Jessica Biel. biography
American actress Jessica Claire Biel was born on March 3, 1982, in Ely, Minnesota and raised in Boulder, Colorado. Her theatrical interest peeked at an early age, leading her to take voice and dance lessons followed by modeling training. While competing in a 1994 modeling convention, Jessica won a scholarship to an acting program in Los Angeles.
After several years of intense training, Jessica landed her big-break role as Mary Camden on the family-friendly hit drama 7th Heaven (1996). While filming the show, Jessica distanced herself from Mary's innocent image and landed the role of a rebellious granddaughter in the critically acclaimed film Ulee's Gold (1998), a performance that showed her dramatic versatility. She then co-starred in the family comedy I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998) opposite Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
When Jessica appeared on the 2000 cover of People magazine wearing the bare minimum, 7th Heaven fans and producers quickly voiced their disapproval. She later revealed she did the cover in order to get out of her 7th Heaven contract, but the WB stuck to their guns. As soon as her contract expired at the end of the show's sixth season, Jessica ditched Mary and the family-drama.
In 2001, Jessica landed a role in the romantic comedy Summer Catch opposite Freddie Prince, Jr., which earned over $19 million at the box office. A year later, Jessica was offered a supporting role in the film adaptation of Rules of Attraction (2002), followed by a lead role in the horror classic remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003).
Jessica then transitioned into action films, landing a role in the vampire-hunting saga Blade: Trinity (2004) alongside Wesley Snipes, and starring in the military thriller Stealth (2005) opposite Josh Lucas and Jamie Foxx. Although both movies resulted in weak box office performances, Jessica proved she was a true dramatic actress with her praised performance in the historical drama The Illusionist (2006) with Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti.
After a string of dramatic films, Jessica returned to her comedic roots as a lawyer in the comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) alongside Kevin James and Adam Sandler. A few years later, Jessica landed a starring role in the comedy Easy Virtue (2009) with Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth, followed by the romantic comedy Valentine's Day (2010) with a star-studded cast, including Julia Roberts and Jennifer Garner. She closed out the year with a role in the action adventure The A-Team (2010) alongside Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley.
Jessica's most recent films include, New Year's Eve(2011), the crime mystery The Tall Man (2012), the sci-fi remake of Total Recall (2012) with Colin Farrell, the biopic Hitchcock (2012) alongside Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson, the comedy Playing for Keeps (2012) with Gerard Butler, the yet to be released romantic comedy Nailed with Jake Gyllenhaal, the thriller Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes (2012), and the drama The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2012).
When it comes to Jessica's dating life, celebrity magazines have the subject cover. Ever since she was linked to music icon Justin Timberlake in 2007, coverage of the two's secretive relationship has been none stop. The two dated for six years before Justin proposed to her in the summer of 2011. Rumors that the two were having a secret wedding went viral on October 16, 2012, when the two were spotted in Italy, supposedly putting the final touches on their ceremony.