On First Noticing

Sarah Shahi
Image from Wikipedia

Pretty women are a delight to look at. Which is a problem for an actress, I think. You have to be pretty to get the job. Then people look at you. That’s it. They just want to look at you. I’m as guilty of just looking as anyone. I looked at Sarah Shahi in “The L Word” and thought, oh, pretty and sexy. I looked at her in “Fairly Legal” and thought, oh, pretty and funny. I was distracted by the shiny. Then I watched old episodes of “Life” on Netflix and looked at Sarah Shahi and thought, oh, pretty – and damn that woman can act. Which brings me to a new appreciation of the skill it takes to act so well in vehicles like “The L Word” and “Fairly Legal.” You don’t have to look beyond the shiny to imagine that a pretty woman is pretty and sexy or pretty and funny. You do have to look beyond the shiny to realize that she’s acting pretty and sexy in a completely convincing way. So I apologize to Sarah Shahi for just now noticing that she is a great talent who comes in a pretty wrapper.

But I take heart from the trailer for “The Trouble with Bliss,” which I haven’t seen yet, but which may be free of the shiny distraction.

sarah shahi in The Trouble with Bliss
Screen capture from the trailer for “The Trouble with Bliss”

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

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