Jessica Biel is best known for her role as Mary Camden – a sweet and athletic preacher’s daughter on 7th Heaven – but she went on to play someone being chased by a killer, cartoon characters, love interests to other attractive stars and many more memorable roles. She also went on to be one of the most famous leading ladies out there, married to a pop star and gracing the cover of numerous magazines.
Even her biggest fans may not know that she also attended college, was in a special wedding, is an entrepreneur, can sing and climbed a mountain. Yes, it seems Jessica can do it all – all while juggling motherhood, a Hollywood career and a goal-worthy body. Keep reading to learn 20 facts about one of today’s biggest and brightest celebrities…
18. She’s played herself on cartoons.
In 2004, Jessica played herself in an episode of Johnny Bravo, and then she did so again, this time in an episode of BoJack Horseman, in 2016.
On Cartoon Network, Johnny Bravo was offered a role in an upcoming movie (“Lunch Lady S’urprise”) and was excited to act alongside celebrities like Don Knotts, Alec Baldwin and Jessica Biel. Unfortunately, though, his part was written out of the script – but we got Jessica!
BoJack Horseman, which features stars such as Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris and Alison Brie, is about a beloved sitcom horse of the ’90s that is now washed up, complaining and always wearing colorful sweaters. During Season 3, viewers of the show were given Jessica, learning that she dated Mr. Peanutbutter before leaving him for Justin Timberlake.
17. She is of Hungarian Jewish, Danish, English and German descent.
Jessica Claire Biel, born in Ely, Minnesota on March 3, 1982, is Hungarian Jewish (from her patrilineal great-grandfather), Danish (from a great-grandmother), English, as well as a bit German, Swiss-German and French. She did not find out about her Hungarian Jewish ancestry until this year, when she was on the show Who Do You Think You Are? She was surprised and anxious to share the news with her dad and ready to learn more about the group.
Despite where she came from and what roles she has played since she started acting, she is a small-town girl at heart and was raised in Boulder, Colorado, by her entrepreneurial father and stay-at-home mother.
16. She has fun hobbies.
Apparently, her favorite color is pink, her favorite book is Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and her favorite musicians are Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley and – of course – Justin Timberlake. Her hobbies include hiking, playing soccer (like Mia Hamm, whom she is a fan of), practicing yoga and ballet, taking photos of her dog and collecting vintage glasses with no lenses.
Sports have always been near and dear to her heart, as she played club soccer growing up and played basketball while portraying Mary Camden in 7th Heaven. Jessica also enjoys snowboarding, volleyball and switching up her gym workouts, since she is always training for roles like Blade: Trinity by learning martial arts, practicing shooting a crossbow and going to the gym with a trainer, which is super obvious by her killer body.
15. She attended Tufts University for three semesters.
Though she never actually graduated, Jessica attended Tufts University from 2000-2002, during a time in which she was acting as the oldest Camden daughter on 7th Heaven – so we understand how busy she must have been and why she pursued her career over a degree. In 2013, Jessica and Justin Timberlake enjoyed a walk down memory lane, too; Justin was set to perform at Fenway Park for two nights, as part of his “Legends of the Summer” tour with Jay Z. The couple lunched, looked cute in a fedora (him) and a leather jacket (her) and caught up with friends.
Two years later, Justin Timberlake surprised Jessica’s college roommate by performing at her wedding! This was one of the first sightings of the couple since they welcomed their first child into the world, and it was the day after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, so Dana Panzer and Amy Wicker were happy to dance to “Get on the Floor” and be serenaded by Justin’s song “Señorita”.
14. She is younger than Lucy Camden.
Jessica was born on March 3, 1982. Beverley Mitchell was born on January 22, 1980. This makes Jessica 14 months younger than Beverley, yet Jessica still played Beverley’s big sister on 7th Heaven.
The show debuted on August 26, 1996, on The WB Television Network, and in November 2005, The WB decided to cancel the series at the end of the tenth season due to rising production costs. The final episode was set to air on May 8, 2006, before The WB became The CW, but the episode brought in seven million viewers, so the eleventh season came on September 25, 2006, and it ended on May 13, 2007.
Throughout the show, Mary and Lucy Camden convinced their mom to go into the muffin-making business, hated on Matt’s girlfriends, argued after becoming roommates, fell in love with brothers and made the world fall in love with Jessica and Beverley.
13. She views Beverley Mitchell as a sister.
On October 1, 2008, Beverley Mitchell married Michael Cameron in Ravello, Italy, surrounded by 100 guests – like two of her bridesmaids, Jessica Biel (who brought her boyfriend of the time, Justin Timberlake) and Mackenzie Rosman (who played the youngest sister, Ruthie, on 7th Heaven). While there, it was reported that Jessica stayed at the Palazzo Santa Croce, a $2,800-a-night villa in Positano.
Beverley’s and Jessica’s friendship started on set of the Camden household and has seen events like weddings and like THE moment Jessica and Justin had sparks fly; Beverley used to make fun of Jessica for being friends with the ’NSync guys, but in 2007, at the Golden Globes, Beverley witnessed a moment between Jessica and Justin that clearly said, “I like, you like me, this is sweet, and we’re going to get married.”
12. She was formerly a vegetarian.
Jessica formerly followed a vegetarian diet, but over the years and throughout her interviews, she has stated that she has a love for food – so much so that she recently opened up a restaurant, which has organic and locally sourced ingredients and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
She considers chicken breasts and vegetables all the time to be boring, but she knows that when she craves cakes, pastas, breads and sandwiches that she has to balance it all out at the gym.
Most of the time, Jessica is said to follow a basic clean eating regime, with a once-a-week cheat day. Her diet is heavy on vegetables, grain proteins and the occasional animal protein, while veggies and probiotics are great for her skin and digestion. She drinks green tea and tons of water, slips veggies into cakes and fudge and eats five to six times a day.
11. She dated Captain America.
From 2001 to 2006, Jessica and Chris Evans were an item. Furthermore, she played his love interest in London and Cellular.
The two dated before every paparazzi member had a constant stream of blogs, photos and snaps going out, so there isn’t a lot of hard evidence about this relationship. However, we know that Chris and Jessica went skydiving together for Valentine’s Day one year. We know that when Chris played a hot jock in Not Another Teen Movie, Jessica was pleased that he “really got buff”. When they attended the second annual My VH1 Music Awards, they looked very much in love, as they did at a celebrity gaming tournament for charity and at a party for Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They loved the relaxation that came with working together, surprised each other with dinners and flowers and constantly talked about marriage and children…then called it quits in 2006.
10. She can sing.
After winning a karaoke contest when she was eight, Jessica thought about becoming a musical star. She has shown off her singing skills since then, though, so there is a slim chance that a duet could be in the future for Jessica and Justin Timberlake.
Her mother is ready for it, but Jessica always shuts her down, telling her it won’t happen – only in the shower or when singing the baby to sleep.
Fans heard her sing while at the premiere of her new movie The Book of Love, as she broke into song with an impromptu performance of Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” – but said her singing was just bad musical theater. On the movie Valentine’s Day, she sang “I Will Survive”, on Easy Virtue, she sang “Mad About the Boy” and “When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Get Going”, and on I’ll Be Home for Christmas, she sang “Doctor Jones”. She also showed musical talent on several episodes of 7th Heaven.
9. She does charity work.
In 2010, Jessica climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with members of the United Nations Foundation – and stars like Emile Hirsch, Isabel Lucas, Santigold and Lupe Fiascoto – to raise awareness of the global water crisis. That year, she also earned a nomination for a Do Something Award. She has teamed up with WomanCare Global to develop content that will educate girls on sexual education. She participated in a charity auction to raise medical funds for a Colorado teen who was injured in a limousine accident. She co-founded the Make the Difference Network with her father and another business partner, Kent McBride.
8. She has a pit bull named Tina.
Dogs have it made: They are adorable creatures who live for walks with their friends/owners, belly rubs and treats. Dogs that belong to celebrities have it even better, as entire wings of mansions may be reserved for them, and they may get to attend star-studded events. Take this idea even further and get Tina – the pit bull belonging to Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake. She is quite famous herself, as she stars in #TuesdayswithTina every week on Jessica’s Instagram. Photos show that Tina loves to go on hikes, gets buckled up in the car, rolls around and poses in yoga-type moves (that she learned from Mom?).
7. Her wedding cost $6.5 million.
After a 10-month-long engagement and after five years of dating, Jessica and Justin were married at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy, on October 19, 2012.
The big event happened a day earlier than expected and in a location that was revealed to guests just moments before it began. Furthermore, extra security was hired, and cell phones and cameras were confiscated!
She wore a pink, custom-made Giambattista Valli gown, and he surprised her with an original song he wrote and performed just for the occasion. They traded handwritten vows, celebrated with guests like Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg and Beverley Mitchell, enjoyed a four-course meal featuring steak and sea bass and and wrapped things up around 5 a.m.
6. She’s a writer and director.
In 2010, Jessica wrote and directed a short action-comedy, the fifteen-minute long Sodales; the story follows two warrior princesses who are in the fight of their lives, battling an evil leader for the sacred key that secures their freedom. The story came about through Glamour Reel Moments, a series of three short films based on real women’s stories, written by actual Glamour readers.
Jessica also served as a producer for the 2008 short Hole in the Paper Sky, The Tall Man in 2012, The Short Game – a 2013 documentary, last year’s The Book of Love and the TV movie The Sinner, which is set to premiere on Aug. 2 . The eight-episode thriller is based on Petra Hammesfahr’s book of the same name and will air on USA.
5. She has a company with her brother.
Jessica partnered with her younger brother, Justin, and his best friend, Grason Ratowsky, to launch an eco accessories line called Bare. Her brother and his friend traveled to six continents together and developed an award-winning essential oil business by the age of 30 and before deciding to go into business with Jessica. Now, totes, pouches and backpacks are handmade in Colorado from one-of-a-kind recycled materials sourced around the world, like recycled burlap coffee sacks. The company is also working to make items out of upcycled sails and brewery grain bags. However, right now, Jessica is the only one to carry a tote, which she uses as her set bag, full of scripts and such. Since the three grew up in the mountains, they knew “this world is something that [they would] want to protect”.
4. She’s a mom.
On April 8, 2015, Jessica and Justin welcomed their son into the world – Silas Randall Timberlake (named, in part, after Justin’s father, Randall).
Since then, we have seen photos – but not enough! – of him enjoying a walk with his mom, chilling on the couch with his dad, posing in an adorable elephant towel and sporting a cute “I <3 Dad” outfit.
This past Halloween, the three dressed up as characters from Trolls, since Justin provided the voice of the main male character, Branch.
Though rumors haven’t started flying (yet) about another Biel-Timberlake child being on the way, the couple feels like Silas is great practice for more…though he did apparently hit the terrible twos a little early and did not want his diapers changed.
3. She was in an Aerosmith music video.
“Fly Away from Here” is a power ballad by Aerosmith and the second single on their album, Just Push Play, which was released on June 2, 2001. The song talks about wanting to get away and escape with a loved one, but despite the potentially relatable message, the song was not considered a Top 40 hit in the U.S. – but it did make it to the number-one spot in Israel and stayed there for four weeks. The video for the song was futuristic and starred Jessica Biel and Steven Tyler’s youngest daughter, Chelsea, who portrayed Steven as a child in the video.
Perhaps we will see Jessica and Silas in the background of some of Justin’s upcoming music videos? Or maybe fans will be blessed enough to receive a video that features Jessica showing off more of that singing talent!
2. She owns a restaurant.
As mentioned, due to her love of food and family, Jessica opened a restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles called Au Fudge – and it’s adorable. Not only is the menu amazing, but the space has room for kiddos to partake in art projects and activities A marketplace sells branded items like caps and cups, as well as sweet treats, unicorn slippers and bags of “bunny farts”. The atmosphere is meant to be comfortable and make parents confident that children are getting healthy, organic, yummy food – like truffle grilled cheese sticks, rainbow pasta with magical butter sauce, mussels in a chorizo saffron broth and bowls of chicken nuggets. Plus, there’s a full bar for moms and dads with cocktails named things like the Little Prince, Jessica Rabbit’s Rabbit and the MILF.
1. She’s down to earth.
Though she cannot even run to the drug store without being bombarded by fans (She thanks her mom for raising her to be a nice person that can handle all the pressure), she is down to earth.
The day after she was born, her parents took her to a dog-sled race, where the temperature was thirty degrees below zero. By age one she was in a canoe, with her new-age mother, searching for arrowheads in Colorado then exploring the lands from Texas to Connecticut, since her father’s business (He ran an Outward Bound school and worked as an international business consultant.) took her family on moves to several cities. But Jessica recalls not locking her doors when she was growing up – They were too busy snowboarding, hiking, climbing and rafting, growing up without a fear of the world. Think she locks her doors these days?