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    • 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.

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