Jaime King, you will not be shocked to learn, used to be a very successful model. Those cheekbones, those eyes, that smile – it all makes perfect sense.
When she was 14, she left her home in Omaha, Nebraska (where she was “writing and making plays from the age of seven”) to head to New York. There, she swiftly booked big ad campaigns, appeared in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and walked the runway for Chanel and Christian Dior.
Therefore, people were a little surprised when she decided to pack it in aged 18. “People bugged out,” King tells Esquire. “They thought I was crazy, banana-town.”
Admittedly, she did have issues: King embodied the “heroin-chic” look of the Nineties, but was actually battling a very real addiction to the drug. But she went to rehab at 19, cleaned herself up and began what has proved to be a successful acting career starring in the likes of Pearl Harbor, Slackers and the video for Robbie Williams’ song “Sexed Up” (well, you can’t win ’em all).
This month, she’ll be appearing in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, reprising her dual roles of twins, prostitutes and guardians of Old Town, Goldie and Wendy. She can’t speak highly enough of the process, though she admits that on set she was “literally acting to five pieces of tape and the assistant director’s hand. They’d say, ‘Eh, so this might end up being [co-star Josh] Brolin,’ but it would just be me talking to mid-air.”
“No! I loved it! It just took me back to the shows I used to put on growing up as a kid in the Midwest. It’s all make-believe.”