JESSICA BIEL (Vera Miles) has become one of Hollywood's most
coveted leading women. Biel was most noted for her critically
acclaimed performance in the film THE ILLUSIONIST alongside Oscar
nominated actors Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. Entertainment
Weekly magazine was quoted saying "Jessica Biel pulls off her most
impressive trick yet: transforming herself into a turn-of-the-century
Austrian duchess â€“ and a serious art house actress." For her
work in THE ILLUSIONIST, Biel received numerous awards including
Hollywood Life's Annual "Breakthrough Award", the "Shining Star
Award" at both the Giffoni Film Festival and the Maui Film Festival,
as well as the "Breakthrough Performance Award" at the 18th Annual
Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Later this year, Biel will be seen in the dramedy PLAYING FOR
KEEPS with Gerard Butler, Catherina Zeta Jones, Dennis Quaid and Uma
Thurman. The film is scheduled to be released on December 7, 2012.
This past summer she was seen starring in Len Weisman's
version of TOTAL RECALL alongside Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and
Bryan Cranston. Last year Biel was seen in New Line Cinema's star
studded film, NEW YEAR'S EVE alongside Halle Berry, Lea Michelle,
Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle
Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara and Zac Efron, amongst others.
In 2010 Biel was seen in 20th Century Fox film THE A-TEAM
alongside Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson. The film, based on the
popular TV series, focuses on a group of four Iraq War veterans who
are looking to clear their name with the U.S. military who suspect
they have committed a crime for which they were framed.
Biel was also seen in the Garry Marshall directed romantic
comedy VALENTINE'S DAY along with Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts,
Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba and Bradley Cooper. The Warner Bros.
film has grossed $212,949,019 worldwide.
Biel starred in the romantic dramedy, EASY VIRTUE opposite
Colin Firth, Ben Barnes and Kristin Scott Thomas. She portrays an
American who is in constant conflict with her new mother-in-law
(Scott Thomas) after marrying a young wealthy Englishman on a spur
of the moment trip to France. The film is based on the play by Noel
Coward and adapted by writer/director Stephan Elliot. EASY VIRTUE
premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews and
received an overwhelming positive response when screened again at
the prestigious Rome, London and Tribeca Film Festivals
In 2007 Biel was seen in the Universal comedy, I NOW PRONOUNCE
YOU CHUCK AND LARRY, opposite Adam Sandler and Kevin James. The film
follows two straight, New York firefighters, played by Sandler and
James, as they pretend to be a married gay couple. Biel plays their
lawyer as they battle the city to receive domestic partner benefits.
The film opened #1 at the box office and grossed well over $100
As a child, Biel initially pursued a career as a vocalist,
performing in musical theatre. Starting at age nine, she starred in
productions such as Annie, The Sound of Music and Beauty and the
Beast. A natural beauty, she soon turned to modeling and commercial
work by competing in The International Modeling and Talent
Association's Annual Conference in 1994.
In her feature film debut at age fourteen, Biel garnered
acclaim for her portrayal as the rebellious daughter in Victor
Nunez's acclaimed film ULEE'S GOLD, starring Oscar nominee Peter
Fonda. She then went on to appear in such films as Disney's, I'LL
BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS with Jonathan Taylor Thomas; Warner Bros.'
romantic comedy, SUMMER CATCH, co-starring Freddie Prinze Jr.; Lions
Gate Films'THE RULES OF ATTRACTION, for director Roger Avary; New
Line's hit remake of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE; New Line's BLADE:
TRINITY with Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson and Ryan Reynolds;
Cameron Crowe's ELIZABETHTOWN, with Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst and
Susan Sarandon; and STEALTH, starring alongside Josh Lucas and Jamie
Biel has become involved in such charities as Serving Those
Who Serve, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and PETA. She was recently
honored with the "National Impact Award" at the 2008 Heart of Los
Angeles Gala and previously honored with the "Young Philanthropist
of the Year" Award at the 2006 Golden Karma Awards for her
charitable work. Biel's hobbies include ballet, soccer, running,
yoga and hiking with her dog, Tina.
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