Jessica Biel, formerly from long-running TV series 7th Heaven, is having quite a career moment right now. Oh yeah, and she’s recently moved in with musician/actor Justin Timberlake. But in a recent interview with Allure magazine, she says, “I have no idea if I want to get married. I have a lot to do, career-wise.” She describes herself as “very ambitious.”
The ambition is paying off in better movie roles like in the new movie Easy Virtue, based on a play by Noel Coward. The only American in the cast, Biel plays the new wife of proper English gentleman John Whittaker, played by Ben Barnes, and is drawing very good reviews.
Her character, Larita, is a modern American woman in the post-World War I era who drives a race car, smokes cigarettes, and generally causes all manner of scandal around her. Kristen Scott-Thomas plays her mother-in-law, with a shrewdness that matches Larita’s.
The movie is directed by Stephen Elliott, perhaps best known for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. In Easy Virtue, he gives us big band versions of songs like Tom Jones’ “Sex Bomb” So it’s no overly-serious award chasing period piece.
“I looked at a lot of old Katherine Hepburn movies for that kill ‘em with a smile, fantastic, witty, dry delivery,” said Biel in an interview with MTV. Apparently the hard work paid off well, because reviews of Easy Virtue are glowing.