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Film and TV Actress Gets "Live" Experience with OCC Theatre Department
Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tune in to NCIS on CBS this Tuesday, Dec. 9th, and you will catch OCC student Jamie Renée Smith in the show's teaser as she plays a cheerleader who stumbles across a human skeleton. Attend Coast Rep's holiday production, "An Old-Fashioned Christmas Melodrama," and she will be on center stage as the Master of Ceremonies. It's all in a week's work for the 21-year-old actress.

With a television and film resume longer than your holiday gift list, it is surprising that Jamie is getting a taste of live theatre with the OCC Repertory. Her only other stage experience was as a Lost Boy in "Peter Pan."

"The audience–that's what's different," she explains. "It's instant gratification."

A 2005 graduate of Marina High School, Jamie decided to attend Orange Coast College when she didn't get into her top pick for college, even though she took AP classes and had good grades. She was accepted at Cal State Long Beach but dreamed of attending UCLA. She hopes her experience at Coast, with a 3.8 GPA that includes top grades in Tom Garrison's honors Oceanography Lab, will win her a slot at UCLA.

Jamie's recent theatre roles with OCC's Repertory will help when she auditions for UCLA's theatre program in February.

"I had the best experience here," Jamie said. She described OCC's Transfer Program as "excellent."

She has high praise for OCC professors. "I haven't had one professor that I didn't like. Every class has been rewarding in some way."

Jamie began her acting career at the age of six when she landed a guest starring role on an episode of "Saved By The Bell: The College Years." Since then she has appeared frequently in movies and on television. 

She is a three-time Young Artist Award winner for her roles in the big screen movie "Dante's Peak" (1997) with Pierce Brosnan, the ABC TV movie "My Last Love" (1999) and a guest appearance on NBC's "E.R." (2001).

In September Jamie was a guest star on the Fox television series "Bones."
The youngest of five children, Jamie still lives at home in Huntington Beach with her parents, podiatrists Stephen Smith and Jane DiGiovanni.

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