Father & Friends React To Jaime Pressly Emmy

Call it a little bit of Hollywood right here in eastern North Carolina.

Kinston native Jaime Pressly took home the Emmy Sunday night for best supporting actress in a comedy for NBC's "My Name Is Earl," seen on WITN Thursday nights.

Those who know her best say it's her spirit that took Pressly from Tarheel blue to the TV screen. Rhondra Fleming says Pressly would probably have been an athlete if not an actress. Fleming was Pressly's 1991 cheerleading coach at Rochelle Middle School in Kinston. Her father Jimmy, who still calls Kinston home, says he's proud that all her hard work has paid off, saying "I'm proud of her, she didn't ever give up. She kept right on struggling, because it wasn't easy, but last year she got nominated, this year she got nominated, but this year she won."

Born in Kinston in 1977, Pressly made her acting debut starring as a waitress in the 1997 action thriller "Against The Law."