Rachel Bilson is an American actress best known for her role as Summer Robert in the 2003 Primetime drama series, The O.C. Bilson also starred in the movie, The Last Kiss, in 2006, as well as in the science-fiction and action film, Jumper in 2008.
For her outstanding performance in The O.C (2003-2007), she won three awards including the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Drama, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Drama/Action Adventure and Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Chemistry which she shared with co-star, Adam Brody.
With her vintage sense of style, Rachel Bilson has won the hearts of many fans and a surf into her profile here will help you know more about the petite actress.
Rachel Bilson’s Bio
Rachel Sarah Bilson was born on August 21, 1981, in Los Angeles, California into a show business family. Her Jewish father, Danny Bilson is a writer, producer, and director while her Italian mother, Janice Stango is a sex therapist.
Bilson’s entire extended family are into show business; her paternal grandfather, Bruce Bilson is a producer and director; her great-grandfather George Bilson worked for RKO Pictures as the head of the movie trailer department; then her great-grandmother Hattie Bilson was a screenwriter.
The actress has an older brother and two younger half-sisters, Hattie Elizabeth Bilson and Rosemary Bilson. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1999, where she started acting on stage. Although she enrolled at Grossmont College, she dropped out after a year to pursue a career in acting with the encouragement of her father.
Rachel Bilson started out her professional acting career, featuring in commercials, including advertisements for Subway restaurants. She first appeared on screen in 2003 after she landed a role in one episode of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The same year, she got a major role as Summer Roberts, in the drama series, The O.C that debuted in August 2003. Her on-screen romance with co-actor Adam Brody made her a series regular after a successful run, contrary to the initial plan for her to appear in a few episodes. At the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, she won three awards for her part in the series; grabbed the sixth position in Maxim magazine’s annual Hot 100 List; ranked 77th in the US Edition; and 28th in the FHM’s 2006 100 Sexiest Women in the World list.
Bilson debuted her movie role in the romantic comedy-drama, The Last Kiss, in 2006. She received both praise and criticism for her role as a college student. She reportedly requested for a body double during the sex scenes because she wasn’t comfortable exposing her body for the world to see, which was also why she rejected an offer by men’s magazine to appear seminude on the page.
She has appeared in several other movies such as the Jumper (2008); Chuck; New York, I Love You; How I Met Your Mother (2010–2014); Gossip Girl (2012); Drunk History (2016); Nashville (2017); L!fe Happens (2011). Bilson began to feature in the series Hart of Dixie, but the show was canceled on May 7, 2015, after four seasons.
The ABC drama series Take Two, became her next movie which was given a straight-to-series order and premiered in June 2018. Besides acting, Rachel Bilson loves fashion and has been described as a “fashion junkie.” She enjoys collected vintage shoes and purses and has partnered with the New York-based fashion brand, DKNY jeans to create and market a clothing line called Edie Rose, launched in September 2008. Her idea was to keep the prices under $100 to make fashionable items accessible to young women and as much as possible, keep it detached from her celebrity influence.
Bilson’s net worth is estimated to be around $16 million. For one who grew up in a prominent show business family, her career as an actress was already predestined.
Although there is no break down of the amount she makes from movie roles, the 5ft 1in actress has diversified her earnings into the fashion industry. Her investments in fashion include a footwear destination, ShoeMint, an online customized shoe shopping experience.
Husband, Baby, Daughter And Hayden Christensen
Rachel Bilson doesn’t have a husband yet but had a baby girl with Jumper co-star and former fiance Hayden Christensen. It was disclosed by her representative that the pair discreetly got engaged but separated after a year (2009-2010).
However, they reconciled three months after and had their daughter Briar Rose Christensen on October 29, 2014. They separated again in September 2017.