Jaime was born in Kinston, North Carolina to James Liston Pressly and Brenda
Sue Smith. Jaime Pressly has a sister, Jessie Pressly and a brother, Jim Pressly.
Pressly spent 11 years studying gymnastics and dancing. Note that the surname "Pressly"
has a different spelling, though the same pronunciation, as that of the musician
Elvis Presley of Mississippi.
By the time Pressly was 14, she was already the spokeswoman for her modeling agency, "International Cover Model Search", and she had begun to gain recognition for her modeling in the USA, as well as in Italy and Japan. Jaime attended the Costa Mesa High School in California, where her mother had moved while her parents were going through the process of a divorce. Jaime subsequently sought and succeeded to have herself legally emancipated from her parents at the age of 15.
One persistent rumor is that Jaime married a man named "Brodie Mitchell" in 1998. Jaime, who has never married, has stated she has heard of Mitchell but does not know him. Mitchell apparently has made enough claims about being married to Jaime that some sources have reported it as fact.
Jaime dated her Jack and Jill co-star Simon Rex in 2000 and 2001. In a December, 2001 interview with Howard Stern (the same notorious interview in which she accounted for Stern's not-so-handsome looks by saying that he got "slapped [with] a yarmulke"), she claimed that Rex "dumped me on my birthday." She was later linked to Carson Daly.
Jaime worked as actress Drew Barrymore's body double in the film Poison Ivy. She starred in the 1997 sequel, Poison Ivy: The New Seduction. In 1999, Jaime was cast as the promiscuous dancer "Audrey" on the television show Jack & Jill.
Jaime starred in the independent film Poor White Trash, playing scheming gold-digger Sandy Lake. She subsequently appeared in a number of widely released films, including Not Another Teen Movie (playing a stereotypical high school cheerleader) and Torque, as a crazed motorcycle-riding criminal.
In 2001 she was made the new spokesmodel for Liz Claiborne Cosmetics and its fragrance Lucky You. Jaime has posed nude for the March 1998 and February 2004 issues of Playboy. She has performed with the band The Pussycat Dolls. In 2002, she was ranked #8 in Stuff magazine's "102 S--iest Women in the World". In 2003, she launched a lingerie line, J'Aime, which has now become a full sleepwear and ready-to-wear line. In 2006, Maxim magazine named her #34 on its annual Hot 100 list; she is also featured in their Girls of Maxim gallery.
Jaime Pressly also appeared in a number of music videos, including Girls of Summer by Aerosmith and a cover of Tainted Love by Marilyn Manson.
In 2003, Jaime was an honorary captain for the Carolina League in the California-Carolina League All-Star game in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Her hometown team, the Kinston Indians, is a member of the Carolina League.
Jaime currently appears on the hit NBC sitcom My Name is Earl as Joy. In July 2006, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the show. Lately, Jaime play's the role of Tina Armstrong, in the movie based on the popular video game.
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