Jessica Biel: Snapshot

Name
Jessica Biel
Date of Birth
March 03, 1982
Birth Place
Ely, Minn.
With a pair of nude-colored boy shorts and an arm strategically placed over her breasts, actress Jessica Biel was transformed from a preacher's daughter on 7th Heaven into a babe of the month for lad magazine Gear.

Although Biel expressed regret over the raunchy spread, she achieved the image reinvention that allowed her to part ways with the wholesome show that put her on the map. The beautifully buff actress went on to scream in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and slay vampires in Blade: Trinity. But it was her turn in the 2006 period piece The Illusionist that took her out of Stealth mode.

The Sexiest Woman Alive (according to Esquire in 2005) dated actor Chris Evans and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter before falling for singer Justin Timberlake, whom she married in 2012.

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Jessica Biel: Five Fun Facts

  1. Before pursuing acting, Jessica Biel trained extensively as a singer, a passion she still indulges. "Singing is the one thing that gives you that, that feeling," she told the Toronto Sun. "You know that feeling? I just love that feeling."
  2. Jessica Biel is not fond of makeup. "It's pointless and I hate it," she told PEOPLE.
  3. An avid soccer player and sports fanatic as a child, Jessica Biel says she idolized soccer star Mia Hamm. "That was the person I wanted to be, not a supermodel," she told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "I wanted ripped abs, muscular thighs, beautiful arms."
  4. Jessica Biel's favorite book is The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
  5. Jessica Biel's teen idol crush was Mark-Paul Gosselaar from the hit TV series Saved by the Bell. "Yes, I was in love with him...it just must have been that Zack Morris flattop," she told In Style.

Jessica Biel: Biography

1996

Jessica Biel

Pilot Season

After three years of spring trips to L.A. for what is known as "pilot season," the time of year when potential new shows are hiring actors, 14-year-old Biel earns a spot on the Aaron Spelling-produced drama 7th Heaven. She plays Mary Camden, the oldest daughter of a suburban minister's five children.

1997

Jessica Biel

June

Onto the Silver Screen

Biel's first feature film Ulee's Gold puts her toe-to-toe with screen legend Peter Fonda. The film centers on a widowed, reclusive beekeeper (Fonda) taking care of his two young granddaughters, played by Biel and Vanessa Zima. Despite the strong start, Biel auditions, but is not called back, for the role of Jane in American Beauty (a role that went to Thora Birch). Biel later blames the slight on her squeaky-clean image as a preacher's daughter on 7th Heaven.

2000

Jessica Biel

March

Gearing Up

Biel poses topless with her arms placed over her breasts in a cover spread for men's magazine Gear. She curses wildly in the interview and proclaims her desire to have a fistfight with her 7th Heaven character. She also mentions that to get a rise out of one of her female costars, she frequently grabs the costar's breasts and says, "Look at the size of these things." It is widely reported that Biel strategically sought a raunchy magazine to get released from the Christian-themed show.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Andrew Macpherson/Corbis Outline

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): MPTV; JOHN BRAMLEY/ORION PICTURES

Edited by Julia Wang

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