In the history of television, there are few shows that have generated as devoted and dedicated a fan reaction as the short-lived sci-fi series “Firefly”. The series, rightfully defined as a space western, ran for just 11 episodes on Fox back in 2002 (3 other unaired episodes were shown later on cable and included on the DVD release).
The story of a mismatched, eclectic crew scrounging a living the edges of the ‘verse aboard the smuggling ship Serenity really struck a chord with fans. After Fox’s short-sighted decision to cancel the series (following non-sensical changes to air dates that hindered the series from developing any traction), the show’s fan base, who refer to themselves as ‘browncoats’ (after the signature jacket worn by rebels during the Unification War that pre-dates the events in “Firefly”) kept the show’s spirit alive over the years at conventions and online. The results was, in 2005, a full feature-length film, “Serenity”, hitting the big screen.
While the mainstream reception of “Serenity” was not strong enough to restart the series or bring about any sequels, fans still keep the dream of this alternate ‘verse alive. One of the reasons this show was so appealing was because the characters were all flawed, endearing individuals that audiences could relate to. One of those was the naive, winsome farm-girl/expert mechanic Kaylee Frye, portrayed by Canadian actress Jewel Staite.
Jewel has built a lengthy acting resume by on roles primarily on tv. The youngest of 7 children, she was a child model and started acting at the tender age of 6. One of Jewel’s earliest roles was on the kids scary story series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” She also had regular roles on “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show”, “DaVinci’s Inquest” and had her first film role in “Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain”, alongside Christina Ricci and Anna Chlumsky.
Later roles have Jewel on teen dramas like “Just Deal” and cable hits, such as “Dead Like Me” (with Mandy Patinkin) and “Huff” (with Hank Azaria). She continues to work regularly on television, with the occasional movie thrown in. Of course, Jewel will always have time for the ‘browncoat’ faithful who hold a special place in their hearts for Kaylee.
The adorably cute Jewel has also embraced body art, and she didn’t go small either. A few years back, she visited a tattoo parlor and got a very colorful, large design of a unicorn on her back.
You can get more information on Jewel from her fan site: http://www.jewel-staite.org/
You can check out her food blog: http://happyopu.net/
You can follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JewelStaite