Jessica Biel

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Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel 2013.jpg
Biel at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Born Jessica Claire Biel[1]
(1982-03-03) March 3, 1982 (age 33)[2]
Ely, Minnesota, U.S.[3]
Education Fairview High School
Alma mater Tufts University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Justin Timberlake (m. 2012)

Jessica Claire Timberlake (née Biel; born March 3, 1982)[4] is an American actress. Biel began her career as a vocalist appearing in musical productions until she was cast as Mary Camden in the family-drama series 7th Heaven, for which she achieved recognition.[5] The series is the longest-running series that ever aired on The WB channel and is the longest-running family drama in television history.[6]

In 1997, she won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress for her role in Ulee's Gold. Biel has since starred in many films, including The Rules of Attraction (2002), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Blade: Trinity (2004), Stealth (2005), I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), The A-Team (2010) and Total Recall (2012).

Early life[edit]

Biel was born on March 3, 1982, in Ely, Minnesota, the daughter of Kimberly (Conroe), a homemaker/spiritual healer, and Jonathan Biel, a business consultant and General Electric worker.[7][8] She is of German, French, English, Irish, and some Choctaw ancestry.[9][10] Her brother Justin (born 1985)[11] runs the eco accessory line BARE.[12] Biel's family moved frequently during her childhood, living in Texas, Connecticut, and Woodstock, Illinois, before finally settling in Boulder, Colorado, where she attended Fairview High School. While growing up, Biel played soccer[13] and also trained as a gymnast.[8] From 2000 to 2002, she attended Tufts University.[14]


Biel initially trained to be a vocalist. At age nine, she appeared in several musical productions in her hometown, playing lead roles in productions such as Annie, The Sound of Music, and Beauty and the Beast.[15] At age 11, Biel participated in a competition sponsored by The International Modeling and Talent Association in Los Angeles where she acquired an agent and professional talent manager.[16] She began modeling for print advertisements, and appeared in commercials for products such as Dulux Paint and Pringles.[7] In her film debut, Biel played the character Regrettal, a lead role in the ambitious musical film titled It's a Digital World, produced and directed by Paul Greenberg. At fourteen, after auditioning for several television pilots, Biel was cast as Mary Camden, the second oldest child in the family drama 7th Heaven.[16]

Biel on board the USS Abraham Lincoln on June 18, 2004

Biel landed her first feature film role as Peter Fonda's granddaughter in the critically acclaimed drama Ulee's Gold, released in 1997. Her performance earned her a Young Artist Award.[17] In spring 1998, during a break from filming 7th Heaven, she starred in I'll Be Home for Christmas, playing the love interest of Jonathan Taylor Thomas.[15] Biel posed topless in the March 2000 issue of Gear, when she was 17 years old. Producers of 7th Heaven were outraged, and brought legal action against Gear.[15] In 2001, Biel played the love interest of Freddie Prinze, Jr. in the baseball-themed film Summer Catch. In 2002, she starred as promiscuous college student Lara in the ensemble film The Rules of Attraction, an adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel. The movie received mixed reviews, became a box office hit and has since gained a cult following.[18][19]

Biel was cast in her first top-billing role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.[20] Although the film met with negative reviews, it was a commercial success, scoring the number-one spot in its opening week and going on to earn more than $80 million in the U.S.[20][21] In 2003, Biel began work on the third installment of the Blade film series, Blade: Trinity. Despite negative reviews of the installment, it was a box-office hit grossing $150 million worldwide.[22] Almost immediately after finishing it in 2004, she headed to Australia to shoot the action-thriller Stealth.[23] Biel also appeared in the 2004 film Cellular. She was cast in the role of Ellen Kishmore in the romantic comedy Elizabethtown. She then played the title character in the indie film London. In 2005, Esquire magazine named her the "Sexiest Woman Alive" in a 2005 six-part series, with each month revealing a different body part and clue to the woman's identity.[7]

In 2006, Biel played a turn-of-the-century duchess in the period piece The Illusionist, co-starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. Biel played an Iraq War veteran in the 2006 film Home of the Brave, a drama about soldiers struggling to readjust to society after facing the hardships of war. In Next, Biel played alongside Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore. She then played in the summer comedy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, co-starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. In late 2007, Biel signed on to play a stripper in Powder Blue, alongside Forest Whitaker (who also produced the film), Ray Liotta and Patrick Swayze. In 2007, Stuff magazine's named her No. 1 on their "100 Sexiest Women".[24]

At the start of 2008, Biel shot Easy Virtue, an adaptation of the play by Noël Coward. Like the play, the film is set in the 1920s and Biel plays young widow Larita. Larita impulsively marries John Whittaker in France and must face her disapproving in-laws on returning to England. The film premiered in September 2008 at the Toronto International Film Festival.[25] Critics praised Biel for her performance, with Todd McCarthy of Variety saying Biel "more than kept up" with veterans Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth and praising her "sparkling" performance.[26][27] The Hollywood Reporter described her performance as "an irresistible force of nature — a kind, witty, supremely intelligent and beautiful woman who ... is capable of rejoinders that thoroughly undercut her opponent's withering criticism."[28] Biel also performed two songs on the film's soundtrack, "Mad About the Boy" and "When the Going Gets Tough".

Biel at the 81st Academy Awards

In 2009, Biel lent her voice to the animated science fiction film Planet 51. Biel performed the role of Sarah Brown with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a fully staged concert production of Guys and Dolls during the 2009 season at the Hollywood Bowl.[29][30] On the last night, she received a rousing standing ovation from 17,000 people.[8] She subsequently landed a part in Lincoln Center Theater's two-week-long workshop of the musical version of the Pedro Almodóvar classic Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, along with Salma Hayek.[8]

In 2010, Biel starred in the large ensemble cast film Valentine's Day and in the A-Team, based on the television series as Capt. Charissa Sosa. In 2011, she appeared in New Year's Eve, directed by Valentine's Day's Garry Marshall.[31] In 2012, she starred in the remake of the 1990 science fiction movie Total Recall alongside Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale. She portrayed actress Vera Miles in the biographical film Hitchcock, based on Stephen Rebello's book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. She also appeared in Playing for Keeps with Gerard Butler.[32] Biel starred in the thriller film Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2013.[33]

In April 2008, Biel began working on the political satire Nailed, with Jake Gyllenhaal. The film centers around a woman who accidentally gets a nail lodged in her head, then travels to Washington, D.C. to fight for better health care. In May 2009, Biel spoke about the film's production turmoil, saying: "That was definitely an experience, something I could not say no to. I am a huge David O. Russell fan. It's just heartbreaking that so many people put so much work into this particular project only to have it sit there, unfinished."[34]

Personal life[edit]

Biel and Adam LaVorgna had an offscreen relationship after meeting on set of the film I'll Be Home For Christmas in 1998; they broke up in summer 2001.[35] She then dated actor Chris Evans from 2001 to 2006.[36]

In January 2007, she began dating singer and actor Justin Timberlake.[37] They became engaged in December 2011,[38] and married in October 2012 at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy.[39] On January 31, 2015, Timberlake announced that Biel was pregnant with the couple's first child.[40]

Charitable causes[edit]

On July 18, 2006, Biel participated in a charity auction to raise medical funds for Colorado teen Molly Bloom, who was injured in a limousine accident.[41] John Schiffner of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, successfully bid $30,000 to have lunch with Biel. "I promise I'm a cheap date," Biel quipped. Biel and Schiffner lunched at The Palm restaurant in Denver, Colorado on August 18, 2006.[42] In early 2007, Jessica co-founded the Make the Difference Network, with her father and another business partner, Kent McBride.[43] In 2010, Biel climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with members of the United Nations Foundation to raise awareness of the global water crisis.[44] That same year, Biel earned a nomination for a Do Something Award.[45]



Biel in Leicester Square, London in August 2012
Year Title Role Notes
1994 It's a Digital World[46] Regrettal Debut
1997 Ulee's Gold Casey Jackson
1998 I'll Be Home for Christmas Allie
2001 Summer Catch Tenley Parrish
2002 Rules of Attraction, TheThe Rules of Attraction Lara Holleran
2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, TheThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre Erin Hardesty
2004 Cellular Chloe
2004 Blade: Trinity Abigail Whistler
2005 Stealth Lieutenant Kara Wade
2005 Elizabethtown Ellen Kishmore
2005 London London
2006 Illusionist, TheThe Illusionist Duchess Sophie von Teschen
2006 Home of the Brave Vanessa Price
2007 Next Liz Cooper
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Alex McDonough
2008 Hole in the Paper Sky[47] Karen Watkins Short, also executive producer
2008 Easy Virtue Larita Whittaker
2009 Planet 51 Neera (voice)
2009 Powder Blue Rose-Johnny
2010 Valentine's Day Kara Monahan
2010 A-Team, TheThe A-Team Capt. Charisa Sosa
2011 New Year's Eve Tess
2012 Total Recall Melina
2012 The Tall Man Julia Denning
2012 Playing for Keeps Stacie
2012 Hitchcock Vera Miles
2013 Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes Linda
2014 Shiva and May May Filming
2015 Accidental Love Alice Eckle
2016 Spark Vix (voice) Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1996–2003, 2006 7th Heaven Mary Camden 136 episodes
2005 Family Guy Brooke (voice) Episode: "Brian the Bachelor"
2009 Saturday Night Live Jessica Rabbit Episode: "Dwayne Johnson/Ray LaMontagne"
2014 New Girl Kat Episode: "The Last Wedding"

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Singer Notes
2001 "Fly Away from Here" Aerosmith

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
1997 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young Actress Ulee's Gold Won
1999 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series: Young Ensemble (shared with the cast) 7th Heaven Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Drama[48] 7th Heaven Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Drama/Action Adventure[48] 7th Heaven Nominated
2003 Saturn Award Best Actress The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Nominated
2004 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance – Female The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Nominated
2005 ShoWest Convention Award Female Star of Tomorrow[48] N/A Won
2006 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Acting[48] The Illusionist Won
2007 Gala Awards Rising-Star Award[48] N/A Won
2009 Golden Capital Best Actress[48] Easy Virtue Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Hissy Fit Valentine's Day Nominated


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