Jaime Elizabeth Pressly was born July 30, 1977 in Kinston, North Carolina to parents James Liston Pressly and Brenda Sue Pressly. She has two half-siblings: sister Jessica and brother James Liston Pressly, Jr. A true southern girl at heart, she grew up as a tomboy, fishing, climbing trees and hanging with the boys, Jaime still returns to her hometown to visit friends and family. Jaime is a proud Leo, she even has a tattoo on the small of her back in blue Japanese writing meaning healthy, strong, brave, she can always be seen wearing her Leo sign necklace and has a mural on a wall of her house with hidden Leo symbols.
Jaime spent 11 years training in dance and gymnastics which helped her play her roles in the television shows Push and Jack & Jill. After winning the “International Cover Model Search” at age 14, Jaime became spokeswoman for her the agency and begun to gain recognition for her modeling – even landing the cover of “Teen” magazine for the June 1992 issue. Jaime sought and succeeded in having herself legally emancipated from her parents at the age of 15 so she could attend a modeling job in Japan; neither one of her parents could attend with her, so she had to be emancipated to go on her own.
Jaime’s first big break as an actress was in the film Poison Ivy: II, where she was uncredited as a body double for actress Alyssa Milano. A year later, she starred in the 3rd installment of the Poison Ivy series title Poison Ivy: The New Seduction. Roles in Can’t Hardly Wait and Ringmaster followed. When Jaime hit the small screen in the WB’s short lived drama Jack & Jill she became a household name and by the time her 2001 film Not Another Teen Movie premiered, she was one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood.
Jaime’s career has continued to grow steadily since her big break into Hollywood. She has been a spokesmodel for Liz Claiborne Cosmetics fragrance “Lucky You” and for the Candie’s Foundation – urging teens to wait before having sex. Jaime even had a clothing line, entitled J’aime Clothing which she started sketching and designing on the set of her film Torque in 2003. (J’aime in French translates to “I Love”) The clothing ran ran in production from 2004 until 2008, when Jaime decided to stop working on the line to spend more time with her son. Jaime has also spread her wings as a producer, she made her producing debut in the film Death To The Supermodels in 2004.
In the fall of 2005, Jaime landed a gig on a show titled My Name Is Earl. She portrayed the ex-wife of lead character Earl, named Joy Turner. Little did she know that this little show would become an overnight sensation and showcase her amazing talent on a weekly basis to millions of homes worldwide. Joy Turner was executed by Jaime with such passion and you can’t help but love her. My Name Is Earl ran for four seasons and it earned Jaime her first “major” award – a Primetime Emmy award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” in 2007. The show was sadly canceled in 2009 and left many fans with a cliffhanger in their final episode.
November 15, 2006 Jaime announced her pregnancy on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”. She gave birth to Dezi James Calvo on May 11, 2007, his father is Los Angeles based DJ, Eric “Cubiche” Calvo.
Early 2009 saw the release of “bro-mantic” comedy, I Love You, Man, in which Jaime starred with other comedy heavy weights like Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, Jason Segel and Jon Favreau. Soon after, Jaime released her first book, the best-selling It’s Not Necessarily Not the Truth: Dreaming Bigger Than the Town You’re From. Written while pregnant with her first child, son Dezi James, her memoir offers an enriching account of her life – intended for her son to read – that traces her evolution as a person, with stories both glorious and haunting about her family and its times in the small southern town of Kinston, North Carolina. In July, just less than a year after she called off the engagement to Eric Calvo – they broke up in November 2008, Jaime became engaged to entertainment lawyer Simran Singh. The couple were married on September 26, 2009 at the Dick Clark Estate in Malibu, California.
The next couple of years, Jaime kept a low profile. Appearing on two episodes of the show Rules of Engagement and starring in the Lifetime TV movie Sandra Brown’s Smoke Screen in 2010.
Starting off with an arrest for suspicion of DUI in Santa Monica, California on January 5, 2011; it appeared that Jaime began the new year in a rough patch. The case is still pending and in February Jaime pleaded not guilty to the charges against her. A couple of weeks later, rumors of tax debt began to swirl. As of today, Jaime has not discussed these allegations and so they remain “gossip”. On January 21, 2011 Jaime filed for divorce from Simran Singh citing irreconcilable differences. In her divorce petition, Jaime listed the couple’s date of separation as December 27, 2010 and it is currently waiting for it to be finalized. Of all the gossip surrounding her, Jaime told the news show “Extra”: “I have no problem saying that I’m responsible for my own actions,” adding, “I’m also human and never claimed to be perfect.”
Putting all this negative behind her, Jaime continues to work and has numerous projects for the new year lined up. She is set to make a cameo on the Fox series Raising Hope; she will be re-united with My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia and co-star Ethan Suplee. Roles in the films 6 Month Rule, Hotel Caledonia and the kid friendly The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure are also coming up this year.
A self-proclaimed multi-tasker, Jaime was destined to be a star, once named “the Kim Basigner for the 21st Century”. With her experience in dancing, modeling, acting, designing, producing and now motherhood, there is a lot to keep Jaime busy for a long time. Let’s hope her future stays bright and she continues to make her fans smile!
Last updated February 27, 2011
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