easy. She was nearly
recast early in the shooting.
Jamie was born in
She was a performer from very early on. At 3, she was already in dancing school, and by 7 she began acting and singing lessons as well. She began working in local theater, and nailed down a number of roles. She followed the path of many stars to Hollywood fame - grabbing an agent, hopping her way to Broadway, and eventually landing a big time gig. Her particular path lead her to the guidance of Lois Miller, of Star Management, and a well-publicized role as Anne Frank on the Broadway version of the classic tale. She took over for Natalie Portman, also a well known star in Hollywood.
Meanwhile, Jamie was also attending to the trials and tribulations of high school. She was attending Jericho Senior High School in New York, often taking independent study so she could continue to work on stage. Midway through high school she was cast as the daughter of an upcoming HBO series. Although this was huge news, no one had any idea the show would go on the astronomical heights it's reached.
While shooting the series, Jamie began to have a potentially
life threatening problem. She developed anorexia nervosa, a
medical condition heavily influenced by social factors and
high expectations in which the diagnosed often refrains from
eating in order to either lose weight or retain control over
a certain aspect of their life. The technical definition of
anorexia requires that the diagnosed be less than 85% of the
recommended weight. Jamie's case began after a number of
stressful factors, including the breakup of a relationship
and the pressures associated with television work as well as
trying to get accepted into college The struggle was bitter,
and almost cost her the role on "The Sopranos." The series
producers didn't want to see Jamie suffer, and thought that
if she didn't get better, she wouldn't be allowed to return
to the drama. "I felt like things were out of control," says
Jamie. "I felt the one thing I could control was how much I
ate and exercised. It became a little routine and it
snowballed and became this huge obsession." Jamie has worked
hard to change the situation and right her condition, and
has also taken her struggle public to educate the millions
of teenage girls who suffer from the disorder.
But good news was on the horizon. Jamie was accepted at
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