Jesse chatted with Michale Dunaway from Paste Magazine about a lot of great topics including her upcoming projects and her view on women in Hollywood.
I know I keep saying this, but each interview seems to be getting more interesting. I’m so thankful the journalists are stepping outside of the box and actually letting us see a glimpse of Jesse, it’s really great.
Jessica Biel’s career has taken some wild turns. Originally a child star on the longest-running family drama in history, 7th Heaven, she had pivotal roles early on in critical darling s like Ulee’s Gold and The Rules of Attraction. She also drew the enraptured attention of the Hollywood sex-symbol-finding machine, and has been a fixture of tabloids and “sexiest” lists ever since. That status has proved to be both a blessing and a curse. It’s afforded her a level of celebrity that dramatically increases her visibility and power in the industry, but it’s also encouraged many to dismiss her as a serious actor. But as she reminds us in this week’s The Truth About Emanuel, which debuted at Sundance 2013, she’s got some great performances in her. She plays a young mother with a troubled past.
Paste: I thought your performance was really outstanding, and I had a couple of people at Sundance tell me, “Wow, I’m a little bit surprised, that came out of nowhere from Jessica Biel for me—she was really good and I didn’t realize it.” And I would always tell them, “Did you not see The Illusionist? Did you not see Elizabethtown? She has got a ton of talent!” So congratulations on a really great performance.
Biel: Thank you so much!
Paste: So tell me about tell me about coming to the project, and what attracted you to it.
Biel: Well I think a lot of different things—number one of course was it being this really fascinating character who is in the midst of, like, a reality break. I think more than anything I was interested in the human brain and what it does to protect you after a traumatic experience. It’s fascinating how and what our brains do for us when you’ve gone through a trauma. And I think, most of all, I just felt for this woman and I thought, “God, how is this possible that this is something that can happen?” And of course I looked into it and it’s totally possible, and even crazier things are possible. So I think I was mainly fascinated by what was happening to Linda. And, you know, I want to work with great, interesting directors—especially if they can be women. It’s really exciting to work with a female director on a story about women’s experience, and especially a younger woman and an older woman. There were a lot of really cool elements that drew me to this part, to this story.
And she surfaces! The first photo of 2014 is here, and it shows Jess and JT posing with a fan while in Canada.
Now I can’t wait for the first new project of 2014!
What do you do when you’re a celebrity who has nothing to promote at the Award shows? You go to Canada and have a sweet lunch, duh.
According to several Twitter users, Jess and her “beautiful bodyguard(??)” spent the afternoon dining out of the states, she is actually in Canada where husband JT is kicking off the Canadian leg of his World Tour.
So, she’s there to support him for the kick off show and no comments on a pregnancy.. Jeez Internet, you sure lost your cool on that one.
Served Jessica Biel and her beautiful (bodyguard??) at work today.
— scritchwave (@mindclar) January 13, 2014
Jessica biel was in oak and fort today. Aka the wife of the love of my life aka justin timberlake
— chilli flakes (@ailajay) January 13, 2014
Maybe we’ll get some fan snaps of Jess? Let’s hope!
Did Jess confirm she’s not attending the Golden Globes or any after parties in her latest Tweet?
She continues her #ShoeDiary with her “favorite” pair of shoes ever which happen to be North Face snow boots.. I love it. What I don’t love is not seeing her at any Golden Globe after parties! There is no proof this photo was taken today but, I’m thinking it’s a subtle hint. Enjoy your powder, Jess!
Fingers are crossed she shows up tho!
The press during ‘Emanuel’ has been pretty great, the journalists are asking the right questions and giving us fans some really interesting insight on the process of Jesse’s acting and her casting in the film. Read the interview below:
HANNAH GHORASHI: When the film debuted at Sundance last year, it was as Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes. How did the title of the film get changed?
BIEL: I don’t quite know. I think it was too long. I really liked that title. I thought it was really provocative—Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.
GHORASHI: I liked the whole water theme, too, because it seemed really maternal, or womb-like.
BIEL: Yeah, me too.
GHORASHI: How did you envision the character of Linda playing out? At the beginning of the film, she seems very sane. Maybe the first time I thought there was something slightly off about her was when she told Emanuel to put her glass in the sink, a bit redundantly. How did you reconcile Linda’s being so normal with believing a doll is her baby?
BIEL: This is the ongoing question. You know how great villains just believe in what they’re doing? In their minds they’re not villains, they’re not doing anything wrong; they’re just self-righteous in their dedication to their cause. And that’s kind of the way I felt about Linda. This woman has had a traumatic reality break. Her brain is protecting her from the pain that she is experiencing, the emotional and physical pain that she is experiencing. She blames herself for what happened to her child. Is she crazy? I don’t know what the definition of crazy is. She can function in a social experience, in a private experience, but this is something that she truly believes in at this moment. She’s protecting herself. People have told me, “Oh my god, you’re playing a crazy person.” And I don’t see it that way. In my mind, she’s not a crazy person. She’s just—you believe her. She’s like any great villain.