Suleka Mathew (Sara, the town's "working girl," on ABC's Men In Trees), was born in India and raised in Vancouver, Canada.
The beautiful actress has worked extensively as a professional in film, television, radio and theatre for over seventeen years. Suleka was shy as a child but found support from both teachers and family to pursue her interest in performing. By the age of ten, the theater allowed her to blossom and proved to be a tremendous creative outlet that sustained her throughout elementary and high school. She started more formal training at age fifteen, but it wasn't until she was in her second year at the University of British Columbia that she realized that all she ever wanted since she was a little girl was to be an actor.
With the encouragement of friends, she started private acting lessons again. Six months after she enrolled, her agent signed her on, and another six months later she got her first paid acting job as a lead in an episode of a Canadian anthology series. Television audiences know Mathew for her role as Dr. Sunita "Sunny" Ramen on the acclaimed and award-winning Canadian dramatic series, "Da Vinci's Inquest." An international hit, the series made its syndicated debut in the United States.
She also had a recurring role, on the Emmy Award(r)-winning "The West Wing," as well as Stephen King's "Dead Zone," and co-starred in Hallmark Entertainment's sci-fi miniseries "Final Days of the Planet Earth."
In addition she has appeared on such series as "The X-Files," "Stargate SG-1," "The Crow," "Highlander" and "MacGyver." In the area of feature films, credits for Mathew include a starring role in the Sundance Festival hit, "Touch of Pink," directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid. She appeared in the independent film "The Score," which was screened at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival, and worked with esteemed director Deepa Mehta in her romantic comedy, "Republic of Love." She performed in a staged reading of Anne Giardini's novel "The Sad Truth About Happiness" for CBC Radio. She also had a part in "The Management of Grief" by Bharati Mukherjee, and "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry. Mathew was also part of the multi-discipline cast of "Shadow Pleasures," created by Veronica Tennant and inspired by the work of Michael Ondaatje. She currently lives in Vancouver.
Suleka's hair is composed of a series or long and graduated layers which helps to enhance curls and waves. The basic style is quite versatile.
It can be worn either full with lots of texture or it can be blow dried and ironed flat. Depending on the event or Suleka's mood she can crank the volume up or down accordingly.
She can also lighten up her darker tress by having lighter milk chocolate highlights woven in a delicate web around her face and throughout her crown for instant shimmer.
Suleka also happens to have stunning lush long tresses that she wears in a variety of shady lady appropriate hairstyles that just happen to have lots of sexy sass.
Of course there is lots of wiggle room for Suleka's character to go with sexier hair than you might normally find in a traditional office. The hotel setting at Elmo's hotel is not your normal office setting.
Suleka's Long Luscious Waves
Suleka portrays Sara, the official paid "working girl" in Elmo, the Alaskan setting for Men In Trees.
As expected, a working girl wants to look her best to attract a repeat business. And Suleka as Sara looks gorgeous with long lush slightly wavy tresses that she wears around her stunning face.
Sara does her work from her local Elmo hotel room which just happens to have a door connecting her to Marin's (Anne Heche) room.
The two women bond even though they are as different as night and day. Anne Heche portrays modern woman Marin while Sara is the traditional prostitute with a big heart and warm personality (think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman).
While Marin is blonde and fashion forward, Sara hangs out with her long coffee hued strands draped around her teddy.
Wearing her tresses brushed off her gorgeous face, Suleka sometimes utilizes a side part to brush a section of hair up and to one side, creating instant volume.
The long layers also offers Suleka the option to wear her high and low lighted tresses in a shimmering veil framing either side of her face or to wear a side-swept forehead covering fringe.
When she wears the style with the peek-a-boo side fringe she also has the option to tuck the opposite side behind one ear and pull the rest of her strands forward to frame her neck.
Whether worn with or without the side-swept strands, the style is perfect with her classic square shaped face and gorgeous features.
Milk Chocolate Highlights
If you look closely you will be able to see that Suleka's chocolate brown tresses have been very carefully highlighted with ribbons of rich coppery blonde color placed strategically throughout her tresses to add fullness and depth.
The alternating light and dark hues placed against the soft chocolate base also helps to bring create a gorgeous shimmer.
Steal Suleka's Lush Hair Style
Faith's hairstyle can be customized to work with just about any face shape, hair type or texture.
For naturally curly or wavy hair the strands must be either pre-straightened or blow dried straight with waves created with hot rollers or curling irons.
You may also opt to use a long finger diffuser to create loose waves and curls without a curling iron or hot rollers. This style is idea for hair that is medium in thickness.
Follow the steps below to recreate Faith's style:
Start with a precision layered strands that are cut to hang forward into curved points and frame the neck. Work with your hairdresser to achieve the correct style. Be willing to modify the style depending on your face shape, hair type, length and texture.
1. Start by washing your hair in lukewarm water with a product designed to add back moisture and to treat colored or highlighted hair with tender loving care.
2. Rinse hair well and then apply a moisturizing rinse-out conditioner focusing the products on the areas of the hair that are most dry or damaged. If your hair is fine or thin you may wish to skip this option.
4. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to lock in moisture and add additional shine.
5. Towel blot to remove excess moisture.
Apply a conditioning detangling spray or leave-in conditioner and detangle strands with a wide tooth comb working from the ends to the roots.
Create either a center or side part, depending on how you wish to style your hair.
Note: If your hair is prone to frizzing apply a defrisant product or mix with your other styling products. It has been reported in the past that many celebrities are a big fan of Phytodefrisant for her naturally curly hair that tended to frizz.
7. Separate strands into 1" to 2 1/2" sections and blow dry with a boar's bristle round brush. Blow dry the top sections of hair using fingers to lift individual top strands and direct the air flow from ends to roots.
Use the brush to turn the ends under around the edges and slightly in towards the neck.
Note: If hair is naturally curly, do not use fingers to blow dry since this can add to frizz. Use a boar's bristle brush instead.
8. When hair is completely dry separate into individual 2" strands. Use a 1 1/2" barrel curling iron, large hot rollers or 2" self adhesive style rollers.
Spritz each section with firm holding hairspray or styling product. Roll each individual strand around either the curling iron or curler of your choice.
Work your way around the entire head of hair either curling with an iron or rolling into curlers.
9. Let hair completely cool. If you are using a curling iron, after curling each section, use fingers to roll into a large barrel curl and pin into place to allow new curls to properly cool.
10. When the entire head is curled and the new curls are completely cool, carefully remove each curl one at a time.
11. Apply a strong holding hairspray to the newly released curls.
12. Use a boar's bristle brush or your fingers to break up the curls and waves.
13. Arrange in the desired style.
You may prefer to use a curling iron (or hot rollers) to turn under the ends or add more volume and lift to the crown area.
Optionally this style can be easily pinned up for a tousled wavy updo style.
Suleka Mathew as Sara, the hooker with the heart of gold has been one of the unique and fascinating characters who has helped make "Men in Trees" become more enticing with each passing episode.
The main core of the show is about life's many paths towards self-discovery as well as the relationships that often dictate the direction we travel in our pursuit of love and happiness.
As expected, Sara is traveling her own life path trying to be a responsible single mom while serving her male clients and having a complicated rekindled love relationship with the local barkeep, Ben (Abraham Benrubi), a compassionate but married teddy bear of a guy. Sara and Ben were in love before he married his now estranged wife.
“Men in Trees” will stir up fond memories of the quirky 1990s series “Northern Exposure.” It also unapologetically follows in the fashionable footsteps of “Sex and the City.” In merging the two contrasting and often conflicting worlds, it refreshingly succeeds in refusing to dumb down the locals nor chastise the visiting urbanites.
In turn, Ben rekindled a relationship with Sara (Suleka Mathew), a single mother who supported herself as the local prostitute. But after Ben offered to help her pursue her dream of becoming a medic, she was plagued with insecurity and fled.
On ABC’s Web site, series creator Jenny Bicks discusses her belief that the key to finding love involves focusing on who you are and what makes you happy. Once you’re on your own path, everything else seems to fall into place.
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