Star mum Jessica Biel is making a killer career comeback
ACTRESS, RESTAURATEUR, MAMA AND WIFE – NOW THE STAR IS MAKING HER CAREER COMEBACK AS A KILLER!
Jessica Biel must surely be living the dream right now. The dropdead gorgeous 35-year-old actress has just celebrated five happy years of marriage to Mr Sexyback himself, Justin Timberlake, and the pair are parents to adorable two-year-old son Silas. And now, after a couple of years focusing on motherhood and her LA restaurant Au Fudge, Jess has made her critically acclaimed return to the small screen in The Sinner.
‘I think every woman at least once in her lifetime should push herself physically beyond what she thinks she is capable of,’ Jess says. ‘Whether that’s running a marathon, climbing a mountain, or swimming a mile in the ocean, because it changes you mentally.’
Not that she sees herself as some kind of superwoman! With whispers of The Sinner returning for a second season already, Jess has us fangirling over her once again – but there’s one person who’s been hooked all along. ‘She’s a really, really, really special person,’ JT gushes. ‘Plus, she’s really, really hot!’
Here, Jess talks life, love, motherhood and why playing a murderer was the career choice she just had to go with right now…
Jessica grew up in Boulder, Colorado, with her spiritual healer mum Kimberly, her dad Jonathan – a business consultant –
and her younger brother Justin. While Jess harboured dreams of becoming a vocalist or a surgeon, she was also a soccer-loving tomboy who spent most of her time outside – and that came with her parents’ blessing.
‘My parents were outdoorsy mountain people. My father would always say, “Go out and don’t come back until you have something to show me,” which meant he wanted me to come back with a scraped knee or an injury,’ recalls Jess of her very down-to-earth upbringing.
But it wasn’t long before Jess ditched her medical school dreams for something very different. ‘When I was 11, I was in a competition sponsored by the International Modelling and Talent Association. You paid a certain amount of money and they taught you to walk a runway, present a comedic monologue, a dramatic monologue, a dance routine, and a song,’ she explains. ‘My runway look was a one-piece bathing suit, a top hat, and a bow tie. The competition was in LA, and afterward I got a manager and an agent. I tried out for a billion things, and after three years, I was cast on the show 7th Heaven.’
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING
Jess met pop star Justin Timberlake, 36, early in 2007 and the couple were soon inseparable, although at the time they preferred to keep their relationship on the downlow. ‘Justin is the one part of my life that I own and is not for anyone else,’ Jess explained.
However, since the pair walked down the aisle in Italy in October 2012 – after a short break from their romance in 2011 – Jess hasn’t been able to hide her happiness. ‘We have similar values, we believe in loyalty, honesty. We like a lot of the same things.’
A smitten Jess also frequently posts loved-up messages to her ‘huz’, as JT calls himself, on social media. ‘My tender heart is yours, now until forever,’ she captioned a sweet video on their October 20 anniversary.
KEEPING IT REAL
Fans applauded Jessica in June when she posted a very unflattering sleeping snap of herself in the passenger seat after a long day’s work. ‘SPOTTED!’ she captioned the shot. ‘In her natural state, notice the slack jaw, deep sleep and palpable fatigue of this
I JUST FEEL LIKE NOTHING CAN SHOCK ME ANYMORE
creature. Yes, it is a working mum.’ And her fellow mamas loved her for it! ‘Thank you for being so relatable to the everyday working mum. It is so truly appreciated!’ commented one, while another joked, ‘Look, even Jessica sleeps with her mouth open!’
What do you do if you’re super-famous and want to enjoy the spoils of eating out with your kids, at a place that offers healthy meal options as well as something a little bit naughty? You open your own restaurant, of course! In 2016, after years of trying to get her kid-friendly eatery idea off the ground, Jess opened Au Fudge in LA. ‘My friend group, my friends who had kids before I did, wanted to go hang out with them, but they were stuck going to Chuck E Cheese’s birthday parties,’ she explains. ‘Or, they had kids and they didn’t have a babysitter. What do you do, where do you go?’
BACK TO WORK
‘You think you’re a selfless person, and then you realise you’re not,’ Jess says of motherhood. After welcoming her first child with Justin on April 8, 2015, Jess turned her back on Hollywood. Then, in 2017, she made her big return after dabbling in smaller projects – a decision she grappled with as a mum. So before she took on the lead role of Cora in The Sinner, she knew the script had to be a good one to take her away from Silas.
Jess plays a young mother who commits a serious violent crime in the eight-part TV series, which earned her rave reviews. ‘I wouldn’t be able to do this role if I didn’t know what it was like to be a mum,’ the actress says, tearing up at the thought of being imprisoned, just like Cora. ‘If I wouldn’t be able to see my son every day… I get emotional just thinking about it.’
The show, which is available now on Netflix, has already given Jess a thirst to jump in front of the camera again. ‘It’s like a drug, like an adrenaline rush,’ she explains. ‘There’s a real catharsis… you’re exhausted, you are free; you feel a lot of different things. For me, it’s like a rebirth. Like I’m a phoenix rising up out of the ashes.’
It also helps that the show blew audiences, critics and the ratings out of the water. ‘When I read the book, every step of the way for me was a shock,’ she says. ‘I just feel like nothing can shock me anymore. Like, I’ve seen it all, there’s nothing that weird, nothing that dark. We all have seen it all, I think in a sense. But every time there was a surprise, it was genuine surprise for me. It just felt incredibly rare to find a piece of material that you didn’t expect every twist and turn of the way. And then it was just genuinely selfish! I just wanted to play that girl and get to be a little nuts.’