Jaime Pressly

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Jaime Pressly
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Pressly at the Slim-Fast Fashion Show in January 2008.
BornJaime Elizabeth Pressly
(1977-07-30) July 30, 1977 (age 37)
Kinston, North Carolina, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Simran Singh (m. 2009–11)
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Jaime Pressly
Jaime Pressly LF.JPG
Pressly at the Slim-Fast Fashion Show in January 2008.
BornJaime Elizabeth Pressly
(1977-07-30) July 30, 1977 (age 37)
Kinston, North Carolina, U.S.
OccupationActress, model
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Simran Singh (m. 2009–11)

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: sister Jessica and brother James Liston Pressly, Jr. She spent 11 years studying gymnastics and dancing.

Pressly attended Costa Mesa High School in California, 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.[citation needed] Pressly subsequently 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]

A family legend from Pressly's grandmother claims they are distant relatives of singer Elvis Presley, though the story has not been proven.[4]


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 to 2001, Pressly starred as "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;[5] she is also featured in its gallery.[6] Pressly posed nude for the March 1998 and February 2004 issues of Playboy. She also appeared nude in the May 2006 issue of Allure.[7]

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.[8]) Other series in which Pressly guest starred were The Twilight Zone, Fastlane, Las Vegas, Becker, Night Man and Silk Stalkings. She also appeared in an episode of the prank series Punk'd.

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

Pressly sang "Fever" in an appearance with the band The Pussycat Dolls.[11] She has also 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.

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. Prior to this, she guest starred on an episode of MADtv from season eleven, where she played 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's done in the past and rectifies them one by one. She is featured in the 2008 video game Saints Row 2 in which she plays lead role Jessica, a lieutenant for the fictitious Brotherhood gang.

Pressly with co-star Jon Favreau, Robert McCurdy & 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 Jaime 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 5th season premiere (series 5, episode 1).

She is in the music video for "Pray For You" by Jaron And The Long Road To Love.

In 2010, she became the spokesperson for the "AXE Detailer Will Clean Your Dirty Balls" ad campaign for AXE Shower Gel. The ad employs double entendres, talking to men, but showing different types of sports equipment.

Pressly 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, produced by Gabriel Cowan, John Suits, Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller against Robin Thicke, Joey Lauren Adams and Frances Conroy.[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 (a.k.a. DJ Eric Cubeechee) in 2004. After Pressly became pregnant, the two were engaged in October 2006. Pressly gave birth on May 11, 2007 at 7:31 a.m. 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 magazine 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 magazine 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 became engaged to entertainment lawyer Simran Singh.[19] They married on September 26, 2009 at the Dick Clark Estate. Guests, including Pressly's two-year-old son Dezi James, 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]



1996MercenaryPre-teen American Girl
1997Poison Ivy: The New SeductionVioletStraight-to-video
1997The Journey: AbsolutionAllison
1997Against the LawSally
1998Can't Hardly WaitBethCredited as "Jamie Pressly"
1999InfernoDottie Matthews
2000100 GirlsCynthia
2000Poor White TrashSandy Lake
2001Not Another Teen MoviePriscillaNominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Line ("Oh, it's already been broughten!")
2001TickerClaire Manning
2001Joe DirtJill
2002Demon IslandTina
2004TorqueChinaEvel Knievel
2005Death to the SupermodelsTiffany CourtneyStraight-to-video, Producer
2006DOA: Dead or AliveTina Armstrong
2008Horton Hears a Who!Mrs. QuilliganVoice
2009I Love You, ManDenise
20106 Month RuleClaire
2012The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon AdventureLola Sombrero
2014′′Finders Keepers′′Alyson Simon
2014A Haunted House 2Megan
2014Abby in the SummerAbbyPost-production, executive producer


1998PushNikki LangMain cast
1998Silk StalkingsKara DelaneyEpisode: "Teacher's Pet"
1998Night ManYvetteEpisode: "Double Vision"
1998–99Mortal Kombat: ConquestMika3 episodes
1999–2001Jack & JillAudrey GriffinMain cast
2000Best ActressKaren KrollTV movie
2001Going to CaliforniaKylie GuartzEpisode: "This Year's Model"
2002CharmedMylieEpisode: "A Witch's Tail: Part 1"
2002The Twilight ZoneCindyEpisode: "Sensuous Cindy"
2002The Johnny ChroniclesCharlieTV movie
2003FastlaneSara MatthewsEpisode: "Strap On"
2003BeckerGraceEpisode: "Sister Spoils the Turkey"
2004Happy FamilyAlex2 episodes
2004The Karate DogAshley WilkensonTV movie
2004Even KnievelLinda BorkTV movie
2005EntourageHerselfEpisode: "My Maserati Does 185"
2005–09My Name Is EarlJoy TurnerMain 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
2006Las VegasKerry KowalskiEpisode: "Coyote Ugly"
2009RexJaimeTV movie
2010Beauty and the BriefcaseKateTV movie
2010Rules of EngagementPam Milton2 episodes
2010Smoke ScreenBritt ShelleyTV movie
2010Livin' on a PrayerStephTV movie
2011–13Raising HopeDonna3 episodes
2011–12I Hate My Teenage DaughterAnnie WatsonMain cast
2012Bad GirlsMelindaTV movie
2012The Greatest Footie Ads EverDeneiceTV movie
2013Two and a Half MenTammy2 episodes
2013Phineas and FerbRosieVoice, Episode: "Mind Share"
2013Melissa & JoeyMeredithEpisode: A New Kind of Christmas[26]
2014RuPaul's Drag RaceHerself (Guest Judge)Episode: "Drag Queens of Comedy"
2014Hot in ClevelandKellyEpisode: "Surprise!"
2014Jennifer FallsJennifer DoyleMain cast

Music videos[edit]

2001Dave Matthews BandThe Space Between
2002AerosmithGirls of Summer
2002Marilyn MansonTainted Love
2003YoungbloodzLean Low
2013Michael BubléIt's A Beautiful Day

Video games[edit]

2008Saints Row 2JessicaVoice


  1. ^ According to the State of North Carolina. North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000. At Ancestry.com
  2. ^ "The Almost It Girl," Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, October 20, 2003, p. 96
  3. ^ "20Q: Jaime Pressly", Interviewed by Stephen Rebello, Playboy, September 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
  4. ^ Pressly: 'I'm Related To Elvis'. Contactmusic.com. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2013-10-01.
  5. ^ Hot 100
  6. ^ Girls of Maxim
  7. ^ "Stars line up for naked spread", Allure, May 2006.
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Earl Charmed By Alyssa Milano". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  9. ^ Jaime Pressly Emmy Award Winner
  10. ^ Awards and Nominations at IMDB
  11. ^ "Quick Exit: Loose Lip-Syncers Sink Hopes", show review by Kelefa Sanneh, The New York Times, January 28, 2003. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
  12. ^ Kate Stanhope. "Jaime Pressly to Appear on Rules of Engagement". TVGuide.com. 
  13. ^ Sneider, Jeff (July 16, 2012). "Pressly, Thicke to star in 'Summer'". Variety.
  14. ^ Bibel, Sara (August 5, 2013). "Jaime Pressly Cast in New TV Land Pilot 'Jennifer Falls'". Zap2it via TV Land press release. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  15. ^ "Jaime Pressly Has a New (Little) Man", by Sarah Hall, E! Online, May 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
  16. ^ "My Name Is Earl's Jaime Pressly Has a Son", by Maureen Harrington, People (magazine), May 11, 2007.
  17. ^ "Jamie Pressly and Her Fiancé Separate". People.com. November 5, 2008. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  18. ^ Mike Sager, "What I've Learned: Jaime Pressly," Esquire (Web site), Feb. 20, 2007.
  19. ^ Jaime Pressly Is Engaged! - Engagements, Jaime Pressly : People.com
  20. ^ Jaime Pressly Marries in Malibu - Weddings, Jaime Pressly : People.com
  21. ^ Jaime Pressly Divorce : People.com
  22. ^ Jaime Pressly Files For Divorce - UsMagazine.com
  23. ^ "Jaime Pressly Busted for DUI," TMZ (website), Jan. 6, 2011.
  24. ^ "Jaime Pressly pleads no contest to drunken driving," 'AJC (website), Aug. 25, 2011.
  25. ^ Grossberg, Josh; Claudia Rosenbaum (August 25, 2011). "Jaime Pressly Dodges Jail in DUI Case". E! Online. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  26. ^ "Melissa and Joey: Episode Info > A New Kind of Christmas". MSN Entertainment, TV.MSN.com. Microsoft. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 

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