TV guide: All’s fair in love and law

2011-04-29 10:52

It’s hard to do a character and not let some of yourself bleed into it, contends actress Sarah Shahi. And the beautiful brunette certainly shares some traits with the character that has catapulted her into the spotlight.

“The things we do have in common is that we are both independent, very free-spirited and very feisty,” she explains about her character, Kate Reed, in Universal Channel’s new courtroom drama, Fairly Legal.

With her innate understanding of human nature, thorough legal knowledge and a wry sense of humour, Kate is a natural when it comes to dispute resolution.

Except, it seems, when it comes to her personal life.

“She is way smarter than me, but I?find?she’s very emotionally immature.

“She reminds?me?of?a five-year-old when it comes to her own conflicts.”

Shahi, who played Carmen in the L Word and detective Dani Reese in the drama Life, is not shy of controversy.

This week she went on a Twitter rant when Paris Hilton almost bumped her car and didn’t apologise.

Perhaps it’s all those 16-hour days she’s putting in on set. Fortunately, she has an antidote for her short fuse.

“My drug of choice is tequila. One shot makes all the stress go away.”

Complex both on and off screen, the former Maxim cover girl explains what makes Kate so endearing to viewers: “I think the beauty of Kate is that she’s also very relatable. She has a boss that she can’t stand. A lot of people can relate to that.

“She’s in a relationship where they are amazing under the covers, but that’s the only place it works. She has a brother who is somewhat estranged from her. People have got to see characters on TV and go ‘that’s like me or that’s like somebody I know’.”

The proud mother explains that despite her rising fame, her one-year-old son remains her priority: “I’m a mum from the minute I walk through the door. I learn my lines when he’s asleep.

“I don’t call the nanny on the weekends so I can sleep in. Any free time is spent with him.”

Adding another dimension to the series is the wardrobe, which has fashionistas drooling.

“It’s very important to me that when you have a show that focuses around a female lead, you have the clothes to reflect that.

“I have fantastic calves because of all the heels I get to wear. When we shot the series we quickly realised that we had to take the heels down a bit.

“My feet were hurting so now I’m down to 7.6 centimetres.”

With her daring attitude and looks to match, Shahi’s hope of starring, or at least get a guest spot, on her favourite show – the Emmy-nominated The Walking Dead – could become a reality.
» Fairly Legal is on Universal Channel at 8pm on Tuesdays

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