Category: Interviews

Comic Con Quickie with Sarah Shahi

Here’s Sarah’s interview with The TV Addict.

Not attending San Diego Comic Con 2011? Not a problem! Because theTVaddict.com, courtesy of our West Coast Correspondent Tiffany Vogt and photag sister Jen will be risking life and limb to get you up close and personal with your favorite stars. Next up, star Sarah Shahi, who dishes on some of the big changes in store for fans when FAIRLY LEGAL returns for its second season.

Sarah Shahi Ponders upcoming ‘Legal’ changes…

Sarah talks Fairly Legal changes with TVLine. I really like what Sarah had to say and definitely agree with her. I really enjoyed Fairly Legal but always thought they could maybe take it up a notch in a lot of areas. It lacks a certain wow factor that I get with most of the USA brand and hopefully come Season 2 the change that they are talking about will cement this series as a flagship for the network.

Sarah Shahi was positively radiating good vibes when TVLine spoke with her mere moments after the news was officially handed down that USA Network had renewed Fairly Legal for a second season. Yet she, like some of the show’s fans, found herself at a loss to process a report that with the pick-up came a dictate for “creative changes” moving forward.

“I read about that just like everyone else, and I’m very curious to see what that means,” Shahi told me during the USA upfront presentation’s after-party. “I’m trying to pick my moments with [network co-president] Jeff Wachtel to bring that one up.”

I invited Shahi to reassure anxious the Fairly Legal fans who, in the comments on our renewal story, expressed concern over the rumored tinkering. “What I can say is that I am coming back — though I don’t know if your readers are going to be happy about that or not!” she joked.

Turning serious, she acknowledged that “there were some things in the first season we could have done better,” and with that in mind she anticipates a sophomore run that is “even more dynamic.”

“My hope is that all the good stuff will be heightened –- that the comedic stuff is even funnier, the dramatic stuff is deeper, and the storylines are stronger,” she offered. “That’s if I have anything to do with it -– and I hope I do a little bit, at least!”

One thing the actress doesn’t want to see change, though, is Kate’s delightfully quirky self.

“She is kind of a perfect mess, and I would love to see her get messier,” Shahi offered with a megawatt smile. “Season 1 ended with her getting fired, so I would love to see her swim in her own s— for a bit, then dig herself out.”

Sarah gets Esquire Sexy

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Check out the stunning images from Sarah’s Esquire shoot by clicking the above photo and seeing all 17 gloriously radiant pictures! Here’s a small preview:

Enjoy!

Listen to Sarah Shahi discuss new series & hollywood/pageants!

Sarah talked to WTAM and you can listen to the interview!

You may recognize the gorgeous Sarah Shahi from her stint as DJ Carmen de la Pica Morales on “The L Word” or as the super hot stripper who beds Tony Soprano on the HBO drama. Now, the former Miss Fort Worth, Texas and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader has landed a starring role in a brand new show: USA’s “Fairly Legal.”

Shahi plays Kate Reed, a sassy, smart, and very sexy lawyer-turned-mediator whose personal life is often more complicated than the cases she works on. I had the opportunity to sit down with Sarah on Wednesday to talk about her new show, why being an actress isn’t as cutthroat as being a pageant queen, and her other brand new role: motherhood.

Here are some of the highlights according to the site:

On her role as Kate Reed on “Fairly Legal”:
“It’s not your usual take on a legal drama… My character, she’s like a mix between Carrie Bradshaw and Sandra Bullock. She’s very feisty, she’s unpredictable, she’s whimsical, you wanna snuggle with her one minute and punch her in the face the next.”

On her first starring role:
“It’s a lot of responsibility because you’re so much more naturally invested and you’re there from the beginning. Little do they know I’m going to put my foot in the editing room next year!”

On co-star Michael Trucco:
“He’s chiseled like a Greek God, and we make it a point to have his shirt off in a lot of the episodes, so we give the girls what they want to see. I’m tired of women being objectified, it’s time for the boys to take it off.”

On what’s the most cutthroat: competing for an acting role/competing in a beauty pageant/competing to become a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader:
“I will say that Hollywood is the nicest. I remember being backstage at the pageants and there were girls that would do anything to sabotage you. There were girls that would break heels off of your shoe when you weren’t looking. They would pour ink down your dress – if you were on stage doing the swimsuit competition, like you were part of the top ten, some of the other girls that didn’t make the top ten – they’d pour ink down your dress. The next [most competitive] after that is being a cheerleader, and Hollywood comes third.”

On Motherhood:
“I got dumber after having a baby, I lost brain cells… the truth is, there is no right time [to have a baby]. If you want to do it, you should just do it.”

She’s so much fun. Check out the audio by clicking here!

Sarah Shahi turns cheerleading into ‘Legal’ experience

USA Today has a wonderful read on how Sarah turned entered showbiz one way and then found another calling… we’re Thankful she switched.

Sarah Shahi started her professional life as a cheerleader. It was a career move, not a lifestyle choice.
“I was singing in a production of ‘Chicago’ at my college, Southern Methodist University, and I wanted to be an actress,” Shahi, 30, says. “But I didn’t know how to do it in Texas. One of the dancers said, ‘Why don’t you try out for the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders because they have something called the show group and they need singers and they were on Saturday Night Live back in 1995.'”

So, she did.

“Cheerleading was my way in. It was one of the most rigorous audition processes ever. It definitely groomed me for Hollywood. I’d never been a cheerleader, but I’d danced. And I was captain of the volleyball team and the basketball team, and I ran track.”

Read the full interview on Sarah Shahi here.

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