Shahi was born in Texas and grew up living an All-American lifestyle. As a teen she competed in many a beauty pageant, even winning the 1997 Miss Fort Worth pageant. Before realizing she could make a living off of her good looks, Shahi studied English and Opera at everybody’s favorite school with a disgraced football team: Southern Methodist University. In 1999 Shahi had an epiphany and did what only the most attractive women in the state of Texas can do, and that is join the Dallas Cowboy’s Cheerleaders. In a true testament to Shahi’s hotness, she appeared on the cover of their 2000 calendar.
Sarah’s breakthrough was when she got the role as the lesbian, hot latin DJ chick Carmen de la Pica Morales in the L word season 2.
In 2000, while acting as an extra in the Richard Gere mega-chickflick Dr. T and the Women, director Robert Altman told her to move to Hollywood. Recognizing the good advice, Shahi did just that and began getting roles in no time. First Shahi got mainly extra work on shows like City Guys and Spin City, but by 2001 she landed a seven episode stint on Alias, playing a budding journalist. Shahi has also appeared on The Sopranos, Frasier, and Dawson’s Creek, as well as the seminal film Old School.
Sarah recently landed the title role in the USA network’s pilot “Facing Kate.” She’ll be playing a lawyer who, after getting a divorce, shifts careers and becomes a mediator.
Outside of her acting career, Shahi has appeared in countless men’s magazines. She is fluent in Farsi (Persian) and English, and also speaks a little Spanish. Fight pickers beware: Shahi holds a brown belt in karate, so she can probably kick your ass.
87 Sex Appeal
For most men, there are few things sexier than 1) cheerleaders and 2) lesbians. As a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and a current small-screen lesbian, Sarah Shahi combines both of these forbidden fruits into one. What makes the dark-haired goddess so sexy, though, is her natural abundance of confidence: Sarah Shahi has paraded in front of pageant judges and drunken football fans with equal ease.
As if that weren’t enough, she’s also refreshingly candid about sex, going so far as to take an oral sex seminar to prepare for her role in Old School. According to Sarah Shahi, “I’ve so recommended it to all my friends because, if nothing else, it makes you feel like a total porn star afterward.”