Sarah Shahi

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Sarah Shahi

Born

1/10/1980, Grapevine, Texas

Birth Name

Aahoo Jahansouzshahi

Gender

Female
  • Sarah Shahi as Kate Reed on Fairly Legal.
  • Sarah Shahi as Kate Reed on Fairly Legal.
  • Sarah Shahi as Kate Reed on Fairly Legal.
  • Virginia Williams as Lauren Reed, Sarah ...
8.7
out of 10
User Rating
454 votes

Biography

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Sarah Shahi was born in Grapevine, Texas on January 1980, two years after her family left her native Iran, due the 1979 Islamic Revolution. As her last name "Shahi" suggests, she is a descendent of Fath Ali Shah of the Qajar Dynasty, who ruled Iran from 1797 to…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Sarah: (on searching online new about herself) I've done it a few times. I'm guilty. My mom's really bad at it. My mom has these google alerts for me, so anytime something happens, she sends it right over to me and is like, 'You and your husband are broken up? You're leaving your family and moving to Canada?!' And I go, 'No, mother, no! Stop!' But anyway, I've googled myself, but it doesn't mean anything. The good stuff, the bad stuff, it's all meaningless to me.

    • Sarah: (on filming the TV series Person of Interest) I talked to Tony Shaloub once about it and he said it's like being in a factory, just churning out this product. He said you've got to keep your head down and keep running, and every once in a while you can bring your head up for air, but not too long, because then you've got to right back down again.

    • Sarah: (on her background) My great-great-grandfather was a shah back in the 1800s. Unfortunately, I don't have any gold coins or jewels to show for it. I did a lot of theater growing up, and in college I was in the musical 'Chicago.'

    • Sarah: (on her mother being a single mother) My mother raised three kids on her own, so I was taught that to be a working mom was a good thing.

    • Sarah: (on being a NFL cheerleader) NFL cheerleading is harder than most people think. They train up to six hours every day with games on Sundays. They gave me a great work ethic.

    • Sarah: (on the concept of Texas' beauty) To be beautiful in Texas, you had to be blonde and blue-eyed and have a name like Ann.

    • Sarah: (on her definition of sexy) I know it sounds weird, but my definition of 'sexy' has changed as I've gotten older. And being smart and informed makes me feel sexier than any outfit.

    • Sarah: (on her feeling after working out) Right when I finish a workout, I feel pretty sexy. Even though I'm sweaty and I don't smell like a rose, I feel strong. It does a lot for me mentally and physically.

    • Sarah: (on a change in perpective about her outlook to feeling sexy) When I was in my early 20s, I looked towards exterior things to make me feel sexy - guys, clothes, shoes, etc. Now it's all about how I feel internally.

    • Sarah: (on not being very connected to sports) You know, I never really paid attention to sports, which, coming from the mecca of football in Texas, is kind of odd. I played sports, but I was nerdy. Having a single mother, the pressure was on me to get good grades and a scholarship and go to college.

    • Sarah: I'm not one to be messed with. I can be bad when it needs to happen.

    • Sarah: My very first day (on The L Word) I met Kate (Katherine Moennig) for the first time, and it was like, 'Sarah, meet Kate. Kate, Sarah. Kate, you're going to be going down on Sarah. Sarah, you are going to have an orgasm. Welcome to The L Word'.

    • Sarah: I was 11, and I was going to a birthday party. I developed at a very young age, and I wasn't comfortable with it. I would wear baggy clothes. And my mom said: 'You're not going until you put on a skirt! Celebrate your body'!

    • Sarah: As an actress it's always good to expand your roles and sink your teeth into other things.

    • Sarah: I know social rules in Iran are very conservative and I am very respectful for that, and every type of culture.

    • Sarah: I want to be the most famous actor the world's ever seen. I don't want to be able to walk down the street or go grocery shopping. I want to be 10 times what Jennifer Lopez could ever be. Will Smith has built an empire; I want to build a kingdom. That's just how big I see.

    • Sarah: I thrive on competition. If you put me in a competition and I don't win, I'll die trying.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Talented mix-blood beauty. Gorgeous. Maybe best known for Carmen in The L word. btw.. why the hell some directors are so obsessed with fixing her up with UGLY man in the play?! :S What a coincidence?!moreless

    8.5
    Sarah is a good actress but I think she may wish to try more different roles and roles with different background. It seems like she can handle those perfectly well: stunning, gorgeous, Latina, hot, persian gal, etc, the roles she played invovle such common features, one or more. But i am afraid that all these may somehow have unexpected side-effect on her, as one needs to get beyond all these 'advantages' and make a real breaktrhough, otherwise there is a risk of glass-ceiling. For example, You know, it's awesome when everybody remember Sarah as Carmen because she made it shining and impressing, totally mark our memory. However,it is poisonous to her career as she's gonna be 'labelled' Carmen for a long time , and whenever she plays other role people feels pissed-off because they compare that role and what happen to that role with Carmen. eg They see Sarah as Carmen, and if they see Sarah with sb else, they got all nostagiac with Shane, or Sharmen. Of course, 'Carmen' is proved to be a huge success, one of her achievements.moreless
  • Talented mix-blood beauty. Gorgeous. Maybe best known for Carmen in The L word. btw.. why the hell some directors are so obsessed with fixing her up with UGLY man in the play?! :S What a coincidence?!moreless

    8.5
    Sarah is a good actress but I think she may wish to try more different roles and roles with different background. It seems like she can handle those perfectly well: stunning, gorgeous, Latina, hot, persian gal, etc, the roles she played invovle such common features, one or more. But i am afraid that all these may somehow have unexpected side-effect on her, as one needs to get beyond all these 'advantages' and make a real breaktrhough, otherwise there is a risk of glass-ceiling. For example, You know, it's awesome when everybody remember Sarah as Carmen because she made it shining and impressing, totally mark our memory. However,it is poisonous to her career as she's gonna be 'labelled' Carmen for a long time , and whenever she plays other role people feels pissed-off because they compare that role and what happen to that role with Carmen. eg They see Sarah as Carmen, and if they see Sarah with sb else, they got all nostagiac with Shane, or Sharmen. Of course, 'Carmen' is proved to be a huge success, one of her achievements. Hopefully we now know a lot of other roles she played other than Carmen. Sarah can not be Carmen forever, she will move on and is moving on. Carmen was out of the pic in Season 3 of TLW, Dani almost disappearred in the second half of Season Two, Life (coz in realife, she's having a baby! sweet...) But that will just make fans cry for more Sarah. LOL Congratz!!



    and also, just want dear Sarah to know that we the fans DID feel heartbroken every time she is assigned an UGLY and DISGUSTING man in the play. e.g. The Captain the Life (No offence to the actor personally). that is HORRIBLE...when ppl see they kissing...ewwww that is just way too ODD and WEIRD. . BUT---MOST IMPORTANTLY----

    Fewer - or better no ugly Daddy or Granpa for our Sarah, Directors. PLEASE. That is so insulting to us her fans. Well...syndrome of the above 'irony' theory. LOL and I boycot Life Season Two for the obvious reason. u know, that is just TOO HORRIBLE.well i am just kidding. u know, we love lovely Sarah.moreless
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