Jessica Biel and Cate Blanchett face off in this week's ACTRESS SMACKDOWN

Crédit photo: Glamour Jessica Biel and Cate Blanchett face off in this week's ACTRESS SMACKDOWN

Acting
Jessica Claire Biel-Timberlake actually started out as a vocalist in musical productions until she was thrust into fame through her acting when she was cast as Mary Camden on hit TV show 7th Heaven. Since those days, she has gone on to star in films like The Rules of Attraction, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and New Year's Eve, showing she doesn’t necessarily prefer one genre of film over another.

Catherine Élise Blanchett hails from Australia, but is known the world over thanks to her gripping performances in films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Aviator, Babel, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Hobbit trilogy. She first shot to fame with her portrayal of Elizabeth I of England in the ’98 film Elizabeth. Obviously, her affinity for more serious roles never subsided. Point: Blanchett

Awards
Biel was recognized with a few low-key awards in the early 2000s, including the Gala Awards Rising Star Award and the Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Acting award, but that’s about it. She is yet to have her ‘It’ moment on the big screen, but we have no doubt it’s possible if she picks the right role.

Blanchett boasts a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTAs and a widely sought after Academy Award, which she won for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. Point: Blanchett
 
Personal Life 
Biel dated actor Chris Evans for two years until 2006 and just a year later hooked up with the multi-talented Justin Timberlake. After four years together, the couple announced their split in March 2011, but by the fall they were reunited and in December 2011, Timberlake proposed to Biel in the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming. They married on October 19, 2012 in Fasano, Italy.
 
Blanchett's husband is playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton. The two met on the set of a TV show in 1996, got married the following year and have been together ever since. They are currently both artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company. Fancy indeed. Point: Biel 

Verdict: Blanchett (Note: If Biel keeps focusing on her acting and picking tougher, more serious roles like she's done in the past, we have no doubt she'll one day join the high ranks of Cate Blanchett.)

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