Who is that Actor: Shohreh Aghdashloo
Friend of Fry Butter Beth hipped me to the birthday of one of my favorite actresses – the terminally stunning Shohreh Aghdashloo (show-ray aug-dash-loo) – and even though it’s not Sunday, I had to make a special, “Who is that Actor” post in her honor. Aghdashloo first blipped for me – in all places – during her guest appearance on Matlock. It was a sliver of a role, but I was smitten and wondered if she’d break into larger parts.
Before I knew her name and she’d made a splash in bigger roles, I kept trying to explain her to folks, “She’s gorgeous and is like a non-white, I’m not sure though, Catherine Zeta Jonesish, but with a better acting range and fantastic voice. Do you know who I’m talking about?” Of course, nobody did and it wasn’t until I typed in, “Catherine Zeta-Jones lookalike actress” that pictures of Shohreh popped up! I seared her name to my memory! Even if I like an actress in a powerhouse role I always wonder what Aghdashloo could do with it. I’m thinking mostly of Damages, Body of Proof, Weeds or even the recently cancelled Lie to Me. Since she’s already made an appearance on Grey’s Anatomy as a patient, it’s not likely she could return as a bad ass cardio surgeon (which the show is in dire need of), but someone ought to cast her as the LEAD OF SOMETHING ASAP.
Shohreh snagged an Emmy presented by THE BACONS!!! for her work in a miniseries I have never seen nor heard of. But she was in some fierce fabulous company and graciously acknowledged each of them in her acceptance speech.
Shohreh guest starred on a Simpsons episode entitled “Mypods and Boomsticks” and had the best line of the episode – “Oh, you’re such a charmer!” She also had a great scene with Homer involving making more almond paste. The episode strives to say “something” about racial profiling, but it’s the Simpsons, so you know, it failed. Nevertheless Shohreh shined – but when doesn’t she shine – subverting her better known Dina Araz role on 24, for which she is probably best known.
Lest we forget The House of Sand and Fog which earned Shohreh a Best Supporting Actress nomination. It’s a complex and interesting film, which I wouldn’t recommend based on its strong adherence to RaymondJ’s rules for movies to watch once, but never again.
Happy birthday, Shohreh Aghdashloo! We think you’re tops around these parts.