Aahoo Jahansouz 'Sarah' Shahi (born January 10, 1980) is an American actress and a former NFL Cheerleader. She is probably best known for playing the role of Kate Reed in the legal drama Fairly Legal which began January 2011 on the USA Network. She was also noted for her earlier work in supporting roles both in The L Word, and Life. Sarah Shahi was born and grew up in Euless, Texas. She has an Iranian father, Abbas Shahi, and a Spanish mother, known as Mahmonir, who was an interior designer. Her father's family left their homeland two years before the Iranian Revolution. Her birthname, Aahoo, means 'gazelle' in Persian. Shahi adopted Sarah as her name in second grade after hearing the song 'Sarah' because she was 'tormented' by other children.
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