Sarah Shahi

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Biography

Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouz in Euless, Texas on January 10th, 1980. She is of Iranian and Spanish decent and her birth name, "Aahoo," is the Persian word for "gazelle". The last name "Shahi" is derived from the name of her great great grandfather, Fat'h-Ali Shah Qajar, who was a ruler of Iran during the 19th century.

Sarah won the Miss Fort Worth USA Pageant in 1997 and then joined the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad in 1999, which lead to uncredited television roles as a cheerleader. She continued to take small spots as an extra in different television programs until she landed a reoccurring role as "Jenny" on the hit television show Alias in 2001.

After a few more small roles, Sarah was cast as Carmen de la Pica Morales in the Showtime lesbian drama series The L Word (2005). She wasn't sure she wanted the part at first, but later said she considered it her dream role. Her other major television character was homicide detective Dani Reese on Life (2007).

Trivia

  • Was married in an Elvis Chapel ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 7, 2009, complete with a one-hour performance by the resident Elvis impersonator
  • Speaks English, Persian and some Spanish, but was not allowed to date or learn Spanish when she was growing up. (Her father forbid it.)
  • Is a brown belt in karate
  • Has studied opera and plays piano and guitar
  • Appeared on the cover of the 2000 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders calendar


Quotes

  • "I realized early on that it was important to have those values - a morality and ethics that come with being Southern girl. The way you treat people - little things, the niceties like hellos, like courtesy. They mean something."
  • "When you walk down the street in Texas, you make eye contact with people and nod at them. In L.A. nobody did, and it really surprised me. You can walk right past somebody and pretend they aren't there. I would say 'hello' to everybody. People looked at me like I was insane."
  • "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.'"

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