The Comprehensive List of Jessica Biel's Best Roles
If you're like many of us, you grew up alongside Jessica Biel as Mary Camden in the beloved family drama 7th Heaven. We watched Biel's wild-child character come of age over the course of 11 seasons, which took her and her family through trials and tribulations, to say the least.
The 35-year-old actress and mother has spent the majority of the two decades since starring in big-screen features, but she's finally returning to television as the lead of the new limited series, The Sinner. The 8-episode show made its official debut at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, which people have been buzzing about ever since, and its first episode aired on USA last night.
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Biel stars as Cora Tannetti, a young mother who, seemingly out of nowhere and in a zombie-like state, commits a murder on a crowded beach in broad daylight. She has no idea what brought on the fit of rage. The psychological thriller follows the investigation into not who did it or how, like so many other murder mysteries, but why. Christopher Abbott co-stars as Biel's husband, and Bill Pullman as the lead investigator.
To celebrate Biel's small-screen return, we took a look back at all of the actress's best roles—including stints in action, comedy, drama, horror, and even a music video. Scroll down to see our favorites!
7th Heaven, 1996-2007
Who didn't love the Camden clan? The family drama aired for a whopping 11 seasons, in which Biel played the family's eldest daughter, Mary. The beloved big sis found herself in quite a few tough spots over the years, teaching us what not to do as teenagers.
I'll Be Home for Christmas, 1998
We were extremely envious of Biel when she played Jonathan Taylor Thomas's love interest in this Christmas-themed comedy. Fun fact: The guy who Biel's character kisses under the mistletoe in this movie is the same actor who played one of her 7th Heaven boyfriends, Robbie Palmer.
Summer Catch, 2001
Biel basically had on-screen romances with every one of our teen crushes. In this one, she and Freddie Prinze, Jr. play out an enjoyable will-they-won't-they.
"Fly Away From Here" by Aerosmith, 2001
Biel stars in this futuristic music video for Aerosmith's "Fly Away From Here." We're not really sure what her character is, but we're pretty happy to have made this discovery. Watch the full video here.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2003
Biel was the lone survivor in this slasher, a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. You'll haunt our dreams forever, Leatherface.
I Now Prounounce You Chuck & Larry, 2007
Chuck and Larry, played by Adam Sandler and Kevin James, respectively, are two friends who pose as a couple to boost Larry's life insurance policy. Biel, their lawyer, charmingly buys the act and suggests they get married and move in together when investigators start doubting the men's love. Oh, she also dresses like a cat at one point.
Valentine's Day, 2010
The A-Team, 2010
Biel shared the screen with Bradley Cooper twice in 2010. The actress plays a U.S. Department of Defense captain in this action comedy about an Army Ranger team that gets imprisoned for a crime they didn't commit.