WHY JAIME KING’S LATEST PROJECT, “BITCH,” ISN’T A FEMINIST FILM
I didn’t know what to expect when meeting Jaime King at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. Of course, she’s a fashion icon—the stunning star of blockbusters like Sin City and Pearl Harbor. And, in case you didn’t know, Taylor Swift serves as godmother to her younger son, Leo. (So who can compete with that?!?)
I’m here because King’s latest film, BITCH, hits theaters November 10. It follows a housewife, Jill (played by writer/director Marianna Palka) who, unappreciated by her husband and children, finds herself transformed into a female dog. A literal bitch.
“It’s unlike any film I’ve done before,” King gushed while munching room service fries on the hotel’s cream sofa. “I’ve been in big movies, but nothing that’s ever felt this special.”
This film feels different to her for many reasons, the most obvious of which is its wonderfully weird plot. But BITCH also has an undeniable chemistry, something King attributes to the strong relationships between all involved.
ADVOCACY Jaime King, producer, actress, model, wife and mother, talks about how perseverance prevailed in the face of her struggles with fertility.
At age 28, Jaime King was diagnosed with endometriosis, adenomyosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This, along with an ectopic pregnancy, lead to her first of several miscarriages.
“That’s when my journey really began,” says Jaime.
PMS. Cramps. Periods. Tampons versus pads. It’s all still very much taboo. But why? How can women, young women and young girls truly know when something isn’t right with their body? As Jaime puts it, “If you’re having very painful, heavy periods that are debilitating, even while you’re ovulating, that’s not normal and you should get it checked out immediately.”
The sooner the diagnosis, the better. Waiting, or ignoring the symptoms, can cause serious and sometimes irreparable damage.
Finding the right doctor
According to Dr. Randy Harris, MD, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, endometriosis and PCOS can mimic other symptoms or aggravate symptoms of other diseases and can lead to misdiagnosis for years.
For instance, teens might complain of gastrointestinal problems and might be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But upon further investigation, their symptoms get worse before and/or during their periods. With this added history and further medical workups, it may end up being endometriosis on the bowel or appendix, mimicking IBS. So these teens are treated for IBS when they should be treated by a gynecologist instead.
Here’s a new interview with E! News at Sundance Film Festival.
Jaime King can’t remember for sure what she wore to her first red carpet, but she thinks she has an idea.
“I think it was the premiere for Basquiat, and I went with [sisters] Lola Schnabel and Stella, cause their dad [artist Julian Schnabel] made that movie and it was the first movie premiere that I had ever seen,” the model-turned-actress says. “We were just kids, we were babies…It was in the ’90s so probably some sort of slip dress.”
This was just one of the many firsts that King recalled when I sat down with her at the Sundance Film Festival to promote her new indie Bitch.
The 37-year-old’s first celebrity crush? “Eddie Furlong, from The Terminator, because his hair was long with that sweet haircut and he rode that skateboard,” King said.
And then there’s the first time she knew she was in love with her now husband of 10 years, director Kyle Newman. Watch the video above to get the romantic details and find out what Kristen Bell had to do with it.
And check out the video below to hear what she had to say about her friendship with Taylor Swift .
WWD — Those used to spotting Jaime King grace red carpets, where she’s still very much in her former fashion model element, will get to see the actress in a different light in her latest film, “B—h,” which premiered this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.
The genre-bending indie, written and produced by Marianna Palka, who plays the title character, has received notice for strong performances by costars Jason Ritter and King, who play Palka’s husband and sister, respectively.
The films centers around a stay-at-home mom who reaches her breaking point and assumes the characteristics of a female dog. Her family struggles and ultimately transforms as they deal with the unusual situation.
The three are actually longtime friends; King and Ritter met when they worked on the television show “The Class” a decade ago, and Palka and Ritter cofounded the production company Morning Knight Inc.
“My whole life people have asked, ‘What’s your type?’ and my type of human being is the type that’s passionate. Marianna and I are very similar in the sense that we dive in completely into what it is we are trying to say or do,” King says.
She points to her unguarded style on social media. “Sometimes on Instagram people will say, ‘I love your feed, it’s so inspiring’ and sometimes I’ll make a post and go, ‘Am I too open? Am I too vulnerable?’ and it’s, like, ‘No. The world is so curated that it’s important to be who I am.”
King calls “B—h” the “anti-curation” film, saying, “It’s really balls to the wall.”
Having acted in mainstream and big studio fare, while producing and starring in her own sketch series, “Attention Deficit Theater” for the CW’s digital platform CW Seed, King understands all to well the Hollywood system. “A lot of times they say they want something like this but people usually back down from it because they get caught up in numbers and screenings and statistics. People are so used to operating out of fear, ironically, in a place like Hollywood which is supposed to be a creative hub. I have empathy for that.”
She’s happy to be in Park City, Utah, simply because “it’s really nice to just be able to just tell stories.”
As you may know, a couple weeks ago Jaime revealed that Leo Thames underwent “a major heart surgery” shortly after he was born and now Jaime talked a bit more about it with People. Here’s the full article.
Last month, Jaime King revealed to fans on social media her now 14-month-old son, Leo Thames, underwent “a major heart surgery” — a time she remembers as “terrifying and traumatic for us as parents, for our family.”
Now King tells PEOPLE her baby boy is “doing amazing,” and the reason she felt compelled to share her family’s story is because she “knew how traumatic the experience was, how much [post-traumatic stress disorder] I had afterwards, and the trauma that I was experiencing before it.”
“It’s because I didn’t know anybody that had gone through it and I didn’t have people to talk to,” says King, who hosted the WEI Beauty Detoxifying Skincare Line luncheon, along with Jamie Chung in Hollywood on Wednesday.
King — who found out her son had TGA (Transposition of the Great Arteries), a “serious but rare heart defect present at birth, in which the two main arteries leaving the heart are reversed,” according to Mayo Clinic — when she was 20 weeks pregnant, remembers being in the intensive care unit when Leo Thames was about to have his open-heart surgery.
“I was wheel-chaired to him every three hours, so I could breastfeed him and take care of him before he went into this huge surgery,” recalls King, who adds Leo Thames had to be a “certain weight to survive the open-heart surgery.”
She continues, “It was a terrifying experience. But thank God for the medicine that we have now.” (more…)
As you may know, Jaime appeared on Johnny Depp’s film “Blow”, playing his daughter. And now she has talked with US weekly about Johnny and Amber Heard’s divorce. Read out below the full article.
Jaime King opened up about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s tumultuous split during an interview with Us Weekly at the OCRF Super Saturday event in Santa Monica on Saturday, June 11.
The Hart of Dixie actress, 37, who often discusses women’s rights and is a survivor of child abuse, discussed what she calls a “deeply painful situation.”
“It makes me really emotional,” King tells Us. “Listen, I love Johnny Depp. One of my very first movies he played my father. I learned so much from him. I have so much respect for him. He is one of the most loving, kind, generous, attentive, brilliant men that I’ve ever met.”
The model briefly appeared in the 2001 film Blow alongside Depp, 53, playing his daughter.
“I would have scenes that he wasn’t even in and he wouldn’t even leave,” King says. “He would just stay to watch. He would rehearse with me. There was so much that I learned from him. He was an incredible mentor. Being able to work with someone like that at the beginning of my career really taught me what it meant to be a true professional and a true artist.”
The Sin City actress also praised the Alice Through the Looking Glass actor’s estranged wife, Heard, 30. “I love Amber. I think that she’s an incredible bright light. She’s a beautiful human being.”
As for the pair’s explosive divorce, King made it clear that Heard’s allegations of abuse against Depp shouldn’t be a source of entertainment.
“Bottom line, what bothers me the most is that people are being hurt on both sides,” she explains. “It is a deeply painful situation and people are treating it as if it’s entertainment, and it’s not f‑‑king funny. And it’s not entertaining.”
The actress, who is married to Kyle Newman and is mom of sons James, 2, and Leo, 10 months, continues, “It’s all hearsay. It’s all he said, she said. Frankly, it’s not about sides because we cannot take sides in a situation that we’re not there for, bottom line. It’s about loving and supporting each person by saying, ‘Give them their privacy let them work it out.’ Also, bring awareness to any sort of domestic violence because no matter what happened or did not happen, that is really not important.”
Earlier this year, King bravely revealed on social media that she is a survivor of child abuse. Inspired by Lady Gaga’s powerful 2016 Academy Awards performance of “Til It Happens to You,” King tweeted in February, “Thank you @ladygaga – I finally felt a true healing from years of abuse as a minor in the industry. Time to be brave.”
As previously reported, Depp and Heard are currently in the midst of a bitter divorce. She has accused him of being physically abusive on multiple occasions and was granted a temporary restraining order last month. The actor has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Jaime King(born April 23, 1979) is an American actress and model. In her modeling career and early film roles, she used the names Jamie King and James King.
A successful model, King was discovered at age 14 in 1993 and appeared in Vogue, Mademoiselle and Harper's Bazaar, among other fashion magazines. From 1998, she moved into acting, taking small film roles. She has since appeared as a lead in other films, such as Sin City (2005) and My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009) and, from 2011 to 2015, starred in the television series Hart of Dixie.
“The Lion’s Heart” - Jaime King X Gardner and the Gang Clothing Line for children and adults
Status: On sale now
Jaime and her friend Kristin worked for a year on this- creating a collection that is gender-fluid, with message the importance of every child's self worth, happiness and the joy of that love being shared with all. The line is organic.
#Alchemy - Jaime King X ColourPop Makeup line
Status: Out now.
Jaime’s new make-up line called #Alchemy – in collaboration with ColourPop – is now on sale! "I wanted everyone to have something that would literally transform your shadows into MAGIC; a whole different spectrum! With Alchemy, I wanted to create my dream collection that never existed before," Jaime said in a press release. "A perfectly edited collection of lipsticks, liners, shadows, blush, contour and highlighters that would be literally the only collection a person would need. It was vitally important that each color looked amazing on every race and color of skin. My mantra was that if it didn't look and make every person feel beautiful, it wasn't Alchemy." - Jaime King
Jaime King for Sapling Child Clothing Line for babies
Status: Out now
Inspired by the Japanese art of storytelling through printmaking, I wanted to tell a story reflecting my childhood dreams while gazing at the endless skies of Nebraska, and of my son, James Knights’ childhood basking in the Californian sun and looking upon the same stars that I adored as a child.
Barely Lethal as Analyst Knight
Status: On DVD now
A teenage special ops agent coveting a "normal" adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage.