Jessica Biel’s done almost nothing on Justin Timberlake wedding
By CINDY PEARLMAN July 30, 2012 6:43PM
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake may have married over the weekend.
Updated: September 1, 2012 6:06AM
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Jessica Biel has a certain megawatt glow. Literally.
She arrives for a breakfast interview wearing a show-stopping muted gold, strapless Oscar de la Renta dress that’s accented by hundreds of tiny sparking beads and an armful of golden bracelets.
But nothing is quite as blinding as the large, princess cut, diamond rock of an engagement ring that Justin Timberlake put on her marrying finger.
As the couple near their secret wedding date — rumored to be later this summer — it must be asked: What has she done to prepare for the big day?
“Almost nothing!” Biel confides. “I’m just enjoying being engaged.
“I do feel like there is a lot of time and nothing needs to be rushed,” she says, adding, “Everyone tells me that being engaged is the really special moment.
“Not that it gets bad when you get married! But being engaged is just absolutely amazing. You’re in this romantic, ahhhhh, breathless moment that I’m just trying to extend as long as possible.”
Biel says that tying the knot will mark a new stage in her life. “I’m moving forward,” she says. “It feels quite inspiring, fun and positive.”
That’s good, because Biel just turned 30 and had a few issues with the milestone.
“Just to be brutally honest, I think I’m definitely afraid of the aging process,” she admits with a laugh. “Aging is a scary thing, especially when you’re a woman and dealing with everything that comes with it.”
What is that bad about being 30?
“Well, when I turned 30, I thought, ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to die.’ ”
“At some point!” she adds. “It has come into my mind lately, although I’ve never really been afraid of death.
“The truth is I wasn’t really freaking out turning 30. I never had a complete wig-out moment. Honestly, I have never felt more youthful and more curious about life. I’ve been working a lot to find the best balance between work and life.”
The Minnesota native steps out of her own high heels to play Melina in the remake (opening Friday) of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Total Recall.”
“I saw the original film as a teenager. I don’t really have a strong memory of seeing it,” Biel admits. “I didn’t grow up dying over that movie. But when I saw it again, I thought, ‘It’s such a fun movie.’ ”
She signed on because the film wasn’t just all action.
“This character was really developed, which is surprising for a film like this one,” she says. “It’s a love story that we tried to infuse through this wild ride.”
The prep work wasn’t easy. “I did a lot of kick boxing and martial arts, plus yoga and weight training,” she says. “I really focused on the boxing.”
Along the way, “there were bloodied fingernails, bumps, bruises and scratches. Nothing too bad,” she says.
“I love the discipline of doing physical movies and pushing your body to an extreme,” she says. “The loving of it is also the hating of it. Five or six weeks into the diet and this absolutely crazy training regime which is brutal, you’re stronger and you have the utmost energy. You’re not having a cocktail at night. You’re keeping your body really clean and the toxins are gone.
“It’s also really boring,” she admits. “You feel like you have no life. All you dream about is cake and pasta.”
All the yearning and sweating paid off during a fight scene with Kate Beckinsale.
“I wasn’t scared of her,” Biel says. “But I was nervous because she has done so many action movies. I wanted to be up to par, and Kate does action like it’s nothing. I wanted to be a worthy adversary.”
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