Arguably the most famous Camden alum, the show’s wild kid, is the least likely to return to the herd. “I think I’ve definitely encountered these limitations and limits for a variety of reasons,” she told the Awards Chatter podcast in 2018 about her experience. “Because, yes, you know, you can only do so much with a certain character specifically on a show like this. We really had to stay within the confines of a somewhat religious family and give lessons, and when, do you know yourself?” At 16, 14, 15, 16 you get to a point where you are like a man. I just want to do something different. I just want to cut my hair and I just want to dye it a different color and I can’t do all of these things because I have this contract. “
Ultimately, she cut her hair, she reminded herself, and “I had big problems with it. I had to apologize to everyone, which is kind of the theme of my 7th heaven experience. I always apologized.” And that was before the then 17-year-old decided in 2000 to pose topless for the men’s magazine Gear.
After exiting the fictional town of Glenoak, Biel focused primarily on film roles, collecting parts in The A-Team 2010, New Years Eve 2011, Total Recall 2012 and Hitchcock, A Kind of Murder 2016, before returning to the small screen as an executive producer and producer Star of Sinner in 2017.
“There was no driving force behind it. I set out to make films. But as we all know, the film industry has become very limited. I wanted to regain control of my career, which is what I was thinking about when I started this little production company, “she told The Hollywood Reporter about how she and a good friend started Iron Ocean Productions Michelle Purple. “Television has also changed: it has become an incredible place where, when you have a thoughtful, interesting and fresh idea, especially as a woman, you have the great opportunity to get something on TV.”
But since her starring role in season one, she’s mostly focused on voice work (BoJack Horseman, Pete the Cat) and the 10-part crime series Limetown as her and her husband Justin Timberlake raise her 5 year old son Silas and the arrival of last summer Phineas.