The leading cable network has taken out full page ads in Variety lauding Shahi's strong performance on the show and submitting her in the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series category. If Sara gets nominated (and wins), she would become the first minority—not just the first Latina—to win a Best Actress Emmy in the Drama category ever!
Given Sarah's strong campaign, we asked her good friend, actress JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Better With You, Privileged) if she thinks Sarah deserves an Emmy nomination this year. “I would like to see Sarah Shahi get EVERY award!” JoAnna told us. “She’s such a gorgeous, wonderful, talented woman and I love the show. The show as a whole is really exciting, so yes, I will be team Shahi—let me know!”
JoAnna says that what she loves most about Shahi’s bold and fierce performance in Fairly Legal is the authenticity. “She’s just real. Everything about Sarah is so real and beautiful," gushed JoAnna.
Shahi told Variety this week that she appreciates that the pilot script for Fairly Legal made no reference to her character’s looks or ethnicity. “I like that Hollywood is becoming more color-blind, realizing that people are people no matter their ethnic backgrounds,” says the actress, who is of Persian and Spanish descent. We like that too, Sarah!