How cool would it be if on Friday nights, you could check out a former beauty pageant winner, Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and L Word lesbian on her very own show? Well, you can! Because right now, Iranian-Mexican hottie Sarah Shahi is approaching the season finale of her USA hit, Fairly Legal. Learn her dating tips—and enjoy her pics—on the following pages.
MADE MAN: You look great. What do you do to stay in shape? SARAH SHAHI: I started doing Tracy Anderson, much like every other actress under the sun. I love it. Within like five sessions, I had a completely different body. By the end of ten sessions I just look like I’ve never looked before in my life.
MM: Read any good books lately? SS: Fourplay, by a woman named Jane Moore. I’m trying to fit pages of that in just to make myself feel sane. It’s about this woman who goes through a divorce. From there, she meets and starts dating four different guys. Through these men she finds herself again. It’s another romantic, girly book. It’s what I like. I can’t help it.
MM: How can a guy find himself again? SS: I don’t know. I think men are very different from women. They really are wired differently. Men have no problems having different sexual partners. They’ll just kind of do anything that’s out there. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re finding themselves.
MM: Oh really? SS: The history that I’ve had with my guy friends in the past was whenever they stepped away from any kind of sexual conquering and just spent time with the girl, that’s when they really discovered who they were. It’s a balance, their own needs with what the girl wants and sometimes demands. You really have to pick the right girl, too!
MM: Any other dating tips? SS: If a relationship isn’t working, the guy can’t just continue the relationship; it’s essentially like he’s living a lie. He should try to improve it, and if that doesn’t work, let it go. If a guy is not afraid to be alone, and wants to work on himself, he will indeed find himself again. You have to be who you are. If any area of your life isn’t working, you have to be strong enough to let go. Just let anything that doesn’t work go.
MM: Got it… SS: I also don’t feel like you can change people. I feel like sometimes in a relationship, what you loved about the person or you started loving about the person sometimes becomes a thing that you want to try to change. People don’t change. You have to love people for who they are.
MM: Sadly for us, you are married. What’s one quirky thing that makes your relationship work? SS: Something called Toesies. When we get in bed at night, to be able to have time to ourselves is really priceless. I mean, as tired as we both are—we’re both working actors, we have a child, etc.—even if the only way we touch is our toes, just touching it’s like, ‘OK, we’re OK. Everything’s fine.’ Just a little thing that connects you when you both are busy is very cool.