The cast of the 90’s-era hit television show, 7th Heaven, reunited on Friday for the soft opening of Jessica’s Biel’s restaurant.
Biel got her start as a vocalist in musicals before she was cast as Mary Camden in 7th Heaven. Now a successful film and television actress, Jessica has opened a new restaurant in West Hollywood, Au Fudge.
Included in the group with Biel, now 33, were Beverley Mitchell, 35, Mackenzie Rosman, 27, and Barry Watson, 41.
After 7th Heaven, Beverley Mitchell went on to star in a few films, including Saw II and Snowmen. Her performances on television shows and movies were spotty, but she was last seen in a recurring role in the hit show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, in which she played the character Kaitlin O’Malley. She retained this role from 2011 until the final season in 2013. In 2007, Mitchell released her one and only musical album, Beverley Mitchell, which was popular, but not enough to launch her into a full-blown vocal career.
Mitchell posted on Twitter on Friday, expressing her excitement about the cast’s reunion and Jessica’s new eatery.
When the hit series ended in 2007, actor Barry Watson (who played the oldest Camden kid in 7th Heaven, Matt Camden) appeared in some lesser known films, as well as a few brief and recurring appearances on various television shows. Two such appearances include the recurring roles of Steven Spence in the sixth season of Gossip Girl and of Davis Polk in the third season of Hart of Dixie. After season six of 7th Heaven, Watson only continued to guest star on the show rather than retain his main character status, and did not appear in the final season. Even though he did not consistently star in the show, Barry attended the soft opening of Au Fudge on Friday, in order to support his fellow cast member.
One of the youngest cast members in the show, Mackenzie Rosman, has had one of the spottier careers following 7th Heaven. Besides starring in four episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Rosman has not had any substantial roles in film or recurring roles in television.
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Cast members not present at the restaurant opening were David Gallagher, the Brino quadruplets (who played the youngest members of the Camden family, twins Samuel and David) and Stephen Collins.
David Gallagher has kept busy since the show ended, starring in various shows and voicing Riku in the numerous Kingdom Hearts video games. Most recently (and most notably), Gallagher has appeared in The Vampire Diaries and Super 8 in 2011, Criminal Minds in 2012 and In Your Eyes in 2014.
The absence of Stephen Collins, however, is sadly unsurprising. Us Weekly explained the situation briefly, but clearly.
“Also missing [was] Stephen Collins, who played the Camden family patriarch, Rev. Eric Camden. (Collins, 68, was embroiled in a controversy surrounding his inappropriate conduct with underage girls back in 2014.)”
In regards to Jessica Biel’s new eatery, Au Fudge is described as a fun, family-friendly environment according to their Instagram account. The restaurant has been in the works for many months, and is now a dream that is finally coming true.
The Inquisitr reported in January 2015, that Biel, at the time pregnant with her’s and Justin Timberlake’s first child, was channeling her impending motherhood in the inspiration for Au Fudge.
New York Post‘s Page Six said that Jessica’s own pregnancy had caused her to consider how A-list families go about raising children and protecting them from publicity and paparazzi. A source described for them Biel’s goal for the restaurant.
“‘It would be a place where A-listers would feel comfortable bringing their kids to dine and take part in cooking activities.'”
Biel and her associates have been using Au Fudge’s social media accounts to give followers a look into what’s coming.
One thing cannot be denied: Biel is definitely channeling her inner Lauren Conrad, and it is working. Au Fudge’s Instagram account has provided the public with many early insights and sneak peeks into the perks of the restaurant. Not only does the location and decor seem sweet, adorable, and inviting, the food also looks just as lovely and decadent.
Jessica’s restaurant promises to be family-minded, as well as a healthy, beautiful, and a fun environment. As such, it fits that her past “family” would reunite in order to support her in this great endeavor.
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