Jamie King

Jamie King

American actress and model


“I’m fortunate that I came from modeling because I made enough money so that I
can choose the roles I want to do. I’m not in it for the fame, obviously.” Jaime

American actress and supermodel Jaime King first gathered popularity as a model
before carrying out a steady acting career since 2001. One of Hollywood’s most
sought-after young actresses, King gained fame as 17-year-old smart and bubbly
nurse Betty Bayer in Michael Bay’s World War II romantic epic Pearl Harbor
(2001), in which she won a Young Hollywood award. She received further
recognition playing roles in films like the drama Blow (2001, with Johnny Depp),
the comedy Slackers (2002, opposite Jason Schwartzman), the comedy-crime Lone
Star State of Mind (2002, alongside Joshua Jackson), Bulletproof Monk (2003,
with international star Chow Yun-Fat and Seann William Scott) and the Wayans
brothers’ White Chicks (2004). Her more recent and upcoming credits include the
Indie film Pretty Persuasion (2005), director Robert Rodriguez and writer-artist
Frank Miller’s Sin City (2005) and its 2006 sequel Sin City 2, Two for the Money
(2005, with Al Pacino), The Alibi (2006) and Girls Club (2006). King is also
reported to be under negotiations to play a role in David Arquette’s The Tripper

A successful model, King, 5’ 9” and possessing a playful personality as well as
a down-to-earth appeal, has appeared in all the major magazines, including
Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Allure, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, Glamour, and
Harper’s Bazaar, and strutted down runaways for such famed designers as Gucci,
Marithe & Francois Girbaud, Christian Dio and Chanel, among others. She also has
been the spokesperson for big companies like Bebe, Benetton, Guess, Kenneth
Cole, Macy’s, Mondi, and Nordstrom.

One of the world’s top supermodels, King was listed as the 28th of Maxim
magazine’s “Hot 100” (2005) and the 16th of the magazine’s “50 Sexiest Women”
(1999), the 20th of Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women in the World” (2002) and
the 30th of Loaded’s “Hot 100 Babes” (2002). As for her private life, the
blue-eyed beauty, who owns several tattoos like a diamond on one wrist, a spade
on the other, two fairies on her lower back, her last name between her shoulders
and a symbol on her abdomen, has dated several men, including Sean Lennon, actor
Jake Gyllenhaal (reportedly dated in 2001), musician/actor Kid Rock (together
from early 2000-2001), Matt Damhave (together in 2002) and model and personal
trainer Alex Burns. A former heroin addict and alcoholic, Jaime also was linked
to the son of photographer Francesca Sorrenti and brother of photographer Mario
Sorrenti, the promising photographer Davide Sorrenti, who died in 1997 of a
heroin overdose.

Britney Spears Fan

Childhood and Family:

Daughter to a former beauty queen, Jamie King was born on April 23, 1979, in
Omaha, Nebraska. Her parents named the future star after Jaime Sommers, the
character in the 70s TV show “The Bionic Woman” (1976). A native of Omaha, Jaime
attended Omaha High School. Wanting to widen her horizons, Jaime asked her
parents to enroll her in an etiquette class at Omaha’s Nancy Bounds Studios when
she was 12. Two years later, at the school’s final presentation, she was
discovered by Company Management owner Michael Flutie, who invited her to New
York to start modeling.

When not working, the blonde-haired beauty enjoys writing and photography. She
also listens to Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, The Wu-Tang clan, and confesses to being
a huge admirer of Britney Spears.

Girls Club


Jaime King was spotted by New York model agent Michael Flutie at age 14 while
attending a modeling school in her hometown of Omaha. Soon after being
discovered at the school’s graduation fashion show, she jetted to New York to
begin a modeling career. In a short time, King graced the covers of numerous
fashion magazines and was shot by the industry’s top photographers. She had
already worked for such major magazines as Mademoiselle, Vogue, Allure, and
Seventeen by the time she was fifteen. Already a top model at the age of 16, the
teen beauty further confirmed her rising status by appearing in Glamour,
Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and The New York Time magazine in the following

While enjoying great success, however, King had to deal with a big problem.
Young and free with money to spend, she was on the party circuit and drug use
quickly became more of a lifestyle than recreation. In 1997, tragedy struck when
her up and coming photographer-boyfriend Davide Sorrenti was found dead of
reportedly overdosing on heroin. After this accident, King decided to clean up
her life and began to recover from a heroin addiction. By 1998, she had returned
to the business, co-hosting MTV’s fashion series “House of Style” with Rebecca

King has since become a Hollywood actress, while still serving as a model and
spokeswoman for various companies. A natural on the catwalk, the model has
walked down the catwalks of big league fashion shows for designer houses such as
Christian Dior, Chanel, Gucci, and Marithe & Francois Girbaud. As for
advertisements, she has modeled in a number of ads for such companies as Bebe,
Benetton, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Macy’s, Mondi, and Nordstrom.

As an actress, King landed her first film role in 1999 when she was cast in the
supporting role of counselor Pixel in the teen comedy Happy Campers. Written and
directed by “Heathers” screenwriter Daniel Waters, the film was screened at the
Sundance Film Festival in 2001. She was then seen as the daughter of Johnny
Depp’s enterprising drug dealer George Jung in the drama Blow (2001), helmed by
Ted Demme. Her big break arrived when renowned director Michael Bay cast King in
the supporting role of Betty Bayer, a bright and lively 17-year-old nurse who
creeps into the Navy for adventure, in the big budget movie Pearl Harbor (2001),
starring Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett. For her impressive body of work, King
took home a 2001 Young Hollywood for New Style Maker.

2002 saw roles in the college comedy Slackers (2002), as the object of a nerdy
young man’s (Jason Schwartzman)’s affections, Anthony Hartman’s Four Faces of
God (2002), opposite Leon, Robert LaSardo and William Knight, and the
comedy-crime Lone Star State of Mind (2002), costarring alongside teen
heartthrob Joshua Jackson as a pair of small towners leaving their town. The
following year, she was able to score a female lead opposite international star
Chow Yun-Fat, and Seann William Scott in the comic book action film Bulletproof
Monk (2003), playing the seductive Russian mob princess Bad Girl Jade. Next up
for King, she starred opposite Shawn and Marlon Wayans in the Keenen Ivory
Wayans-helmed White Chicks (2004) and was seen on the small screen as Anna Marie
in the J.H. Wyman-created series ‘Harry Green and Eugene” (2004).

The actress was even busier in 2005 with six different projects under her belt.
Following a feature role in the independent film Pretty Persuasion (2005,
starring Evan Rachel Wood and David Wagner), she was one of the few characters
to appear in color in director Robert Rodriguez and writer-artist Frank Miller’s
visually arresting (and otherwise black-and-white) adaptation of Miller’s crime
noir comic book series Sin City (2005), portraying the innocent murdered hooker
Goldie and her unforgiving twin Wendy. She then found herself acting opposite Al
Pacino, Matthew McConaughey and Rene Russo in the drama/thriller Two for the
Money (2005) and appeared as Anne Murtaugh in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005),
which starred Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Alyson Stoner and Forrest Landis. On
television, King portrayed Tanya in the Fox series “Kitchen Confidential” (2005)
and landed a guest role as Mary-Sue in an episode of “The O.C.” (2005).

The beautiful actress recently had a small role in the Noah Hawley-written The
Alibi (2006), a comedy/romance starring Steve Coogan and Rebecca Romijn, and is
scheduled to star with Lydia Leonard and Jason Durr in the thriller Girls Club
(2006). She will also reprise her role of Goldie/Wendy for the sequel Sin City 2
(2006). King is currently in negotiations to play a role in 2007’s The Tripper,
a horror movie directed by David Arquette.


Young Hollywood: New Style Maker – Female, 2001
It was difficult for me to understand that, when you're kind to someone in a big city, a lot of the time, they think that you want something. I didn't understand that, all of a sudden, niceness meant that you were trying to get something out of somebody.More Jamie King quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I like doing accents and I like learning as much as I can learn.More Jamie King quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It's really the artist in me that loves the idea of an image and an image that provokes an emotion.More Jamie King quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I started acting, I had a really strong discipline of knowing that you had to be on time, knowing that you had to work 12 to 16 hours a day, knowing you had to be prepared, knowing you had to be ready, and it's very interesting because if you're an artist and you're creating, you can work very, very long hours but as you're putting out that love of creation, it's almost like you're charged by it, you're charged by the process of it.More Jamie King quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've always been really athletic, which really helped, because when I first started doing the training for Bulletproof Monk, it required so much strength that if I didn't have a base I don't really know what I would have done.More Jamie King quotes [08/04/2011 01:08:33]

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