My Name Is Earl
“I don’t want to be the Hollywood girl... I’m Southern and old-fashioned.” Jaime Pressly
A gymnast before becoming a model and actress, Jaime Pressley translated her unique look and provocative talent into a successful career. First gaining notice in Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997) and Jerry Springer’s Ringmaster (1998), Pressly’s talent shone through otherwise limp material and helped gain her better roles. Her fame continued to rise in the following years when she was cast in the regular role of wicked dancer Audrey on The WB’s twenty-something romantic comedy series “Jack & Jill” (1999-2001), and redneck Joy on the successful series “My Name is Earl” (2005-). Other big screen film credits include the comedy 100 Girls (2000), the ensemble film Tomcats (2001), Ticker (2001), Demon Island (2002), Torque (2004), Cruel World (2005) and the action Venus & Vegas (2006). Fans should not miss the actress’ performance in the forthcoming DOA: Dead or Alive (2006).
A former Playboy playmate (1997 and 2004), and the spokesperson for Liz Claiborne Cosmetics’ Lucky You, Pressly is the wife of Brodie Mitchell. Her private life has also been linked to Simon Rex (dated until July 2001) and Carson Daly (met on New Year’s Eve 2001).
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of James Liston Pressly, a used car salesman who also managed a chain of laundries, and Brenda Sue Smith, a classical dance instructor, Jaime Lynn Pressly was born on July 30, 1977, in Kinston, North Carolina. As a child, the self-described tomboy was trained in dance and gymnastics and continued to practice gymnastics for 11 years. Though growing up as a professional dancer and gymnast, James later turned to modeling and was already the spokesperson for her modeling agency “International Cover Model Search.” She also began gaining recognition for modeling in the United States, as well as Japan and Italy by the time she was 14.
Jaime attended Costa Mesa High School in California, where she lived with her mother while her parents were in the process of a divorce. She then had herself legally emancipated from her parents at the age of 15. She is now married to Brodie Mitchell, whom she began dating in 1998.
Jack & Jill
A trained dancer and gymnast with years of experience to her credit, Jaime Pressly began her professional career as a dancer and gymnast before entering the world of modeling. The teen model was soon on the fast track, appearing on the cover of Teen Magazine and modeling gigs in Italy and Japan, as well as became the spokesperson for her modeling agency. Five years after receiving legal emancipation from parents, 20-year-old Pressly added acting to her endeavors.
Hailing from Kinston, North Carolina, Pressly was first recognized as an actor in 1997 when she landed the starring role of prostitute Violet in the cable-friendly, erotic thriller Poison Ivy 3: The New Seduction. The bad girl role, combined with her appearance in Playboy magazine that same year, made Pressly’s body far more famous than her body of work.
Still in 1997, Pressly also appeared in films like Against the Law (1997), The Journey: Absolution (1997) and Mercenary (1997,TV), while the following year she was able to add the high school graduation party-set comedy Can’t Hardly Wait and The Jerry Springer vehicle Ringmaster to her acting resume. The actress applied her gymnastic skills to portray series’ regular Nikki Lang in the ABC athletic-themed drama “Push” (1998), had a recurring role as Mika in “Mortal Kombat: Conquest “ (1998-99) and made guest appearances in “Silk Stalkings” and “Night Man” (both in 1998).
The actress’ delivered a big breakthrough in 1999 after scoring another regular role on television, this time as licentious dancer Audrey, the roommate and friend of Amanda Peet’s Jack, on the hit show “Jack & Jill.” During the show’s hiatus, she continued to pursue a film career by costarring with Jeremy Sisto in the teen drama Trash (1999) and acted in the direct-to-video action film Coyote Moon (1999), starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The new millennium saw the Southern girl star alongside model Rachel Hunter in the E! Entertainment Television original movie Best Actress (2000, portrayed a manipulating former soft-porn star), featured as an outrageously attired trophy wife and schemer in the independent comedy film Poor White Trash (2000) and appear as Cynthia the Goddess in the comedy 100 Girls (2000). Returning to her modeling roots in 2000, Pressly was recruited as a spokesmodel for Liz Claiborne Cosmetics and advertised the company’s new fragrance Lucky You.
Next up for Pressly, she joined the ensemble cast of the comedy film Tomcats (2001), which included Jerry O’Connell, Shannon Elizabeth, Jake Busey and Horatio Sanz, found herself acting with Dennis Hopper in the police thriller Ticker (2001) and opposite David Spade in The Adventures of Joe Dirt (2001). She was then cast as Priscilla the Bitchy Cheerleader in the spoof Not Another Teen Movie (2001). She was seen on television with a costarring role in the movie The Johnny Chronicles (2002) and the horror movie Demon Island (2002).
No stranger to television roles, Pressly undertook several guest turns in many TV programs, which included “Charmed” (2002), “The Twilight Zone” (2002),” Fastlane” (2003), “Becker” (2003) and the sitcom “Happy Family” (2004, played Alex, the sassy dental assistant). After launching her own lingerie line called J’Aime, in 2003, the actress made her way back to film with the small part of a bad biker babe in Joseph Khan’s videogame-like motorcycle action thriller Torque (2004), played Ashley Wilkens in The Karate Dog (2004), and was cast as Linda Bork in the made-for-TV film Evel Knievel (2004). The same year, Pressly again posed for Playboy magazine.
After roles in Cruel World (2005), a horror-thriller directed by Kelsey T. Howard and starring Edward Furlong, Pressly again gained TV notice as the female star of the NBC hit “My Name is Earl” (2005-), playing an over-the-top redneck, with a biting sense of humor and some serious attitude, named Joy. Recently seen in the action Venus & Vegas (2006), which starred Eddie Kaye Thomas and Donald Faison, the sexy actress will soon play the supporting role of Tina Armstrong in the adventure movie DOA: Dead or Alive (2006). Among her costars are Devon Aoki, Derek Boyer, and Sarah Carter.