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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 January 1980Euless, Texas, USA
Birth NameAahoo Jahansouz Shahi
Height 5' 3¾" (1.62 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouz in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and Dallas Southern Methodist University, studied opera and majored in English. As a teenager, she won several beauty contests, and took first place in the Miss Fort Worth USA pageant in 1997. She joined the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and was part of the 1999-2000 squad. She also appeared on the cover of their 2000 calendar.

While working as an extra on the set of Dr. T and the Women (2000), she met director Robert Altman, who encouraged her to move to Hollywood to pursue a career as an actress. She had recurring roles in several TV series, such as Alias (2001), in which she played "Jenny"; Dawson's Creek (1998), where she was "Sadia Shaw"; and The L Word (2004), playing "Carmen de la Pica Morales". Shahi was also the first ghost in Supernatural (2005), the CW paranormal drama series.

She is best-known for her role as the Mexican-American DJ "Carmen de la Pica Morales" in the Showtime series, The L Word (2004), which she joined in its second season. Sarah did not renew her contract with the show for a fourth season and, consequently, her character was written out.

She also appeared in HBO's The Sopranos (1999), in the episode Kennedy and Heidi (#6.18) as "Sonya Aragon", a stripper and college student who spends a weekend with Tony after a death in his family. Although uncredited by most sources, Sarah also appeared in the Jackie Chan film, Rush Hour 3 (2007), as one of the girls being handcuffed along with Mia Tyler for traffic offense by Chris Tucker early in the film. She also starred with Damian Lewis in the NBC show, Life (2007).

Sarah speaks English, Farsi and some Spanish, and has a brown belt in karate.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jamiee M

Spouse (1)

Steve Howey (7 February 2009 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (18)

Attended Southern Methodist University
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 2000 Swimsuit Calendar Covergirl.
The great-great-granddaughter of a 19th century Persian Shah, Fath Ali Shah Qajar by Begom Khanom (daughter of Hossein Qoli Khan Afshar, niece of Begom Khanom, daughter of Emam Qoli Khan Afshar), through their son Jahansouz Shah.
Moved to Los Angeles in 2000.
When she got the part of Carmen de la Pica Morales on The L Word (2004), she wasn't sure that she wanted it, but now considers it her dream role.
Studied opera.
Named #90 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2005" list.
Her father is of Persian origin, her mother is a Spaniard.
Rank No. 5 on the AfterEllen.com hot list in 2007. Source: Advocate magazine, issue No. 996.
Rank 66th on the Maxim Hot 100 in 2006. Source: Advocate magazine, issue No. 996.
Daughter-in-law of Bill Howey.
She and her husband Steve Howey had a son, William Wolf Howey, born July 8, 2009, weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz.
Was a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from 1999-2000.
Was captain of her High School volleyball team.
She adopted the name "Sarah" from the song by Irish Rock band Thin Lizzy.
Played the first ever Demon seen on the series ''Supernatural''.
Attended Southern Methodist University.
She and husband Steve Howey are both staunch conservative Republicans.

Personal Quotes (9)

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.
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.
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.
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.
To be beautiful in Texas, you had to be blonde and blue-eyed and have a name like Ann.
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.
My mother raised three kids on her own, so I was taught that to be a working mom was a good thing.
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.'

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