Nev Schulman, ‘Catfish’ Star: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Many know Nev Schulman as the host of MTV’s Catfish, but it was Schulman’s documentary movie Catfish that catapulted him into fame. The movie was actually the catalyst for the television show. Read on for the facts on Schulman and why we love watching him on TV.

1. Schulman Was Victim to a Catfish

Nev Schulman’s website bio talks about the very beginning when he began filming Catfish the movie.

In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

Thanks to Schulman’s personal journey to find love, thousands of young lives have been affected for the better, being more cautious about who they talk to on the internet.

2. Catfish Co-Host Max Joseph Grew Up With Schulman

Many viewers wonder how Nev and Max got together in the first place, asking the question, “How do Nev and Max know each other?” In an interview with Female First, Max talks about how he first became friends with Nev:

I grew up with Nev and his older brother, Rel, and we’ve known each other since we were like 14. We’ve always talked about making films together and we’ve collaborated in the last couple of years. We’ve directed together, I’ve directed things for them, we’ve shot together and we’ve always had a very close friendship and creative collaboration. When Nev and Rel and Henry were considering doing this as a show for MTV, they naturally reached out to me as someone who could join the team and fill in for this role.

3. He’s a Founding Member of the Young Leadership Committee for Leave Out Violence.

Aside from supporting the contemporary ballet community in New York City, Schulman is a big part of youth organization Leave Out Violence. This global organization’s mission is:

To reduce violence in the lives of youth and in our communities by building a team of youth who communicate a message of non-violence … LOVE’s youth-driven workshops, newspapers, books, exhibits, videos and public service announcements that promote non-violence have reached hundreds of thousands.

4. Schulman Was an Esteemed Photographer Prior to Catfish

Nev Schulman’s online bio talks about his accomplishments as a photographer before the birth of Catfish.

Schulman was a New York City photographer and filmmaker, and the youngest member of Supermarché. His photography has appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Vogue, The New York Times, Lucky, New York magazine, the New York Sun and Dance Magazine. He now resides in Los Angeles.

Schulman’s interest in photography actually came from studying dance for 5 years.

5. Schulman’s Book Comes out Fall 2014

Schulman has written a book called “In Real Life,” which comes out this fall via Grand Central Publishing. Deadline reports:

Schulman will write about his continuing exploration of relationships in the digital age, which started with the indie documentary Catfish … The book will also convey lessons he learned personally and from the show on how not to get sucked into an emotional attachment through Facebook or other social media with a person who puts up a phony picture and is out to play with their heartstrings.

MTV supports Schulman’s book saying:

If you want to avoid being duped online, “In Real Life” will be your bible.