Performance and art have always been a part of Jaime Ray Newman’s life ever since she was a little girl. Born on 2nd April 1978 in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Newman performed a play by Israel Horovitz called A Rosen by Any Other Name at only the age of seven. She went to different art schools and won many accolades for her performance and achievements. Her childhood passions created the foundation for her career.
Before she even made it big in the film industry, Jaime Ray Newman was a force to reckon with when it came to performance arts. She bagged the Corson award for her Outstanding Achievement in Acting. She also won first place not once but thrice in an interscholastic forensic association drama competition in Michigan while she was still in high school.
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Perhaps the most profound achievement in her early life was founding Apollo Theatre Productions. Here she served as both director and producer. She later furthered her education at Boston University College of Fine arts and later transferred to Northwestern University. She is also the brains behind the Ignition Festival for Women in Arts. It is here that she would produce and act in the play How I Learned to Drive by Paul Vogel, which won a Pulitzer.
Newman always had a passion for singing; hence when she moved to Los Angeles, she started performing professionally with her jazz quartet. She advanced in her music career and formed a band called School Boy Crush. The band performed songs that were not limited to a specific genre; they played everything from funk, soft rock, Soul, Blues, and R&B
The band managed to get a regular gig playing various venues such as; The Buffalo Club in Saint Monica, Nick’s Martini Lounge, Moomba in West Hollywood, the Lux in Beverly Hills, and the Café Cordiale. The band has played at the ESPN Awards party, which was a big deal for them. It is reported that they are halfway through finishing an album.
Jaime Ray Newman has had quite a blissful career starring in many short films. She has co-starred alongside many famous actors, one of whom is Leanardo Dicaprio in a movie by Steven Spielberg titled Catch Me if You Can. In 2003, Newman featured in the play Turnaround alongside Jonathan Silverman, David Schwimmer, and Tom Scott. She landed a recurring in the show Veronica Mars in 2006.
Newman featured in two of Neil LaBute’s plays, Fat Pig and Some Girl(s). she later appeared on the magical series The Witches of Eastwick, where she brilliantly executed the character of Kat Gardener. She has had a recurring role as Dr. Tess Fonatana in Eureka.
She made her Broadway debut with David Auburn’s play The New York Idea at The Atlantic Theatre Company in New York. She has also done several plays in Los Angeles, including a role in the Australian play The Gift at the Geffen Theatre.
In 2013, she starred in ABC’s Red Widow alongside Radha Mitchel. In the same year, she was in the film Altered Minds, a psychological thriller. She became a cast member in the series regular Mind Games and, in 2015, joined the cast of Wicked City. She would later join the cast of Bates Motel mid-season, where she landed a recurring role as Rebecca Hamilton.
Come 2016, Newman landed a role in the TV series Major Crimes and an even better part starring in the acclaimed Marvel series The Punisher as Sarah Lieberman. Jaime Ray Newman has had many guest appearances in major films such as; Grimm (2011), CSI: NY (2004), Satisfaction (2014), Bosch ( 2014), Drop Dead Diva (2009), NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003) and Nip/Tuck (2003)
Jaime Ray Newman married her filmmaker husband Guy Nattiv on 2nd April 2012, which was her 34th birthday. She turned to surrogacy for the birth of her daughters after suffering four miscarriages and a stillbirth. She has been blessed with two girls, Alma Ness Newman Nattiv, born on 18th September 2018, and Mila Nico Newman Nattiv, born on 3rd October 2019.
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Jaime Ray Newman is an accomplished actress and academy winner. She runs the New Native Pictures studio together with her husband, Guy Nattiv. They have done quite well for themselves as their short film SKIN won an academy award for Best Live Action Short Film. The feature version of SKIN that’s stars Vera Farmiga, Jamie Bell, and Danielle Macdonald also won the Fipresci Critics Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Looking at all these significant moves Jaime Ray Newman is making in the film industry, it is easy to assume she is a workaholic and hardly has time for family. However, she has made it clear that her family is most important in her life, and she goes out of her way to make time for family. Her life is such an inspiration!
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