Sarah Shahi’s hot — but you already knew that. Here’s what you might not know: She stars in a new legal drama on the USA Network, Fairly Legal (formerly Facing Kate) on which she abandons her gig at her father’s law firm after his death in favor of a gig as a mediator.
AfterEllen.com sat down with the former L Word actress to get the dish on Fairly Legal’s Kate Reed and how she’d mediate Shane and Carmen’s problems.
AfterEllen.com: What attracted you to this character?
Sarah Shahi: When I first auditioned for it, I was on Life and that was something where though I was the female lead I did not have any creative input. I didn’t have any kind of say and I wanted to change that for this show. When I went in to test, basically I told the producers: “Look, if you guys want me in this, I would love to do it. But here are the conditions: I want to have a say in the character and casting and I want to be more than just an actor for hire.” I basically gave them every reason not to hire me. It turns out they loved it and that’s exactly what they wanted to hear.
Updated the Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery with episode stills for 102 and 103.
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Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery > Fairly Legal > 103 Episode Stills
Finally updated the Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery with the new promo photos and pilot stills for Fairly Legal.
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Sarah Shahi Fan Gallery > Television > Fairly Legal > Pilot Stills
8. Fairly Legal (USA) and Harry’s Law (NBC): Welcome to the courtroom drama’s post-Law & Order-era. Unlike the L&O view of the legal system, which values the system above all else, Sarah Shahi’s Kate on Fairly Legal and Kathy Bates’ Harriet on Harry’s Law value justice over the rule of law (the system doesn’t necessarily always convict the guilty or defend the helpless the way it ought), so these two crusaders go about delivering that justice in their own idiosyncratic ways. The method employed Shahi’s Kate is a wily combination of flirtation and formal mediation—she helps people talk through their problems rather than clogging the legal system with endless briefs—while Bates’ Harriet represents her indigent clients in court using the tricks she picked up when she was a highly paid patent lawyer. Both broads are smart and funny, and both series are brightly written and well-stocked with charming supporting characters. (Gerald McRaney and BSG’s Michael Trucco stand out on Legal, Brittany Snow and Rob Corddry are both fab over on Law.) In short, if you’re looking for a new legal lady in your life, Kate, Harry or both will serve you quite well, thank you very much.
Sarah’s new USA show now has a Twitter so make sure you follow @FairlyLegal.
We’re almost there with the premiere. January 2011 can’t get here soon enough. I need my Sarah fix.