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Biography for Jessica BielJessica Claire Biel (born Mar. 3, 1982 (35 years ago)) is an American actress and former model, who has appeared in several Hollywood films, including Summer Catch, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist (3 walls) and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. She is also known for her TV role as Mary Camden in the long-running family-drama series 7th Heaven.
Early yearsJessica Claire Biel was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly Biel (née Conroe), a homemaker and spiritual healer, and Jonathan Biel, an entrepreneur and international business consultant. She has a younger brother, Justin, born in 1985 (32 years ago). Biel has German, French, English, and Choctaw ancestry. Biel's family moved frequently during her childhood, living in Texas, Connecticut and Woodstock, Illinois, before finally settling in Boulder, Colorado.
CareerBiel initially trained to be a vocalist, and 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.
At 12 years old, Biel attended The International Modeling and Talent Association Conference in Los Angeles, where she was discovered and signed on by a talent agency. She began doing modeling work in print ads, as well as appearing in commercials for products such as Deluxe Paint and Pringles.
Biel also played a lead role in a low-budget musical short titled It's a Digital World, but the movie was never released. At age 14, after auditioning for several TV pilots, Biel was cast as the oldest daughter in the family drama, 7th Heaven. The show was originally scheduled to air on FOX, but was picked up by The WB TV Network instead. 7th Heaven would go on to last for 11 seasons, making it the longest-running family drama in U.S. TV history, and also became the highest-rated show on The WB.
Biel landed her first feature movie role, playing Peter Fonda's granddaughter in the critically-acclaimed drama Ulee's Gold, released in 1997 (20 years ago). Her performance earned her a Young Artist Award. In spring 1998 (19 years ago), during a break from filming 7th Heaven, Biel starred in the holiday movie I'll Be Home for Christmas, playing opposite Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
In 2000 (17 years ago), during the fourth season of 7th Heaven, Biel commented that she grew tired of playing the wholesome preacher's kid, and blamed the show for giving her a squeaky-clean image, which caused her to lose out on a role in American Beauty (the part went to Thora Birch). In a last ditch attempt to be let out of her contract, she posed semi-nude for the cover of Gear magazine. Fans and producers of 7th Heaven were outraged, and the shoot also sparked a lot of controversy, as Biel was still a minor at the time, but Aaron Spelling made it clear that Biel would be staying with the show until her contract was due to expire (although, she appeared in minimal episodes in season five, due to her attending college out of state). She has now claimed that she regrets the Gear shoot, but considers it a learning experience.
In 2001 (16 years ago), Biel played the love interest of Freddie Prinze, Jr. in the baseball themed movie, Summer Catch. The next year, she starred as promiscuous college student Lara in the ensemble, The Rules of Attraction, a movie adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name.
Film stardom (2003–2005)
After leaving 7th Heaven at the end of the sixth season, Biel was cast as the lead heroine in the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The movie was met with mixed reviews, but became a box office success, scoring the number one spot in its opening week.
In fall 2003 (14 years ago), Biel began working on the third installment of the Blade movie series, Blade: Trinity (8 walls). Almost immediately after finishing Blade Trinity (8 walls) in 2004 (13 years ago), she headed to Australia to shoot the action/thriller Stealth. Part of the movie was shot aboard USS Abraham Lincoln. Both movies were critical and box office failures. Stealth had a budget of $130 million, but grossed just $76 million worldwide. Biel also made a notable cameo appearance in the 2004 (13 years ago) movie Cellular, which starred her then real-life boyfriend Chris Evans.
Biel went on to audition for the role of Claire Colburn in the romantic comedy Elizabethtown, but the role was eventually given to Kirsten Dunst. Biel was instead cast as Ellen Kishmore, a smaller role. She then played in the indie flick London, opposite then-boyfriend Chris Evans.
Biel's movie career blossomed when she played a turn-of-the-century duchess in the period piece, The Illusionist (3 walls), co-starring Edward Norton (5 walls) and Paul Giamatti. The movie received mostly-positive reviews, and was a turning point for Biel, who had previously played more contemporary roles. She was awarded the Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International movie Festival and won an Achievement Award at the Newport Beach movie Festival for her performance.
Biel played an Iraq War veteran in the 2006 (11 years ago) movie Home of the Brave, a drama about soldiers struggling to adjust back into society after facing the hardships of war. Her performance was well-received, but the movie was a commercial failure. After being pulled from theaters twice, it eventually went straight to DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) in late 2007 (10 years ago). Biel and Home of the Brave co-star Samuel L. Jackson were nominated for Prism Awards for their performances.
Meanwhile, after a three-year absence, Biel surprised fans by returning for what was to be the series finale of 7th Heaven (the show was later unexpectedly renewed at the last minute by The CW TV Network). The episode had already been initially shot, but producer and creator Brenda Hampton was determined to have Biel featured in the episode, so Biel agreed to shoot her scenes during a break from filming her upcoming 2007 (10 years ago) movie Next.
In Next, Biel played alongside Nicolas Cage (6 walls) and Julianne Moore. She then played in the summer comedy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, co-starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Like her earlier film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Chuck and Larry received mixed reviews, but opened its first week at number one at the box office. She also produced and starred in a short movie titled Hole in the Paper Sky, which was released in 2008 (9 years ago).
Biel was invited to announce nominations at both the Golden Globe Awards (with Rosario Dawson and Matthew Perry) and the Academy Awards in 2007 (10 years ago).
In late 2007 (10 years ago), Biel signed on to play a stripper in Powder Blue, alongside Forest Whitaker (who also produced the film) Ray Liotta and Patrick Swayze. This is her first movie in which she appears nude.
Biel at the Palm Springs International movie Festival in Jan. 2007At the start of 2008 (9 years ago), Biel shot Easy Virtue, an adaptation of the play by Noël Coward. Like the play, the movie is set in the 1920 (97 years ago) and Biel plays divorcee Larita, who marries John Whittaker in a spur-of-the-moment in France, but must face her disapproving in-laws when they return to England. The movie premiered in sep. 2008 (9 years ago) at the Toronto International movie Festival. The movie opened to great reviews with the Hollywood Reporter describing 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."
In Apr. 2008 (9 years ago), Biel began working on the political satire Nailed, with Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie 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. Filming wrapped up in late-June after several production shut downs. The movie is due to be released in 2009 (8 years ago).
Biel has a few other movies in the pipeline, including the animated sci-fi Planet 51, to which Biel is lending her voice. She is also co-producing and starring in Die a Little, a contemporary adaptation of the novel by Megan Abbott. A start date for filming has not yet been set.
In 2009 (8 years ago) Biel presented the Academy Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony.
It was rumored that Biel was planning on recording an album with the help of boyfriend Justin Timberlake (11 walls), however she has denied the reports, stating: "I don't really think I'll be putting out an album with Justin anytime soon. Doing a musical or a movie musical, that would be awesome though."
Biel performed 2 songs on the Easy Virtue Soundtrack, Mad About the Boy and When the Going Gets Tough.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that Biel would perform the role of "Sarah Brown" in a fully-staged concert production of Guys and Dolls during the 2009 (8 years ago) season at the Hollywood Bowl.
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