Jaime Elizabeth Pressly (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
Golden Globe Award and a Screen
Actors Guild Award. She has also appeared in films such as Poison Ivy:
The New Seduction (1997),
Joe Dirt (2001),
The Oogieloves (2012), DOA:
Dead or Alive (2006), and
I Love You, Man
I Love You, Man (2009). She is currently in
the cast of the CBS sitcom, Mom.
1 Early life
2.1 Modeling and early roles
2.2 Film and television
3 Personal life
4.3 Music videos
4.4 Video games
6 External links
Pressly was born in Kinston, North Carolina, the daughter of Brenda
Sue (née Smith), a dance instructor, and James Liston Pressly, a car
salesman. She was raised in a Christian family.  In 1992, she moved
with her family to Costa Mesa, California, where she spent the first
semester of her high school sophomore year. She spent her childhood
and early teenage years training as a gymnast, which led her to
Modeling and early roles
At age fourteen, Pressly appeared on her first cover, Teen
Magazine, and became the official spokesmodel for the International
Cover Model Search. At fifteen, she left school and went to Japan
on a modeling contract. She succeeded in having herself legally
emancipated from her parents at the age of fifteen so she could travel
to Japan, as neither of her parents could make the trip.
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. Pressly appeared in a number of films in 2001, including
Not Another Teen Movie
Not Another Teen Movie (playing Priscilla, a high school cheerleader)
and Torque, as a crazed, motorcycle-riding criminal; and as a Southern
love interest in the comedy Joe Dirt, opposite David Spade.
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; she is also featured in its gallery. Pressly posed
nude for the March 1998 and February 2004 issues of Playboy. She also
appeared nude in the May 2006 issue of Allure.
Film and television
Pressly at the 2009 premiere of I Love You, Man
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.) 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
In 2005, Pressly was cast in the
NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl, as Joy
Turner. In 2007, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting
Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the show.
Pressly sang "Fever" in an appearance with the band The Pussycat
Dolls. 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.
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),
Hillary Clinton in a parody of My Name Is Earl, "My Name Is
Dubya", in which
George W. Bush
George W. Bush (Frank Caliendo) makes a list of all
the bad things he has done in the past and rectifies them one by
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
Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price). 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.
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.
Pressly has revealed in interviews that she briefly struggled with
bulimia as a teenager. In 1996, she met DJ Eric Calvo (DJ Eric
Cubeechee), and started dating in 2004. After Pressly became pregnant,
the two were engaged in October 2006. Pressly gave birth on May 11,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to their child, Dezi James
Calvo. In a February 2007 interview on The Tonight Show with Jay
Leno, Pressly said she wanted the child to be bilingual
(English/Spanish) to reflect Calvo's Cuban heritage. Pressly told
People that Dezi's name is part of a running joke, as Calvo would do a
Desi Arnaz impersonation, calling Pressly "Luuucy" when he came home
each night. In November 2008, the couple announced their
Nine months later, in July 2009, Pressly announced her engagement to
entertainment lawyer Simran Singh. They wed on September 26, 2009,
Dick Clark estate, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific
Ocean. On January 21, 2011, Pressly filed for divorce from Singh,
citing irreconcilable differences.
On January 5, 2011, two weeks before filing for divorce, Pressly was
Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica, California for suspicion of driving under
the influence. She eventually pleaded no contest and received
three years of informal probation.
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.
On June 7, 2017, Pressly announced she was expecting twins with
longtime boyfriend Hamzi Hijazi. The couple welcomed their
twin sons, Leo and Lenon, on October 16, 2017.
Pre-teen American Girl
Poison Ivy: The New Seduction
The Journey: Absolution
Against the Law
Can't Hardly Wait
Credited as "Jamie Pressly"
Poor White Trash
Not Another Teen Movie
MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award for Best Line ("Oh, it's already been
Death to the Supermodels
Bachelor Party Vegas
DOA: Dead or Alive
Horton Hears a Who!
I Love You, Man
Beauty & the Briefcase
6 Month Rule
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
A Haunted House 2
Making the Rules
Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
Episode: "Double Vision"
Mortal Kombat: Conquest
Jack & Jill
Going to California
Episode: "This Year's Model"
Episode: "A Witch's Tail, Part 1"
The Twilight Zone
Episode: "Sensuous Cindy"
The Johnny Chronicles
Episode: "Strap On"
Episode: "Sister Spoils the Turkey"
The Karate Dog
Episode: "My Maserati Does 185"
My Name Is Earl
Main cast (96 episodes)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy
Golden Globe Award
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
Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by
a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Episode: "Coyote Ugly"
Saturday Night Live
Episode: "Jaime Pressly/Corrine Bailey Rae"
Rules of Engagement 
Livin' on a Prayer
I Hate My Teenage Daughter
Main cast (13 episodes)
The Greatest Footie Ads Ever
Two and a Half Men
Phineas and Ferb
Voice, Episode: "Mind Share"
Melissa & Joey
Episode: "A New Kind of Christmas"
Hollywood Game Night
Episode: "50 Charades of Grey"
RuPaul's Drag Race
Herself (Guest Judge)
Episode: "Drag Queens of Comedy"
Hot in Cleveland
Recurring role (season 2)
Main cast (season 3–present)
The Guest Book
Episode: "Story Four"
Dave Matthews Band
The Space Between
Girls of Summer
Pray For You
It's A Beautiful Day
Saints Row 2
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