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Jessica Claire Biel (born on March 3, 1982 in Ely, Minnesota) is an American actress whose big break, much to her chagrin, was in 7th Heaven. She's since put that behind her thanks to movies ranging from The Illusionist to The A-Team. She's also known for being Justin Timberlake's wife. They have a son, Silas.

Not to be, but sometimes, confused with Jessica Alba in spite of looking nothing alike — and even though they've both appeared in at least one movie together (Valentine's Day). In fact, commercials for Blade: Trinity couldn't air because they mistakenly advertised Jessica Alba as starring.


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  • Acclaimed Flop: From the mid-2000s onwards, she starred in a lot of these. Critics would often praise her performances in films that weren't that good too.
  • Adam Westing: Jessica's appearances on BoJack Horseman are basically a parody of her public image, appearing self-obsessed and wanting to appear relevant much of the time. The show also adds on another layer to her character by making Jessica appear borderline sociopathic. And it seems Jessica is having a blast all the way through. She apparently insisted the show go even harder on her than in the original script.
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  • As Himself: Her appearance as Mr. Peanutbutter's wife on Bojack Horseman — apparently he was the one that accidentally kickstarted her relationship with Justin Timberlake.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In several of her roles she has clothing that reveals her bare stomach. In Blade Trinity she wears low-cut trousers combined with short tops/shirts, and in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) she has her top tied up in a knot (shortening it so her midriff shows) during most of the film.
  • Contractual Purity: She attempted to break out of this during her time on 7th Heaven by posing topless for Rolling Stone magazine, while she was still seventeen. It worked and got her character Put on a Bus.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her deep, husky voice definitely doesn't hurt her sex appeal, nor her Action Girl roles.
  • Creator Backlash: It's been suggested that some of her antics during her time on 7th Heaven — like her infamous, borderline-illegal Gear Magazine photo shoot — were deliberate attempts to get fired so she could move on to other things.
  • Ms. Fanservice: There are several occasions of her showing off her body:
    • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry has a particularly nice scene of her in lingerie.
    • Stealth got lots of attention for one scene of her wearing a blue bikini. One review even devoted special time to talk of her "wiggling her shapely rear".
    • Powder Blue, where she plays a stripper, is remembered for featuring the first nude scenes of her career, and the only ones until The Sinner.
    • She parodies this when she appears As Herself on BoJack Horseman. When no one recognizes her from the films she lists, she grudgingly says "the chick from 7th Heaven who took her clothes off for that magazine..." and everyone immediately remembers.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Averted beautifully in Easy Virtue (she's also sung at the Hollywood Bowl).
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  • Playing with Character Type: She plays her usual type...in the 1930s for Easy Virtue.
  • Star-Derailing Role: She managed to come out of Stealth relatively unscathed but Total Recall (2012) failing seems to have harmed her career.
  • Throw It In!: For a scene in Blade: Trinity she fires an arrow at the camera. She had perfected her archery skills to the degree that she actually fired the arrow right through the camera and destroyed it.
  • Typecasting: Either as an Action Girl or as a Ms. Fanservice in comedies.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Lost two roles to Anne Hathaway — Fantine in Les Misérables (2012) and Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises. She reportedly was confident she would get the latter, and was devastated when Hathaway was cast in the part.
    • She was among one of the actresses considered to play Black Widow in Iron Man 2 when Emily Blunt had to drop out. Of course it went to Scarlett Johansson.
    • Accidental Love was intended to be a breakout role for her. But financial issues caused it to be shelved and eventually released on VOD. Most critics viewed it as wasted potential.
    • She auditioned for the role of Claire in Elizabethtown and got cast as Ellen instead.

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