Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rachel Bilson began acting while still at Notre Dame High School. She graduated high school in 1999 and went to Grossmont College but dropped out after a year and was encouraged to pursue a career in acting by her father, Danny Bilson, himself a writer, director and producer.
She worked in commercials and landed a few one-off roles in high profile TV shows before landing the part of Summer Roberts in the hit TV series "The O.C." (2003), establishing herself as a household name.
Graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1999
Participated in stage productions of "Bye Bye Birdie," "Once Upon A Mattress" and "The Crucible."
She has two younger step-sisters: Hattie Elizabeth Bilson who was born on December 19, 2001 and Rosemary Bilson who was born February 10, 2007. Their mother is Heather Medway.
Grandaughter of Bruce Bilson
Niece of Julie Ahlberg
Was a recurring character on "The O.C." (2003) until she was offered a contract, and became a regular. She was added to the opening credits in the episode, "The Countdown".
Has a passion for basketball and is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Resides in a two-bedroom condo in Hollywood Hills that has been in her family for years with her best friend.
Is the spokesperson for Bongo jeans.
She likes to collect vintage shoes and purses.
Named #6 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2005 list.
Ranked as #77 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
At age 14, she was involved in a head-on car accident, was unconscious for 4 days and as a result has a scar above her right eyebrow.
Ranked #39 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2007 list.
Is of Italian ancestry on her mother's side, and her father is Jewish.
Ranked #28 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2008 list.
She has partnered with DKNY to create and market a designer jeans line called Edie Rose.
She's InStyle's columnist.
Has two younger half- sisters, Hattie & Rosemary, from her father's second marriage.
Learned to play the piano after a serious car accident when she was younger to help with her hand eye coordination.
On September 20, 2008, Rachel acted as maid of honor during the wedding of her close friend, Jill Stonerick, to "The O.C." (2003) creator Josh Schwartz. She also designed the dresses for the bridesmaids.
Shares a birthday of August 25 with her great-grandfather George Bilson.
Ranked #49 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Ranked #34 in the 2010 FHM UK list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
I grew up sort of like a princess. I know that sounds awful, but I was the baby of the family. I had older brothers, so the little girl always gets everything she wants. As I've gotten older, I've realized that if you want something bad enough, you can have it. I've never gone after something I didn't get. Not yet.
It's great playing someone who is not like me at all. I'm really a nice girl, so it's fun to be a bitch, then come home and be myself again. When I meet people now, they're surprised that I'm a good person.
I love the fact that we play people who are not like us at all and we can just go crazy at work and then be very normal after filming.
I feel very lucky to work in the environment that I work in. I'm surrounded by people that I love and care about and who make me laugh every day. I get to work with my friends and you really can't ask for more than that.
A lot of people are surprised by how nice I am. Summer and I are both driven, but I'm not snobby. I'm a pretty good conversationalist and I like meeting new people.
I feel like you have to be who you are and be true to yourself first, always. You can't worry about how your're going to be perceived by other people. I have a quote that my mom taught me: 'It's none of my business what other people think of me.'
"Josh Schwartz likes to dress me up. It's uncomfortable being in that Little Miss Vixen outfit for 17 hours, but it's fun as long as you can make fun of yourself. That's key".
I kind of just take things one day at a time and do what I do and hope that I'm not known as Summer Roberts for the rest of my life. But I'm grateful that she is known, and that I'm known for her, because it's really brought me everything.
It was like second nature in a way, because I was familiar with the sets and stuff and it wasn't like a strange world. It was like all things in life: You try it and if it makes you happy, it sticks. (On starting professional acting.)
I feel pretty strongly about it, morally. It's not necessary to be exploited in that kind of way. I can't say that I'll never do it, but I don't see a reason now, especially when you're still trying to establish yourself. It's just more important to be known for your acting and that you're not willing to strip down for a scene. (On her refusal to film nude scenes.)
I hate it when people are like, 'How do you stay thin?' or 'Do you work out? What's your routine? What's your diet?' Then it's like, 'If I tell you I don't, then are you going to give me a hard time?'
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