Mostly Credited As: Jaime Ray Newman
Sometimes Credited As: Jamie Ray Newman
Birth Name: Jaime Ray Newman
Date Of Birth: April 02, 1978 (Age 35)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Farmington Hills, Michigan
Height: 5' 4" (1.62 m)
Jaime began performing at an early age, singing at Bar-Mitzvah parties at the age of six. By age 12, she was performing professionally in stage plays at local Detroit theaters. At 16, she founded her own company to produce theatrical productions.
Her education includes the Jewish Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, the private Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Boston University's School for the Arts theater conservatory, and Northwestern University.
While living in Chicago, she developed a love for music and performed in a jazz quartet. After moving to Los Angeles, she formed her own band called School Boy Crush and performs regularly in Southern California clubs.
Her acting breakthrough came when she landed a role on the long running soap opera General Hospital, and a role in the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can. Her popularity has soared as she has earned numerous television roles including Veronica Mars, Stargate Atlantis, Heroes, NCIS, Grimm and Castle.
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She considers Julianne Moore as the celebrity she finds most beautiful and New York City as the city she loves the most.
During her stay at Northwestern University, Jamie produced and performed in How I Learned to Drive, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paula Vogel.
Jaime and her funk/soul/rock band School Boy Crush have played at various clubs in and around Los Angeles, California.
When she was six years old, Jaime used to sing at Bar Mitzvah parties.
While she was in high school, Newman topped the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association state-wide dramatic competition for three consecutive years.
Jaime Ray Newman Quotes
In this business, you have to enjoy the process because if you pin your self-worth on the outcome, you're screwed.
As an actress. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to meet people who are inspiring and aren't afraid to creatively stretch themselves... So for me, the best part about this job is watching others who are really free within their craft and sharing in that creative energy.
I come from a theater background, and onstage there's a real freedom. You can do whatever you want, within the confines of the character you've created, of course. Every night can be different and you don't have to be worried about hitting your mark, being lit in a certain way, etc.
I did my first professional play when I was 12. A local theater came to my middle school to audition girls for a new Israel Horowitz play, and I got the gig. My parents first reaction was 'There are two people in this household with careers and you're not one of them'. But after much begging, they acquiesced, and away I went.
I love romantic comedies, but I also love small indie dramas. I'd love to produce one at some point, and actually have something in the works right now. Small budgets don't scare me, I think they free you up to take risks and throw rules and regulations to the wind. And dream role? Anything far from myself -- accents, different time periods, etc. What's the fun of acting if you can't stretch your imagination wide?
Eureka was definitely a male-centric show, but there are powerful, strong women on that series as well. It was a really easy transition for me. There were a lot of effects on Eureka, and we were working 16 hours every single day. So this is kind of a similar genre in that sense. But I am so grateful we're in L.A., because Eureka's in Vancouver. I like being home.
I loved the science of Eureka. It was kind of an education in and of itself. Joe Morton was kind of our local scientist. He was our local encyclopedia. We'd always come to him, so I learned a lot on it.
(about working on the "Stargate Atlantis" set) Everyone is so generous and open. After a day working together it felt like family. I spent a lot of time with David Hewlett, Paul McGillion, and the writer Martin Gero. They made me feel right at home, and showed me Vancouver as well. Everyone really seems to get along and have respect for each other on the set. It was very easy going, yet the work ethic high. A great combination.