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Teen Vogue Interview: Jaime King on Self-Care and Empowerment

Here’s a new interview for Teen Vogue.

When you think about self-care, eye health might not be the first thing that springs to mind. But actress Jaime King recently reminded us that taking care of your eyes is part of taking care of your whole self. For Jaime, being her best self means taking care of her body and mind, and taking time to reflect on what that really means. Her eyes, she said, are part of that because they literally shape the way we see the world. So, in partnership with LensCrafters, Jaime sat down with Teen Vogue to talk about how she takes care of her physical health (eyes included), and what that means for her overall wellbeing.

Teen Vogue: How did you get involved with LensCrafters, and how does that relate to your practice of self-care?

Jaime King: For me, [self-care has] very much been a journey. I think about when I was like 18 years old, that’s when I really started delving into how do I fit into this world and how do I fit into this wold in a way where I feel productive and inspired and good about things, rather than getting caught up in the societal norms and the illusion of what was happening. I read a book called Spiritual Warrior and it changed my life. I’ve learned to meditate, and write, and forgiveness. For me, self-care starts with the inner, and once we choose to love ourselves and acknowledge and accept what we’re going through … sometimes it’s really hard but it’s deeply important. From there on I became very, very interested in what else I could do to support myself, not only as a human being but as an artist. What types of foods are beneficial to us? What are the simple steps I can take to make myself feel good? In a world that’s moving so fast, it’s like there’s never enough time. There’s always 10 minutes you can take to take a walk around the block. When you’re walking around the block and you’re by yourself, that’s when the ideas come. As I mentioned earlier, several years ago, it was during Hart of Dixie, I started noticing that at table reads, I couldn’t see correctly. I was working 18 hours a day [with] a character that I created that was really complex. I wanted her to have a strong journey and arc, and I started noticing my vision when I was driving to and from the studio was changing, reading was changing. I was really excited when I got my exam with LensCrafters because now they can take, it’s literally a digital fingerprint of your eye. Mine very much was stress induced, and when I’d get tired. It wasn’t a very strong prescription that I needed but it was enough that it made a difference. I associate how we see things with…how we perceive the world.

TV: What are some of your favorite ways to practice self-care?

JK: Drinking a lot of water, I do yoga every single day, taking the time to remember when to say no, acknowledging what my threshold is, and looking at what success means to me. Success isn’t always what we think it is, it’s not about going out and achieving so much stuff you can’t actually enjoy it. Our idea of success can change over the years, so really it’s about what makes you fulfilled. That changes from when you’re young. I sit down every year, every six months, and I’ve done this since I was 19. I write down clearly what I want to manifest in my health, my wellbeing, my friendships, my relationships, my career, my finances. I get very specific and essentially create an ideal scene. I do believe once I created a blueprint for what it is I wanted, when I really took the time to be quiet and having that clear intention, it would come. It would come gracefully because I wasn’t pushing toward something while still trying to figure out what it was. I was actually taking the time to be quiet. You know what it’s like now — people email at all hours, Facebook, Instagram. But it’s not real. It’s an illusion. We can make it real if we choose to utilize it as a way to connect, educate and inform and be with one another.

*TV: You recently started a self-defense program. Does learning to defend yourself make your feel empowered?

JK: The reason why I started setting up the self-defense program is because my family, my child, and my best friend were attacked and almost killed. Everybody thinks it’s not going to happen to them. I would like to say we live in some kind of utopian world, but it’s really not the case. For me, setting up the self-defense program is not about walking through this world with fear, but understanding that when we harness our power inside of ourselves, the way we carry ourselves is naturally going to repel those people that could possibly hurt you and attract those people that should be around you. When you connect with that power, it’s like something turns on inside of you that can never really go back. We’re all trying to tap into that strength inside ourselves, through all the media and all the stuff in the world, they try to pull it away from us, especially if you’re a woman. I think that it’s important for everybody to tap into that strength.

Teen Vogue: Do you have any tips for young people on how to practice self-care and empowerment?

JK: The new generation, they’re growing up in a world with such an influx of information that’s coming at them all the time. When you have this idea that your value is based on your likes and followers and all this bullsh/*t — and it is bullsh/*t — that automatically sets up something way worse than it was when I was growing up. This is a whole different thing and … it’s insatiable. If you’re able to understand that and follow people that inspire you, that lift you up when you’re on social media, you can check your levels. Are you defeated, are you judging yourself, or are you following those people that make you feel like you’re learning something, that have your back and understand you even though they don’t know you? The beautiful thing about having access to all this information is you can start writing down what triggers you and makes you feel happy. There are so many incredible resources now to do that. Kids need to learn to take time and learn that it’s ok to say, ‘no, I have class tomorrow and I have to study, then I have this thing and this thing. I just need time for myself.’ That’s not an easy thing to do, but you learn it. Slowly but surely not being caught up in what people think you should be or look like or act like, but finding your own voice. When you find that voice, and you’ll feel it, when you find that enthusiasm, that allows you to relax because you’re not working in fight or flight anymore, you’re working from a place of truth.

 

New interview for Health Magazine: Jaime talks abour her struggle with Endometriosis, how she’s living a healthy life and more

Here’s a new interview for Health Magazine.

The road to motherhood hasn’t been easy for Jamie King. The model-turned-actress, 39, who you probably know from the hit TV show Hart of Dixie, has openly discussed her past fertility struggles. Today, though, she’s the happy mom of two young boys, and is focused on raising them with the same healthy habits she has come to adopt. King recently joined forces with LensCrafters to host an eye-healthy cooking class in New York City, where we were lucky enough to have the chance to grill her on all things self-care and motherhood.

On what she does daily to maintain a strong body and soul

“Make sure to love yourself like you would love your child or your spouse or your partner or best friend,” King says. “Self-love is the best care.”

King stays active with yoga (it “changed my life”) and loves to meditate, telling us she believes there’s a form of the practice that can work for anyone. “Don’t judge yourself if you’re thinking of other things,” she says. “Simply breathing is really important.”

King also tells us she makes a point to stay well hydrated and prefers to follow an anti-inflammatory diet.

On her struggle with endometriosis

King has endometriosis, a condition which causes endometrial tissue to move outside the uterus and onto to nearby body parts, and urges all women to become familiar with its symptoms. “Stay on your doctors to get checked for this,” she says. “When we protect our reproductive health, we protect our fertility and we protect, ultimately, ourselves, our relationships, our friendships, everything.”

On motherhood
Ever since her sons were babies, King tells us she’d make a point to convey to them if she was going to pick them up and what she would be doing next as a way to teach them about the importance of “consent” and “honoring them as human beings.”

“I think that when you instill that [compassion and empathy] in your children, that’s one of the best foundations that you can give,” she says. “Rather than me pushing some kind of idea or agenda on my kids, I really just pay attention to what they’re interested in and follow their lead into that.”

On self-care
“Whatever it is you want to call it, or whatever it is that you believe in, believing in something that’s bigger than you to let you know that you’re being taken care of,” she says. And, of course, we can’t talk about self-care without asking about beauty. King’s skincare go-to? Products by Dr. Barbara Sturm, which are sold at net-a-porter.com, nordstrom.com, bloomingdales.com, and others.

“[The line] so efficient,” she says. “It’s clean, clear, and again, it’s all about anti-inflammation.”

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Love Magazine #19

Here are two new photos for LOVE Magazine #19 and a behind the scenes video.

“I look at myself now and I look at myself when I was a child, and all of my dreams came true in the biggest way,’ she says. ‘A girl who really came from nothing, from the middle of Omaha, Nebraska, was able to become an artist, meet all of these incredible people, really follow my passion, and finally feel like I fit in somewhere.” Says Jaime on the industry she grew up in.

She Knows Interview: Jaime King Hears Your Body-Shaming, & It Hurts

Jaime King is here for women. When it comes to finding the right balance between work life, home life and caring for oneself, working on projects that speak uniquely to issues women face or even pointing out harmful comments in an attempt to get others to see that it’s not right, King has made it her personal mission to dispel the negativity aimed at women and lift herself and other women up in the process. Sure, she may not do it perfectly or she may not feel like she’s getting it right 100 percent of the time, but she’s human; it happens. Regardless of this, it’s clear from the work she does on camera and the way she lets us into her world on social media that her voice is strong and clear and yes, she’s here to lift all women up.

This idea became increasingly clear when King sat down with SheKnows in person to speak about her new film, Bitch (it’s in theaters now!). In the film, King plays the sister of the film’s protagonist, a wife and mother who snaps under the pressures of motherhood and soon begins acting like a vicious dog. The film, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, is a darkly comic look at what happens when one woman’s psyche is finally torn apart as the expectations of her gender roles grow too heavy to bear. For King, the message and themes of Bitch are incredibly important, especially as they relate to the unique issues women of today face.

“When Marianna [Palka, the film’s director] wrote Bitch and how timely it was, it wasn’t like we were trying to put out this thing that has this very left message or feminist message. It’s a holistic film about love. It’s really pro-family,” King explained. She continued, “That’s [what it’s] really about, really looking at ourselves by taking that word, bitch, and they hear that title and they’re like, ‘Are you the bitch?’ and I’m like, ‘That’s why it’s a great title’ because of course, they think that’s the ultimate insult. One of the women in the film has to be a bitch. And so, it’s so fascinating to see, between the first act and the end, to see this guy, his transformation, that we can all relate to.”

But Bitch is not the first time King has had to interact with barbed words directed at her or about her gender and find a way to nullify them. It becomes clear while talking with her that King is uniquely aware of her position in the entertainment industry as a model, actor, wife, mother and woman. All roles subject her to an unfair amount of scrutiny and frequently that takes the form of body-shaming comments.

At one point in our chat with King, she recalled when those body-shaming comments, the easiest barbs for the public to throw, really got under her skin. It began with the unveiling of her new collaboration with the fashion line For Love and Lemons.

“The other day, I posted this video of this collection I worked on for two years. It’s a collaboration with For Love and Lemons and I’m so excited about it and I wanted to collaborate. I’ve had this dream since I was 18. I’ve always wanted to create a collection for every race and every size because growing up in the fashion industry, I would see all of my black girlfriends and all of my girlfriends of color always struggling with things, things that people would never get […] not to mention bigotry and discrimination,” King explained.

She continued, describing how her own changing body influenced the collection as well as her aforementioned concerns with creating something for women of all races. “I remember when I turned 18, all of a sudden I had a completely different body, and then in my 20s, I was 60 pounds heavier (I had endometriosis that was undiagnosed), and it was like, I wanted to create this collection that was for every single woman. I was adamant about it.”

But as soon as King posted the video online, instead of seeing celebratory comments, she was met with criticisms about her own appearance. What should have been an exciting time for her was undercut by the negativity pouring out from others. “So as soon as I posted this video of myself in full-brief underwear and this little top, [the commenters are] like, ‘You’re anorexic. You need to get help. You need to eat a cheeseburger. This is disgusting. You’re unhealthy. This would never fit a size 6,'” she said. “It was like someone just took a dagger.”

King’s reaction was, of course, understandable given the criticism; it hurt and it hurt her deeply. “I was just like, isn’t it interesting that I spent two years and half of my life dreaming of making a collection for everybody and the first thing people are doing is judging that I’m too thin, that I’m ugly. I’m too skinny, that I’m promoting something that’s unhealthy when I do yoga every day or when my diseases actually affect my body weight.”

And here, it becomes clear King wants people to take a step back and hopefully see that the words they use carry weight and meaning, and often they are used to talk about a person or situation they know nothing about. “The way that these autoimmune diseases — the endometriosis, the PCOS that I have — the way that it burns the calories in my body and the way that I eat […] it’s like I can’t win. Like I was called ‘fat’ when I was [one] weight and ‘too skinny’ when I was at this weight. It doesn’t matter who you are, that hurts,” she told SheKnows.

“It’s just really interesting to see what happens when you live in your authenticity. It’s not easy to be living in your authenticity all the time or to be as outspoken as I am because I don’t feel like I’m the first person to speak out about these things,” she notes.

And whenever she gets too worried about speaking up or being honest and real with others, she reminds herself of this one very true thing: “I’m like, ‘There’s a reason why I’m saying it in the first place. There’s a reason why I’m saying it, and it’s because I don’t want people to feel alone in this world.”

“Bitch” Promo: The IMDB studio at Sundance interview

“Bitch” Promo: The Hollywood Reporter interview

Here’s a new interview with THR during the promo for “Bitch”

New “Bitch” promotional shoot + interview

I’ve added to our gallery a new promotional shoot for “Bitch” by Tristan Kallas and you can read down below the full article published by Coveteur.


Gallery Links:
Photoshoots And Portraits > 2017 > Coveteur

 

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.

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Galore Magazine Interview: How Jaime King finds strength in the shadows

Jaime King has transitioned from 90s grunge fashion muse to actress, activist and mother. In addition to “Hart of Dixie” and “Escape Plan 2,” she appears as a lead actress in the indie film “Bitch,” about a mom in the 70s who feels so stressed and overlooked she takes on the psyche of a dog. In this shoot, Jaime takes us through the many sides of her personality — inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins — and reflects on her life in the spotlight so far.

When I think of the women I’ve looked up to, the first person who comes to mind is my sister, Barry.

She came out at a young age in Omaha, Nebraska. Without the internet, there wasn’t a community she could take refuge in. But she was so connected to who she is, she couldn’t pretend to live or feel any other way.

My mom is the other person I think of. My mom adopted my sister when she was 24 and pregnant with me, and my sister was 13. Think of a 24-year-old, pregnant with her first child, adopting a teenager. It blows my mind.

A big shift in me happened when I was diagnosed with endometriosis and poly-cystic ovary syndrome, which are very painful reproductive illnesses. I also had countless miscarriages and almost lost my children.

I thought that because my womb didn’t work the way I was taught it should work, I was broken. We are told as women that our great value is to be able to carry life, to carry a child. If we’re fertile and abundant, we’re a worthy goddess. But for some reason, those parts don’t function for some of us.

When I was told I couldn’t carry a child, it crushed me in a way that was so much deeper than I could explain. I felt ashamed that I was suffering every day. I would wake up in pools of blood, and feel ashamed. And then I said, fuck this. I’m not going to be ashamed.

We need to talk about these things. We grow up with a mentality that menstruation is not supposed to be painful, and if it is, you deal with it yourself and don’t complain. We need to talk about this and spread as much awareness as we can. Girls as young as 12 get diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS. When you’re living with it, it can be constant agony.

The possibility of Planned Parenthood being defunded sends me into such a rage. The free birth control provided by Planned Parenthood not only suppresses endometriosis, but also protects your fertility. So girls who don’t know they have endometriosis are at least treating it with birth control and taking the only medication out there to suppress these conditions. It’s preserving life.

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Jaime King on being the quintessential face of the 90s and her flourishing acting career

Interview taken from LOVE Magazine #18

Jaime King is having the sort of crisis peculiar only to those who have to attend morning events wearing eveningwear. Dior is having a show in Los Angeles tonight, and she’s off to a brunch celebrating the brand in an entirely see-through dress. When she rings she’s in a panic about whether to go bra-less, emulating how the dress was shown on the runway, or to wear a bra and then not have to worry about the Malibu breeze. ‘I’ll ring from the car,’ she promises, sounding rather flustered.

‘The bra is on!’ she announces 10 minutes later, safely on her way. ‘Not freeing the nipple at brunch this morning!’ At 38, Jaime is having something of a moment, and thus is regularly being invited to bra-less brunches. The actor and former model recently returned to fashion, appearing in Miu Miu’s autumn 2017 campaign shot by Alasdair McLellan. She’s also got a new film coming out, Bitch, which deals with the oppression of women in a disturbing and fantastical manner, and Escape Plan 2, a prison-break caper starring Sylvester Stallone. She’s also raising her two young sons with her husband of 10 years, the director Kyle Newman. ‘I feel like I’m just scratching the surface,’ she says however. ‘This has been one of my favourite years in terms of the work I’ve done. I’m so proud of Bitch, I had the best time at Sundance. I love Escape Plan 2. But when I see myself in a film, or see a magazine cover, I never go “That’s neat.”’

Jaime started modelling in 1993 when she was just 14, moving from her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, to New York. She quickly became one of the defining faces of the decade; pictures of her by Avedon for Calvin Klein and Nan Goldin’s portraits of her embody the aesthetic of the time, the look that was routinely labeled ‘heroin chic’. Except for Jaime – it wasn’t chic – she really was on heroin. ‘I was radically successful, and I’m still grateful for it, but it made me feel very unsafe,’ she says of her modelling career. ‘I didn’t know how to process those emotions until I was much older.’ It sounds pretty miserable. ‘When I moved to New York I didn’t have any friends. I would literally just hang out on Avenue D, pre-Giuliani, because I didn’t know where else to go. I just knew there’d be playgrounds there and kids outside.’

By 19 she’d had enough – of fashion, New York and drugs – and so she hightailed it to Los Angeles in the hope of becoming an actor. ‘I stopped modelling at the height of my career, and people thought I was crazy,’ she says. ‘Because at the time, nobody transitioned into acting. It was unheard of, and I was leaving behind a successful career.’ She managed the switch, though, quickly landing roles in Blow and Pearl Harbour. ‘After 9/11, I remember going back to New York, and there were ashes flying through the air. I felt like it was a sign to let go and embrace the new life I’d chosen.’

Essentially she chose happiness, buying the house she still lives in, except now she has filled it with Newman and their kids, James Knight and Leo Thames (extra points for imaginative child-naming). She has had roles in blockbusters, giving a particularly good turn in the dark

Sin City, and TV shows, including The Hart of Dixie, where she had a starring role as the uptight Lemon Breeland. ‘For me,’ says Jaime of her acting work, ‘it’s about being with the person in the scene, having their undivided attention, and exploring humanity together. It’s healing.’

Her next film, the aforementioned Bitch, sounds healing in a different way. Directed and starring Marianna Palka, it follows a woman who snaps under the crushing pressure of life and assumes the character of a vicious dog. King plays her sister-in-law who is drafted in to try and keep the family together. ‘It’s about the patriarchy,’ she laughs. ‘Jason [Ritter, who plays the husband] gives one of the most powerful performances of his career. His character can’t keep his dick in his pants. Nothing is ever enough – it’s that insatiable thing that we can’t keep our finger on… and that is what destroys him, and ultimately destroys her.’

She’s also enjoying her foray back into fashion. ‘For this shoot,’ she says of her day with Patrick Demarchelier for LOVE, ‘I felt really out of my body, because I was stepping back into a studio that I had grown up in. It’s like taking a DeLorean back into my previous life!’ She has no regrets about her decision 20 years ago to switch to acting. ‘If you don’t step into the shadow of the unknown, then you never know what’s going to be out there.’ She laughs contentedly as her car speeds through the hills towards Malibu. ‘With these kinds of industries, there’s so much rejection. But when there’s something you know in your heart that you must be doing, it’s unwavering, and nobody can pull you from it.’

Jaime King On Her Fertility Struggles and Staying Positive

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.

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