About Jaime King
Born Jamie King in Omaha, NE, on April 23, 1979, King's road to the big screen began at the local modeling school at age 12. Two years later, at the school's final presentation, King was discovered by a New York modeling agent and was soon on the fast track to a career, appearing in major magazines including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Allure under the name James - a childhood nickname that set her apart from other Jamie's represented at her agency. Displaying a more playful personality and down-to-earth appeal than the average stone-faced supermodel, King had something special that elevated her status quickly, but along with her early success came big problems. Young and free with money to spend, the model was on the party circuit, and drug use soon became more of a lifestyle than a recreation. When the life of her up-and-coming photographer boyfriend was cut short due to drug-related problems, the model was determined to straighten up her own life and entered a rehab program. By 1998, she was back in business and banking on her personality instead of just her looks as co-host of MTV's "House of Style" alongside Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
In 1999, King began shooting her first feature, "Happy Campers" (2001), co-starring as a camp counselor in the teen comedy written and directed by Daniel Waters. While seen around Hollywood with beau Kid Rock, King appeared in a number of releases in 2001, including brief turns as the grown up daughter of Johnny Depp's enterprising drug dealer in Ted Demme's "Blow" (2001) and a bright and bubbly 17-year-old nurse who sneaks into the navy for adventure in Michael Bay's World War II romantic epic, "Pearl Harbor" (2001). In a pair of back-to back indie comedies, she paired with Joshua Jackson in "Lone Star State of Mind" (2002) as a girl looking to pursue dreams of fame and fortune far from her little Texas hometown, as well as co-starred with Jason Schwartzman as the object of his nerdy college affections in "Slackers" (2002). Back in the world of big budgets, King landed a leading role as a seductive Russian mob princess in the comic book adaptation "Bulletproof Monk" (2002) - a poorly reviewed actioner starring Chow Yun-Fat and Seann William Scott.
Venturing into broad comedy, King had a turn in the Wayans brothers' popular but critically dismissed "White Chicks" (2004) as a bitchy archrival to the masquerading brothers. The beautiful actress was one of the few characters to appear in color in director Robert Rodriguez and artist Frank Miller's visually arresting (and otherwise black-and-white) adaptation of Miller's comic book series, "Sin City" (2005), playing the angelic murdered hooker as well as her vengeful twin opposite. King landed a regular role as a restaurant hostess on the sadly short-lived sitcom "Kitchen Confidential" (Fox, 2005-06), which sparked a romance with co-star Bradley Cooper. After a supporting role in the popular sequel "Cheaper By the Dozen 2" (2005), King's film output was limited to small roles in low-budget releases like "The Alibi" (2006) and the tongue-in-cheek slasher "Tripper" (2006) before she landed a recurring role as a bit of a dimwit on the Emmy-winning sitcom "The Class" (CBS, 2006-07). At the end of 2007, she wed film director Kyle Newman, director of the sci-fi nerd comedy "Fanboys" (2009) in which King had a small role.
King remained a steady presence in primetime with another recurring role as the post-divorce "rebound" girlfriend of "Gary Unmarried" (CBS, 2008- ). Her film career picked up when she was cast in a supporting role in Frank Miller's comic adaptation "The Spirit" (2008) and the gory remake of "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" (2009), which brought in substantial box office numbers. Making a dramatic about-face, King next took the lead in the indie drama "The Pardon" (2009) where she showcased more depth portraying real life character Toni Jo Henry, a survivor of childhood abuse whose brief shot at adult happiness ended in a botched crime and a death sentence. She was again cast as an outlaw in the considerably lighter indie dramedy "A Fork in the Road" (2009) before reprising her dual role in the sequel "Sin City 2" (2010).
|Alex Burns. Dated in 2001|
|Robert Ritchie. Dated c. 2000-01|
|Kyle Newman. Met while working on the film "Fanboys" (2006), which he directed; engaged May 2007; married Nov. 23, 2007 at Greystone Park and Manor in Beverly Hills, CA|
|Bradley Cooper. Met while working on the Fox series "Kitchen Confidential" in 2005; no longer together|
|Davide Sorrenti. Son of photographer Francesca Sorrenti and brother of photographer Mario Sorrenti; died in 1997 at age 21 of a kidney ailment that was thought to have been brought on by excessive heroin use|
|Matt Damhave. Dated in 2002|
|Cast in the WWII drama "Red Tails," about a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program; executive produced by George Lucas|
|Co-starred with Rachel Bilson on The CW drama "Hart of Dixie"|
|Co-starred in ABC's documentary-style dramedy series "My Generation"|
|Appeared in "The Spirit," a live-action film adaptation based on the 1940s newspaper strip; re-teamed with Sin City writer Frank Miller, who wrote and directed the film|
|Co-starred in David Arquette's directorial debut "The Tripper," a satirical horror film co-produced by Arquette and his wife|
|Appeared on the CBS sitcom "The Class" for several episodes|
|Cast as Tanya, the hostess on Fox's short-lived series "Kitchen Confidential"|
|Cast in the indie film "Pretty Persuasion" with Evan Rachel Wood|
|Featured in the segment The Hard Goodbye opposite Mickey Rourke in "Sin City," the adaptation of comic book icon Frank Miller's uber-noir series of grapic novels; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez|
|Played a socialite in the comedy "White Chicks"|
|Cast as female lead opposite Chow Yun-Fat in "Bulletproof Monk"|
|Co-starred with Joshua Jackson as a pair of small towners desperate to leave their small town in "Lone Star State of Mind"|
|Acted in the World War II romance epic "Pearl Harbor" as 17-year-old nurse Betty|
|Played the grown-up incarnation of Johnny Depp's daughter in "Blow"|
|Made film debut in "Happy Campers"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001|
|Co-hosted MTV's fashion series "House of Style" with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos|
|Began recovery for heroin addiction after losing her boyfriend Davide Sorrenti, reportedly to a drug overdose|
|Spotlighted as an upcoming star in The New York Times Magazine at age 16|
|Discovered by Company Management owner Michael Flutie at age 14; began modeling in New York, NY|
|At age 12, enrolled in an etiquette class at Omaha's Nancy Bounds Studios|