Date of publishing: 5th
Texas-born Jordan Hinson began acting in plays at
the age of 6, performing in such productions as "A
Visit from Saint Nicholas", "Winnie the
Pooh", "The Witch and the Magic Mountain"
and "If Angels Were Mortal". She also has
appeared in numerous television commercials. Hinson
made her telefilm debut in 2005, starring as an aspiring
professional figure skater in the Disney Channel original
movie "Go Figure". April-May 2005 Jordan
filmed “Eureka” on Vancouver Island, BC.
Jordan’s characters name is Zoe. Sci-fi channel
ordered 13 episodes of “Eureka” which
were filmed in Vancouver Spring/Summer 2006. The cast
also includes Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson, Joe
Morton and Ed Quinn. October-November 2005 Jordan
began filming “The Goode Mother” in Simi
Valley. Jordan’s character is named Abby.
Linda Craddock: As
the youngest member of the regular cast from Eureka,
tell us a little bit about that experience.
Jordan Hinson: Well, actually this year I am having
a blast with it. Last year it was a little different
because I…Well, now I have graduated from high
school, but last year I wasn’t so I was pulled
out of school a lot which was a little disconcerting,
but this year I’m having a great time with everyone.
Everyone’s like family so… Colin’s
like a father figure to me …Being the youngest
is really not like as different as you’d think
it would be. I love it!
What was your first impression when you auditioned
for the role of “Zoe Carter” and the storyline
as it was presented to you?
Jordan Hinson: Well, honestly I had
a lot of things going around at the same time as the
audition for Eureka. , I loved the script so much
and I’d never really read anything like it.
So, of course I went into it completely hopeful to
get the part and nervous, but it went really well
and it was like any normal audition process and there
were like 7 “Jack Carters” testing with
3 “Zoe Carters”, but in the end they knew
that they wanted me and Colin because we sort of connected.
But the audition process…It was nerve racking
to want a part that badly and it always is, but this
was different because there are a lot of pilots and
you sort of know if they are going to work or if they’re
not and this was so different and original so I sort
of knew it was good.
Linda Craddock: Great!
What do you like most about “Zoe”?
Jordan Hinson: I think my favorite part about her…In
the pilot she was so separated from her father and
they really had no base relationship. What I really
like about her is her ability to adapt. She learned
to get along with her dad and they become more of
a family and she’s adapted to a new town very
well and I think that’s what I sort of look
up to. She can deal with change very easily and she
always has because her dad left her when she was younger
and she always lived with her mom and now that she’s
back with her dad it’s this whole new environment
and I think she’s adapting really well.
Linda Craddock: For
someone who’s not familiar with Eureka, how
would you describe the show?
Jordan Hinson: Well, first and foremost it’s
about a small town and the relationships between all
the characters within it. There are some really crazy
people in the town because it’s not just your
ordinary town. It’s this military technology
based town that the government created way back when
to have all the world’s geniuses and their families
live there. So it’s cool because there’s
always something going wrong. You have crazy scientists
and their crazy families, it’s a really cool
Linda Craddock: Were
you at all nervous once you landed the role with the
experience of all the other actors on the set?
Jordan Hinson: You’d think that I would be but
I wasn’t because they were all so welcoming
and ready to give advice and helpful. But Colin has
definitely been a saint. He’s fantastic! If
there is something you don’t like or you don’t
feel comfortable about, he’ll try and help with
it. He’s great! So to come into such a welcoming
environment is definitely easy.
As an actor, how did you arrive at the approach you
used to bring the character to life?
Jordan Hinson: When I got the pilot
it was sort of this rebellious girl that was always
wanting to cause trouble somehow just to get her dad’s
attention or make him mad or whatever. I went into
it knowing that the character was somehow evolved
into something better. I was definitely open-minded
to… I never really know what I’m in for
going in because you don’t know how the character
is going to turn out. She could have made a turn for
the worse or just been a full on bad girl. I like
that she’s sort of evolved into being okay with
her dad. Going into it, you really don’t know
what you’re in for.
Linda Craddock: What
do you think was the turning point was in” Zoe’s”
growth with accepting her father’s position
as the sheriff, as you said strengthening the relationship?
Jordan Hinson: Right. I think that going into the
town…I think the reason it took so long to adapt
with her dad is because she didn’t know anything
about the town. She thought it was a town full of
geeks and I think she did not even care to adapt to
it. But she actually started to like it and that,
in her mind, made her think, maybe my dad’s
not so bad, maybe this town isn’t so bad, and
maybe I can live here. And I think that’s sort
of the turning point for her. I think there wasn’t
really a moment in time when she just stopped and
said, you know what, actually my dad is a pretty cool
guy. I think he really did prove that he loves her
and that he’s always there for her and I think
she accepted it. I’m having a lot of fun this
season because when there’s not so much rebellion
going on, there’s deeper storylines you can
play. There’s a lot of great stuff!
Linda Craddock: Good!
Can you give us a little hint as to what we can expect
in “Zoe” in Season 2?
Jordan Hinson: Well, there are a lot of different
things that go on. Abby may come back – the
mother – and there’s a lot of dealing
with family issues with him as opposed to them fighting
with each other about things. There’s some good
stuff and I’m having so much fun this season.
Linda Craddock: So,
is it safe to say that…Well, based on Season
1, your character wasn’t always privy to the
events that took place in “Eureka” as
the sheriff’s daughter. Will “Zoe”
become more aware of the strange activities in Season
Jordan Hinson: Oh well, definitely. In the first season
she had no clue what she was in for. She went into
the town and there were all of these strange anomalies
and weird mishaps going on and she didn’t know
what to expect. Obviously, living in the town for
a year or so now, it’s like you’re always
on your toes. So she’s definitely more aware
Craddock: What are
some of the similarities, if any, between Jordan and
Jordan Hinson: Our style, maybe.
I guess it helped a lot with wardrobe, which is cool.
I guess, being a teenage girl, it’s hard for
people to dress you. So, definitely similar styles.
The way we deal with situations…Yeah, we’re
sort of the same, but I don’t know, I’ve
never really had identity theft or credit card fraud
on my record. You never know, though!
Linda Craddock: Eureka
has a very entertaining cast of characters which generates
a lot of humor as well as personality for each. What
actor do you find most entertaining behind the camera?
Jordan Hinson: Wow, that’s hard to say. Everyone
is crazy! I think Colin, actually. He’s the
funniest and he completely turns a bad situation into
good. He honestly is probably the funniest. Ed’s
great…Joe’s great. I mean everyone! Our
set is more like a comedy club. It’s wonderful!
Linda Craddock: Okay.
In the episode, “Right As Raynes”, your
hair was red. Now we all know actors gain and lose
weight, shave their heads, change facial hair etc…In
preparation for a project. Did you dye your hair or
did you wear a wig?
Jordan Hinson: It was a wig. Thank
goodness. If I had dyed my hair, it would have fallen
out. It was definitely a wig.
Linda Craddock: Okay.
Tell us a little about your work day on the set…Hours
you work, any routines to get started, school work,
Jordan Hinson: Last year it was a pretty light workload.
I had to do 3 hours of school, out of 9.5, so you
don’t get a lot of time on set with everyone
which is a little aggravating at times when you really
want to finish a scene but you can’t because
your hours don’t work. But I actually graduated
early so I have my high school diploma now so I can
work adult hours.
Linda Craddock: Congratulations!
Jordan Hinson: Thank you! It’s a little scary,
but it’s good!
Linda Craddock: What
did you miss about not attending formal classes at
Jordan Hinson: Umm, you know honestly people always
ask me if I miss school. I really don’t. I mean,
I look at it in a sense like I’m so lucky. I
get to work with such amazing people. The only thing
I probably miss is something like prom. I don’t
really miss school. Of course, I’m going to
go to college and all that but I don’t miss
Craddock: What would
you say has been the most challenging aspect of doing
Jordan Hinson: Umm, I think finding
the character, in a sense. I wasn’t really happy
with the way I played Zoe in the pilot. There was
a lot of things that I just wasn’t very…I’m
a very critical person, so I was like hmmm,…no.
So what I wanted to do is sort of evolve her in Season
1 and I just didn’t want her to come off as
a whiney, bratty teenager that nobody liked because
no one can really relate to that. I mean, there are
some teenagers like that, but for the most part teenagers
these days are so much more mature and I really wanted
to portray that. I really enjoyed evolving her.
Linda Craddock: Even
though the rest of the cast were welcoming and warm
and helpful to you, it was something different for
Jordan Hinson: Yeah, definitely. What was also different
was that I had done The Disney Channel right before
that. Literally a month before I filmed the pilot
I had filmed a Disney Channel movie. It was just very
different. I was a figure skater and then I was this
rebellious who is running away. It was cool though.
I’m definitely more of a fan of the sci-fi though.
Linda Craddock: How
many episodes are schedule to be aired for Season
Jordan Hinson: 13. I think they are trying to keep
the idea fresh as opposed to over doing the amount
of episodes. I really think they don’t want
the episode to go stale at all so they’re being
very cautious with it which is good.
Linda Craddock: Talk
a little bit about your role in “The Good Mother”.
Jordan Hinson: Oh. Abby Snow. Umm, that was one of
the most traumatic experiences of my life, only because
I guess when you’re on a set like that…There
was a few conflicts on the set, which was fine because
the movie was so high strung and you were always running
or fighting or doing something on the set so…I
guess the emotions being tense was a good thing. It
sort of helped you out with the role, but I really
thoroughly enjoyed that movie. It took me a while
after to calm down. I had just built up so much emotion
through filming. It’s funny – I never
really knew how into it you can really be, but it
was a very different experience. I really liked it
Linda Craddock: Good.
So what do you do in your free time?
Jordan Hinson: I hang out with all
my friends. I’m in LA right now so I’m
here until this coming Monday. I have 3 dogs, I have
my family…We just sort of chill. But I do have
all my friends here in LA, so I’m glad to be
seeing them, because we’re up in Canada for
like 5 months. It’s a little hard, but it’s
Linda Craddock: Good.
Do you have a favorite actor and actress that you
would love to someday work with?
Jordan Hinson: Yes. I would love to someday work with
Nicole Kidman. That’s a pretty high goal, but
she’s like my role model. I love her and even
someone younger like Rachel McAdams As for actors,
I would love to work with Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman…I’m
a big movie person so I have a lot of favorite actors
Linda Craddock: Okay,
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