It seems like yesterday when the series premiered on August 26, 1996. 7th Heaven is the longest-running series that has ever aired on The WB and is the longest-running family drama in television history, it is also the longest-running show produced by Aaron Spelling. Everyone is all grown up now and much has happened since the series ended in 2007.
For those of you not familiar with 7th Heaven, the series tells the story of the Camdens, a Protestant minister’s family living in Glen Oak, California. The central characters are the Reverend Eric Camden ,his wife Annie, and their seven children : Matt, Mary, Lucy, Simon, Ruthie and the twins, David and Sam.
Beverley Mitchell – Lucy
The Producers of 7th Heaven initially turned Mitchell down as they did not think she was suitable to play Mary (depicted by Jessica Biel). She was instantly cast as the sister Lucy after she read the part.
Her career has been fairly busy on the TV-movie front. Mitchell’s most recent appearance in mainstream Hollywood since the end of 7th heaven, is in the horror sequel Saw 2, she admits that she is not a fan of horror movies. The character she portrayed succumbed to the effects of Nerve Gas, suffering a seizure and died.
She is a country singer and released her first record in 2006. She co-wrote eight of the songs featured on the album, including the hit single “Angel”. Michell will be recording a second album, and hopes to record her own version of the song “When You Say Nothing At All” on the album.
Mitchell joined the cast of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” as a school counselor in 2010. The series finale aired on June 3, 2013.
Mackenzie Rosman – Ruthie
Rosman enjoys horse riding and boasts with a stable of show jumping champions. She is a competitive equestrian show jumper and rides in jumping competitions using her horse, Mentos Junior. She is an active supporter of fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and wishes to educate the public about the need for organ donation since Mackenzie’s stepsister, Katelyn Salmont lived with Cystic fibrosis. In late 2005, Salmont underwent a successful double lung-transplant, her stepfather Randy donated one organ. Sadly, Salmont died from pneumonia and cystic fibrosis on Christmas 2008.
Rosman has recently drawn some attention baring quite a bit for Maxim.
The actress is not appearing in the magazine for the usual attention seeking, but to promote a movie. Rosman stars in the Syfy movie “Ghost Shark”, premiering on Syfy August 22, 2013.
It isn’t the first time racy images of the actress have surfaced. Photos of her posing in her underwear and kissing a girl leaked online in 2008 (via People.com). Rosman follows in the footsteps of her TV big sister Jessica Biel, who stripped down for Gear back in 2000.
Rosman has been busy since the end of 7th Heaven. She appeared on ABC Family’s “Secret Life of the American Teenager” for multiple episodes along with another ex TV sister, Beverley Mitchell. Her latest film role has been Jill in the new horror movie, “Fading of the Cries.” She will also star in “Nightcomer” and “Beneath” still in post production.
Jessica Biel – Mary
Biel was set for stardom when she landed her first feature film role as Peter Fonda’s granddaughter in the critically acclaimed drama Ulee’s Gold, released in 1997.
I am sure most men remember the March 2000 issue of Gear when Biel posed semi-topless. Many guys not interested in watching “7th Heaven” made a point of understanding who the attractive actress is. The Producers of “7th Heaven” were outraged, and brought legal action against Gear. She later stated that she regrets the Gear shoot, however people took note of the fuss and obviously the picture drew a lot of attention.
The rest of it as they say is history. The 2001 baseball-themed film “Summer Catch”, paired Biel with the Hollywood heartthrob at the time, Freddie Prinze, Jr. The 2002 box office hit “The Rules of Attraction” gained a Cult following which assisted Biel to land her top-billing role in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.
Esquire magazine’s 2005 “Sexiest Woman Alive”, has since starred in many films, including “The Rules of Attraction” (2002), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003), “Blade: Trinity” (2004),“Stealth” (2005), “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” (2007), “The A-Team” (2010), “New Year’s Eve” (2011), and “Total Recall” (2012). She appeared in the thriller indie film “Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes” in 2013.