Rachel Sarah Bilson (born August 25, 1981)[1] 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 film debut in the 2006 film The Last Kiss and starred in the 2008 action/science fiction film Jumper. From 2011 to 2015, she starred as Dr. Zoe Hart on The CW's Hart of Dixie.

Early life

Bilson was born in Los Angeles,[1] the daughter of Janice Stango, a sex therapist,[2][3] and Danny Bilson, a writer, director, and producer.[1] She has an older brother[4] and two younger half-sisters. Her mother is an Italian-American[5] who was raised Catholic, and her father is Jewish.[4][6] Bilson's father comes from a show business family: Her paternal grandfather is producer-director Bruce Bilson,[7] she has a producer aunt who worked with Errol Morris on Fog of War, a great-grandfather, George Bilson, born in Leeds, UK,[8] who ran the movie-trailer department at RKO Pictures, and a screenwriter great-grandmother, Hattie,[1] whose credits include Pal, Canine Detective (1950).[4]


Bilson attended Grossmont College, a community college in a suburb of San Diego, but dropped out after one year,[9] taking her father's advice to pursue a professional acting career.[7] She then made several appearances in commercials, including advertisements for Subway restaurants, Raisin Bran and Pepto-Bismol.[7] 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.[9]

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).[10] In 2005, Maxim magazine named her sixth in their annual "Hot 100 List";[11] in 2006, the publication awarded her #14.[12] The UK edition of FHM Magazine named her 28th in the 2006 100 Sexiest Women in the World list,[13] while the US Edition Ranked her 77th in 2005.[14] Bilson was also named one of People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" in 2006.[15] 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."[16]

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",[17] although another critic described her role as "Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction as an airhead valley girl with a hot bod".[18]

In September 2006, Bilson refuted rumors she had been cast to star in a film version of the comic book character Wonder Woman;[19] 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.[20] She also appeared in a two-episode arc on The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz's NBC comedy, Chuck,[21] 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.[22] 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 next to Krysten Ritter and Kate Bosworth. Bilson also launched a shoe range in 2011.[23]

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.[24]

Bilson also filmed a comedy exclusive for the website Funny or Die, titled, "Rachel Bilson's Deleted Sex Scene" in 2009.

Fashion design

Bilson has been recognized by several media sources as being a "fashion junkie".[25][26][27] She has described herself as having a "vintage" sense of style, and has noted Kate Moss and Diane Keaton as inspirations.[27] She approached DKNY Jeans in late 2007 with a view to design a clothing line with the fashion brand.[28] 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.[29] An advertising image was released in July 2008 which featured Bilson modelling her Edie Rose collection.[30] 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."[31] Much of her fashion collection was lost when her home was burglarized in May 2009.[32] Bilson's fashions and sense of style made her the unwitting target of the Bling Ring, who burglarized her home on several occasions.[33][34]

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".[35]

In 2013 Bilson designed a shirt for Invisible Children.[36]

Personal life

Bilson and Adam Brody, her co-star on The O.C., dated for three years, ending in 2006.[37] The following year, she met Hayden Christensen on the set of Jumper and they became engaged in 2008.[38] In mid-2010, the couple split up but were dating again a few months later.[39][40][41] Bilson and Christensen had their first child, daughter Briar Rose, on October 29, 2014.[42][43]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Unbroken Rachel Film short
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
2011 Life Happens Laura
2013 The To Do List Amber Klark
2014 American Heist[44] Eyewitness cameo
Year Title Role Notes
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
2017 " Wake up called" Emily
2012 Gossip Girl Herself Episode: "New York, I Love You XOXO"


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