Read out below this amazing new interview for MiniMode website. She talks about pregnancy, family and work.
The authentic, inspired and passionate actress on why pregnancy is the new sexy.
The first time I met Jaime, we instantly hit it off. Inspiring and poetic, she is both daring in attitude and compassionate, stunning yet very real, sparking something almost magical about her. Not to mention her style is on-point, rocking a street-meets-chic vibe wherein she coordinates designer pieces mixed with vintage finds. Hailing from Nebraska, she is now set on a world stage yet remains deeply connected to her roots and wise behind her years. Bottom line, I jive with her jam.
And on a recent trip to LA we stopped by her house, one sunny afternoon, to share salads and green juices. Jaime greeted us at the door, still pregnant with Leo Thames and looking gorgeous as ever. Her home is the kind of place that you never want to leave, bright and airy with good vibes abound. We spent hours sprawled out on the floor of a room akin to a glass jewel box (also, the most peaceful room I’ve ever been in) gabbing about everything from the realities of motherhood, to her latest collaborations and why pregnancy is the new sexy. Join us for a candid chat with the lovely @jaime_king
On how your collection with Sapling Child came to be: I discovered Sapling Child on Instagram and was so inspired by the brand – beautifully designed and home-grown, plus all products are vegetable dyed and non-toxic! I reached out to the founder and after talking we decided to develop a collection together as I love to support up and coming companies.
When I told my business advisors that I was going to do a collab with this small brand that I met on Instagram, they were like “Who? What?” and insisted that it was a risky proposition. But I disagreed as I see social media as an incredible online community and a powerful tool for creativity.
As a result we worked hard for a year and a half to develop this collection and I’m beyond thrilled with the line.
The inspiration for the Sapling Child collection: I grew up on a farm in Nebraska, under the wide open sky. I would stare out at the stars and dream of my future. I wanted to bring that beauty and possibility into the design inspiration. The messages are a reflection of who we are; I wanted to see my baby sons’ energy in the prints. We also incorporated a series of waves and lotus flowers in varying calm palettes inspired by my son’s attraction to Japanese art and symbolism.
Favorite pieces in the collection: I love the idea of encouraging kids to wear any color they want, vibrant and beautiful. As for specifics, I particularly love the Sunset Hour Snuggle Wrap which was inspired by an electric sunset in bright, saturated watercolors. My other favorite is the Japanese wave print (and really all the styles in this fabric), as it is both beautiful and calming.
On ‘giving back’ or ‘paying it forward’ with your work and the projects you are involved in: Through my partnerships I donate my services in order to help a small business grow. I’m especially passionate about products that are not harmful to kids which is why I chose to collaborate with a brand that cares about the environment and planet. Sapling Child also supports an orphanage in India for newborns to age 16 and I’m proud to be part of that as well.
On your upcoming Pea in the Pod collaboration: Rachel Zoe put me up to work with Pea in the Pod on this collection and I am so grateful. Our goal with this line was to tackle very real issues around becoming a mother for a woman, about how people see you, about your sensuality which becomes even more important than before. With this collection I want the woman who wears my line to feel strong and gorgeous. I have one hard and fast rule: no ones leaves the dressing room feeling defeated; everyone feels beautiful in my clothes.
On your biggest “pinch me” moment in your career as a model, actress and now, designer: Every day since I have had my sons. After being told that I couldn’t have a child and then to get pregnant twice, naturally, was more enlighting then I could ever explain. I now have two beautiful boys and my love for them is infinite. Everything I have ever dreamed of is aligning all at once in a beautiful and natural way. I look at my sons and I’m amazed! It makes me want to celebrate who I am as an individual. I feel that I’m getting to do everything I ever wanted: to be a mother, designer and actress.
What is your interior and home vibe? I bought my home about 10 years ago and it originally belonged to the daughter of Walt Disney. It’s a mid-century modern house filled with custom-made items, colorful pieces and long ‘dusty pink’ velvet couches; we’ve put a lot of thought and care into each piece and we’re so specific. Everything we have is bought or made with love and there is something very special about that, it translates to guests. Growing up we did everything ourselves: wallpaper, furniture; my mom made everything so our home is just an extension of my upbringing. I also meditate a lot at home and I think you feel that when you come over… people say they never want to leave (editor’s note: we sure didn’t!!!).
What do you do to take care of yourself? Ballet Beautiful by Mary Helen Bowers when I was pregnant with James Knight, she has these pregnancy videos that are perfect for at home exercise. I also hike and swim which is good on the joints. Shiva Rose’s yoga videos are also a pregnancy game-changer, plus stretching is really important.
Essential style pieces during your latest pregnancy: Ryan Roche and this insanely cute Burberry short jacket that adds a cool factor to any outfit. I also tend to stack Jennifer Fisher jewelry so the eye goes there and completely changes a look.
A few go-to pregnancy style tips: The thing is, you have to feel comfortable and still honor yourself, as a woman. Finding a look that easily transfers from day to night and possibly invest in some wearable pieces that make you feel beautiful and special, (even when you feel like you want to throw up all the time and aren’t sleeping). Before I had James Knight I wanted to have my hair and nails done because I wanted to feel beautiful. It’s so unlike me to worry about hair and makeup but something triggered and I just needed that for myself. Being pregnant and feeling good is all about what you need and what works for you in that moment.
What is your philosophy on motherhood and what kind of role model do you want to be to your kids? Doing the best you can with all the info you have that moment, but mainly just love them. Use your natural instincts and balance freedom with discipline, making sure they always feel happy and safe. Personally I will sacrifice whatever I need to do to make sure my sons always feel this. Additionally, do not bully other mothers or judge for the way they parent, as you never know someone’s situation. This is so detrimental to our society. It creates a sense of loneliness and we need to support one another in this journey of motherhood.
Favorite brands to shop for James Knight: He is eclectic, loves nail polish and makeup. I try to dress him in new small brands, that I find on Instagram. Plus he wears Vans, Bobo Choses and Livly. I don’t subscribe to anything gender-based and I generally let him choose between 3 outfits so he has a sense of independence.
James Knight’s personality: He’s really funny. Advanced and smart, he talks a lot for his age. His favorite expression is ‘oh man’ and the best part is he knows how to use it in the right context. For example, if he drops the crayon it’s, ‘oh man.’ Also he likes coffee. There was a time when he snuck an entire iced soy latte and then licked his lips for about 9 hours as if he was on drugs in Breaking Bad. And even after that he is still constantly trying to take our coffee.
Inspired by: My family and sister. She came out at a young age and we lived in a conservative small town in the midwest. My family was so brave and courageous to support her. We were always raised with strict rules, but they encouraged us to express ourselves, follow our hearts and dreams even at the detriment of their own well being. I want to extend that kind of freedom and encouragement to my children, to make choices for themselves and stand up for their beliefs.
Most important lesson you have learned?Forgiveness. You can’t live as a victim – forgive yourself and forgive other people for what they have or have not done to you or for you. As challenging as it may be, you can learn empathy and compassion, as truthfully everything starts from the inside. People that don’t live a life of forgiveness, never live the life of their dreams because someone can never make you feel a certain way, you allow them to make you feel that way. Simply don’t allow it into your life. We are all responsible for ourselves and once I started to live with that perspective, I had total control and balance in my life.
An ideal Sunday is… and where? In Northern California at the Skywalker Ranch, we go there a lot as a family. And since we’re talking my ‘ideal Sunday’ and I get to do whatever I want it would go like this: a drive to Point Reyes Station to visit the Point Reyes Light House, followed by a stop in Tiburon to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant on the water. Would love to be there now!
A moment: My husband has this thing about getting his vitamin D, so if we’re out at a park or in the backyard, he will take off his shirt and relax in the sun. So now James Knight has taken to doing this alongside his dad, wherein he follows all the same steps, takes off his shirt and positions himself down next to him. It’s incredible to watch and that’s when you know this is what it’s all about, these are the moments.
Happiness is… That everything is going to be alright even when you are not happy…and just knowing that. Plus being with my children and family.
On meeting your husband: Harvey Weinstein introduced us. I was at an event where Harvey asked me to act in an up-coming film by a young amazing director… I thought it was just ‘party talk,’ so I agreed. When the script showed up at my door the following morning I was shocked, realizing I had committed to something that I hadn’t even read! Turns out the script was incredible and I actually went through with the film. We first met on set; he was young and talented. After production wrapped we went on our first date… now we’re married and just welcomed our second son into the world. It’s all about the little twists of fate in life.
Your style as a kid/teen: My mom says…”shabby chic.” I spent a lot of time at the Goodwill… I had no money and wore slip dresses. Looking back I really just spent my youth in nightgowns that ‘grandmas would wear.’ I developed such a distinct style and as I became a model I also was becoming a little bit of a fashion icon.
Be original: I never wore jeans as a teen, I thought that only lazy people wore jeans. It’s only in recent years that I wear them. I came from the midwest and had an idea of old Hollywood glam, which certainly didn’t include denim. And when I was young, I had no access to nice things so it forced me to make them when I could or find them at the Goodwill. And although I didn’t have access to the best shops or brands as a kid, it was always important to me to look pulled together and thoughtful about what I was wearing. I still believe this – if you dress nicely, no matter where you’re going (and I’m talking about even making a 2 minute effort) than you honor yourself and the person that you are meeting. All of these incredibly inspired people that have graced my life Karl (Lagerfeld), Alex (McQueen) and so on, taught me that the way you present yourself means everything.
At the height of my modeling career I left to go into acting, because I wasn’t learning as a model anymore. It was hard at auditions to be told that I was too sophisticated or ‘avant garde’, I didn’t understand – after all isn’t that what movie stars are supposed to be like? My belief is talent should speak for itself and you dress nicely for a meeting. I suppose they didn’t understand me when all other girls were wearing flip flops. The world has become too casual…
What makes you feel sexy? Confidence and being pregnant. It is SO beautiful. I LOVE having big boobs and I only get them when I’m pregnant. And now post baby means they are shrinking… it is sad to see them go, it’s like saying goodbye to two friends that I have loved having around. Plus the fullness, it’s the one time you don’t have to suck in and you can still wear tight clothes and look incredible!
In general though, being strong, speaking from your truth and living in authenticity is the ultimate in sexy. I once had a dream come true, to sit next to Meryl Streep at a dinner. She was so quiet and confident; I believe that is what makes her so beautiful. Nothing forced about her. I was dying first of all and trying not to fall off my chair but I kept watching her and she was so confident. That trait makes a woman sexy.
Advice you’d give your younger self: Be kind, gentle and love yourself no matter what, as it is so easy to be hard on yourself. And, the truth is we never fit into this world, so be you and live in authenticity.
Style icon: Classic and eclectic, I love Grace Kelly, Jane Birkin and Cher from the 60s and 70s. My style soul sister is Diane Kruger.