July 10, 2012 01:00 PM

Courtesy InStyle

It’s hard to believe there was a time when Jessica Biel didn’t feel hot (she is engaged to Justin Timberlake, after all). But like most young girls, she wasn’t confident all the time — however, she eventually found an outlet in which to channel those feelings.

“Sports gave me a focus that was not about looks,” the actress says in InStyle‘s August issue. “I didn’t get stuck worrying, ‘What does my body look like?’ ‘What do I fit into?’ ‘Am I pretty enough?’ ‘Am I cool enough?’ I went through that, of course, but it was lessened because my focus was diverted.”

Now 30 years old, the glossy’s cover girl spills on when she feels sexiest — and, no, it’s not while laying in bed next to her über-hot A-list fiancé.

“This is going to sound dumb,” she jokes. “But when I’m wearing a long flowy dress, barefoot in a forest. In my fantasies I’m there in the forest. In my dreams I feel soft pine needles under my feet.”

When not in a maxi, Biel prefers wearing high-waisted pencil skirts, “or anything that enhances my waist because that cut elongates my body,” she reveals.

An accessory she sports all the time due to her current relationship status? That humongous cushion-cut diamond engagement ring, which Timberlake chose all on his own. “I had no say whatsoever. I don’t micromanage,” she admits. “He is fearless in his choices and has a real eye for design. And I’ll be honest: He has better taste than I do.”

For more of Biel’s interview pick up InStyle’s August issue, on newsstands Friday, July 13.

–Jennifer Cress


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