Actress Jaime Lee Kirchner is perhaps best known to television viewers for her roles on the television series “Just Legal” (2005 and 2006) and “Mercy” (September 2009 until May 2010.) She also appeared in the films “Carlito's Way: Rise to Power” (2005) and “Definitely, Maybe” (2008, as Samantha) and in the stage production of “Rent” on Broadway in 2006.
In her free time, Kirchner enjoys painting, playing racquetball, cooking, reading Dan Brown novels and watching her favorite TV shows “Oz” and “Sex and the City.” She is a supporter of animal rights.
Childhood and Family:
Jaime Lee Kirchner was born in Germany to a military pilot and a teacher. She was raised in Clarksville, Tennessee, and later graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She made her stage acting debut at age 8 in a production of “Camelot,” where she worked with her father. As a child, she enjoyed singing, dancing, painting and gymnastics.
Jaime Lee Kirchner began acting at The Roxy Regional Theater in Clarksville when she was a child and performed in more than 40 productions there. When she was seventeen and in high school, she attended an open call audition for the musical “Rent” in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was among one of two people selected for callbacks in New York City. After a four year long audition, she eventually won the role of Mimi Marquez on tour in the United States and Japan.
Once she completed the tour of “Rent,” Kirchner nabbed the role of Dulcinea Real on the Jerry Bruckheimer television series “Just Legal,” opposite Don Johnson, Jay Baruchel and Susan Ward. Debuting on The WB on September 19, 2005, the series was canceled on October 3, 2005, after three episodes aired. Almost a year later, the show returned to The WB on August 6, 2006. It ran until September 10, 2006.
Kirchner next portrayed Molly in an episode of “Rescue Me” called “Shame,” which aired on August 2, 2005, and appeared with Jay Hernandez, Mario Van Peebles, Luis Guzmán and Sean P. Diddy Combs in the direct to video film “Carlito's Way: Rise to Power” (2005), by Michael Bregman. She then returned to “Rent” to reprise her role of Mimi in the Nederlander Theater's production of the show on Broadway before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. She next guest starred in the pilot of “Enemies” (as Stephanie) and in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (both 2006).
In 2008, Kirchner made her television film debut in “Austin Golden Hour,” a drama directed by Sanford Bookstaver that starred Lili Asvar, Dean Chekvala and Lyndsy Fonseca. It was followed by an unaccredited role in Adam Brooks' “Definitely, Maybe” (2008), starring Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz and Abigail Breslin. On February 19, 2009, she guest starred in an episode of the series “Dollhouse.” She then returned to series television as a regular when she landed a role on the medical dramatic series “Mercy.” The show ran on NBC from September 2009 until May 2010.