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, which was a childhood nickname given to King by her parents, because her agency already represented another Jaime—the older, then-more famous model Jaime Rishar.
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. Her first major role was in Pearl Harbor (2001) and her first starring movie role was in Bulletproof Monk (2003). 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. She also voiced the role of Aurra Sing on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Modeling career
- 3 Acting career
- 3.1 Early work (1998–2004)
- 3.2 Breakthrough (2005–08)
- 3.3 Film and television roles (2009–present)
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
King was born in the suburbs of Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Nancy King, a former beauty queen, and Robert King. She has an older sister Sandi, a younger sister Barry and a younger brother Robert (Robbie). King was named after Lindsay Wagner’s character, Jaime Sommers, on the 1970s television series The Bionic Woman. King’s parents separated in 1994. King had attended Nancy Bounds’ Studios, a modeling school, and in 1995 dropped out of Westside High School in order to pursue a modeling career in New York. She later enrolled in a home-study program run by the University of Nebraska.
She was discovered in November 1993, at age fourteen, while attending Nancy Bounds’ Studios. After being spotted at her graduation fashion show by model agent Michael Flutie, King was invited to New York City to begin modeling professionally. She joined Company Management, which already represented Jaime Rishar, a more established model. To avoid confusion, King opted to use her childhood nickname, James, for the duration of her modeling career and later, at the beginning of her film career. In March 1994 she traveled to New York for test pictures and received enthusiastic responses, however, she did not return to New York until July 1994, after gaining a successful advertisement for Abercrombie & Fitch. Much of fall and spring 1994 were spent commuting between Omaha and New York.
King had a successful early career as a fashion model, and by age fifteen she had been featured in the fashion magazines Vogue, Mademoiselle, Allure, and Seventeen. At sixteen, King had graced the pages of Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar. She was featured in the cover story of the New York Times Magazine published on February 4, 1996 and had walked the runway for Chanel and Christian Dior. In 1998, she began co-hosting MTV’s fashion series, House of Style, with fellow model turned actress Rebecca Romijn. Despite her success, King noted that she “remember[s] the times where I was so alone” and thought she was “never gonna be able to be a kid.”
In 2004, King, along with Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, and Eva Mendes was chosen as a spokesmodel for a high profile ad campaign for Revlon. The advertisements were featured in print, television, theatrical, outdoor and Internet venues, banking on their spokeswomen’s “collective star power” to sell the cosmetics products. In 2006, King was chosen by Rocawear CEO Jay-Z to become the new face of the line; her advertisements were featured for the winter 2006 season.