Coming from a long line of filmmakers going back to her great-grandparents producer George Bilson and writer Hattie Bilson, Rachel Bilson rose to fame almost immediately after entering the acting game. After only a handful of TV guest roles, she landed a recurring part on Fox's hit teen soap The O.C. in 2003 and was soon bumped up to regular cast member. She'd stick with the series until it ended its run in 2007, but in the meantime, she appeared in feature films like the 2006romantic drama The Last Kiss. Bilson would then go on to appear in films like the fantasy themed action movie Jumper, and the sentimental romance Waiting for Forever. In 2011, Bilson returned to the small screen with a leading role on the comedy/drama series Hart of Dixie.
Biography by Matthew Tobey
- Grew up in a showbiz family that extends back to her great-grandfather George Bilson who was head of the trailer department at RKO Pictures and her great-grandmother Hattie Bilson who was a screenwriter.
- First screen appearance was at age 7 in The Wrong Guys with Louis Anderson; the film was directed by her father.
- Attended the same high school as Kirsten Dunst and Katharine McPhee, where she appeared in plays and musicals, including The Crucible and Bye Bye Birdie.
- Landed several guest spots on series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 8 Simple Rules before being cast as Summer Roberts on The O.C. in 2003.
- Launched her own fashion line, Edie Rose, in 2008 for DKNY Jeans.
- Is a passionate basketball fan who loves the L.A. Clippers.
- Appeared on the silver screen with Hayden Christensen in Jumper (2008) and New York, I Love You (2008).
- Was cast in a recurring role as a love interest on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2010.