Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite


6/2/1982, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

Birth Name

Jewel Belair Staite



Also Known As

Jewel Straite
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Jewel was born in White Rock, British Columbia, but her family moved almost immediately to Maui where she lived until she was four. Jewel made her first public appearance while in Maui at the "Maui County Most Beautiful Baby Contest" and has loved the limelight ever since.

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jewel is the youngest of seven children.

    • Jewel started acting at the young age of six.

    • Jewel was part of the Vancouver Youth Theatre.

    • Jewel attended the Vancouver Film School.

    • In 200p, Jewel was nominated for a Leo Award in the category of Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series for her role in the TV series Stargate: Atlantis.

    • In 2008, Jewel was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for her role in the episode Missing in the TV series Stargate: Atlantis.

    • In 1998, Jewel was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category of Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for her role in the episode Presents in the TV series Flash Forward.

    • Jewel has British, Irish, French Canadian, and Iroquois ancestry.

    • Jewel says she identifies most with Ariel out of all the Disney characters.

    • Jewel's guilty pleasures include watching lots of television, reading the occasional US Weekly, eating chocolate lava cake and going on the Sephora website.

    • Almost all of the clothes Jewel owns are from Aritzia.

    • Jewel has dyed her hair ever since she was eleven and had to change its color for a role. She admits that she does not remember its natural color, although she has always felt happier being a blond.

    • Jewel watches the show American Idol religiously and admits that she was a fan of former contestent Sanjaya even during his performance on "Hollywood Week".

    • Jewel got really ill while in Australia in April 2008 for the Supernova Convention, and while she offered to do her last Q&A session with a bucket in her lap, the promoter for the convention decided against it, saying it wouldn't win her any fans.

    • On the set of Stargate: Atlantis, Jewel shares a trailer with her co-star, Jason Momoa (Ronan). She says his part of the trailer is like King Tut's tomb meets Clan of the Cave Bear.

    • Some of Jewel's favorite movies include Old School, Cabaret, South Park, Airplane, and The Anniversary Party.

    • One of Jewel's biggest pet peeves is YouTube - more accurately, people putting up videos of her during Q&A sessions at conventions. She doesn't like the fear of knowing whatever story she tells will end up online and would much rather just be herself.

    • People on the set of Stargate: Atlantis sometimes call her Dr. Kettle One because Kettle One is her favorite type of vodka.

    • Even though her first calling was fashion, Jewel decided to go into acting as a child because "most fashion executives are prejudiced against six year-old designers".

    • At a recent Q&A (Supanova Perth 2008) Jewel mentioned that her "Serenity" comes from her family - Her husband, Matt & her dog, in that order!

    • Jewel is engaged in an intense, ongoing battle with Firefly/Serenity co-star Nathan Fillion for the most creative way to flip each other the bird.

    • Jewel has said that the actors she wishes most to work with are Johnny Depp & Meryl Streep.

    • Jewel lists "a really nice pair of shoes" as one of her turn-ons. She wears size 8 1/2.

    • Jewel's mother is in the advertising industry and used her knowledge and connections to get Jewel her first photo shoot and her modelling promotional items so that she could go professional at age five.

    • Though not a professional singer, Jewel loves to sing and has performed at a number of charity events including a benefit for the Dyslexia Foundation and the Children With AIDS Project.

    • Jewel served as the National Youth Spokesperson for the Children With AIDS Project of America (CWA).

    • During the filming of her series Flash Forward, Jewel had to move, temporarily, from her hometown of Vancouver to the studio in Toronto. She moved back as soon as production wrapped.

    • Jewel says that her favorite hobbies are writing and travelling.

    • Despite her busy acting career, Jewel maintains a close relationship with her family. She currently lives within three blocks of her parents' house in Vancouver, BC.

    • Jewel is the youngest of seven children.

    • In 1998 Jewel was nominated for a Gemini Award for "Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series" for her role as Becca in the Flash Forward episode "Presents" (1x17). The Gemini Awards recognize English language achievements in Canadian television.

    • Jewel is 5' 5½" (1.66 m) tall.

    • Jewel's character on The X-Files was the first in the series to share an onscreen "liplock" with David Duchovny's "Agent Mulder." He gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

    • Jewel had to put on twenty pounds for the role of Kaylee on Firefly. She lost the weight after the show was cancelled, and then she was asked to come back to the role for the feature film Serenity. She was told, however, that creator Joss Whedon would not want anyone else to play the role no matter what her weight was, so she did not have to put the weight back on.

    • Ever since her uncle died of AIDS, Jewel has worked extensively with AIDS Project, a non-profit organization with branches in many major cities.

    • Jewel likes to sing Jazz and Swing in her spare time.

    • Jewel's least favorite episode of Firefly is "Shindig" because of the dress she had to wear.

    • Jewel married Matt Anderson on April 25, 2003.

  • Quotes

    • Jewel: (on opportunities for older actresses) The fact of the matter is that we're all aging and there's this stigma that older actresses don't work as much as younger actresses and I don't think that's true anymore. I think there are better and better roles for older women in this industry, so it doesn't scare me. No.

    • Jewel: (on having roles several sci-fi projects) Because female characters in science fiction generally rock. They're strong, they're smart, and they're different. Plus, being worshipped by fanboys is kind of awesome

    • Jewel: (on her interest in food) I have no idea where this fixation with good food came from. My parents aren't foodies at all, so I didn't grow up eating caviar and escargot or anything.

    • Jewel: (on doing several sfi-ci projects) I've never been a particular fan of any genre. I've just always loved really good projects. The things that draw me into a new project have very little to do with genre and have more to do with the characters I'll be playing, the people I'll get to work with, and things like that. The sci-fi genre just happens to have a lot of really great characters for women.

    • Jewel: The only real difference between shooting 'Firefly' and 'Serenity' was that on 'Serenity,' we had a lot more freedom with time. When you're shooting a television show, you usually have anywhere between six and nine pages of script to shoot a day, and only twelve hours to do it. But with 'Serenity,' we could shoot one scene all day long.

    • Jewel: The fact of the matter is that we're all aging, and there's this stigma that older actresses don't work as much as younger actresses, and I don't think that's true anymore.

    • Jewel: My job is never boring. It's always new, exciting, and challenging, and I get a rush every time I go to work. I'm the luckiest person on the planet to be able to do what I love for a living.

    • Jewel: I've just always loved really good projects. The things that draw me into a new project have very little to do with genre and have more to do with the characters I'll be playing, the people I'll get to work with and things like that.

    • Jewel: I've had to gain weight for roles and ugly myself up for roles. So yeah, I'm game. I'm game for that kind of thing. I'm certainly not too vain in that respect. If it's a great role, I'm willing to do whatever it is that it takes.

    • Jewel: I'm always worried that somebody's going to approach me and ask doctor-related questions because of my character from 'Stargate: Atlantis'. Some people have a hard time separating what's real and what's not. So I'm just praying there isn't a medical emergency and I'm called upon to do brain surgery or something... Because that's super hard to fake.

    • Jewel: I think 'Teenage Wasteland' was one of those cult hits like 'My So-Called Life', something that came along and got a lot of viewers and then somehow fell into a bad timeslot that nobody ever watched, and then the network pulled the plug prematurely.

    • Jewel: I started out doing things like 'Flash Forward,' where I was the girl-next-door, and then, I did a show called 'Higher Ground,' where I played this really mean, sarcastic girl. Then 'Firefly' happened, and everybody thought of me as this bubbly, sweet girl-next-door again.

    • Jewel: There's nothing better than a sci-fi fan, let me tell you. Once you're in with them, you're in for life.

    • Jewel: The sci-fi genre just happens to have a lot of really great characters for women.

    • Jewel: I've never been a particular fan of any genre.

    • Jewel: I have no desire to direct at all. I know how much pressure it is, and, trust me, it's so much easier and so much more fun to be an actor.

    • Jewel: I had an amazing time on 'Stargate: Atlantis', and a really great run on that show, which was shot in my hometown. It was kind of a dream job.

    • Jewel: I am not a food critic. Or a chef. Or even a professional writer. What I am schooled in the art of, however, is enjoying myself.

    • Jewel: 'Firefly' was and always will be such a positive thing for me. I hold a lot of really good memories associated to that show.

    • Jewel Staite: (On what kind of student she was in school) Depends on what teacher you ask. My English, art, and social studies teachers would tell you I was responsible, diligent, smart, and quiet. My math teacher would tell you I was dim and glassy-eyed. And my Phys-Ed teacher would have never heard of me.

    • Jewel Staite: The best piece of advice I've ever been given: live well to live long. Which I've interpreted as: indulge, make yourself happy, treat yourself at the spa, buy that jacket even if it's not on sale and spend lots of time on Maui!

    • Jewel Staite: (On malls during the holiday season) Why do they blast the heat in there when they know we're wearing winter jackets? No one likes to sweat while rummaging through piles of sweaters to find a medium while balancing an Orange Julius and text-messaging your Christmas list to those that love you all at the same time!

    • Jewel Staite: (On learning to Salsa dance) I would love to learn, though. There is nothing sexier than a guy who can dance, even if he shows up at a concert wearing his weird dancing flats and taking it all seriously. It's the commitment that's sexy. Also the button down shirts. Hell, even salsa on a chip is sexy.

    • Jewel Staite: (On being a role model) As long as they don't mirror things like my mysterious need to own six new bathing suits in the middle of February, or the fact that I never vacuum under my couch, or how I eat way too much fried food and drink wine like it's the middle ages. Seriously, there must be someone a little less human to emulate.

    • Jewel Staite: (commenting about her 1995 appearance on The X-Files episode "Oubliette") It was a tough job getting mouth to mouth from David Duchovny but somebody had to do it.

    • Jewel Staite: (discussing her acting career) I love acting because it allows me to be as many different people as my imagination can conceptualize, and I can spill my guts, bare my soul, and be a bitch without actually offending anyone in the real world.