In 2005 she appeared in the supporting character role of DJ Carmen de la Pica Morales on The L Word, which she joined in its second season.
She also played Farah in the second season of Sleeper Cell, and also appeared in HBO's The Sopranos in 2007, in the Season 6b episode "Kennedy and Heidi" as Sonya Aragon, a stripper and college student who spends a weekend with Tony after a death in his family.
In 2007, she secured a small role in Rush Hour 3 as Zoe, a scantily clad rich girl who is pursued by Chris Tucker's character, Detective Carter.
You can't do that shit." The older you get, the easier it is to get injured. We all instinctually know, "I probably shouldn't eat this," "I probably should do a little walking today," "I should probably eat an apple," "I probably shouldn't kick this guy." All those thoughts are correct. Also, I realized that if I was going to be doing all these crazy sex positions, I have to be physically fit.
But what I've learned the hard way is that the more excess weight you have, the more likely you are to get injured doing everyday things. Literally, it was impossible in the beginning to do what the director asked, and to keep up with Shanola.
She played Kate Reed in the USA Network legal drama Fairly Legal in 2011–12, Carmen on The L Word in 2008, and also starred as Sameen Shaw on the CBS crime drama Person of Interest.
Hoping to become an actress, she joined the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (1999–2000) squad despite not having cheered before, and appeared on the cover of the squad's 2000 calendar. where she received roles in several series, including Alias, Dawson's Creek, Reba, and Supernatural.The show was cancelled after two seasons in November 2012.She played the daughter of Sylvester Stallone's character in the action film Bullet to the Head.Once my blood really starts flowing, I'll get a second wind and then I I used to drink pretty much every day and work out every day too. Even just working out every day is hard because my body can't recuperate, it hurts. Now I've had to have a cast on my leg for the entire third season of . Unless you're Samoan--they can run marathons and they are fat as hell, that's just genetics. s has a lot of very graphic sex with his girlfriend.So that was also a reminder of "Hey, you're getting older. Every time we have that gut instinct, when a little voice says something, it's right. Shanola, who plays my on-screen girlfriend, works out all the time. When we started filming, I was overweight with a compressed vertebrae but I realized in order for viewers to believe I could get this girl, I needed to look the part.Following the January 7, 2015 episode of Person of Interest, Shahi and the show's producers announced she would be leaving the show for an indefinite period of time because of her pregnancy.