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Jessica Biel

Biel in 2007
Born Jessica Claire Biel
March 3, 1982 (age 30)
Ely, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 1996–present
Partner Justin Timberlake
(2007–present; engaged)
Jessica Claire Biel (born March 3, 1982)[1] is an American actress, model, and singer. Biel is known for her television role as Mary Camden in the long-running family-drama series 7th Heaven. She has since starred in many films including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Blade: Trinity (2004), I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), The A-Team (2010), New Year's Eve (2011), and Total Recall (2012).

Early life

Jessica Biel was born in Ely, Minnesota. Her mother, Kimberly (née Conroe), is a homemaker and spiritual healer. Her father, Jonathan Biel, worked for GE and was also an entrepreneur and business consultant.[2][3][4] She is of German, French, English, Irish and Choctaw ancestry[5][6] and has a younger brother, Justin, born in 1985.[7][8] Biel's family moved frequently during her childhood, living in Texas, Connecticut, and Woodstock, Illinois, before finally settling in Boulder, Colorado. While growing up, Biel played soccer[9] and also trained as a gymnast.[4] From 2000 to 2002, she attended Tufts University.[10]

Career

Childhood career

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.[11] Biel was briefly in the a cappella choir the Tufts Amalgamates, but was later kicked out.
At twelve, Biel attended The International Modeling and Talent Association conference in Los Angeles where she was discovered and signed by the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency. She began modeling for print advertisements, and appeared in commercials for products such as Dulux Paint and Pringles.[2]
Biel also played the character Regrettal, a lead role in a low-budget musical short titled It's a Digital World. At fourteen, after auditioning for several television pilots, Biel was cast as Mary Camden, the second oldest child in the family drama 7th Heaven.

1997–2002

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.[12] 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.[11]
When she posed topless in the March 2000 issue of Gear magazine, Biel sparked considerable controversy, as she was still under 18 at the time of the shoot. Producers of 7th Heaven were outraged, and brought legal action against Gear.[11] She later stated that she regrets the Gear shoot but considers it a learning experience.[13]
In 2001, Biel played the love interest of Freddie Prinze, Jr. in the baseball-themed film Summer Catch. The next year, she starred as promiscuous college student Lara in the ensemble film The Rules of Attraction, an adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel.

2003–2005

Biel was cast in her first top-billing role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.[14] The film met with negative reviews but 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.[14][15] In 2003, Biel began work on the third installment of the Blade film series, Blade: Trinity. Almost immediately after finishing it in 2004, she headed to Australia to shoot the action-thriller Stealth.[16]
Biel also made a cameo appearance in the 2004 film Cellular.
Biel was cast in the role of Ellen Kishmore in the romantic comedy Elizabethtown. She then played the title character in the indie film London.

2006–present

Biel at the 2005 Stealth premiere
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.
Biel with Josh Lucas on the Stealth set.
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, who 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.[17] 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.[18][19] 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."[20] Biel also performed two songs on the film's soundtrack, "Mad About the Boy" and "When the Going Gets Tough".
In 2009, Biel lent her voice to the animated science fiction film Planet 51.
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.
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.[21][22] On the last night, she received a rousing standing ovation from 17,000 people.[4] 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.[4]

Personal life

Relationships

Biel began dating singer and actor Justin Timberlake in January 2007.[23][24] After four years together, the couple announced their split in March 2011.[25][26] However, by fall 2011, the couple reunited, and in late December 2011, Timberlake proposed to Biel in the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming.[27][28][29]

Charity work

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.[30] 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[31] on August 18, 2006.[32]
In early 2007, Jessica co-founded the Make the Difference Network[33] with her father and another business partner, Kent McBride.
In 2010, Biel climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with members of the United Nation Foundation to raise awareness of the global water crisis.[34] That same year, Biel's humanitarian and charity work (as well as her popularity with young people) earned her a nomination for a Do Something Award.[35]

Honors

Awards

  • 1998: Young Artist Award — Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress in Ulee's Gold
  • 2005: ShoWest Award Female Star of Tomorrow — 2005 ShoWest Convention
  • 2007: Rising-Star Award — Palm Springs International Film Festival 2007 Gala Awards

Rankings

  • Ranked No.99 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002).
  • Ranked No.98 on VH1's "100 Hottest Hotties".(2003)
  • 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.[2]
  • Ranked No.1 in Stuff magazine's "100 Sexiest Women" (2007).[36]
  • Ranked as No.5 on Maxim's Hot 100 for 2007[37] and No.11 on Maxim's Top 100 for 2009.[38]
  • Ranked No.7 by AskMen.com readers in the list "Top 99 Women 2008."[11]
  • Ranked No.4 by FHM US magazine in their 2009 list of "100 Sexiest Women".[8]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1996–
2006
7th Heaven Mary Camden Young Artist Award (Best Leading Actress) – 1998
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress 2002, 2003
1997 Ulee's Gold Casey Jackson Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998 I'll Be Home for Christmas Allie
2001 Summer Catch Tenley Parrish
2002 The Rules of Attraction Lara Holleran
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Erin Hardesty Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
2004 It's a Digital World[citation needed] Regrettal (voice)
2004 Cellular Chloe
2004 Blade: Trinity Abigail Whistler
2005 Stealth Lieutenant Kara Wade
2005 Elizabethtown Ellen Kishmore
2005 London London
2005 Family Guy Brooke (Voice) Episode: "Brian the Bachelor"
2006 The Illusionist Duchess Sophie von Teschen Newport Beach Film Festival Best Achievement Award
2006 Home of the Brave Vanessa Price
2007 Next Liz Cooper Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Alex McDonough
2008 Hole in the Paper Sky[citation needed] Karen Watkins Short film, also executive producer
2008 Easy Virtue Larita Whittaker
2009 Planet 51 Neera (voice)
2009 Powder Blue Rose-Johnny
2010 Valentine's Day Kara Monahan Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Hissy Fit
2010 The 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

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