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Who is Aahoo Jahansouz Shahi?

Who is Aahoo Jahansouz Shahi? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Sarah Shahi, she is an American-born actress of Spanish and Iranian descent.[2] A former NFL Cheerleader, Shahi was named #90 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2005" list; she moved up to #66 in 2006.[3] She also ranked Rank No. 5 on the AfterEllen.com hot list in 2007.[4] She is probably best known for starring in The L Word as Carmen de la Pica Morales and Life as Detective Dani Reese. She is currently starring as Kate Reed in the 2011 legal drama Fairly Legal on the USA Network.

Early life

Sarah Shahi was born January 10, 1980, and grew up in Euless, Texas,[1] to an Iranian father, Abbas Shahi, and a Spanish mother, known as Mahmonir who was an interior designer.[5][6] She has an older brother, Cyrus, and a younger sister Samantha.[citation needed] She is a great-great-granddaughter of the 19th century Iranian king Fath Ali Shah Qajar. Sarah's family was forced to leave their homeland two years before the political and social unrest caused by the Islamic Revolution.[7][8] Her birthname, Aahoo, means "gazelle" in Persian.[9]

Shahi adopted Sarah as her name in second grade after hearing the song "Sarah" because "I got tormented" by other children,[1] but grew up speaking Persian as well as English at her father’s insistence. Shahi's parents began entering her in beauty pageants at the age of eight.[8]Her parents divorced when she was 10.[9] Shahi attended Trinity High School, where she was captain of the volleyball and basketball teams, and Dallas' Southern Methodist University, majoring in English and Theater. Shahi won the Miss Fort Worth USA pageant in 1997; hoping to become an actress, she joined the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 1999–2000 squad despite not having cheered before, and appeared on the cover of the squad's 2000 calendar before moving to Los Angeles.[1]

Acting career

While working as an extra on the set of Dr. T and the Women in Texas, Shahi met director Robert Altman, who encouraged her to move toHollywood,[1] where she received roles in several series, including Alias, Dawson's Creek, Reba, and Supernatural. She may be best-known for her role as DJ Carmen de la Pica Morales on The L Word, which she joined in its second season.[citation needed] Shahi did not renew her contract with the series for the fourth season, and consequently her character was written out.[10] She also played Farah in the second season of Sleeper Cell, and also appeared in HBO's The Sopranos, in the Season 6b episode "Kennedy and Heidi".

She co-starred in the short-lived NBC series Life as homicide detective Dani Reese.[1][11]

In October 2009, Shahi landed the lead role in the USA Network pilot, Facing Kate. Shahi began filming in November 2009.[12] On March 15, 2010, it was announced that USA Network had ordered eleven more episodes of the series. The show will follow the life of Kate Reed, a top litigator who is frustrated with the bureaucracy and injustice she witnesses in legal system. The series title was later changed to Fairly Legal.[13] The series began airing on USA in January 2011.[14]

On February 3, 2010, Shahi appeared on an episode ("Thrill Seekers and Hell Raisers") of Psych,[15] playing Burton Guster's new girlfriend. Her husband Steve Howey also guest-starred in the same episode.

Shahi is currently working on Untitled Beatle Boyin Project as "Carla".[16] She also will be playing "Hattie Skunk/Hattie Rockworth", a leading role in the upcoming film East Fifth Bliss.[17]

Personal life

She lived with her mother after her parents divorced. She has a brown belt in karate. She is married to actor Steve Howey, whom she met when she guest starred on Reba. They were engaged in June 2007 while vacationing in Hawaii, and married on February 7, 2009 in Las Vegas. On July 9, 2009, their first child was born. They reside in Los Angeles, California.

Filmography     



Film
YearFilmRoleOther notes
2000Dr. T and the WomenCheerleaderUncredited
2003Old SchoolErica
2003Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & BlondeBecky, Delta Nu sisterUncredited
2005A Lot Like LoveStarlet
2006For Your ConsiderationSanchez
2006The Dog ProblemCandy
2007Rush Hour 3ZoeUncredited
2008Shades of RaySana Khaliq
2008AmericanEastSalwah
2009Crossing OverPooneh Baraheri
2011East Fifth BlissHattie Skunk / Hattie RockworthPost-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2000City GuysCheerleaderEpisode: "Shock Treatment"
2000Spin CityBacheloretteEpisode: "Blind Faith"
2001Boston PublicLauraEpisode: "Chapter Eleven"
2001Off CentreAngelicaEpisode: "A Cute Triangle"
2001Maybe It's MeRosaEpisode: "The Exchange-Student Episode"
2001–2002AliasJennyEpisodes: "So It Begins", "A Broken Heart", "Reckoning", "Color Blind", "Spirit", "The Box: Part 1", and "Page 47"
2002Class of ‘06MegTelevision movie
2002My Adventures in TelevisionTV DivaEpisode: "The Chinese Baby"
2003FrasierReservationistEpisode: "Door Jam"
2003Dawson's CreekSadie Shaw / Mystery GirlEpisodes: "Catch-22", "Sex and Violence", and "All the Right Moves"
2003ERTara KingEpisode: "The Greater Good"
2004Century CityMs. MorrisEpisode: "Sweet Child of Mine"
2004–2007RebaBridget / KateEpisodes: "Cheyenne‘s Rival" and "To Tell You the Truth"
2004The Jamie Kennedy ExperimentHerselfEpisode: "3.13"
2005Plan BBronwynTelevision movie
2005SupernaturalConstance Welch / The Woman in WhiteEpisode: "Pilot"
2005–2009The L WordCarmen de la Pica MoralesMain character
2005The DropHerselfEpisode: "2.49"
2006TeachersTina TorresTelevision movie
2006Sleeper CellFarrahEpisodes: "Faith" and "Torture"
2007The SopranosSonya AragonEpisode: "Kennedy and Heidi"
2007–2009LifeDani ReeseMain character
2007Last Call with Carson DalyHerselfEpisode: "September 14, 2007"
2007–2009Entertainment TonightHerselfEpisodes: "August 30, 2007" and "March 3, 2009"
2008The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonHerselfEpisode: "5.54"
2010PsychRubyEpisode: "Thrill Seekers and Hell Raisers"
2011Fairly LegalKate ReedMain character
2011The Wendy Williams ShowHerselfEpisode: "January 20, 2011"

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