Jaime Pressly

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Jaime Pressly
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Pressly at the Slim-Fast Fashion Show in January 2008
Born Jaime Elizabeth Pressly
(1977-07-30) July 30, 1977 (age 38)
Kinston, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Simran Singh (m. 2009–11)
Children 1
Website www.jaimepressly.com

Jaime Elizabeth Pressly[1] (born July 30, 1977) is an American actress and model. She is best known for playing Joy Turner on the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards (winning one) as well as a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has also appeared in films such as Poison Ivy: The New Seduction, Joe Dirt, DOA: Dead or Alive, and I Love You, Man.

Early life[edit]

Pressly was born in Kinston, North Carolina, the daughter of Brenda Sue (née Smith), a dance instructor, and James Liston Pressly, a car salesman.[2] She has two siblings: James Liston Pressly, Jr. and Jessica Pressly. She spent more than a decade studying gymnastics and dancing, and later attended Kinston High School in Kinston, North Carolina, where her mother had moved while her parents were going through a divorce.

By age 14, she had appeared on her first cover (Teen Magazine) and had become the official spokesmodel for the International Cover Model Search, and soon after began to get recognition for modeling in the United States, as well as in Italy and Japan. She sought and succeeded in having herself legally emancipated from her parents at the age of 15 so she could travel to Japan, as neither of her parents could make the trip.[3]


Pressly at the 2009 premiere of I Love You, Man

Pressly starred as "Violet" in the 1997 film Poison Ivy: The New Seduction. In 1998 she starred as "Nikki" on the short-lived TV series Push, and also played a recurring role as the undead assassin Mika in the TV action series Mortal Kombat: Conquest. From 1999-2001, she played "Audrey" on the drama series Jack and Jill. Pressly starred in the independent film Poor White Trash, playing scheming gold-digger Sandy Lake. She subsequently appeared in a number of films, including Not Another Teen Movie (playing Priscilla, a 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. In 2002, she was ranked #8 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World". In 2003, she launched a lingerie line, J'Aime, which later became a full sleepwear and ready-to-wear line. In 2006, Maxim magazine named her #34 on its annual list;[4] she is also featured in its gallery.[5] Pressly posed nude for the March 1998 and February 2004 issues of Playboy. She also appeared nude in the May 2006 issue of Allure.[6]

Pressly guest-starred in episodes of several TV shows. In an episode of the WB series Charmed, she played Mylie, a mermaid trying to find love; (Alyssa Milano, who played Phoebe, later guest-starred on My Name is Earl.[7]) Other series on which she made guest appearances were The Twilight Zone, Fastlane, Las Vegas, Becker, Night Man, Silk Stalkings, and others. She appeared in an episode of the prank series Punk'd.[8]

In 2005, Pressly was cast in the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl, as Joy Turner. In 2007, she won an Emmy Award[9] for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the show.[10]

Pressly sang "Fever" in an appearance with the band The Pussycat Dolls.[11] She has appeared in a number of music videos, including "The Space Between" by Dave Matthews Band, "Girls of Summer" by Aerosmith, and the Marilyn Manson cover of "Tainted Love". On May 31, 2006, she hosted the first annual VH1 Rock Honors.[citation needed]

Pressly was a producer, as well as a star, in the 2005 movie Death to the Supermodels. She hosted the October 7, 2006, episode of Saturday Night Live. She guest-starred on an episode of MADtv (season 11), playing Hillary Clinton in a parody of My Name Is Earl, "My Name Is Dubya", in which George W. Bush (Frank Caliendo) makes a list of all the bad things he has done in the past and rectifies them one by one.[citation needed]

Pressly with co-star Jon Favreau, Robert McCurdy, and Cole Dabney, founders of the Austin Film Critics Association, after a press junket interview for I Love You, Man at SXSW 2009

On December 3, 2009, it was announced that she would guest-star on an upcoming episode (series 4, episode 10) of the CBS comedy, Rules of Engagement. She would play a possible surrogate mother for Jeff and Audrey (Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price).[12] She reprised her role in the fifth-season premiere (series 5, episode 1). She appeared in the Fox sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter, which aired from November 30, 2011 to March 20, 2012. In July 2012, Pressly starred in Jimbo Lee's Abby in the Summer.[13]

In 2013, TV Land announced that Pressly was cast in the lead role for Jennifer Falls as Jennifer Doyle, a mother of a teenaged daughter, who must move in with Doyle's mother after being fired from a high-paying job. Doyle becomes a waitress in her brother's bar.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Friends since 1996, she started dating DJ Eric Calvo (DJ Eric Cubeechee) in 2004. After Pressly became pregnant, the two were engaged in October 2006. Pressly gave birth on May 11, 2007, in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to their first child, Dezi James Calvo.[15] In a February 2007 interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Pressly said she wants the child to be bilingual (English/Spanish) to reflect Calvo's Cuban heritage. Pressly told People the name is part of a running joke, as Cuban-American Calvo does a Desi Arnaz impersonation, calling Pressly "Luuucy" when he comes home at night.[16] In November 2008, the couple announced their separation.[17]

Pressly said in a 2006 interview with Esquire that she almost purchased a ticket for a flight on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, but decided not to take the flight, because she felt it left too early in the morning.[18]

In July 2009, Pressly was engaged to entertainment lawyer Simran Singh.[19] They wed on September 26, 2009, at the Dick Clark estate. Guests, including Pressly's two-year-old son, attended the ceremony on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.[20] On January 21, 2011, Pressly filed for divorce from Singh, citing irreconcilable differences.[21][22]

Pressly was arrested in Santa Monica, California, on the night of January 5, 2011, for suspicion of driving under the influence,[23] a charge to which she eventually pleaded no contest and received three years of informal probation.[24][25]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Mercenary Pre-teen American Girl
1997 Poison Ivy: The New Seduction Violet
1997 The Journey: Absolution Allison
1997 Against the Law Sally
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Beth Credited as "Jamie Pressly"
1998 Ringmaster Angel Zorzak
1999 Inferno Dottie Matthews
2000 100 Girls Cynthia
2000 Poor White Trash Sandy Lake
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Priscilla Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Line ("Oh, it's already been broughten!")
2001 Ticker Claire Manning
2001 Joe Dirt Jill
2001 Tomcats Tricia
2002 Demon Island Tina
2004 Torque China
2005 Death to the Supermodels Tiffany Courtney Producer
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas Herself
2007 DOA: Dead or Alive Tina Armstrong
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Mrs. Quilligan Voice
2009 I Love You, Man Denise McLean
2010 Beauty & the Briefcase Kate White
2010 6 Month Rule Claire
2012 The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Lola Sombrero
2014 Finders Keepers Alyson Simon
2014 A Haunted House 2 Megan
2014 Making the Rules Abby Executive producer


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Push Nikki Lang Main cast
1998 Silk Stalkings Kara Delaney Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
1998 Night Man Yvette Episode: "Double Vision"
1998–99 Mortal Kombat: Conquest Mika 3 episodes
1999–2001 Jack & Jill Audrey Griffin Main cast
2000 Best Actress Karen Kroll TV movie
2001 Going to California Kylie Guartz Episode: "This Year's Model"
2002 Charmed Mylie Episode: "A Witch's Tail, Part 1"
2002 The Twilight Zone Cindy Episode: "Sensuous Cindy"
2002 The Johnny Chronicles Charlie TV movie
2003 Fastlane Sara Matthews Episode: "Strap On"
2003 The O.C. Gabrielle Episode: "The Girlfriend"
2003 Becker Grace Episode: "Sister Spoils the Turkey"
2004 Happy Family Alex 2 episodes
2004 The Karate Dog Ashley Wilkenson TV movie
2004 Even Knievel Linda Bork TV movie
2005 Entourage Herself Episode: "My Maserati Does 185"
2005–09 My Name Is Earl Joy Turner Main cast
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
2006 Mad TV Herself Episode: "11.13"
2006 Las Vegas Kerry Kowalski Episode: "Coyote Ugly"
2006 Saturday Night Live Herself/Host Episode: "Jaime Pressly/Corrine Bailey Rae"
2009 Rex Jaime TV movie
2010 Beauty and the Briefcase Kate TV movie
2010 Rules of Engagement Pam Milton 2 episodes
2010 Smoke Screen Britt Shelley TV movie
2010 Livin' on a Prayer Steph TV movie
2011–13 Raising Hope Donna 3 episodes
2011–12 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Annie Watson Main cast
2012 Bad Girls Melinda TV movie
2012 The Greatest Footie Ads Ever Deneice TV movie
2013 Two and a Half Men Tammy 2 episodes
2013 Phineas and Ferb Rosie Voice, Episode: "Mind Share"
2013 Melissa & Joey Meredith Episode: "A New Kind of Christmas"[26]
2014 Hollywood Game Night Herself Episode: "50 Charades of Grey"
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (Guest Judge) Episode: "Drag Queens of Comedy"
2014 Hot in Cleveland Kelly Episode: "Surprise!"
2014 Jennifer Falls Jennifer Doyle Main cast
2014–present Mom Jill Kendall Recurring Season 2; Regular Season 3

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
2001 Dave Matthews Band The Space Between
2002 Aerosmith Girls of Summer
2002 Marilyn Manson Tainted Love
2003 Youngbloodz Lean Low
2013 Michael Bublé It's A Beautiful Day

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Saints Row 2 Jessica Voice


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