From Show Choir to Ballsy Mediator: Meet Fairly Legal's Sarah Shahi

Fairly Legal creator and executive producer Michael Sardo remembers exactly when he realized he had found his leading lady. "I had seen 90 women when Sarah Shahi came in. When the casting director pulled out a pretend gun in the audition scene, they all backed up," Sardo tells  "Sarah's audition started, the casting director pulled out the fake gun, and she leaned in . Right then and there, I knew she was Kate." Fearlessness was an important prerequisite for the role of mediator Kate Reed, the center of USA's new drama, Fairly Legal. After the sudden death of her father, both her mentor and best friend, Kate agrees to work for her difficult stepmother (Virginia Williams) to help keep her father's law firm afloat. When she's not settling disputes for bitter divorcees and powerful CEOs, Kate is also still dealing with her split from...

Sarah Shahi Talks about FAIRLY LEGAL

Sarah Shahi is no stranger to memorable roles, having portrayed Carmen on the much loved The L Word and Dani Reese on the short-lived but terrific Life . She now has the potential for another in FAIRLY LEGAL , in which she stars as Kate Reed, a former litigator turned mediator who believes deeply in justice and can put any two people in a room and find an equitable result. Outside that room, though, her life is in flux. Her father recently died, she works for her stepmother, and she’s almost more or less divorced. Does that sound like a show that can slip right into USA’s line-up of dramedies or what? We were there when star Sarah answered questions about what makes Kate so interesting–both to play and to watch, why Kate dislikes her stepmother so much, and what Kate’s romantic life might hold. Read More...