In today's Sci-Fi Blast From The Past, actress Jordan Hinson chats in-between takes on the Eureka set about playing Zoe Carter on the show.
It’s Thursday afternoon in Vancouver and the Eureka set is abuzz with activity. Most of the show’s cast, including Jordan Hinson, who plays Zoe Carter, is waiting to film a scene inside Café Diem for the second season episode Night of Dreams. It was a year ago that Zoe and her dad, Sheriff Jack Carter, stumbled by accident upon this quirky fictional Pacific Northwest town and subsequently ended up becoming its newest residents. Back then, Eureka was the last place on Earth she wanted to be, but people change, even unruly teenagers. That path has been a slightly rocky one for Zoe to travel, but well worth the trip for her as well as Hinson.
“I really like how my character developed last year,” says the actress, grabbing a seat at one of Café Diem’s sidewalk tables. “She started off as this rebellious teen who had hardly any connection at all with her father Jack [Colin Ferguson], but as season one unfolded, Zoe became more comfortable with him and vice versa. They began doing things together as father and daughter and in the process started trusting each other more. Yes, they hit a few snags along the way, but I just feel that made their relationship all the more believable.
“What’s really cool about this year is that Zoe is getting the opportunity to prove she has a brain. My character is going to this new school and we find out she has a pretty high I.Q. which no one, not even her, realized,” smiles Hinson. “I think a lot of these discoveries we’re making about Zoe have to do with her willingness to adapt more. I wanted her to come into this season still having a bit of an edge, but at the same time being more open-minded to the town and new situations.”
One of Hinson’s favourite Eureka episodes to have worked on is season one’s Right as Raynes, in which a former resident’s return to town coincides with all of Eureka’s computer-controlled devices malfunctioning. “The red wig I had to wear for this story was a little annoying,” jokes the actress, “but otherwise I enjoyed working with David Paetkau, who played Callister Raynes, and the emotional places I got to take Zoe were great. And that’s continued this year. The past few episodes we’ve done have had my character all over the map with her emotions, and I love that. I’m lucky, too, in that so many of my scenes are with Colin, and I couldn’t ask for a better person to learn from.”
Eureka fans can expect to see Zoe much more in the thick of things this year when it comes to Global Dynamics, the town’s local think tank and very often the source of some strange goings-on. “Last season my character didn’t get the chance to do much with the people at Global because she was either home at the Smart House, or at school, or whatever,” notes Hinson. “This year, however, Zoe is actively involved in helping solve some problems, which means I’m getting to work with the entire cast.”
While she doesn’t necessarily see Zoe as a role model, Hinson feels that viewers have responded positively to the more redeeming qualities of her Eureka alter ego. “At first, I thought they would hate my character because she comes in, raises her dad’s hopes, and then drags him right back down,” she says. “Much to my surprise, viewers felt for Zoe and were interested in her. I think, too, that they appreciate the fact that she’s willing to adapt and try to become a better person.”
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