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Overview (3)

Born in Euless, Texas, USA
Birth NameAahoo Jahansouzshahi
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouzshahi in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish-Iranian mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and 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 & the Women (2000), she met director Robert Altman, who encouraged her to move to Hollywood to pursue a career as an actress. Shahi was the first ghost in Supernatural (2005), the CW paranormal drama series. She had recurring roles in several TV series, such as Alias (2001), in which she played "Jenny"; and Dawson's Creek (1998), where she was "Sadia Shaw". She became a fan favorite in 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.

However, she is best-known for her main role as "Sameen Shaw" on the CBS show Person of Interest (2011) playing a CIA agent turned-vigilante with a heart of gold.

She also appeared on HBO's The Sopranos (1999), in the episode The Sopranos: Kennedy and Heidi (2007) as "Sonya Aragon", a stripper and a 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 a 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

Family (2)

Spouse Steve Howey (7 February 2009 - 29 January 2021)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Parents Shahi, Mah Monir
Shahi, Abbas Jahansouz

Trivia (21)

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 randomly auditioned and got the part of Carmen de la Pica Morales on The L Word (2004), she wasn't sure that she wanted it because of the character being a lesbian and having to partake in various make-out/lovemaking scenes with other women, but she now considers it her dream role and also ranks it among her best work.
Studied opera.
Ranked #90 on Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list in 2005.
Her father Abbas Jahansouzshahi is of Persian origin, her mother Mahmonir Soroushazar, is a Spaniard interior designer.
Ranked #5 on the AfterEllen.com hot list in 2007.
Ranked #66 on Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list in 2006.
Daughter-in-law of Bill Howey.
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 the Irish rock band, Thin Lizzy.
Played the first-ever ghost seen on the series, Supernatural (2005).
Ranked #67 on Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list in 2014.
Has an older brother, Cyrus, and a younger sister, Samantha Shahi.
(February 7, 2009) Married her boyfriend of 6 years Steve Howey following a 20-month-long engagement.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 29, a son named William Wolf Howey on July 8, 2009 at home, weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz. Child's father is her now ex-husband, Steve Howey.
Gave birth to twins (her 2nd & 3rd children) at age 35, a daughter named Violet Moon Howey & a son named Knox Blue Howey on March 1, 2015 at home. Children's father is her now ex-husband, Steve Howey.
(May 4, 2020) Has filed for divorce from her husband of 11 years Steve Howey.

Personal Quotes (10)

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.
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.'
It's a tiny little town and a charming place to grow up. But every boy I liked never liked me back. To be beautiful in Texas, you had to be blonde and blue-eyed and have a name like Ann. Aahoo was a little weird for them.
You can be a mom and still want to be the sexual goddess at the same time. The two don't have to lose one for the other.

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