Aahoo Jahansouz Shahi, (Aahoo means gazelle in Farsi) AKA Sarah Shahi, was born January 10, 1980, in Euless, Texas to an Iranian father and Spanish mother, Abbas and Mahmonir Jahansouz Shahi. She is an American actress and model of Iranian and Spanish descent.
Shahi is a former NFL Cheerleader (Dallas Cowboys 1999-2000) and a great-great-granddaughter of the 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.
Shahi started her career as a beauty queen during her teen years. She won the Miss Fort Worth USA pageant in 1997. While working as an extra on the set of Dr. T & The Women, she met director Robert Altman, who encouraged her to move to Hollywood. Sarah then moved to Los Angeles. Once in L.A., she got various recurrent roles in several famous series, such as Alias and Dawson’s Creek.
She is best known for her role as the Mexican-American DJ Carmen de la Pica Morales in the Showtime drama television series The L Word, which she joined in its second season. Sarah did not renew her contract with the L Word for a fourth season, and consequently her character was written out.
Here’s the famous scene from The L word, where Sarah’s character Carmen (the DJ) gets it on with Katherine Moennig’s character Shane. Well, really, it’s just Sarah and Katherine getting it on, isn’t it?
Sarah also appeared in HBO’s The Sopranos, in the Season 6b episode “Kennedy and Heidi”, 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 Jackie Chan movie Rush Hour 3 as one of the girls being handcuffed along with Mia Tyler for motoring offense by Chris Tucker early in the film.
Sarah’s currently starring as one of the leads in the NBC show Life. She speaks English, Persian, and some Spanish, and has a Brown belt in Karate.