Nev Schulman and Max Joseph are the stars of MTV’s Catfish show, where they act as detectives, dealing with dating in the digital world. The two take on personal journeys that goes inside the stories of people who have questions about their online-only romantic relationships. Some of their findings are beyond belief, but they are successful in tracking down true “catfishes” in the process. Urban Dictionary defines a catfish as: A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances. Read on for the facts on Schulman and Joseph both on and off the show.
1. Max Joseph Has Taken Time Off To Direct a Zac Efron Film
Max Joseph is absent from the first five episodes of season 4 of Catfish because he is a director on the movie We Are Your Friends, which stars Zac Efron. As a result, there are celebrity guest stars who fill in for him and they are Charlamagne Tha God, Angel Haze, Cassidy Wolf, Alex Shaffer and Tyler Oakley. Check out info on Max Joseph and the movie above.
2. Shanee Pink Is Nev Schulman’s Last Reported Girlfriend
On season 3 of Catfish, we saw Nev Schulman kiss his girlfriend goodbye on an episode and that girlfriend was Shanee Pink. The Israeli girl is a songwriter and graphic designer. Schulman first posted an announcement about having a girlfriend in January 2013 and stated that they did not meet online, writing:
Yes, she’s totally real, and no, we didn’t meet online.
As far as we know she is still dating Nev Schulman, though the last Instagram photo Shanee put of Nev on her account was 10 months ago.
3. Priscila Joseph Is the Wife of Max
Priscila is the wife of Max Joseph and she has her own brand called Majo Brasil, which Max totally supports. She writes on her website:
Majo is a project that evolved organically from my experience in retail, fashion, and journalism. My job is to find the pieces, put together the outfits, obsess over the photos and report back on videos, museums, restaurants and other cool places here in Los Angeles as well as others cities. I will have the indispensable support of my husband Max Joseph whose creativity has added to the site’s visual quality. I would like to thank to my husband, my family and my friends whose support make this project possible.
Priscila has a passion for photography and modeling and is bilingual.
4. The Show Was Modeled After Schulman’s Personal Story
Nev Schulman made a documentary that followed him on a personal journey to find a woman with whom he built a romantic relationship with on the social networking website Facebook. Schulman strikes up a relationship with a woman named Megan who has a sister named Angela. It turns out that Megan is not even real and that it’s Angela the entire time. Angela had even said she had cancer and that was untrue. The film was well-received by critics and MTV decided to make it into a television series. Watch the trailer from the original movie above.
5. Catfish Has Been Accused Of Being Fake
Over the years, Schulman and Joseph’s show Catfish has been accused of being fake or a hoax. In 2013, Huffington Post reported:
Some cast members said their online relationships were never romantic and some had their timelines fudged, others weren’t actually talking to their “Internet love.” However, Hollywood.com reports Schulman and Joseph really don’t know who the catfisher is and do the research, despite MTV reportedly being in contact with them.
Nonetheless, MTV, Schulman, Joseph, and many other news sources say that Catfish is for real. For example, Project Casting reported:
Producers, of course, have mapped out the beginning and ending, but as far as getting from A to Z, Nev and Max do real legwork to connect the deceived with the deceiver.
There may be some editing that goes into the episodes to make it flow well, but Catfish is the real deal.