Sultry Sarah Shahi lights up The L Word as Carmen, a lesbian DJ turning up the volume and turning on the ladies.Born in Euless, Texas, Sarah hightailed it to Hollywood after a stint with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The 25-year-old quickly landed a recurring role on Alias, appeared in Old School (remember the oral sex seminar?), and finally snagged a regular gig on Showtime's The L Word, where she continues to prove that lesbians make for sexy, entertaining television.you?
Having found TV success, Sarah returns to the big screen with the indie The Adventures of Beatle Boyin. "My character gets poison dripped on her so her skin burns off," she says. "That was very cool to do." Happily, Sarah remains unblemished in real life, as she demonstrates here.
What's your favorite L word?
Love. I hate to be clichéd, but love can be interpreted in so many different ways, and the outcome of it is all so grand. The world needs love.
Our favorite L word is leprosy. To each their own...What does your boyfriend think about Carmen's girl-on-girl antics?
It's not a bad scenario to send your girlfriend to make out with other girls for the rest of the day. He's definitely like, "Honey, tell me stories!"
So he enjoys it. Go figure. How do you find playing a lesbian?
It's wonderful. When you're working with another woman, she'll say, "I feel fat today, so put your hand over my tummy." It's easier doing it with women—they understand your body.
How does your family feel about women understanding your body?
It's kind of embarrassing. To picture them watching me caress another woman's areolas is frightening. When I got the role, my mom went, "You did not ask my permission." Yet after she saw the first one, she said, "Lesbians are hot. Maybe I'll try it." I thought, Oh, no, what have I done?
You went from Euless to Los Angeles. How much of a culture shock was that?
Los Angeles thinks it's a separate country. You can order a plate of air with a side of grass. So many people move here and become a cookie-cutter mold. I'm like, "Wait a minute, didn't you have a personality before you came out here?"
Which do people take more seriously in Texas: football or beauty pageants?
I think for guys it's football, for girls it's beauty pageants. The pageants are very competitive. When I was in Miss Texas, there were girls pouring ink on other girls' dresses, breaking heels, stealing makeup cases.
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