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Rachel Sarah Bilson

August 25, 1981

Los Angeles, California

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Rachel Sarah Bilson (born August 25, 1981)[1] is an American actress. After growing up in a California show business family, she made her screen debut in several 2003 television programs and subsequently became well-known for playing Summer Roberts on the prime time dramedy series, The O.C. Bilson also appeared in the 2006 film The Last Kiss, her first feature film role and will star as Millie in Doug Liman's 2008 thriller Jumper.




Date of birth: August 25, 1981

Birth location: Los Angeles, California

Notable role(s): The O.C.






Early life

Bilson was born in Los Angeles, California to a Jewish American father[2] (writer/director/producer Danny Bilson) and a Philadelphia-born Italian American mother,[3] Janice Stango. Her father comes from a showbusiness family, as her great-grandfather, George Bilson, was the head of the trailer department at RKO Pictures, while her great-grandmother, Hattie, was a screenwriter and her grandfather, Bruce Bilson, is a film director.[4] Bilson's parents divorced during her childhood, and in 1997, her father remarried Heather Medway, an actress and the mother of Bilson's half sister Hattie (born December 19, 2001).


Bilson has been noted as having a "self-destructive, rebellious period" during her teen years.[5] When she was sixteen, she and a group of her brother's friends[6] were involved in a car accident, a head-on collision with another car. As a result, Bilson was unconscious for a few days, had a scar above her right eye, and sometimes suffers from migraines and memory loss;[7] she has stated that the experience "changed" her,[6] encouraging her to "stop... getting into trouble"[4] and stopping her from "going down that road".[6] Bilson graduated from Walter Reed Middle School in 1996 and from Notre Dame High School in 1999. During her time at Notre Dame, she appeared in productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Once Upon a Mattress and The Crucible, and appeared on stage together with Katharine McPhee, who attended the same school.[8] (McPhee would later be a future finalist on American Idol.)




At the age of seventeen, Bilson took her father's advice to pursue a professional acting career,[4] and made several appearances in commercials, including advertisements for Raisin Bran and Pepto-Bismol.[4] She made her screen acting debut in early 2003, appearing in episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and in the short film, Unbroken. Bilson was subsequently cast in The O.C., which debuted in August of 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.


As a result of the success of The O.C., Bilson has become well-known among teenage audiences. 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).[9] In 2005, Maxim magazine named her sixth in their annual "Hot 100 List";[10] in 2006, the publication awarded her #14.[11] The UK edition of FHM Magazine named her 28th in the 2006 100 Sexiest Women in the World list,[12] while the US Edition Ranked her 77th in 2005.[13] Bilson was also named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2006 People magazine.[14]


Bilson's first film role is in the The Last Kiss, a romantic comedy/drama also starring Zach Braff and Jacinda Barrett. In the film, which opened on September 15, 2006, Bilson plays a college student who seduces Braff's character. Bilson had long wanted to work with Braff, having admired the film Garden State, which he directed and starred in.[15] A body double was used for the film's sexual scene between Bilson and Braff's characters, as Bilson specified that she "feel[s] really strong[ly]" about not appearing in a nude scene.[16] One review of the film noted that Bilson played the role with "surprising depth",[17] although another critic described her role as "Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction as an airhead valley girl with a hot bod".[18]


Bilson has stated that she prefers acting in feature films to appearing on television, and that though she is "grateful" for the success of The O.C.,[19] she feels that the show "is over" and that she is "ready to move on" to film roles.[20] In September of 2006, unconfirmed reports surfaced that Bilson was linked to star in a film version of the comic book character Wonder Woman;[21] Bilson has stated that these reports were untrue.[22]


On October 16 2006, news emerged that Bilson has signed on for the role of Millie in Doug Liman's upcoming thriller Jumper, as the replacement for Teresa Palmer. [23]



Personal life

Bilson has been dating her The O.C. co-star, Adam Brody, for several years. In 2005, Brody gave Bilson a pit bull dog, Penny Lane, as a birthday gift, and the couple later adopted another dog, named Thurmen Murmen. In 2004, several sources reported that Brody and Bilson were engaged,[24] although Bilson's publicist denied the report.[25] In September of 2006, several media sources made unconfirmed claims that Bilson and Brody's relationship may soon end, citing Bilson's friendship with her Last Kiss co-star, Zach Braff, as the reason for the relationship's end.[26][27] In an interview the same month, Bilson replied that she is "not commenting" to a question regarding her personal life.[28]


Bilson has volunteered with the Young storytellers program. She has been recognized by several media sources as being a "fashion junkie"[29] and a "style icon".[30][31][28] She has described herself as having a "vintage" sense of style, and noted Kate Moss and Diane Keaton as inspirations.[28] Bilson enjoys watching television game shows, especially Jeopardy!,[4] and has stated that if she were not acting, she would be a pre-school teacher.[28]


Bilson has turned down requests to appear semi-nude in magazines, specifying that she feels that her body "is sacred" and "not there for the whole world to see".[32]




Year Title Role Notes

2007 Jumper Millie filming

2006 The Last Kiss Kim 

2003 Unbroken Rachel short film



  • ^ RachelBilson.com and Bilson's State of California birth certificate confirm her full name as "Rachel Sarah Bilson" and her birth date as August 25th

  • ^ Jewish News Weekly. Celebrity Jews. Retrieved on October 1, 2006.

  • ^ Philadelphia Daily News. Howard Gensler. Retrieved on September 11, 2006.

  • ^ a b c d e Bried, Erin (May, 2006). "Just beachy". Self (magazine): 36-38.

  • ^ MonstersandCritics.com. Rachel Bilson's car crash wake up. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.

  • ^ a b c TeenHollywood. Bilson Relives Car Crash Terror. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.

  • ^ Entertainment Wise. The OC's Rachel Bilson Reveals Her Near Death Experience. Retrieved on May 10, 2006.

  • ^ ContactMusic. BILSON BACKED SCHOOLMATE MCPHEE DURING AMERICAN IDOL. Retrieved on September 7, 2006.

  • ^ The Age.com. Teen Choice awards. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.

  • ^ Business Wire. MAXIM MAGAZINE Unveils Their ``Hot 100 for 2005; Eva Longoria Crowned #1 This Year. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.

  • ^ PR Newswire. MAXIM Magazine Unveils Their 'Hot 100' for 2006. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.

  • ^ MyKensington.co.uk. FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.

  • ^ FreeJose.com. FHM Magazine 100 Sexiest Women 2005. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.

  • ^ People Magazine. World's Most Beautiful People 2006. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.

  • ^ DailyIndia. Last Kiss is 1st film for OC star. Retrieved on September 10, 2006.

  • ^ Teen Hollywood. O.C. Star Bilson's Horror At Nude Scenes. Retrieved on September 8, 2006.

  • ^ PennLive. Goofy Braff gets serious for mature take on modern relationships. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.

  • ^ The Boston Herald. The Boston Herald. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.

  • ^ AZ Central. Q&A: Rachel Bilson. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.

  • ^ Digital Spy. Rachel Bilson to quit 'The O.C.'?. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.

  • ^ Comic Book Movie. Report: Rachel Bilson Cast as Wonder Woman. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.

  • ^ Bilson mentioned that she has not been cast in the role on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 9/15/06

  • ^ Rachel Bilson Is A Jumper CinemaBlend October 16, 2006.

  • ^ Moono.com. Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody engaged!. Retrieved on May 17, 2006.

  • ^ TMZ.com. TMZ Digs Up the Answers to Your Burning Questions -- Kristin, Rachel and Adam, and Jessica and Nick. Retrieved on June 22, 2006.

  • ^ Life Style Extra. Rachel Bilson soon single?. Retrieved on October 1, 2006.

  • ^ EntertainmentWise. Are Rachel Bilson And Adam Brody On The Rocks?. Retrieved on October 1, 2006.

  • ^ a b c d FutureMovies. Rachel Bilson The Last Kiss Q&A. Retrieved on October 1, 2006.

  • ^ The Press Enterprise. Rachel Bilson, fashion junkie. Retrieved on October 1, 2006.

  • ^ About.com. How To Steal the Celeb Style of The O.C.'s Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts). Retrieved on October 10, 2006.

  • ^ Dark Horizons. Interview: Rachel Bilson "The Last Kiss". Retrieved on October 10, 2006.

  • ^ Starpulse News Blog. Rachel Bilson Believes Her Body Is Sacred & Only for Boyfriend To See. Retrieved on October 11, 2006.




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