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.
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.
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 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' 6" 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 played Catalina in Nickelodeon's Space Cases.
Jewel married Matt Anderson on April 25, 2003.
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.