Rising Canadian star: Q & A with Jordan Hayes


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It’s perfectly fitting that my sit-down with Jordan Hayes is featured in this month’s Alpha Woman issue, because the born and raised Montrealer is bold and definitely getting noticed in 2014.

The Canadian beauty has guest starred on hits like Being EricaNikitaFlashpoint and many more. And now her breakout role as Dr. Sarah Jordan has her shining opposite Billy Campbell in Helix. The sci-fi series is about scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who travel to the Arctic to investigate the possibility of an epidemic.

Helix is helmed by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Steven Maeda (LostCSI: MiamiThe X-Files), among others. The first 15 minutes of the pilot were released earlier this week in the lead-up to its two-episode premiere on Friday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. EST on Showcase. And the ever-humble Ms. Hayes let SheKnows pick her brain about it all.

SheKnows: How did you feel when you got the call confirming you got the part?

Jordan Hayes: I was at a yoga retreat in Lake Tahoe when I found out… I had been in a very zen state of mind from all the yoga. But when I found out I got the part, I almost peed my pants. I called my mom right away, and she started crying. Then I started crying. Then we both laughed and screamed.

SK: Did you think you had gotten the role when you first auditioned?

JH: I had just moved from Montreal to LA about two months before I auditioned for Helix. When I got the breakdown, I had a conversation with my friend. I told him, “I’m not sure I should even audition. It means moving back to Montreal for five months, and I just moved here!” To which he quickly replied, “Slow down. You don’t have the part. You haven’t even auditioned.” (laughs) I just had a feeling that I was going to get this one. It’s a rare feeling. And moving back to Montreal turned out to be one of the best things in my life. I love this city.

SK: What a coincidence that your character’s last name is the same as your first name! If you could change your name to anything, what would it be?

JH: It’s funny. People would get confused on-set and never know what to call me. I think some of the crew may think my real name is Sarah. Growing up, I was self-conscious about my name, because people would always think I was a guy. But I’ve grown to love my name. I would never change it.

SK: There are some complicated-sounding diseases out there. Was it tough learning the “doc talk” lingo?

JH: Personally, I loved the challenge of the dialogue in this series. Memorizing the lines wasn’t that difficult for me. The difficult part was understanding exactly what I was saying. It was important for me to have a very clear understanding of the science I was referring to. Luckily I have a brother who majored in anatomy and cell biology. There were several nights where I would be up late with him, going through his old text books. Thankfully he was very patient with me!

SK: Would Jordan Hayes make a good doctor?

JH: My first year in college, I was in a pre-med type program. In a way I was on a path to doing something in the scientific world. However, after my first year, I transferred to the theatre program. I’m not sure if I would have made a good doctor, but I always had an appreciation for science and math in school.

SK: In an interview, you described Sarah as an overachiever. Is the same true for you?

JH: I think we’re very similar in that regard. I’ve always been ambitious. To give you an example, I grew up playing soccer. It was my life. When I was 10 years old, I was asked to play on a boy’s team. The league said girls could not play on boys’ teams. My mom took them to court, won, and I was the only girl playing in a AAA boys league from the ages of 13 to 16. Sarah wants to prove her worth — that’s definitely something I can relate to.

SK: What was the best part of working on this series for you?

JH: The best part of working on this series was getting to come back to Montreal. It really is the greatest city in the world. The other best part of working on this series was the crew. Montreal has the best film crews I’ve ever seen.

SK: What are you working on now?

JH: I just directed my second short film, Ten Speed. At the moment I’m knee deep in the editing process. It’s a short film that I wrote myself, and I’m very proud of it. I’m lucky enough to have the most amazing friends ever, who help me whenever I say, “Hey, guys! Let’s make a short film!”

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Marshmallow snowman cupcakes


It’s that most wonderful time of the year again, and it’s only made better by these tasty snowmen. Sculpting an edible version of Frosty is super easy with this recipe.

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Marshmallow Snowman Cupcakes

Serving size varies depending on cake mix used


  • Vanilla cake mix
  • Vanilla icing
  • Marshmallows
  • Carrots
  • Icing scribblers


  1. Bake the cupcakes, and allow them to cool completely.
  2. Cut the carrots into thin slabs; these will serve as the noses.
  3. Using a piping bag (or resealable bag), form concentric icing circles. Picture the base of a snowman, and create circles accordingly, with a larger circle at the bottom and smaller ones toward the top.
  4. Place a piece of carrot in the centres of the marshmallows, and use the scribblers to make the faces.
  5. Secure the marshmallow heads into the icing by pressing gently downward.

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Personalized Christmas gift bags

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Show you care by personalizing your gifts this Christmas with monograms, names and festive wishes on pretty purses.

Great gifts can be made even more exciting with fun wrapping options.Plus, if the wrapping doubles as a gift too, what’s not to love?

Create carryalls for the people on your gift-giving list. The dollar store or arts and crafts supply store has everything you need to make the perfect purse. Here’s how to do it:


  1. Begin by cutting two pieces of material into the same size.
  2. Sew the pieces together. If you have a sewing machine, this will be a breeze, but if not, sew them by hand.
  3. Add the embellishments of your choosing, and secure them onto the fabric with your trusty needle and thread.
  4. Fasten the handles, and you’re on your way.

If sewing leaves you tied up in knots, outsource your handbag needs. Plenty of personalized gift-making services are at your disposal:

Thirty-one knows totes

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Thirty-one is a trusted source for your embroidery needs. The company has a wonderful selection of fun and functional items — like this snowman utility tote (thirtyonegifts.com, $30) — just waiting for you to make your mark.

Sailor- and tailor-made

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Lands’ End has an incredible history steeped in stylish durability that goes hand in hand with excellent price points. The bottle bag(landsend.com, $20) is a lovely selection for the wine connoisseur in your group.

Eco-friendly and ultra chic

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The Wedding Shop, brought to you by the good people at The Knot, carries a bevy of beautiful bags for you to choose from. You might be thinking, “The Knot? Isn’t that solely a bridal website?” Yes, but anyone can appreciate the variety and reasonable prices The Wedding Shop has to offer. The map totes(weddingshop.theknot.com, $15) are a must-see!

Pop culture perfection

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One should not forget the mecca of unique merchandise: Etsy. You might just stumble upon the holy grail of gifts when perusing the site’s many vendors. Aside from this adorable wedding date tote (etsy.com, $16) that would suit a blushing bride, Rachel Walter has a whole bunch of pretty bags — many with hilarious pop culture references — to choose from.

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Quick curry quinoa


Curry, crunchy vegetables and quinoa come together in a brilliant blend of taste and texture with this quick and easy recipe.

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Curry quinoa salad

Serving size 6 to 8


  • 1-1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 a bell pepper (any colour)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar



Prepare the quinoa

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil, and add the quinoa. Lower the temperature to simmer, and cover for 12 to 15 minutes or until all the water has evaporated.

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Prepare the vegetables

Dice the vegetables, and put them aside.

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Finish the quinoa

Once the quinoa is cooked, place it in a large bowl, and fluff it with a fork.

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Mix in the other ingredients

Pour in the oil, vinegar and soy sauce, and mix in the curry powder and other dry ingredients.

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Add the vegetables

Toss in the vegetables, and stir thoroughly.

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Enjoy a bowl right away, or better yet, place it in the fridge and serve it chilled.

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Kopanisti: Feta and red pepper dip

Kopanisiti: feta and red peper dip | Sheknows.ca


A simple and savoury seduction that will satisfy your inner Greek god and goddess.



  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 5 kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1 pound feta cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the red peppers on a baking sheet, and bake until they are charred.
  3. Remove the peppers from the oven, and place them in a large resealable bag. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing, peeling and de-seeding the peppers.
  4. In a frying pan, pour the olive oil, and sauté the garlic and chopped olives over medium heat for a minute. Add the peppers, and sauté for another 3 minutes.
  5. In a blender or food processor, combine only the pepper mixture and feta. Sprinkle in some chili flakes, and pulse until smooth. If the dip is too thick, add more olive oil.

Spread the smooth infusion on fresh bread, pita or even crackers, and bite into a taste of the Mediterranean.

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