She made her acting debut in The Runaways (2010), playing Marie Currie, the sister of Cherie Currie, The Runaways' lead singer, portrayed by Dakota Fanning. She has gained recognition as a "scream queen" for her performances in such films as It Follows (2014), The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015) and mother! (2017), and tends to fluctuate between starring and supporting roles.
Aimee lived in New York City at the time of James' birth, but when her daughter was only a few months old, she made the move to Santa Cruz, California, where a close friend lived and had offered to help raise James. She achieved some success as a model after the move, and she was featured as Playboy's Playmate of the Month in April 1996 and titled Playmate of the Year in 1997. She continued to work as a Playboy model in both print and video for five years and eventually transitioned into acting. She featured in both Baywatch (she appeared as a lieutenant in the eighth season) and various soap operas including The Bold and the Beautiful. James has described her upbringing as "unconventional" and spoken a few times of visiting the Playboy Mansion as a child.
When James was thirteen, she and her mother moved full-time to Los Angeles. She attended the Harvard-Westlake School, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the choir. She went on to study art history at the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating in 2015 with her bachelor's, and has expressed some interest in pursuing a doctorate degree in the future.
The following year, she appeared in the Elgin James film Little Birds. The pair had met in 2009, and he offered her the choice of either of the two female leads; James chose Lily, citing that she connected with the character more and "wanted to set her free". The pair worked on the film together for two years and became close, referring to each other as "best friends" throughout promo. Elgin James has stated that he made Little Birds to honor all the strong women in his life, including James, and considers it a love song to them all.
James first truly notable role came in 2012 when she appeared in harmony korine's spring breakers, a crime film that follows four college-aged girls (vanessa hudgens, chevy losada, and rachel korine also star) on their spring break in Florida, where they meet an eccentric drug dealer (portrayed by james franco) that drags them down into a life of violence and crime. filming took place in st. petersburg, florida. It ranks in BBC's 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century.
In 2013, James played the lead role in Gia Coppola's directorial debut, Palo Alto, based on James Franco's 2010 short story collection of the same name. It premiered at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival, and also showed at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. It received mostly positive reviews, especially for James' performance; Ian Freer of Empire described her as "the standout, heartbreaking as she suggests longings and anxieties without over-hyping it". She also appeared in Jim Jarmusch's vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive, in which she plays the younger sister of Tilda Swinton's character. It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
James next appeared in the 2015 horror film The Blackcoat's Daughter (originally titled February) about two Catholic schoolgirls left behind at their boarding school where the nuns are rumored to be satanists. Directed by Osgood Perkins, the film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Despite premiering at various festivals in 2015, the film was not released until 2017.
In 2016, she starred in The Love Witch, a comedy horror film about a modern-day woman who uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her that was written, directed, and produced by Anna Biller. Biller specifically wrote and designed the film to mimic the style of classic Hollywood films and Technicolor. The actors performed their parts in a classic presentational acting style, and James received praise for her stylized performance. She has stated this was her favorite performance of her career because it was so "different" from what typical modern-day films are. The film made Rolling Stone's list of the top 10 Horror Movies of 2016.
James reunited with her It Follows director Max Iannello for the 2018 neo-noir mystery film Under the Silver Lake in a supporting role. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Though the film has received polarizing reviews from critics, James maintains that most "missed the point he [Iannello] was trying to make" and considers it "delightfully unconventional".
Her last film of 2018 was Claire Denis's science fiction film High Life, about team of criminals traveling towards a black hole to find an alternate energy source while being sexually experimented on by scientific staff on board. She stars opposite Charlie Halligan and Juliette Binoche. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and will see a wide release in the US on April 5, 2019.
In early July 2018, James was announced as one of the stars of Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women. James will portray Amy March, alongside Saoirse Ronan as Jo March and Travis McCrea as Laurie Laurence. Filming took place in Boston, from October to December of that same year. The film is set to release christmas day 2019.
James will also appear in John Crowley's adaptation of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, set for a September 2019 release.
She recently finished filming for Antonio Campos's drama film The Devil All the Time based on the 2011 novel by Donald Ray Pollock, slated for a 2020 release. Filming took place in Birmingham, Alabama from February to April 2019.
In March 2019, she joined the cast of Edgar Wright's psychological thriller Last Night in Soho. She was dropped from the project on April 17 following a celebrity-focused hack that saw the release of a sex tape featuring James. In the same month, she was added to Tim Sutton's The Chain, which reunites her with her The Devil All The Time costar Roman Perrish.
In late 2016, she was spotted multiple times in New York City with her mother! director Darren Aronofsky, and the pair confirmed they were dating in December 2016. By November 2017, the pair had split, with both parties confirming it was an amicable one.
In February 2018, paparazzi photos of her and actor Michael Ellis kissing on a beach surfaced, causing quite a stir as Ellis was married with three children at the time. Though there was considerable speculation, no timeline of an affair was ever confirmed. He and his wife eventually separated in late 2018, though he noted after the divorce was finalized that he was not leaving his wife for James and the pair have not been seen together since February 2018.
In April 2019 after an iCloud hack that affected multiple celebrities, a relationship between James and her two-time director Max Iannello was confirmed due to the leak of a sex tape starring the pair. Neither has confirmed when a relationship actually began, though there was a slight buzz of concern about whether or not they were involved when James was underage. They made their debut as a couple at the 2019 Met Gala.
noted for multiple collaborations with both actors and directors, and has cited enjoying a sort of "familiarity" with working styles . she has appeared in two films for Max Iannello, two for Gigi de Palma, has appeared alongside Beau Cahill four times and Charlie Halligan and Travis McCrea three times each, and has worked with Roman Perrish twice and has expressed an interest to continue doing so in the future.
On April 1, 2019, hackers released a sex tape featuring Cami and Max Iannello, confirming a relationship between the two. Up until that point, they had kept their relationship a secret - though most within the industry already knew they were involved.
half-siblings through teddy's first wife, deborah cook: frank young, alice gardner, and caroline young. cami has never met any of them.
half-sibling through teddy's once mistress, pamela hughes: karen hughes, died in a car crash in 1980.
half-siblings through teddy's second wife, carmen lee: courtney lang and colleen young. cami gets christmas cards from courtney every year (despite the fact they aren't particularly close) and has met colleen a few times.
half-siblings through teddy's favorite mistress, margaret holmes: rebecca robson and allen holmes. cami has never met either of them.
half-sibling through teddy's once mistress, jill green: yvette burgess. met somewhat by accident due to the fact yvette lives in la and works in the business, and cami enjoys her immensely.
half-siblings through teddy's third wife, shannon hunt: patrick young and harry young. cami has never met either of them.
half-sibling through teddy's fourth wife, kimberly young: dean young. dean reached out when cami was sixteen and they're on good terms, though not especially close.
half-sibling through teddy's once mistress, heather lloyd: kendra lloyd and gordon lloyd. cami's only met them each a handful of times.
half-siblings through teddy's current domestic partner (and once mistress), kelly cooper: jesse young, brianna young, ruby young, and dalton young. cami is closest with jesse out of all her half-siblings, and adores brianna. jury's still out on ruby.
Has known Tom Hanks since she was young as he's been somewhat close with her father for years, and considers him a sort of surrogate father.
aries sun, cancer moon, gemini ascendant. ultimate extrovert, social butterfly. new age hippie. tarot reader, astrology believer, crystals lover. open and warm hearted wannabe magical girl that loves love. zen with a temper. doting and affectionate. very emotionally needy.
very vocal about her love for sailor moon. additionally loves musicals, and the lotr musical is a forever fave and one of the best things to ever happen in her life; she knows it was shit but she loves it anyway, don't @ her.
collects crystals to the point that she owns more crystals than she does clothes, shoes, and purses combined. one of her most prized possessions is a 3' tall amethyst geode she picked up in venice beach. also collects vintage tarot cards, books on witchcraft, and sailor moon stickers.
has an impressive car collection, including a 2015 lamborghini huracan, a 2016 laferrari aperta, and a 2018 rolls royce phantom, as well as more vintage models such as a 1959 pink coupe de ville and a 1965 powder blue mustang convertible. she's known for somewhat reckless (speedy) driving and is convinced she should have been a nascar driver in another life.