One child actress that has remained at the top of the pop culture lexicon is Jessica Biel, who first captured our hearts starring as Mary Camden in The WB's 7th Heaven. The black sheep of the Camden family, Biel portrayed Mary for a whopping 134 episodes spread out across 10 seasons. While she's kept busy with acting projects, her USA drama The Sinner marks the first time she had a series regular role on the small screen since 7th Heaven. She recently explained why, saying:
It's looks like The Sinner occurred through the natural progression of Jessica Biel's career. And while she was mostly focused on film roles post 7th Heaven, the small screen has quickly become the go-to place for great storytelling. Biel has made a place for herself as a producer, and therefore can control the type of stories she's telling. Move over Mary Camden, hello Cora Tannetti.
Jessica Biel's show The Sinner is about as far away from 7th Heaven as you can get. The series focuses on Biel's character Cora, who is shown brutally murdering a man on the beach. Here's the thing: she has no idea why. The Sinner is a deep dive into its protagonist's psyche, and Biel got to show a range of emotions that we haven't seen from the actress in years. The shocking series finale certainly set up the ability for more storytelling, and the show was eventually renewed for a second season.
In the same interview with THR, Jessica Biel teased that she might not be starring in the full second season of The Sinner, although she'll be involved as producer regardless. She said,
It should be interesting to see where The Sinner takes the series, now that the truth about Cora's attack on Frankie Belmont has been realized. There's defintiely more layers to peel back, so hopefully Jessica Biel's protagonist ends up staying on throughout the entirety of the upcoming second season. The new trailer was noticeably void of Cora, and featured new characters played by Bill Pullman and Carrie Coon.
The Sinner will return to USA on Wednesday, August 1. In the meantime, check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch. plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode of your favorite show.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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