“I’m from Omaha, Nebraska. I am an actor, a writer, a filmmaker, sort of a Jack of all trades. A Jill of all trades. I started out when I was 13. I was really obsessed with photography and interested in filmmaking so I went to a modeling school because I heard that, if you went to modeling school you would meet people from big cities. Then, in the early ‘90s, I met one of New York’s biggest modeling agents…and the rest was history!
When I was 14, my mom and I moved to New York for the summer—we didn’t know what we were doing but the agents were like, ‘She needs to come to New York and she needs to start test shooting.’ I immediately started working for Vogue and Bazaar, it all hit right off the bat. My first story was with Steven Klein for like the first issue of Visionaire. I felt like a baby…I remember on one shoot, they ordered sushi and I went to the bathroom and threw it all up because I wasn’t used to any food that wasn’t just meat and potatoes. At home, Chinese food from the mall was as exotic as we got.
I worked with just about everyone really early on…Nan, Herb Ritts, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Avedon. I miss all that, always shooting on film—now there’s monitors on set, everybody can see everything instantly. I really miss the mystery of like, that one magic moment. There is something very intimate about shooting on film, it’s just between you and the photographer. Now, everything is like ‘Oh, we’ll fix it in post!’ I fucking hate those words. I just want to be like, ‘Why don’t you fix it now and get it right?!’ Avedon would only shoot 10 pictures. He would have an 8×10 and you would stand there, pose, he would shoot. It was different.
When I started acting, people thought I was insane because I was at the top of my modeling career, had a ton of contracts and campaigns. But I literally just quit. I had to study really hard for acting, and I worked with the best teachers. I did Blow with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz and then Pearl Harbor. Around then is when it started to trend for Michael Bay to cast models as his leads. But, at that time, I didn’t even know who Michael Bay was!
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.