Bilson on the set of Jumper, 2006
|Born||Rachel Jade Sarah Bilson
August 25, 1981
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Partner(s)||Hayden Christensen (since 2007)|
Rachel Jade Sarah Bilson (born August 25, 1981) is an American actress. Bilson grew up in a California show business family, made her television debut in 2003, and then landed the role of Summer Roberts on the prime-time drama series The O.C. Bilson made her movie debut in The Last Kiss (2006) and starred in the science-fiction-action film Jumper (2008). From 2011 to 2015, she starred as Dr. Zoe Hart on The CW series Hart of Dixie.
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-American and her mother is an Italian-American, who was raised Catholic. Bilson's father comes from a show business family: Her paternal grandfather is producer-director Bruce Bilson. Her great-grandfather George Bilson, born in Leeds, 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's classmates at Catholic high school included actress Kirsten Dunst 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's 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's on-screen romance with Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) became a noted aspect of the series.
At the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, Bilson 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's "100 Most Beautiful People" in 2006. Before appearing in Maxim, Bilson had turned down requests to appear seminude in men's magazines, specifying that she feels that her body "is sacred" and "not there for the whole world to see."
Bilson's 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's character. It was reported that she called for a body double during the sex scenes because she was uncomfortable being nude 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's thriller Jumper, as the replacement for actress Teresa Palmer; the film was released on February 14, 2008. She also appeared in a two-episode arc on The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz's NBC comedy, Chuck, and in the film New York, I Love You, and appeared in the 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother ("Girls Versus Suits") as Ted Mosby's latest love interest. 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).
In 2011, Bilson began starring in the The CW series Hart of Dixie, executive produced by The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. She played Dr. Zoe Hart, a New Yorker who, after her dreams of becoming a heart surgeon fall apart, accepts an offer to work as a general practitioner in the fictional Gulf Coast town of Bluebell, Alabama. On May 7, 2015, the CW officially canceled the show after four seasons.
Bilson also filmed a comedy exclusive for the website Funny or Die, titled, "Rachel Bilson's Deleted Sex Scene" in 2009.
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. She 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. It consisted of mainly black and white separates with a splash of yellow that could easily work with an existing wardrobe. 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. She said 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's 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".
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 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 appeared to be an engagement ring, though no official announcement was made. In August 2010, Bilson's representative confirmed there had been an engagement that had since been called off, giving no dates for either event. 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.
|2006||The Last Kiss||Kim||Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout – Female|
|2008||Jumper||Millie Harris||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action Adventure|
|2009||New York, I Love You||Molly|
|2010||Waiting for Forever||Emma Twist|
|2013||The To Do List||Amber Klark|
|1998||It's True!||Jenna||Episode: "The Rats of Rumfordton"|
|2003||8 Simple Rules||Jenny||Episode: "Career Choices"|
|2003||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Colleen||Episode: "Dirty Girls"|
|2003–2007||The O.C.||Summer Roberts||Won – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Drama
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Drama/Action Adventure
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Chemistry (shared with Adam Brody)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Star – Female
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Drama/Action Adventure
|2004||That '70s Show||Christy||Episode: "5:15"|
|2007||Chuck||Lou Palone||Episodes: "Chuck Versus the Truth",
"Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami"
|2010/13/14||How I Met Your Mother||Cindy||4 episodes|
|2011–2015||Hart of Dixie||Dr. Zoe Hart||Lead role
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Drama
|2012||Gossip Girl||Herself||Episode: "New York, I Love You XOXO"|
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