Jessica Biel in Oscar de la Renta at the ‘Total Recall’ photo call: dull & ragged?

Honestly, I’ve always thought Jessica Biel is an attractive girl. I never thought she was mind-numbingly gorgeous, and I especially didn’t understand how Biel could get away with claiming that she’s “too pretty” to get the kinds of roles she wants, but you know, she is attractive. But the more attention I give her, the more I’ve noticed something weird: Biel is extremely self-defeating when it comes to her beauty. It’s not just bad choices when it comes to fashion – although that’s pretty awful. It’s her overall style, the choices that she makes with hair, makeup and her general presentment to the public.

These photos from LA photo call for Total Recall are a great case in point. Granted, Biel now has those terrible bangs that are not doing her any favors. But she could still work with the bangs and put together a relatively cute look. Instead, it feels like she just gave up. I mean… a completely beige Oscar de la Renta dress that A) doesn’t do much for her figure and B) is one of her worst colors? Don’t get me wrong – it’s a lovely little dress. Biel just makes it look like a grungy dishrag. And then the hair overall – the choppy bangs with the bad ombre hair AND it looks scraggily and sort of unwashed? And putting red lipstick on top of all of that is just… bad. She COULD look so much better than this. She just chooses not to. Or Justin Timberlake doesn’t know how to style his fiancée, I guess.

Kate Beckinsale looks pretty though – Kate knows how to pull an outfit together, she knows what looks good on her, and she usually errs on the side of looking “too done” and “too pulled together”. Which, as we can see, is definitely better than the “Biel Method” of “trying too hard to look like this mess happened naturally.” Colin Farrell looks… tired. I don’t know what’s going on with him right now, but he just isn’t giving me biscuit-fever these days. And Bryan Cranston looks great!!

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lauren says:

    That’s so interesting because I was going to say the exact opposite yesterday when I first saw these photos. I don’t know what’s happened in Biel’s life, if she got a new stylist, but she has been looking better than she ever has. Her style has been spot on the line between classic and right on trend and her skin/body/hair has been looking absolutely radiantly healthy and gorgeous! I want to know who her new stylist is…I have a very strong feeling it is not really just Justin, she hired someone.

  2. gee says:

    I like everything but the hair with this dress. It should be away from her face. I think she’s so pretty.

  3. Lauren says:

    I also have to say that I think Kate Beckinsale dressed terribly. Her style has not changed in 5 years. She dresses like an OC Housewife, absolutely no style whatsoever. She dresses with what she thought looked good on her 10 years ago and still wears it!

  4. drea says:

    In the last picture she looks uncomfortable. Could that be cause the Cranston’s hand is on her ass?!

  5. MrsBPitt says:

    Kaiser…I totally agree with everything you said about JB…First off, she is attractive, NOT BEAUTIFUL. Secondly, it does seem like she does everything in her power to squash what good looks she does have…KB is a gorgeous woman, but she dresses a little drab…I do disagree with you about CF…he is a hunk! and BC (aka Walter White) I LOVE HIM!!!!!

  6. Palefire says:

    Everything is cute! But wrong for her…Her hair is such a cute pretty style, same for the dress and shoes. However, that hair style doesn’t suit her, and the dress and shoes I think, would be really pretty on a blonde w a different complexion…. on her it washes her out.

  7. Wren says:

    I love Kate! I actually think Jessica’s dress is gorgeous, her hair just looks wrong.

  8. smith says:

    People are still hiring Jessica Biel? Really?

  9. marie says:

    booo, Justin let her go out without his name necklace? does he purposely make her look like crap before she leaves the house, is it fun for him? She’s pretty, but needs to do something different with her hair

  10. Mia says:

    Jessica Biel = Ashley Greene in 10 years.

  11. RhymesWithSilver says:

    OMG- she’s morphing into Paz de la Huerta!!!

  12. Blake says:

    ‘Biscuit fever’ is my absolute new favorite phrase. That is all.

  13. Cheryl says:

    Bangs… Bad bad bad bangs. Stop. Most women don’t look good with heavy bangs. It blows my mind that this is a trend. That and those ugly bright colored plastic sunglasses. I feel like I’m reliving my grade school years in the 80s…

  14. Eve says:

    The bangs don’t do Biel any favors…but I love her hair colour here.

    About Farrell, I agree with Kaiser. He’s been looking tired lately — I did like him on Ellen though…especially when he talked about being sober. He was lovely.

  15. midnightmoon says:

    @RhymesWithSil: OMG! Yes! Nailed it! Only she needs a slightly more sleazy outfit. YES!

  16. Micki says:

    I like her dress a lot.Much better lace-y style than anything Kate Middleton’s shown so far.
    She looks like “not trying too hard” for the event.

  17. Lotta says:

    I think she is absolutly gorgeous. However, she should skip the lipstick, it’s to bright for her.

  18. RHONYC says:

    i don’t care how much lace, rouge, red lipstick they put on her or wavy ‘ringlets’ carefully framing her face…..there isn’t a feminine bone in her body.

    all that weightlifting has killed any soft, girlish quality she may have ever had.

    womp. :-(

  19. RHONYC says:


    wow, he’s sexy even out of BB character. 8O

  20. susie cue says:

    It’s the hair and the lipstick. I don’t think the dress is that bad, although a nice jewel tone would do a sister some good. What annoys me about her is that she seems to think she doesn’t need to try, that her beauty is so abundant it will just flow forth no matter how she’s styled – sorry Jessica. You gotta give a little.

  21. hoya_chick says:

    I just had to click on this post to say WALT!!! Ha. He is always working! Love him. He is like in every movie. He plays the straight lace military general/police guy in all of these summer movies or bit parts in the periphery (loved him in Drive & Contagion). LOL also, this movie looks like it is going to be terrible based on the trailers I’ve seen and no way does it even open anywhere near # 1 with TDKR still out. Kate looks pretty. Beil looks terrible as always. She actually has a stylist and pays that person to make her look like THIS!

  22. CAM says:

    can someone explain to me when Bryan Cranston became so hot!? It took a while but now i see it. could it be just a case of really talented actor = hotness? Cuz i never thought of him that way during his run in Malcolm in the middle.

  23. Nikita says:

    Oh wow, if shes so sad because of her beauty, so why did she make her upper lip so big? i saw older pics and her Nose looked different and her lips werent that big.

  24. DANDILION says:

    Get used to plain and dull girl he found in the gutter.. until he recreates her as the most beautiful, fairytale bride he weds? Oh Justin.. you are so pubicity wise! heh…

  25. skuddles says:

    I give up on Biel. The hair, the make up, the clothing – all fug. She’s a good looking gal with a great bod but she seems determined to make herself look like crap all the time.

  26. Mar says:

    I love Jessica’s whole outfit- but her bangs suck.

    Kate looks botoxed

  27. Kosmos says:

    I like the dress on Jessica. She can pull off the beige coloring, especially with red lips to offset, so I give it two thumbs up for her dress, shoes, and look, with the exception of her (gag) bangs, which I am hoping she gets tired of eventually….also, I saw her on Jimmy Kimmel recently, and she wore a very ugly dress, so it’s hit and miss with her, but she looks great here.

  28. the original bellaluna says:

    1) That hair is nothing short of tragic;
    2) The first Total Recall sucked balls, so there is absolutely NO REASON to remake it, especially since NO ONE goes to Mars in this one.