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Life Before Justin: 20 Pics That Show Jessica Biel Is More Than Mrs. Timberlake

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake have been happily married since 2012, and they are completely dedicated to each other. They also share a son, Silas, and motherhood has made Biel more selective about the work she takes on because it requires her to spend time away from her family.

There is no denying that Timberlake has been incredibly successful in his chosen profession, but so has Biel, and she is not defined by her relationship with her husband. Fans remember Biel fondly from her breakout role as Mary Camden on the popular series 7th Heaven, and unlike many other child stars, she has not faded into oblivion as the years have gone by.

Biel is still working in the entertainment industry, with more recent projects including The Sinner and Limetown, and her résumé is impressive — as is her net worth. She also has talents that lie outside of the entertainment industry, which she’s proven with her entrepreneurial ventures, including the family-friendly restaurant Au Fudge. Below are 20 photos of Jessica Biel that prove she is more than Justin Timberlake’s wife.

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20 Jessica Biel Is Still Landing Starring Roles, Despite Decades In The Industry

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Jessica Biel is a child star, but she is not one of those actors whose fame disappeared as the years went by. She has continued to land roles (although she does seem to have slowed down on the projects she takes on since motherhood). Her more recent acting jobs include work on The Sinner, the popular TV series which started in 2017 and is now in its second season.

It is a project that Bustle notes earned Biel an Emmy nomination, and she is also enthusiastic about the work. Biel even recommended the book of the same name, penned by Petra Hammesfahr, telling fans on social media that they would not be disappointed with this read.

19 She Was In The Spotlight Long Before She Became Mrs. Timberlake

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Jessica Biel is not defined by her relationship with Justin Timberlake. Yes, he has been incredibly successful in his chosen profession, but so has Biel, and she was famous long before she met Timberlake in 2007.

Many fans remember her fondly from her role as Mary Camden on the WB show, 7th Heaven, a character Biel took on in 1996 (when she was just 14). She went on to star in several films following this role, including I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and Total Recall.

18 She Is Entrepreneurial And Had Her Own Kid-Friendly Restaurant

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Jessica Biel is not only interested in acting, she’s also interested in food. In 2016, she decided to open a kid-friendly restaurant in Los Angeles called Au Fudge. Although the idea seemed like a win (especially since there was a playroom, so parents could have a meal while their kids were entertained), the restaurant closed after two years, Today reports.

Prior to the business closing its doors, Biel spoke about the difficulties involved in running a restaurant, during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live (via Today). “The restaurant business is way harder than being a producer,” Biel said. “[We’re] definitely not making money. Nobody’s making money in the restaurant business, in my experience, at least not yet.”

Still, it was a courageous venture on her part and showed that Biel is willing to take risks.

17 She Has Attended Many Swanky Events, Including Paris Fashion Week

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Being famous has its perks, and these include being invited to some of the most prestigious events, including fashion week. Jessica Biel is a stylish woman, and her fashion choices have served as inspiration for many people. She's also become the subject of articles, including Who What Wear’s piece entitled “Jessica's Biel's 12 Best Style Moments.”

Biel also gave an interview to InStyle in 2019, explaining that it took a while for her to appreciate fashion. “It took me a minute to get into those types of womanly things, like bags and shoes, but in my early 20s a light bulb went off and I was like, ‘Oh, I get it now,’" she said.

16 Jessica Has Had The Opportunity To Wear Some Of The Most Expensive Designer Outfits

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Jessica Biel has an interest in fashion, and the designer clothes she wants to wear are accessible to her. She’s a lovely woman, and designers want to dress her in their garments, and over the years she has had the opportunity to wear some of the finest and most beautiful pieces that money can buy.

One of her most memorable looks is probably the outfit she wore to the 2017 Oscars. She arrived on the red carpet wearing a gold Kaufman Franco gown, complete with $2 million worth of gold and diamond jewelry by Tiffany, E! News reports.

15 She’s Tried Her Hand At Everything, Including The Web Television Series, 'Limetown'

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Jessica Biel is not one of those actresses who has been perfect for every part, and she has admitted that there are some roles she’s wanted that directors felt she was not right for.

“Parts I really want aren’t going to me,” she previously told Elle (via People). “Like The Other Boleyn Girl with Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. I don’t want to say that there’s nothing I love that I can’t have. But there’s still the occasional script that the director doesn’t want to see you for. They want that top tier of girls.”

Still, that’s not to say she doesn’t have an impressive résumé, and recently that includes the web television series, Limetown. Biel took to social media to express her excitement over the project, writing, “I’m wearing my serious producer face to disguise my off the charts excitement!”

14 She’s Worth Millions, All On Her Own

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s relationship works, and that’s because they have a very similar outlook on life.

“We have similar values; we believe in loyalty, honesty. We like to have fun. We like a lot of the same things,” Biel told Marie Claire.

There is a lot of interest surrounding this relationship, and Biel has embraced married life, but she is more than just Mrs. Timberlake, and her professional achievements over the years are a testament to that. She has also made her own money, and according to Celebrity Net Worth she’s estimated to have a net worth of $18 million.

13 She Is Living Proof That Child Actors Don’t All Fade Into Obscurity

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Being a child actor comes with its own set of problems, and many former child stars have spoken about the difficulties of growing up in the limelight. Although some of these celebs have since chosen to move away from Hollywood and focus their attentions elsewhere, Jessica Biel is one of those celebrities who were able to transition from a teenage star into an adult actress.

Perhaps that’s thanks to the way she was handled as a child star. "My Hollywood experience as a young person was never one of those True Hollywood stories where I was left alone to my own devices with no parental supervision," she told Marie Claire. "There was always somebody with me."

12 She Never Finished College, But She Is One Smart Cookie

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Many successful people did not attend college, and some even dropped out of high school. Jessica Biel did attend college and was enrolled in Tufts University in Massachusetts for just over a year, but she never completed her studies, and this is one of her biggest regrets.

“I went to Tufts for about a year and a half. I had such a great time,” she told InStyle (via Toronto Sun). “You have no responsibilities aside from getting to classes, taking finals, and living with girlfriends. But I got pulled into making movies and couldn’t get myself out of it. Some days I regret it; some days I don’t. So I would tell my younger self...'Finish college, if just for the social experience.'”

11 Jessica Has A Big Fan Base — Who Would Do Anything To Get A Photo With Her

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Jessica Biel has starred in several popular films, including Total Recall (and this photo taken from the premiere in Los Angeles shows fans scrambling to get a photo with her). Many stars are successful because of the people who support them, and Biel has her own fan base.

Among her fans, she can count her husband, who she feels is her “biggest fan.” At the premiere for The Sinner, she told Elle that Justin Timberlake was behind her every step of the way. "With Justin, he's so happy for me," she said. "I always say he's my biggest fan."

10 She’s Selective About Her Work Now Because She Only Wants To Do What She Loves

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There may have been some projects that Jessica Biel has worked on that she was not particularly enthusiastic about, but she has become more selective about the work she does since becoming a mother. The projects she focuses on now have to be important to her, because it means she needs to spend time away from home and her son, Silas.

"I definitely find that I'm way more picky simply because of the time commitment," Biel told USA Today. "More than anything, you want to spend time with your family and it's such a full body-and-soul experience being an actor that you have to pick wisely. Otherwise, you're just gone all the time and that's not what I want."

9 She’s Traveled To Some Of The Most Beautiful Places In The World

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Perhaps one of the biggest perks about being a successful Hollywood star is the travel. Jessica Biel has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world, but one of her fondest travel memories is from when she was growing up.

“I did a lot of camping with my parents and my brother in the Colorado mountains where I grew up and other random places,” she told Conde Nast Traveler, adding, “And lots of long road trips. I have a real nostalgia for those kinds of vacations so I want to do more of that with my family.”

8 Turns Out Justin Timberlake Is Not The Only Celeb She’s Been Romantically Linked To

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Justin Timberlake may be the man who Jessica Biel settled down with, but he is not the first high-profile relationship that she has had. Biel was also linked to Chris Evans, and the couple dated off-and-on for five years, from 2001 to 2006, Cosmopolitan notes.

They were also pretty serious and had discussed potentially getting married. At the time, they were happy, and Biel spoke to Cosmopolitan about Evans' romantic side.

"When I turned 21, I actually [woke up] to find my bed covered in rose petals," Biel said. "In the middle of the night, he had pulled apart at least 24 roses in all different colors and sprinkled the petals everywhere. He's definitely a keeper."

7 She Is One Of The Most Glamorous Women Around

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Jessica Biel is one of the most glamorous women in the world and she is often impeccably groomed and well-dressed. Her style and glamor seem effortless, and although she is invited to many swanky events and prestigious fashion shows, she also enjoys the simple things in life.

For example, Biel’s perfect night is a “nice dinner” with her husband, and she told USA Today, "It's as simple as that: just being able to talk and have conversations. Not watch any sort of television and not have any phones on the table. Just eating and talking and connecting."

6 She Loves Her Pet Pooches (And Walks Them Herself)

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Mom to a son, but also a dog mom. This is Jessica Biel’s home life, and she loves her pets. According to E! News, she and Timberlake have three dogs: his two boxers, Buckley and Brennen, and her pit bull, Tina, and they seem to be proud dog parents.

Biel likes to share photos of Tina on social media, who she has affectionately referred to as “my happy girl,” E! News notes. She also appears to enjoy walking her dogs herself, and she's made headlines on a number of occasions for walking around the neighborhood with her pets.

5 She Still Has Best Friends From When She Was A Child Star

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Being able to create lasting relationships in the spotlight is something that has proven difficult for many celebrities, but Jessica Biel has had a friendship with her former 7th Heaven co-star Beverley Mitchell for decades.

The actresses starred as sisters on the show, and it was a bond that they didn’t really have to fake. In an interview with Us Weekly, Mitchell called Biel an “awesome person” and told the publication that in her time of need, following the miscarriage of her twins in 2018, she had been there to offer her support. “She was one of the first people I called and I’m just very grateful for her friendship,” Mitchell explained.

4 She Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro To Bring Awareness To The Global Water Crisis

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Celebrities are given a unique opportunity; their platform gives them an audience, and they can use this to create awareness about important world issues. Jessica Biel has done just that, and in a bid to raise awareness for the global water crisis, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with the Summit on the Summit team, Ultimate Kilimanjaro reports.

According to People, when she reached the top, Biel was moved to tears. Her journey wasn’t over, though. Biel also accompanied UN Foundation executive Elizabeth Gore on a trip to a United Nations camp in Ethiopia. “We are all so tired, dirty and bruised,” Gore said, adding, “but we’re trying to give a voice to people who don’t have any.”

3 Becoming A Mother Has Made Her Feel Like A ‘Completely Different Person’

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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are parents to just one child, a son named Silas. Becoming a mother is something that Biel has embraced, and she feels that her life has changed since having a child. She told the New York Observer, "After having a baby, you feel like a completely different person. I think this is another moment for a reinvention…"

Her experience as a mother has also helped her as an actress, especially with her role in The Sinner. "It's personal for me," she told Elle. "I wouldn't be able to do this role if I didn't know what it was like to be a mom…"

2 Activewear Brands Are Falling Over Themselves To Partner With Her

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Jessica Biel works hard to find a balance between her family life and her work commitments, and she told USA Today that finding time to pursue projects is "an ongoing balancing act that maybe you never 100% master."

But she did find time to partner with Gaiam, a brand that is dedicated to making yoga outfits and gear. Biel shared a photo from the partnership on social media, which she said was of herself "hanging out with a natural frozen smile, natural glassy-eyed gaze and sitting naturally on one bun cheek."

1 She Auctioned Off A Date With Herself To Help A Girl In Need

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Jessica Biel has dated a handful of famous men over the years, but she's also had a date with one who was not famous at all. Biel wanted to help raise money for a teenager who was injured in an accident on her prom night, and she did this by auctioning a date with herself. Fox News reported that the event was called "Mollypalooza" and was organized to help raise funds for Molly Bloom’s medical bills.

According to Digital Spy, a man named John ended up paying $30,000 for the date, and the money was spent on a good cause.

References: Bustle, E! News, Today, InStyle, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Digital Spy

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