Rachel is a new face to mainstream television, but she is enjoying and developing her career by starring on Fox's hit series "O.C.". After playing in stage productions "Bye Bye Birdie", "One upon a Mattress", and "The Crucible", Bilson moved to guest starring roles in shows like "Buffy the vampire slayer" and "8 simple rules". Additionally, she appeared in the feature " The wrong guys" from New world Pictures. Born on August 25, 1981, in Los Angeles, California, Rachelle Jade Bilson was always treated like a princess. Her older brothers and parents spoiled her from birth and she grew up quite comfortably as a result. Throughout her childhood years, she learned how to wrap her older siblings and friends around her little finger, becoming that cute, sly girl that everyone can't help but love. In doing so, she proved she had a natural flair for dramatics even before hitting the stage or standing in front of a camera.Her family encouraged her to put her attitude to use by becoming an actress and so, when she was 7 years old, Mr. and Mrs. Bilson helped their daughter land her first role in the film, The Wrong Guys, with comedian Louie Anderson. Rachel continued to audition for roles during her early years at Notre Dame High School. Through the recommendation of a close friend, she received a part in the seven-episode miniseries, Human Target. The role was small, but it helped Bilson realize that acting was something she wanted to do full-time. Following graduation, she pursued this new passion and hired an agent, who helped get her foot in the door. Rachel Bilson's first high-profile gig was on stage, in a production of Bye Bye Birdie. She figured prominently in the play and used the experience as a launching pad for two more theatrical productions: The Crucible and Once Upon a Mattress. She had landed a solid role on a fantasy series called It's True in 1998, but the show never took off because CBS couldn't find the financing to air it. Despite this letdown, Bilson continued to plug away and starred in a television commercial for Subway before finally coming into her own.
Thanks to constant auditioning and a well-connected agent, Bilson reached new heights in 2003. She appeared in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter before landing the lead role in a short film called Unbroken. Thanks to this exposure, Bilson was invited to attend an audition for FOX's potential new hit, The O.C. The show was aiming to target the same audience as previously successful shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place. This was perfectly in line with Bilson's capabilities, whose youthful, vibrant personality and sexy look impressed the producers of The O.C. They cast her as Summer Roberts, best friend of Marissa Cooper (played by Mischa Barton) and spoiled beauty who personifies the "Valley Girl" stereotype.
Since the show's smashing debut in the summer of 2003, Bilson has become a much-talked about new star and has been featured in such magazines as Zink, Stuff, CosmoGirl, and YM. Thanks to the popularity of The O.C., Bilson should be around for many more years and, even if the show fizzles, we think her talent and beauty can get her far on both the big and small screens.
She is engaged to her "O.C." castmate, Adam Brody, and lives in a condo in the Hollywood Hills. Bilson expressed her satisfaction about "O.C.", "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: Outrageously Cute
As the token rich bitch on the enormously popular show The O.C., the ravishing Rachel Bilson gets everything—and every guy—she wants. Could art be imitating life?
STUFF: Are you as spoiled in real life as you are on the show?
RACHEL: 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.
Does that include guys?
I’ve always gotten the guys I’ve wanted. I’ve been lucky in that department.
Where are you unlucky?
I’m terrible at making the first move. I just can’t do it. I was dating this guy once, and by the time he finally made his move, I was so over it.
Are you dating anyone these days?
I have a boyfriend, but we just got in a fight, so I don’t know. I don’t want to give him the credit.
What did you fight about?
I was trying to sleep, and he wanted to…you know, and I was like, “No.” And he said, “If you’re gonna sleep, I’m gonna leave.”
Rachel Bilson is the hottest one commodity
A raven-haired seductress, Rachel Bilson is the hottest thing to hit FOX's primetime slot since Jessica Alba. With a sexy gaze and tight body, she has captured our hearts and invaded our fantasies. Let's all hope Bilson continues to brighten our days and frequent our dreams for many, many, years to come.
To date, beautiful Bilson's career has been short and sweet. But she landed a role that has left everyone talking: that of Summer Roberts on FOX's newest hit drama, The O.C. With the success of this show, Bilson has become a hot commodity -- one we'd love to deal with during any season.
Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Party of Five, and The O.C. -- they have more in common than you think. Sure, they were (or are) all successful FOX dramas that focused on the loves and losses of the young, rich and beautiful. More importantly, however, each primetime series has produced some real standout beauties. Take a look at the list: Tiffani Thiessen, Heather Locklear and Jennifer Love Hewitt are all well-known hotties and now, Mischa Barton and -- arguably the finest of them all -- Rachel Bilson can be added to the list. Thanks to the success of The O.C. (which stands for Orange County, for those out of the loop), the world has become acquainted with these last two babes.
In particular, Bilson piques our interest with her dark features and naughty smile. Although she has spent less than a full season on FOX, she has been able to nab the spotlight thanks to these attractive traits, as well as a natural flair for the camera. In the limited time we have gotten to know her, she has made an incredible impression. Whether or not The O.C. continues its successful run, we're convinced that Bilson will leave her mark on TV or even the big screen. Since Bilson is a newcomer to television stardom, many are quick to associate her real personality with that of spoiled, gossipy Summer Roberts on The O.C. This assumption, it turns out, is not far off. Bilson admits to having been spoiled as a child and is the first to point out that, as a quick-witted and cunning babe, she usually gets what she wants, whether it's acting roles, gifts or guys.
The comparisons between Roberts and Bilson end there, however. The woman behind the character is much more personable and self-confident than her alter ego. She also presents an "empowered woman" image to the public, which makes her a welcome challenge to most men.
As far as acting talent goes, the jury is still out on Bilson. FOX has never been known as a showcase for premier thespians, but for what it's worth, our girl seems to be holding her own. She has been able to play a complex character that is both spoiled and delicate, which is not an easy task. Bilson's theatrical past has also helped mold her into the type of actress who might flourish with time and experience.
We implore those that regard Rachel Bilson as simply "cute" to take a second look. This naughty angel can catch your attention as much with her sexy grin as with a sway of her hips. Her facial features may make you think she's still in high school, but her compact body won't: Bilson has enough T&A to satisfy any man. Between her hotness and co-star Mischa Barton's allure, we think we'll be visiting Orange County in the near future.
We're catching Rachel Bilson at the very beginning of what looks like a promising acting career. In her teens, she did a lot of stage work, starring in plays like Bye Bye Birdie and The Crucible.
Rachel Bilson then turned to television, thanks to guest spots in such popular shows as 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It wasn't until she won the role of Summer Roberts on FOX's teen drama The O.C., however, that Bilson had something to boast about. As soon as the show debuted, the media began buzzing about the soap opera-like storylines and the hot cast. Bilson received much of this attention and, as The O.C. is nearing the end of its first season, she has been featured in a number of magazines, including Zink, Teen People, YM, and Stuff.
This O.C. beauty exhibits a raw sexuality that is quite hard to hide. There's something about Bilson's dark hair, deep eyes and amazing lips that makes our hearts thump very fast. Thanks to a youthful face, she is able to feign innocence but, with her curvaceous body and tight butt, it doesn't last long. We have observed her long enough to realize that she knows how to use these natural gifts to their utmost potential.
Since Bilson admits to going on daily shopping sprees, it should come as no surprise that she is as trendy as a runway model. From low-cut, midriff-baring tops to cool skirts and backless dresses, she has something for every occasion. She enjoys straddling the line between revealing and conservative, showing off enough skin to be labeled "sexy" instead of "skanky." Of course, the standard tight jeans, baby tees and designer shoes are trademarks of her wardrobe as well.
Rachel Bilson's dirty face theory
THE OC star RACHEL BILSON refused to wash her face when she was growing up - because she believed dirt would stop her from getting pimples.
The 23-year-old actress was so concerned with the way she looked, she was prepared to compromise hygiene for the sake of a clear visage.
She says, "When I was growing up, I would never wash my face. It really stressed my mom out.
"I had this theory, for some reason, that dirt kept pimples away. Then once I started to wash my face, I broke out. I was like, 'See, Mom?' I should've just stayed dirty."
Rachel Bilson's no rich witch
Rachel Bilson is almost too convincing as rich witch Summer Roberts on The O.C. What's her real-life background?
Not as rich as she appears on the hit Fox series, and definitely not a witch. The daughter of writer-director Danny Bilson, she made her acting debut at age 7 in his 1988 movie The Wrong Guys. It turned out to be the wrong choice. The film flopped and Bilson had to wait four years before getting her next break in Rick Springfield's crime series, Human Target. When ABC canceled the show after just one month, the chastened Valley girl began learning her trade from the bottom up by starring in high school plays. It wasn't until she was 22 that she landed a guest role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which led to an offer from the producers then casting The O.C. "The moment I read the role of Summer Roberts, I knew I had to play her," says Bilson. "I'm really a nice girl, but it's fun to play a bad girl at the studio, then go home and be myself again."
Off-screen, Bilson is the main squeeze of Adam Brody, who plays nerdy Seth Cohen on the show. For a long time, both said they were "just good friends," but finally acknowledged their relationship in June.
Rachel Bilson first ''O.C.'' DVD
When it comes to teen shows, I've always been more of a Freaks & Geeks guy than a Beverly Hills 90210 fan. More Gilmore Girls than One Tree Hill. In short, I tend to favor sharply written dialogue and quirky characters to endless love triangles and melodrama. That's not to say that any of those series does include elements of both, but for the most part they can be pretty clearly defined. So when The O.C. premiered in late summer 2003, I didn't have very high hopes. The promos made it look like 90210-redux: A bunch of wealthy Californians living a life of luxury, as seen through the eyes of an outsider (then, we had Brenda and Dylan Walsh, now it's solemn Ryan Atwood, a misunderstood juvenile delinquent). The awful dialogue also didn't seem too promising: (shot of bully punching Ryan) "Welcome to the O.C., bitch!"
But then I read some critical reviews, and they were good, even glowing. More or less universally, they called it purely enjoyable escapist entertainment, well written and self-aware. So I gave it a try, and, happily, it turned out to be the biggest surprise of the season—the best of both worlds, a fairly consistent combination of both sides of the teen drama genre. Sure, there's the glitzy, exploitative elements (love triangles, abrupt plot twists, glitz, parties, drugs, expensive cars, girls in bikinis), but more often than not, the drama comes from the characters, or the cheesy aspects are softened with a cutting remark from Seth, the resident smartass (sarcastically, upon walking into an out of control party: "Hey, cocaine. Awesome.").
Seth (expertly played by Gilmore Girls alum Adam Brody) proves the key to the series. He's the son of Sandy (Peter Gallagher) and Kirsten Cohen (Kelly Rowan), his dad an idealistic public defender and his mom the daughter of the richest man in town (for whom she works). Sandy is assigned 15-year-old Ryan's (newcomer Benjamin McKenzie, who looked 15 about 10 years ago) case after he's involved in a carjacking, and, seeing some of himself in the boy, he decides to take him home to Newport rather than let him rot in juvenile hall or wind up in foster care. So Ryan comes to Newport, and Seth comes out of his shell. The two quickly form a bond, and their relationship is, perhaps, the most important in the series. They're both outsiders, to an extent (series creator Josh Schwartz describes the geeky Seth as the coolest kid in college, stuck in high school), and through their eyes we see the glamour and absurdity of the titular Newport Beach community.
The seeds that will sprout throughout the series are planted early. Ryan meets girl-next-door (literally) Marissa (Mischa Barton), struggling with depression, alcoholism, her overbearing mother Julie Cooper (Melinda Clarke), and white-collar criminal father Jimmy (Tate Donovan). Seth pines for party-girl Summer (Rachel Bilson), who doesn't even know he exists. Ryan's rivalry with polo-jock Luke (Chris Carmack), Marissa's on-and-off boyfriend. The storylines are all familiar, but they feel fresh, thanks to intelligent writing (someone obviously studied at the Joss Whedon school of dialogue).
Episodes often revel in the wish-fulfillment of wealth or the sordid underbelly of same, but scripts avoid feeling like mere exploitation because we're seeing everything through the eyes of outsider Ryan or Seth, who, as Sandy says, has been "planning his Exodus" from Newport since his eighth birthday. Sandy and Kirsten are also a refreshing TV couple, parents who love each other, argue, make up, have lives, and actually seem to spend time thinking about their children. The writers have had the good sense thus far not to introduce possible love interests that would damage the relationship. The closest thing to even an emotional affair is Kirsten's friendship with former flame Jimmy, Marissa's father, but even that serves more to add layers to both of their roles than manufacture easy melodrama.
In fact, the adult characters all help to balance out the episodes when they threaten to get too "teen." The love-at-first-moody-silence romance between Ryan and Marissa gets a little "Dawson and Joey" at times (Barton's "acting" doesn't help make it any more engaging), but its offset by more mature plots about Kirsten's father Caleb's (Alan Dale) dirty business tactics and Jimmy's bankruptcy and embezzlement problems.
Like most highly serialized dramas, The O.C. plays very well on DVD (with no waiting between episodes, even the aforementioned dull subplots don't distract too much). That's not to say there aren't individual episodes that stand out, however. The pilot is pretty strong, but the series doesn't really click on all fronts (drama, humor, flat-out fun) until episode three, The Gamble, written by Buffy and Gilmore Girls veteran Jane Espenson (sadly, though her style is a perfect fit, she was only a freelancer and did just one episode). In it, Ryan's place in Newport is threatened when his mom (Daphne Ashbrook) shows up looking to reunite the family. Soon enough, though, she loses control of her alcoholism and gambling addictions, and another ritzy party (this one a Vegas-themed fundraiser at the Cohen house) turns ugly. The holiday-themed The Best Chrismukkah Ever (Seth's blend of Christmas and Hanukkah), and The Countdown (set on New Year's Eve, with an ending so good it made me momentarily care about Ryan and Marissa) and The Heartbreak (a Valentine's Day outing), both written by Schwartz, are also standouts. There's even a Passover-centric show, the affecting The Nana, in which Seth's fiery grandmother (guest star Linda Lavin) comes to town determined not to let her life-altering news spoil the family gathering.
The show turned into such a media darling that the writers concocted a spoof toward the end of the season that would feel self-indulgent if it weren't so funny. In The L.A., the characters travel to Hollywood and visit the set of the fictional series The Valley, a thinly veiled parody of The O.C. with Colin Hanks (Tom Hanks' son) as a self-important Seth doppelganger Summer worships (until she meets him, that is). Other highlights include The Strip, in which Ryan's poker skills get Seth out of a jam, and the season closer, The Ties that Bind, which features much drama, including a wedding and a three-way cliffhanger ending.
Unfortunately, it's not all good. The show does occasionally delve a bit too far into 90210 territory, and it becomes obvious that there wasn't always enough story to stretch across an extended 27-episode season (most series produce 22 episodes or fewer every year). The O.C. is at its best when the drama emerges from the characters even in the midst of soapy situations. But midway through the year, the character concoct the oldest plot in the book—Marissa meets a new character, Oliver Trask (Taylor Handley), at her therapy sessions and he quickly integrates himself into the group, using he wealth and apparent freedom from parental supervision to impress Seth and Summer. But Ryan, of course, sees something suspicious in the way Oliver acts around Marissa, and soon it's obvious that he has good reason for concern, even if he's the only one to notice.
It's obvious where the Oliver arc is going from his first or second appearance, and it doesn't help that it is totally out of character for, say, Seth to take the side of a new guy over his best buddy Ryan. It also doesn't help that Oliver is totally unconvincing as a smooth operator (though he does look rather oily... what did his hair do to offend him?), as he spends the majority of the time either leering at Marissa, crying about his bad childhood, or goading Ryan into a fight. Incidentally, the entire storyline is introduced and wrapped up in five episodes (though it felt much longer when they originally aired), the exact number of episodes produced above a typical season order. Were it not for the advancements in the adults' arcs and a few cute scenes with Seth, Summer, and Anna, you could probably snip them right out. Just saying.
The quality of writing is matched, for the most part, by production quality and acting. The Orange County scenery is gorgeous, and the perfect backdrop for such escapist fare. Not content to blanket the show with a soundtrack of pop hits, music supervisors have turned it into the college radio of television. The music works because it is chosen to fit the tone of a scene, not (as is the case with half the shows on the WB) because it's a new release from Warner Records.
The cast has some weak spots (Barton has no range, and it's not the fault of the writing that her character is so dull), but it generally works. McKenzie is a bit rough at first, but settles into Ryan's character fairly quickly. He underplays emotions so much that Ryan's moodiness could sometimes be read as Keanu-like vapidity, but he's likeable. Adam Brody steals every scene he's in as the nebbishe, insecure, fast-talking Seth, and his pining for Summer (the delightful Rachel Bilson, originally intended as a recurring character only) is the high point of the season. Peter Gallagher and Kelly Rowan ground the series, and Melinda Clarke has a lot of fun with the role of resident villain, and manages to avoid coming across as a typical soap opera vixen.
I probably sound like I'm overselling the show, but I don't think television drama has to be The West Wing to be worthy of a bit of praise. The O.C. knows what it wants to be, and does what it should do (namely, entertain without insulting anyone's intelligence) very well. And I guess the actors are all very pretty, too.
Rachel Bilson and other Celebrities Raise Money for Beslan Children Victimized by Terrorism
Photos available of cast of Fox's hit show, The O.C., Topher Grace, Heather Graham, Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton and others at the Los Angeles hot spot, Tokio for Movieline's Hollywood Life magazine's party co-sponsored by Chris Weitz, the director of American Pie and About a Boy all for the cause of the Beslan school children.
Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, and Melinda Clarke of Fox's hit television series, The O.C. joined Heather Graham, Topher Grace and Natalia Vodianova at the Los Angeles hot spot, Tokio, for The O.C.'s DVD Release party organized by Anne Volokh of Movieline's Hollywood Life magazine and Chris Weitz, the director of American Pie and About a Boy.
The event served as a fundraiser for The International Foundation for Terror Act Victims, a unique American charity solely dedicated to providing vital financial aid to victims of terrorism around the world. The Foundation disburses 100% of every personal donation to the victims of terrorism.
The Foundation's current project is helping the children of Beslan who were victims of last month's brutal hostage crisis which ended in hundreds of children killed and hundreds more severely injured and handicapped. "We feel that there is no such thing as 'other people's children' and it is all of our duty to help." said Andrew Mogilyansky, the Foundation's President and one of its Founders.
The group is seeking money which will be distributed to the families of an estimated 600 injured and orphaned children, providing them with the means to pay for long term medical care and other vital expenses.
"Beslan represents the most horrific act of terrorism since 9/11." said Chris Weitz. Chris Weitz joined the Foundation's Board of Trustees and management team after donating $100,000 to the cause. "One million dollars has already been raised, but the need is much greater." said Gleb Klioner, a volunteer coordinator involved with the effort.
"Because our staff consists entirely of unpaid volunteers, we are able to operate virtually without administrative expenses and distribute 100% of every personal donation to the victims." said Foundation's Vice-President, Michael Ratner.
The Foundation has already begun vital financial distribution to the families of over 150 children, making it the first major international charity to do so on a large scale. "Nothing can replace these childrens' health or the parents they lost on September 3, 2004, but we can try to alleviate the tremendous financial burden many of them will face the rest of their lives." said Mogilyansky.
Celebrity photos from the event are located at http://briefcase.yahoo.com/klionerg
Funds raised from The O.C. party will go towards children like Anna Kadalaeva who is being flown to New York City from Russia to undergo eye implant surgery this week.