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Panel:                 The guy with the black shirt on – he’s got a gun. She sort of did see me,
                       and she was, like, “Will you stop it?”

[background talking]

Sarah Shahi:           All right, hi.

Panel:                 Hi.

Sarah Shahi:           Do you guys mind if we just dive right in? Okay, good. Hello.

Panel:                 Hi. How are you?

Sarah Shahi:           Good, how are you guys?

Panel:                 Good, good. Okay, I’ll start. How taxing is it to be in every shot of every
                       scene?

Sarah Shahi:           I know what I signed up for when I took this job. I’ve done something
                       similar to this before on Life, and the only added amount of stress is the
                       fact that I have a baby. So I am not afforded any time to just unwind. I’m
                       here 100% of the time, and then I have to be home 100% of the time. And
                       then, yeah, but, you know, I knew what I was getting into. I’m not going
                       to lie though – I’m tired.

Panel:                 And what was it about this role that made it worth it for you to do the
                       mom, and the full-time studio thing?

Sarah Shahi:           Well, Martin Scorsese kind of put it best when he said, “You can’t help
                       what you’re drawn towards – what you’re attracted to emotionally,” you
                       know. But the thing I really liked about – I loved the script. And I loved
                       that she was a character that worked on many different dynamics. She –
                       there’s this, the fact that she left law to become a mediator. Somebody
                       who works in nothing but the grey areas. She’s not into the black or white.

                       She’s incredibly dynamic in her personal life. She’s still sleeping with her
                       ex-husband in this relationship that on paper is supposed to work, but it
                       doesn’t work. She’s in this battle with her stepmom at work. And, so she
                       has all these different cards that she’s juggling. And at the same time, she
                       herself is the one thing she cannot confront.

                       With the death of her dad, she’s one of those little busybodies. She tries to
                       make herself incredibly busy just to – just so she doesn’t have that
                       moment to stop and realize how messed up her own life is. But look, the
                       fun thing about playing any role I think is it’s boring to play the perfect
                       role. It’s boring to play the sunny, happy character. What I like is I like
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               people’s flaws. What’s the crack in the veneer, you know? And for her
               that’s exactly what it is. She puts herself out there so much because she
               can’t stand to be alone with herself and her thoughts for too long.

Panel:         Now when we interviewed Michael Trucco he was saying how he liked
               racing. And we looked at his office and there’s racing pictures, there’s a
               couple of racing helmets in that set.

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah.

Panel:         In your office –

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah.

Panel:         Like, what is in there that’s you?

Sarah Shahi:   Kaleidoscope.

Panel:         Okay. Is it just the kaleidoscope?

Sarah Shahi:   There’s a kaleidoscope, there’s an old time vintagey camera. There are
               things that seem precious and sentimental. They’re completely random,
               but there’s a memory behind them.

Panel:         Thank you.

Sarah Shahi:   Yes.

Panel:         Did you spend any time with any real mediators preparing for the role?

Sarah Shahi:   No. I have no time. My free time was with my baby. No, I didn’t. I’m not
               going to give you a bullsh*t answer. I didn’t. I’m faking my way through
               it.

Panel:         Are you someone who sees more greys in life, or black and white?

Sarah Shahi:   I do see a lot of grey in life, yeah. I’m always the person that likes to know
               the rules so then I can bend them a little bit. She has a line in the pilot that
               I could not agree with more, which is, “Laws were made by people, and
               people are often wrong.” And I believe in that.

               I mean, how many times have – and not to get too political here – but, we
               put laws and community control, in the hands of states people that we
               don’t always like, and we don’t always agree with what they believe in.
               Sometimes you just wish that you had the opportunity to do things your
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               way because you think you could do it better, with more sense, and
               rationale.

Panel:         Does being a mom make you think differently about the roles that you
               want to take?

Sarah Shahi:   Yes. Yes, it does. Because it’s weird – there’s a way – I did a home birth.
               And I feel – there’s a part of me that when it comes – well, I’m fearless.
               That’s the thing. Is I feel like doing this – having my baby and having a
               home birth, it was such a big part of my life. And it’s like it’s a badge of
               honor that I wear quite proudly. And I feel like, if I did that, I can do
               anything. So I like to challenge myself in the roles that I do.

               And I feel like if I’m going to spend time away from my family, then it
               better be good. So I, yeah, I’ve become quite fearless in that way. And
               also, when it comes to nudity, or any of those other things that would be
               the typical response to, “Well, no I don’t want to do anything that’s going
               to offend my child.” No. If it’s a good role, if it’s with a great director, and
               I’m getting paid well, I’ll take my clothes off. I’m just saying.

Panel:         What’s –

Sarah Shahi:   Yes?

Panel:         Some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in this role so far?

Sarah Shahi:   You know, the demanding schedule – I’ll say that that’s number one.
               Because when there is a moment that could be down time, there’s
               wardrobe that needs to do a fitting, or, you know, there are guests on set.
               Or, you know, I’m pretty close with our – with the creator and with the
               writers, and I try to get in there and work out story points.

               And these are things that I only have the time to do when I’m not in front
               of the camera. And then when that’s out of the way, then, you know,
               there’s the family dynamic. Which at this moment I feel, like, anti-mom.
               But so yeah, I would say the most demanding thing for me has been the
               schedule.

Panel:         What would you consider the milestones in your career so far? Things that
               have either directed – I mean, the baby, obviously, is your personal – like,
               yeah –

Sarah Shahi:   Yes, but as far as actual work projects?

Panel:         Yes, yeah.
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Sarah Shahi:   Well, Alias – wasn’t there an Alias fan around here somewhere? Did she
               leave? There was someone I read that they were devastated when Alias
               ended. Alias was a big deal for me. That kind of, was a stepping-stone.
               And, I did the L Word, I did some other things, and those definitely
               changed my position financially. My dinners weren’t coming from the ’76
               across the street, and little cans of tuna with the crackers.

               But Life was good, because it allowed me to play a character that was
               completely independent of any kind of man. It was a dark character – I
               wasn’t just the pretty girl, or the girlfriend anymore. I was allowed to be
               something a little bit darker, a little rawer and edgier than what I was
               normally cast. And then Sopranos was a really big deal, even though that
               was only one episode. It got, like, such a huge – I got such a huge
               response from it. And we’ll see what happens with this.

Panel:         So in the pilot we saw the Australian neighbour Andrew – we saw him a
               couple times.

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah, a cutie pie.

Panel:         Yeah, he is.

Panel:         So is Kate going to give him the time of day, or what’s going to happen
               there?

Sarah Shahi:   I think –

Panel:         Does he have to thrown another weapon, or pistol at you?

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah, exactly. Yeah, considering you guys are bloggers and might blog
               about what I say, I don’t want to give too much away. But, I think Kate
               definitely thinks of him as her little boy toy. And whether or not she goes
               there, I’m not going to say anything. But, you’ll like it.

Panel:         He shows up again though, or he’s not just –

Sarah Shahi:   Absolutely. Yeah, yeah, yeah. No, no, there’s a whole thing. There’s a
               whole thing, another person gets involved.

Panel:         Does he get a ring tone?

Sarah Shahi:   Does he get a ring tone?

Panel:         Yeah, like the Wizard of Oz theme.

Panel:         Does he get, like, flying monkeys or something?
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Sarah Shahi:   I like that. No, good question, but no, he doesn’t get a ring tone. No, he
               doesn’t get a ring tone. No, not yet. Not yet, not yet.

Panel:         Do you think women will be able to relate to your character?

Sarah Shahi:   Absolutely, for a lot of reasons. One, the wardrobe on the show is sick.

Panel:         So men don’t like wardrobe?

Sarah Shahi:   No, men love wardrobe, but I guarantee when you see me in my heels
               you’re not going to go and be, like, “Oh my god, I want a pair for myself.”

Panel:         I don’t know – we saw the pilot.

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah.

Panel:         I saw those shoes. [background talking]

Sarah Shahi:   Oh god, you know what, I will say this – I looked like I was one of the
               aliens from District 9 walking in those heels. But no, in a female heavy
               modern show, I feel like I want the girls and the guys to be able to tune in
               for their own reasons. And I think, at least with girls, I’m just taking this
               from my own experience, I enjoy watching the fashion on some of the
               shows. So I felt like the fashion should be a central character for Kate.

               That the goal for her is to look more, sort of, thrown together, and random,
               and not quite so put together. But she kind of all pulls it off. Plus she lives
               on a boat, so her pieces are not your, you know, your conventional outfit.
               Plus she’s the antithesis of the corporate world. So and her wardrobe
               reflects that. So anyways, so that’s one thing.

               And the other thing I think she’s somebody who, like I said, there are a lot
               of different emotional dynamics in this thing. It’s a very emotional, heart-
               driven piece. It’s not your normal procedural, which is another reason why
               I wanted to do it so much. But so I think, women will tune in because of
               that element too. You see characters that are moved by their emotions, and
               that they’re trying to work through things.

               And I think that goes for the guys too. I mean, my husband and I have this
               argument all the time – men versus women, who doesn’t? But I think the
               guys will enjoy to see it, a) because there’s hot chicks running around, and
               do you guys need anything more than that? I don’t know, you tell me. But
               no, but here’s the thing. It’s smart. It’s a very intelligent show. The cases
               range from things that are dark, and serious, to things that are lighter and
               funnier. It goes between being a drama and comedy, sometimes both are
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               happening in the same scene. I think there’s something in it for everybody,
               but I guess only time will tell.

Panel:         I’m good.

Sarah Shahi:   No, you don’t want to say anything. You don’t want to ask anything. You
               have no questions at all.

Panel:         Do you have any leeway to ad lib?

Sarah Shahi:   Ad lib?

Panel:         When you guys – when you’re working and you’ve got your script –

Sarah Shahi:   Yes.

Panel:         Yeah.

Sarah Shahi:   Yes, we do. Our creator, and some of the producers and writers, they have
               the attitude of this is kind of a collaboration. And if they write something
               and on the page it’s not working, or it’s better to add things, then we do
               have the freedom to sort of experiment on the stage and see if what we’re
               adding works. And it’s nice that way. It’s nice – it’s nice.

Panel:         Okay, I have a question.

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah.

Panel:         Maybe not now you don’t get as much time with the child, but in the past
               – or what type of TV shows do you like to watch when you get a chance
               to?

Sarah Shahi:   When I get a chance to.

Panel:         Or in the past [inaudible] –

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Panel:         She probably watches a lot of Disney and Nickelodeon right now
               [inaudible].

Sarah Shahi:   The Wiggles.

Panel:         My kids love that too.

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah, yeah, Wiggles. And Yo Gabba Gabba.
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Panel:         Yeah, my kids love Yo Gabba Gabba.

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah, yeah, yeah, like, the amount of times, you know, “Mashed potato,
               mashed potato,” like, falls in my head. I’m just, like, oh, this is so wrong.
               What’s going on with me?

Panel:         Would you go on Yo Gabba Gabba?

Sarah Shahi:   Absolutely. In a heartbeat – are you kidding me? My kid would like that –
               [inaudible] –

Panel:         His head would explode.

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah, my kid would love that so much more than me being the star of a
               TV show. But Nurse Jackie – I like Nurse Jackie a lot. What else did I
               watch? The Sopranos. Let’s see – what else? Yeah, that’s kind of it to be
               honest with you.

Panel:         In our talk with Michael Sardo he said that –

Panel:         This is the last question.

Panel:         All right. The thing that stood out –

Sarah Shahi:   What happened? Why? Do they need me?

Panel:         Yeah. They always need you.

Panel:         In the audition was when – and the reason he wanted you is when you
               leaned – in the scene in the – the [inaudible] – yeah, the [inaudible] – that
               you leaned in when the guy went to pull the gun instead of leaning away.
               Can you talk about your decision to do that?

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah. I got the sense from – I didn’t read the script. I was about six weeks
               post-partum after – when I auditioned for this. So I just didn’t have the
               time to read the script. But just from the sides, I got the sense that she was
               somebody who was not afraid of conflict. And if anything, she kind of
               thrived on it. So in a situation like that, especially if you think you have an
               opportunity to solve it, I think your natural instinct – and the other thing is,
               look, she was able to calm the guy down by reasoning with him. You’re
               not going to reason with somebody by going like this.

               It’s like you’re going to reason to them by just, slowly coming forward,
               and approaching them, and making them feel like they’re talking to you,
               and they’re connecting with you. And then I can come in and I can take
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               the gun down. So yeah, so that was my – that’s why I did that. She was
               somebody who was very good at making people feel comfortable with her,
               and you can’t do that from afar. Okay, can we just do one more question-
               just one more question.

Panel:         I have –

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah.

Panel:         Can we expect to see your relationship with your brother on the show
               develop throughout the season?

Sarah Shahi:   Absolutely – yeah, yeah, yeah.

Panel:         In what way?

Sarah Shahi:   Well, I love working with Ethan – he’s wonderful. And he’s just so
               freaking expensive we can’t have him every episode. But yeah, he’s going
               to become – he’s going to come in – you guys are going to write
               everything I say –

Panel:         We word it so people [inaudible].

Panel:         [inaudible] an embargo on [inaudible].

Sarah Shahi:   There’s stuff – stuff that he is going to be diving into with me deeper.
               There’s a mysterious through line that is carried throughout the – I don’t
               know what you guys know, that’s the thing – I don’t know.

Panel:         We know that him and his partner – his other – we know his partner –

Sarah Shahi:   Yeah, that’s not what I’m talking about. I know so much more than you
               guys.

Panel:         [background talking] your dad – that he reads secrets about your dad.

Sarah Shahi:   Okay, good, thank you, yeah. Now I don’t feel bad. Okay, good, it’s the
               Teddy Reed stuff. There’s stuff that’s going to be unfolding, and Ethan
               and I are kind of embarking on a journey together in that regards. And if
               he just lowers his rate a little bit than we could have him more, and then,
               we can bring him into more things. But we are going to see – he’s, like, in
               about, maybe a little less than half of the season.

Panel:         Is part of the mystery how Teddy Reed died? Without asking for details –
               [background talking] You can nod. We know we have a body, because he
               was cremated. But it’s not like he just disappeared.
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Sarah Shahi:           It was a – no, no. It was assumed – or is it assumed that he had a heart
                       attack. So the mystery is not how he died, no.

Panel:                 Okay cool, that’s all. Thank you.

Sarah Shahi:           Okay good, all right, thank you guys. Have a good flight back.

Panel:                 Yeah, thanks. Bye.

[background talking]

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