Family & Companions
Effervescent model Jaime King parlayed the palpable personality of her fashion shots into a spin-off career in film and television beginning in 2001, when she was seen in small but memorable roles in Michael Bays' "Pearl Harbor" (2001) and Ted Demme's "Blow" (2001). King was used effectively in supporting roles in dark, stylized actioners like "Sin City" (2005) and "The Spirit" (2008) and in low-budget horror films, she was entrusted with the lead as a damsel in distress or sexy criminal on the run. King was also a natural in comedy, and in addition to supporting roles in low-brow hits like "White Chicks" (2004), maintained a steady presence in primetime with recurring roles on sitcoms including "The Class" (CBS, 2006-07). One of the more naturally talented and likable of the crop of the era's "actress-turned-models," King injected some much-needed personality into often one-dimensional supporting roles.
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, 2008-10). 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).
Cast (Feature Film)
At age 12, enrolled in an etiquette class at Omaha's Nancy Bounds Studios
Discovered by Company Management owner Michael Flutie at age 14; began modeling in New York, NY
Began recovery for heroin addiction after losing her boyfriend Davide Sorrenti, reportedly to a drug overdose
Co-hosted MTV's fashion series "House of Style" with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Made film debut in "Happy Campers"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001
Played the grown-up incarnation of Johnny Depp's daughter in "Blow"
Acted in the World War II romance epic "Pearl Harbor" as 17-year-old nurse Betty
Co-starred with Joshua Jackson as a pair of small towners desperate to leave their small town in "Lone Star State of Mind"
Cast as female lead opposite Chow Yun-Fat in "Bulletproof Monk"
Played a socialite in the comedy "White Chicks"
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
Cast in the indie film "Pretty Persuasion" with Evan Rachel Wood
Cast as Tanya, the hostess on Fox's short-lived series "Kitchen Confidential"
Appeared on the CBS sitcom "The Class" for several episodes
Co-starred in David Arquette's directorial debut "The Tripper," a satirical horror film co-produced by Arquette and his wife
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 ABC's documentary-style dramedy series "My Generation"
Co-starred with Rachel Bilson on The CW drama "Hart of Dixie"
Cast in the WWII drama "Red Tails," about a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program; executive produced by George Lucas