A chance meeting with the late, legendary film director, Robert Altman changed Sarah Shahi’s life. After casting her on location in a small role in Dr. T and the Women (starring Richard Gere and Helen Hunt), he encouraged Sarah to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She followed his advice – and never looked back.
Since then, Shahi has appeared in numerous feature films and television series. In TV, from hard-hitting dramas (she starred opposite Damian Lewis in NBC’s Life; in Showtime’s The L Word, and in the Warner Bros/CBS espionage thriller, Person Of Interest) to fast-paced comedies and quirky dramedies (USA Network’s Fairly Legal, for which she received the 2012 Gracie Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role”), her characters are always quick-thinking, often big-hearted, sometimes not-so-sure-footed…but always uniquely compelling and ultimately, unforgettable. Other memorable TV characters Shahi has portrayed include roles on The Sopranos, Ray Donovan, Chicago Fire and Alias.
Her work in feature films has been even more eclectic, from studio action/thrillers (Bullet to the Head opposite Sylvester Stallone) to off-beat indie comedies (Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration). Additional feature credits include Divine Access with Billy Burke, Gary Cole, and Patrick Warburton, The Trouble With Bliss, Shades of Ray, Crossing Over, I Don’t Know How She Does It and Old School. Most recently, she just wrapped production on the feature Hangman opposite Al Pacino and Karl Urban.
Sarah hails from Euless, Texas, located near Fort Worth, but resides in Los Angeles with her family when she is not filming. Her birthday is January 10. She can be followed on Twitter @onlysarahshahi.