Jessica Biel Admits She Was on ‘This Angelina Jolie Kind of Path’ But Wanted a Meryl Streep Career After ‘7th Heaven’

When Jessica Biel left 7th Heaven, the show that made her famous, she was at a crossroads in her career. She was well known for her role as a wholesome teen, but she’d also shaken up the public perception of her with a few surprising choices. But although she was ready to pursue serious roles, her agents were more interested in a different path for her.

Jessica Biel: Growing up on ‘7th Heaven’

Jessica Biel | Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic

Biel’s first big role came when she was only 14 years old, and according to E!, she often struggled with the expectations that came along with it. She played the part of Mary Camden, the daughter of a minister.

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