Actress Jaime Pressly was born July 30, 1977 in Kinston, North Carolina. She was active in gymnastics and dancing as a young girl and began modeling at age 13. She was soon appearing on magazine covers including Teen Magazine. At 15 she was granted emancipation from her parents so that she could pursue modeling work in Japan.
Jaime made her film debut in 1997’s Poison Ivy: The New Seduction, and shortly after appeared in Playboy for the first time. The following year she gained more attention starring as “Nikki” on the short-lived ABC series Push, followed by a recurring role on the TV series Mortal Kombat: Conquest.
A number of other TV appearances, including on Jack & Jill, Charmed, and Becker, and film roles, including Not Another Teen Movie, followed. Meanwhile Jaime continued modeling, becoming the spokeswoman for Liz Claiborne Cosmetics, launching lingerie line J'Aime, and appearing in numerous magazines. She made Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women in the World” list and Maxim’s Hot 100 and posed inude for Allure and again for Playboy.
In 2005 Jaime landed the role of Joy Turner on the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl. She won an Emmy for her work, and the series ran through 2009. Her TV work continued. She played Annie Watson on I Hate My Teenage Daughter, guest starred on Raising Hope and Two and a Half Men, and played the lead on TV Land’s Jennifer Falls. In 2014 she starred in the movie Haunted House 2 and joined Anna Faris and Allison Janney on the CBS show Mom.
Jaime has a son with former fiancé DJ Eric Calvo. She was married to entertainment lawyer Simran Singh from 2009 to 2011. She dates Hamzi Hijazi.
Jaime’s success is in no small part due to her determination. “Determination is kind of like rhythm: You can’t teach it,” she told Esquire. “I’ve always had this voice inside of me saying, ‘You’re going to do it, don’t give up!’ Maybe it’s because I have a lot of testosterone. I don’t know. I just have so much drive. There’s nothing you can do or say that’s going to stop me from going where I want to go.”