Jaime King is part of Taylor Swift’s famous squad, but she just sees her as a part of her family.
The actress, who asked the “Bad Blood” singer to be the godmother of her second child, Leo, admits that the pop star earned the role for being “extraordinary.”
“It’s so funny, I wonder if people would ask, ‘So I heard Sandy Larson is the godmother.’ Taylor is no different to me than my sister is to me,” she tells toofab’s Rachel Hoffman. “When I step off the stage, and they say cut, I’m just Jaime from Nebraska. I’m a mid-Western woman and it’s all the same.”
“It’s interesting that people think we’re extraordinary. What I think is extraordinary is who [Taylor] is as a human being,” she adds. “I chose her because she’s loving and giving and caring – and she exemplifies that which I want my children to be around. We don’t have our immediate family here, so to me, the closest thing to family is Taylor and [Jessica Alba.] Some of my friends are very much like my sisters. It’s important to have that dynamic for me because that’s the way I was raised. I’m very blessed.”
The “Hart of Dixie” alum chose Alba as the godmother for her first child, James Knight, enlisting her help from the start.
“When I first had James Knight, I had her on speed dial,” she says. “Trying to figure out how to travel, which stroller to use, how to do this, how to do that. In a world in which so many people have realized that the baby industry is such a big industry, it’s really wild how many choices there are for things. I think it can be very confusing for moms sometimes.”
“I think it’s really important to have a friend or two or a relative that you trust,” she declares. “For me, the key is not to ask for everyone’s opinions. It’s important to pay attention to your child and your own intuition. The more you develop your own intuition, the more you can connect to your child. Every family, and every mom, is different, so you have to trust and realize that as long as loving and caring for your child, you’re doing the right thing for your child.”
One aspect of motherhood that she’s learning to master right now is potty training. Jaime teamed up with the Pull Ups Potty Partnershipto learn how to create a new way of potty training, based on her son’s personality.
“I was nervous about the idea of potty training,” King admits. “It was kismet that I partnered with Pull Ups because they have this really rad resource where you can go online and take a quiz, and I found out that James Knight was a Puppy. He really has taken to the process of potty training in a way that is really fun and exciting … It’s great because we’ve been able to integrate it into our life in such a seamless way, so that’s how you handle being a busy working mom.”
Not only is Jaime busy with her two kids, but she also recently launched a beauty line with Colourpop, “a makeup line that was perfect for every single race, color and gender.”
“It was really important that I created a line of essential makeup that was vegan and cruelty-free and made here in America,” she tells us. “It doesn’t matter if you have extremely dark African American skin, if you are Persian, if you’re Hispanic, or super Caucasian like me, all of it will look beautiful on you. Beauty should not be exclusive to anybody – it should be inclusive of everybody. That’s how I feel about everything in life.”
Jaime chatted with Megan Cahn from Refinery 29 and she spoke about about her recent ColourPop collaboration, gender equality, her new gender-fluid clothing line for babies and children and much more. Read the full interview below!
When I chatted with Jaime King on the phone about her recent ColourPop collaboration, things went way beyond makeup — they got deep, quickly. The actress, model, entrepreneur, and Taylor Swift #squad member (Swift is her son’s godmother!) has a strong voice that carries conviction. She speaks out for gender equality and advocates for those who’ve suffered from abuse, as well as those who’ve been bullied both online and off.
Her passion carries over into every project she takes on, whether it’s raising her two sons (James, 2, and Leo, 9 months), creating a makeup line that works for all skin tones, designing gender-fluid clothing for children, or simply crafting a refreshingly honest tweet. Ahead, King talks about her son’s love of makeup, her experiences being bullied when she was growing up, and how her principles shape everything she does.
Hi, Jaime… Son James in the background: “Mommy’s talking to a friend about makeup; when I’m done I’ll come up and play…”
“Sorry, that’s my son, he loves makeup,” starts King. “I keep trying to give him an EOS lip balm and trick him into thinking it’s actual lipstick, but he’s like, ‘No, mommy!'”
Does he play with all your stuff? “He’s obsessed with makeup. He grew up on set, so ever since he was five weeks old he was sitting on my lap while I got my hair and makeup done. He knows where everything goes… He sees it just like everything else — as a face with a canvas. People ask if a 2-year-old can really understand that — yes, they really understand that.”
Does he have his own makeup? “He has a makeup kit. He paints his nails, but he’s such a boy! He doesn’t have to be this or that or the other — he can be whatever he wants to be. I am really excited because I have a clothing line coming out that’s the first gender-fluid clothing line for babies and children called Gardner and the Gang.”
Tell me about that. “If [kids] want to put on a superhero costume, if they want to dress like a princess, they should be able to do that without feeling judged. If a girl isn’t into princesses and wants to play football, she should be allowed to do that. The more we stifle the expression of our children, we’re stifling the future… We’re saying that we live within these parameters, and these parameters cannot be broken, and I just don’t believe that’s the kind of world that I want to live in or raise my children in.”
You’ve become such a strong advocate for gender equality. How does beauty tie into that? “Beauty is all within. We live in a beauty-obsessed culture, but I realized at one point that being called beautiful my whole life never helped me fit in. It never stopped the bullying when I was a kid.”
What would you say to young people experiencing bullying now? “It makes me very teary-eyed to think about it, because I know that so many children are experiencing these things. And not only younger people, but what [adults] do to each other. When I go online and I see women and men being body-shamed, we call it ‘trial by Twitter.’ It’s like you’re tried, prosecuted, and hung via social media… There’s an angry mob of people that hide behind their computers, and they don’t understand that they have completely destroyed someone’s life. It kills me that it’s being allowed. We cannot live within the Wild West in regards to social media — we need to start creating other parameters.”
So why did you decide to do a makeup line? “I’m obsessed with fashion, and I’m obsessed with beauty. For me, it’s fun because it’s a costume and it’s a way of exploration — it’s truly a medium and a beautiful art form. Yet, at the same time, I know that it’s still an illusion. But in times of war, the things that never slowed down — even in the Depression — were sales of red lipstick. What that says to me is that everyone needs a little something to make them feel beautiful when they’re feeling down — whatever that means, whether words of encouragement or a beautiful lipstick.”
Do you consider yourself an activist? “I can’t help but be an advocate and activist for people to start to understand each other and come together. My mom did it [when I was growing up]. Now, in a time when you would think we would all be connected…we can all connect with each other on social media…yet there is still so much hatred, so much separation, so much body-shaming, and so much inequality in regards to minorities and women. It is vital [to be an activist].
“We’ve come so far, but we haven’t come that far: There’s a lot more work that needs to be done. If I can use my voice in any way, shape, or form to make people feel less alone — which is why I’m an actor — I apply that to every single thing that I do, creatively speaking.”
Belfast Telegraph — Jaime King doesn’t want to raise her sons in a world where they can’t express themselves, which is why she created a gender-fluid clothing range for kids.
Actress Jaime King loves how make-up creates an illusion.
The blonde star recently launched a cosmetics line with ColourPop, boasting products like the Juju Rouge Lippie Stix, Releve Sculpting Stix Highlighter and Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow. Being a self-confessed fashion and beauty junkie, this range allowed Jaime’s creative juices to flow.
“For me, it’s fun because it’s a costume and it’s a way of exploration – it’s truly a medium and a beautiful art form,” she told Refinery29. “Yet, at the same time, I know that it’s still an illusion. But in times of war, the things that never slowed down – even in the Depression – were sales of red lipstick. What that says to me is that everyone needs a little something to make them feel beautiful when they’re feeling down – whatever that means, whether words of encouragement or a beautiful lipstick.”
Jaime, 36, began her career as a model and knows a thing or two about clothes. She’s channelled her knowledge into a gender-fluid childrenswear line called Gardner and the Gang, part inspired by her son James Knight, two, whom she shares with Kyle Newman. The couple also have tot Leo Thames, who turns nine months on 16 April (16).
“If (kids) want to put on a superhero costume, if they want to dress like a princess, they should be able to do that without feeling judged,” Jaime insisted. “If a girl isn’t into princesses and wants to play football, she should be allowed to do that. The more we stifle the expression of our children, we’re stifling the future… We’re saying that we live within these parameters, and these parameters cannot be broken, and I just don’t believe that’s the kind of world that I want to live in or raise my children in.”
Jaime made an interview for ET at Marie Claire’s Fresh Faces Party on April 13th. Watch down below the video and read the article.
If there’s one thing Jaime King loves, it’s supporting other women! The mother of two is a core member of Taylor Swift’s famous squad (the “Blank Space” singer is even the godmother to King’s youngest child, Leo) and loves to promote other females in the industry.
“I believe that there’s a place for all of us and for me, every time there’s an opportunity to support, my friends and other women, I’m going to be the first one to show up,” King, 36, told ET at Marie Claire’s Fresh Faces Party on Monday night.
And King added that she couldn’t get by without that same support being reciprocated. When she first became a mother, the Hart of Dixie actress sought out advice from other celeb moms.
“Jess Alba was always on speed dial for me,” King said of the Honest Company founder, who is the godmother to her son James. “I didn’t know what I was doing when I had my first child and I had to go back to work so soon. I was terrified but I always call her… I think in the lifestyle we have, it’s very different and it’s not as easy to navigate, and she does it so elegantly and seamlessly and so I’m very lucky.”
Now that she’s a mom of her own, King is happy to offer up some of her own sage wisdom.
After hearing that Megan Fox is pregnant with her third child, King told ET, “Oh, that’s so fantastic! You’re outnumbered now, girl. Advice, I have two, think more the merrier!”
Jaime King calls in to talk about making her dreams happen, perfectionism in the age of social media, and her Pull-Ups potty training method. Plus, the Celebuzz editors discuss celebrity entrepreneurship and building a multi-hyphenate brand.
Mia talks with the lovely Jaime King, who happens to be a model-actress-producer-beauty maven-mom. King gives us the run-down on her Pull-Ups potty training method that’s based on a personality quiz, and provides her infinite wisdom on achieving your dreams.
“I don’t want to live a limited life, and I don’t want the people around me — no matter where they come from — to feel like they can’t achieve everything possible,” says King, who comes from a regular family in Omaha, Nebraska. “Nobody ever thought that I’d end up doing this here and it was just by the belief that I would, and the hard perseverance and work, and the rejection many, many, many, many, many times, and the acceptance of that.”
The Heart of Dixie actress’s advice to young girls who wish to be in her position of influence one day begins with discovering who you are, loving that person, and letting go of the “likes” on Instagram. “It doesn’t matter how many followers you have, how many people are on Facebook; none of that is a measure of who you are as a human being,” she stresses. “It has nothing to do with anything. It is all an illusion.”
“Write down what your strengths are, write down what your weaknesses are, and then write down what you want to improve on, and then take the steps to get there. But first and foremost, you have to understand to learn to love yourself because that’s the most important gift that you could ever give yourself in regards to success.”
Jaime King was quick to admit that she has used the hashtag on occasion. “Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don’t. It just depends,” she said. “I think people sometimes say #nofilter because they want to express that not everything has to be covered with something or altered. I think that happens more often in our industry because there’s a tendency in our industry to make sure that things are very curated.” She continued: “I’ve never seen #nofilter as a bragging thing. I think it’s people trying to put themselves out there. Social media, for me, is an opportunity for me to share who I am authentically and speak directly with people about things that are important to me — whether it be humanitarian efforts or feminist efforts. It’s the purest form that I can use to share my heart.”
Belfast Telegraph — Jaime King says it’s fantastic that Megan Fox is supposedly pregnant.
The American actress welcomed son James Knight in October 2013, with husband Kyle Newman, and admits she was a clueless when it came to looking after a baby. However Jessica, who has daughters Honor, seven, and four-year-old Haven, was there with sage advice whenever she needed it.
“Jess Alba was always on speed dial for me,” Jaime confessed to ET. “I didn’t know what I was doing when I had my first child and I had to go back to work so soon. I was terrified but I always call her… I think in the lifestyle we have, it’s very different and it’s not as easy to navigate, and she does it so elegantly and seamlessly and so I’m very lucky.”
Jaime and Kyle added to their brood last year, with second son Leo Thames.
Rumours have been circulating that fellow actress Megan Fox is also expanding her family, with reports the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actress is excepting her third child. The 29-year-old already has sons Bodhi and Noah with estranged husband Brian Austin Green, and while the news is yet to be confirmed, Jaime, 36, was quick to offer her well wishes.
“Oh, that’s so fantastic!” she beamed. “You’re outnumbered now, girl. Advice, I have two, think more the merrier!”
Megan set tongues wagging after a recent appearance at Las Vegas’ annual CinemaCon, where she appeared to show off a pregnancy bump in her tight dress. Since the event, multiple sources have confirmed the news.
It’s not yet known if Brian is the father, as the pair split in 2015 after five years of marriage. However, they have been spotted together recently, leading many to speculate it could be the couple’s third arrival.
Jaime King attends the launch of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, an unprecedented collaboration between the country’s leading immunologists and cancer centers on April 13 in Los Angeles. I’ve added 78 MQ photos (Tagged and untagged) to our gallery. Be sure to check them out below!
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
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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
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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
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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
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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.