Rachel Bilson is known for starring in an American teen drama TV series The O.C. for her role as Summer Roberts. She appeared in all the 92 episodes, covered in 4 seasons from 2003-2007. She has won many awards also for this show like Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress.
Born Name Rachel Sarah Bilson
Nick Name Rachel Bilson
Years active 1998–present
Born: August 25, 1981, 39 years and 9 months, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sun Sign Virgo
Height 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Measurements 33-23-34 in or 84-58.5-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Rachel went to Walter Reed Middle School till 1996 and then completed her schooling from Notre Dame High School in 1999. She, then, attended Grossmont College in a suburb of San Diego, in California, but dropped out after one year, to pursue her acting career.
Father – Danny Bilson (Writer, Director, Producer)
Mother – Janice Stango (Sex Therapist)
Siblings – John Bilson (Older Brother), Rosemary Bilson (Younger Half-Sister), Hattie Elizabeth Bilson (Younger Half-Sister)
Others – Bruce Bilson (Paternal Grandfather) (Producer-director), George Bilson (Great-Grandfather) (Ran the movie-trailer department), Hattie (Great-Grandmother) (Screenwriter)
Rachel has Italian-American ancestry on her mom side and Jewish ancestry on her dad side.
Bilson was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Janice Stango, a sex therapist, and Danny Bilson, a writer, director, and producer. She has an older brother and two younger half-sisters, Rosemary and Hattie. Her father is Jewish; her mother is Italian-American.
Bilson father comes from a show business family: her paternal grandfather is producer-director Bruce Bilson. Her great-grandfather George Bilson, born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, UK, worked for RKO Pictures, where he headed the movie trailer department, and her great-grandmother Hattie Bilson was a screenwriter whose credits include Pal, Canine Detective (1950). Bilson classmates at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California included actress Kirsten Dunst, actor Rami Malek, and American Idol runner-up singer Katharine McPhee.
Bilson attended Grossmont College, a community college in a suburb of San Diego, but dropped out after one year, taking her father advice to pursue a professional acting career. She then made several appearances in commercials, including advertisements for Subway restaurants, Raisin Bran and Pepto-Bismol.
She made her screen acting debut in early 2003, appearing in one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Bilson was subsequently cast in The O.C., which debuted in August 2003. Her character, Summer Roberts, was initially intended to appear in only a few episodes, but became a series regular after a successful run, as Bilson on-screen romance with Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) became a noted aspect of the series.
At the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, she collected three awards: Choice Hottie Female, Choice TV Actress (Drama) and Best Onscreen TV Chemistry (jointly won with Adam Brody). In 2005, Maxim magazine named her sixth in their annual Hot 100 List; in 2006, the publication awarded her #14.
The UK edition of FHM Magazine named her 28th in the 2006 100 Sexiest Women in the World list, while the US Edition Ranked her 77th in 2005. Bilson was also named one of People magazine 100 Most Beautiful People in 2006. Before appearing in Maxim, Bilson had turned down requests to appear semierotica in men magazines, specifying that she feels that her body is sacred and not there for the whole world to see.
Bilson first film role was in The Last Kiss, a romantic comedy-drama also starring Zach Braff in 2006. She played a college student who seduces Braff character. It was reported that she called for a body double during the sex scenes because she was uncomfortable being erotica in front of the camera. One review of the film noted that Bilson played the role with surprising depth, although another critic described her role as Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction as an airhead valley girl with a hot bod.
In September 2006, Bilson refuted rumors she had been cast to star in a film version of the comic book character Wonder Woman.
In late 2006, Bilson was cast in the film Doug Liman thriller Jumper, as the replacement for actress Teresa Palmer; the film was released on February 14, 2008. She appeared in a two-episode arc on The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz NBC comedy, Chuck, and in the film New York, I Love You. She appeared in the 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother (Girls Versus Suits) as Ted Mosby latest love interest and the Mother roommate.
In September 2008, she started shooting the indie romantic film Waiting for Forever, directed by James Keach. In September 2009 Rachel appeared as a celebrity guest judge in the third episode of Project Runway (season 6). Bilson starred in the 2011 indie film L!fe Happens. In 2011, Bilson began starring in The CW series Hart of Dixie, executive produced by The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. On May 7, 2015, the CW officially canceled the show after four seasons. In 2017, Bilson joined the cast of CMT Nashville which reunites her with her former The O.C. co-star Chris Carmack.
In November 2017, it was announced that Bilson will be starring in the upcoming ABC drama series Take Two. The show was given a straight-to-series order and premiered in June 2018.
Bilson has been recognized by several media sources as being a fashion junkie. She has described herself as having a vintage sense of style, and has noted Kate Moss and Diane Keaton as inspirations.
Bilson approached DKNY Jeans in late 2007 with a view to design a clothing line with the fashion brand. Together they created Edie Rose. The collection was launched in September 2008. Her idea was to keep fashionable items accessible to young women by keeping the prices of each piece under $100. An advertising image was released in July 2008 which featured Bilson modelling her Edie Rose collection.
Bilson stated that she wanted to keep her fashion line as separate as possible from Rachel Bilson, the actress. I’m hoping people will appreciate it for the clothes, not the person behind them. Much of her fashion collection was lost when her home was burglarized in May 2009. Bilson fashions and sense of style made her the unwitting target of the Bling Ring, who burglarized her home on several occasions.
In 2011, Bilson collaborated with her personal stylist Nicole Chavez, and shoe industry leader Steve Madden, to launch the footwear destination, ShoeMint, an online customized shoe shopping experience.Personal life.
Bilson and Adam Brody, her co-star on The O.C., dated for three years. After she and Brody broke up, Bilson began a relationship with actor Hayden Christensen, with whom she co-starred on the film Jumper.
By January 2008, the pair had been seen and photographed together around Los Angeles for almost a year, without confirming a relationship. In February 2009, Bilson appeared publicly with what seemed to be an engagement ring, though no official announcement was made. In August 2010, Bilson representative confirmed there had been an engagement that had since been called off, giving no other details. The two reconciled three months afterward, and had daughter Briar Rose Christensen on October 29, 2014. The couple supports the coalition No Kids Policy, which seeks to prevent children of celebrities from being photographed without parental consent.
Bilson and Christensen separated in September 2017.
In 2013, Bilson designed a shirt for Invisible Children.
Spokesmodel of Bongo Jeans.
She did advertisements for the famous brands like Subway restaurants, Raisin Bran, Pepto-Bismol, Magnum Ice Cream and others.
2003 film Unbroken for her role as Rachel. It was a short film. She then did her next film in 2006 titled The Last Kiss for her role as Kim. It was a romantic comedy-drama film, for which she was nominated “Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout” for category Female.
First TV Show
Her first TV Show was 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (also called as 8 Simple Rules). She did it in 2003 and appeared in only a single episode titled “Career Choices”, for her role as Jenny.
David Kirsch is the one who is helping Rachel in the workouts and diet. David has made a “10 minute Total Body Workout Program”, which consists of 3 exercises – Reverse Prone Scissors, Double Crunches, and Spiderman Push Ups. Rachel does the exercises 5 times a week, targeting her whole body from shoulders, arms, butts to legs.
She follows ABCDEF diet program of David. This is an acronym for – Alcohol, Bread, Carbs, Dairy, Extra Sweets, and Fruits and Fats. So, she is supposed to avoid these listed things and should take eggs, veggies, chicken, fish to fulfill her hunger.
Rachel Bilson Favorite Things
Favorite Food – Cereal
Favorite Snacks – Cookies
Favorite TV Shows – Sex and the City (1998-2004), Friends (1994-2004)
Favorite Color – Peacock Blue
Favorite Movies – Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), The Goonies (1985)
Favorite Fashion Designers – Stella McCartney, Coco Chanel
Favorite Actors – Johnny Depp, and Woody Allen
Favorite Actress – Kate Winslet, and Audrey Hepburn
Favorite Fashion Labels – Chanel, Vintage
Favorite Books – Edie: American Girl (by Jean Stein and George Plimpton)
Favorite Sunglasses – Ray-Ban Wayfarer
Favorite Music – Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Buckley, and Billie Holiday
Rachel Bilson Facts
Rachel Bilson has 1 pet, which is a dog of breed sheepdog, named Lambert.
Rachel has also appeared in American popular TV series “How I Met Your Mother” in 2010 in only 2 episodes.
She is in lead role in the TV series “Hart of Dixie”, performing her role as Dr. Zoe Hart. This show started from 2011.
She is the granddaughter of Bruce Wilson and niece of Julie Ahlberg.
Rachel is InStyle magazine columnist.
She has denied appearing semi-erotica in many magazines by saying that her body is sacred and is not for the whole world to see.
She likes basketball very much and her favorite team is Los Angeles Lakers.
She has also made her name to the Hot 100 list of Maxim and Sexiest Females of FHM many times.
She once learned to play the piano to improve her hand and eye coordination, so as to recover from a serious car accident.
She shares her birthday with her great-grandfather, George Bilson, on August 25.