"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." Rachel Bilson.
Half Filipino and half Latin, actress Rachel Bilson found popularity after portraying the role of Summer Roberts in Fox's hit teen series The O.C. (2003). The young actress, who stands 5' 4" inches tall and measures a 34C bust line, is also known as the spokesmodel for Bongo jeans.
"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." Rachel Bilson.
During the filming of the series The O.C, Bilson met and fell in love with costar actor Adam Brody (character Seth Cohen). Having dated since 2003, the couple was reported to be engaged and in search of a house in Los Angeles. A source confided, "They are both so much in love and want to settle down together. Adam went down on bended knee in a very traditional way and they plan to get married in the New Year. It's the talk of the set, but they have been trying to keep it quiet."
Childhood and Family:
"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." Rachel Bilson.
Rachelle Jade Bilson, who would later be known as Rachel Bilson, was born on August 25, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Her father is writer/director Danny Bilson and her stepmother is actress Heather Medway. She is also the great-granddaughter of George and Hattie Bilson, the granddaughter of Bruce Bilson (director), and niece to Julie Bilson Ahlberg (producer).
Rachel attended the Notre Dame High School in California and graduated in 1999. She loves to collect shoes and purses and her favorite designers are Stella McCartney and Coco Chanel. She is a Los Angeles Clippers supporter and adores actors Diane Lane, Katie Holmes, Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp. She currently lives with her best friend in a two-bedroom condo in Hollywood Hills.
"I feel like you have to be who you are and be true to yourself first, always. You can't worry about how you'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.'" Rachel Bilson
Living in a family centered around the movie screen, seven-year-old Rachel Bilson managed to get her first acting gig in her father's film, The Wrong Guys, in 1988 (starring Louie Anderson). After several auditions, Rachel was recommended by a friend to play a tiny character in the action-adventure miniseries Human Target (1992-1993, starring Rick Springfield).
On stage, Rachel has appeared in several theater productions like Bye Bye Birdie, Once Upon A Mattress, and The Crucible. After winning a role in the CBS's canceled series, It's True, in 1998, Rachel later acted in a commercial for Subway.
2003 was probably Rachel's breakout year. On the small screen she nabbed roles in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (playing Colleen) and 8 Simple Rules (playing Jenny). She also netted a lead role portraying sexual abuse victim Rachel, in Brad Furman's six-minutes drama Unbroken.
Also in 2003, Director Josh Schwartz cast Rachel in the role of blemished Summer Roberts (Mischa Barton's best friend) in his popular teen soap, The O.C, in which she shared the screen with Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan and boyfriend Adam Brody. The show aired on Fox, debuted in summer 2003 and topped the network's ratings while receiving rave reviews.
The considerable success of The O.C helped Rachel raise her name to the spotlight. She subsequently graced the cover of several magazines including Zink, Stuff, Cosmo Girl and YM. A string of guest starring roles followed in such TV shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Craig Kilborn, The View, Ellen, Mad TV, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, and MTV Request.
"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." Rachel Bilson