Sarah Shahi, the American television actress and former NFL Cheerleader, was born as Aahoo Jahansouz on January 10, 1980 in Euless, Texas and raised there. Shahi adopted Sarah as her name in second grade, after hearing the song “Sarah”.
Hoping to become an actress, she joined the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 1999–2000 squad despite not having cheered before, and appeared on the cover of the squad’s 2000 calendar before moving to Los Angeles.
After meeting director Robert Altman, Shahi was encouraged to move to Hollywood, where she received roles in several series including Alias, Dawson’s Creek, Reba and Supernatural. She also played Farah in the second season of Sleeper Cell, and also appeared in HBO’s The Sopranos.
n October 2009, Shahi played the lead role of Kate Reed in the USA legal drama Fairly Legal. Shahi was cast as a recurring love interest for Taylor Kinney’s character Lt. Kelly Severide on NBC’s show Chicago Fire in October, 2012.
She also stared as Sameen Shaw on Person of Interest. She played the daughter of Sylvester Stallone’s character in the action film Bullet to the Head in 2013.
Shahi was named no. 90 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2005″ list; she moved up to no. 66 in 2006 and rose to no. 36 in 2012.