Jamie Foxx’s man crush on Jessica Biel’s dad.
David Goyer: She had learned how to shoot this arrow very well and all the crew were behind - she was maybe 30 or 40’ away, but she was up in the air three stories - and all the crew were behind safety glass. The only thing that wasn’t covered was literally a 2” by 2” thing right in front of the lens of the camera. We said, “Aim for the camera.” BAM! Right down the lens into the housing of the camera. Destroyed like a $300,000 camera.
David Goyer: Yeah. It’s in slow motion. She shoots, she looks badass and everything like that, and then there’s this pause and she’s like [arms pumping in the air], “Yeah!”
Jessica Biel: I just cracked up because it was like I hit the lens and then there was this laughter. In slow-mo the glass blew all the way back.
David Goyer: It hit the lens and embedded like 8”.
Interviewer: Just think about the poor guy looking through the camera at that.
Ryan Reynolds: How could they worry about a piddly f***ing $300,000 lens when you had the most triumphant moment of your life?
Jessica Biel: I know!
Interviewer:How much training did it take to do the bow work?
Jessica Biel: The archery training was probably some of the hardest training that I did. There’s muscles that you don’t even know you use in your back, and you have to be really relaxed and really focused. And it was hard. It was really, really difficult.
David Goyer: Jessica was a better shot than [her stunt double]. We used her stunt double in very few shots, usually when there was flying glass involved and things like that. And Jessica was a much better shot than her stunt double was.
Jessica Biel: I just had so much more practice with the bow than she ever did. The actual poundage - I practiced with a much heavier bow, probably something like pulling maybe 20 or 30 pounds back. And then the arrow obviously goes so much further and faster. But we had such crazy, pointy, deadly tips on these arrows that we had to drop the poundage down to a really safe [level] so that if I hit anything, I wouldn’t kill anybody.
David Goyer: We did some tests with some of the arrowheads that she was firing. We did one test where it actually went through the wall of the set. And we just said, “We’ve got to reduce the poundage because, literally, she’s going to kill somebody.”
Total Recall: Jessica Biel “Melina” On Set Interview
Happy 31th Birthday To Beautiful Jessica Biel.
Love this interview… and the french words at the end <3<3
Jessica Biel “W” Magazine Screen Test.
Jessica Biel on dieting [x]
What’s the first movie you remember seeing?
The Goonies. I never identified with girls, and the cast was all boys. Girls were nervous about going into caves; they were scaredy-cats—and I wasn’t into that at all. I loved the idea of being with a crew and having an adventure. I was really interested in pits full of snakes.
Were you raised to be sort of anti-girly? Somewhat.
We lived in Colorado, and 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. When I went out to play, I felt like I’d better get hurt.
Did you have Barbies?
I did, but it was always, “Let’s play sex with Barbies!” My Barbies were usually naked. Once, I took their heads off, cut their hair, drew on their short, spiky hair with some markers, then stuck the heads on Christmas lights. Every year, we’d string our tree with those Barbie heads. It looked demonic. My parents were so cool—they saw it as a form of self-expression.
You began acting when you were very young. How did you get started?
When I was 11, I was in a competition sponsored by the International Modeling 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. My runway look was a one-piece bathing suit, a top hat, and a bow tie. The competition was in L.A., 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.
That television series, which ran for 11 years, was known for its wholesome, all-American, quasi-religious message. The parents were literally and figuratively blond and blue-eyed. It always seemed to me that, physically, you looked like you belonged in another family.
Looking back I can see that, but at the time I literally didn’t care if I was the wrong race or wrong gender; I wanted that part. I wanted any part. And that show was fun. I was a basketball player who was going through all the stuff that a 14-year-old goes through, which is, as you know, completely psychotic.
Did you rebel in your teens?
I cut my hair supershort and dyed it blonde. I had to apologize to Aaron Spelling [the producer] for doing that. He wasn’t happy. When I turned 17 or 18, a really obnoxious friend sent a stripper to the set. I had to apologize for that too. The show was all about family values, and they took that position seriously. I was always apologizing.
Interview with Jessica Biel, who plays Tess in New Year’s Eve.
1. On her character.
2. On why people like the holiday.
3. On Sarah Paulson.
4. On how she enjoys the holiday.
5. On Seth Meyers.