem so free and happy in “Yours, Mine, or Ours”. It seems to me that there is often a lot of stress and drama driving the “Shahs of Sunset”. Does the new show just make you happy?
Absolutely, it is a window into my everyday life. “Shahs of Sunset” is my baby. I love it. I cherish it. It is something I find very special. It shined a light on something that is very important to me and that is homophobia in the Middle Eastern community. I had an objective in the show. For the most part I have reached the audience I was trying to reach. That being said, “Shahs of Sunset” is my life. It is not my work. They follow me in the clubs when drinks are getting tossed. They follow me when I am arguing with a friend. They get the whole range of emotions. The new show is more of an accurate picture of my daily life. I wake up in the morning. I do showings. I talk to clients. People are mad or unhappy when they are buying homes. It is usually one of the best experiences of people’s lives. I am very lucky to be a part of that journey.
You talked about “Shahs of Sunset” but forgot to mention your naughty pranks.
Those are lots of fun. That is just pure comic relief. Without that relief the show would just be really intense. It is nonstop. I have to inject some of those pranks whenever possible.
Did you know Taylor Spellman before meeting her while filming the new “Yours, Mine, or Ours”?
I did from afar. I saw Taylor on “Million Dollar Listing New York” working with my friend, Ryan Serhant. I saw some of her work and have admired her from afar. I didn’t know her personally back then.
Could you tell me something fun about yourself that yours fans may not be aware of yet?
This isn’t really fun or even cool but I have recently discovered this beverage, La Croix. It is a sparkling water and I am completely addicted to the coconut flavor. It is like crack. It is amazing. I can’t go an hour without drinking one. My fans may not know that I have a very strange addiction to a sparkling beverage. (Laughter)
Catch Reza Farahan and Taylor Spellman on “Yours, Mine or Ours” Monday nights on Bravo TV. Check your local listings for the times. Set your DVR and enjoy.