|Bilson on the set of Jumper, November 2006.|
|Born||Rachel Sarah Bilson
August 25, 1981 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Rachel Sarah Bilson (born August 25, 1981) is an American actress. Bilson grew up in a California show business family, and made her television debut in 2003, subsequently becoming well known for playing 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. She is currently starring as Dr. Zoe Hart on The CW’s Hart of Dixie.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Bilson was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Janice (née Stango), a sex therapist, and Danny Bilson, a writer, director, and producer.Her father is Jewish, and her mother, a native of Philadelphia, is Italian American. Bilson’s father comes from a show business family; her great-grandfather, George Bilson (born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England), was the head of the trailer department at RKO Pictures; her Brooklyn-born great-grandmother, Hattie Bilson, was a screenwriter; and her grandfather, Bruce Bilson, is a film director. Bilson’s parents divorced when she was nine years old, and in 1997, her father remarried Heather Medway, an actress and the mother of Bilson’s half-sisters, Hattie and Rosemary.
Bilson had what has been described as a “self-destructive, rebellious period” during her teen years.When she was 16, she along with a girlfriend and a group of her brother’s friends were involved in a car accident, a head-on collision with a truck.As a result, Bilson was in a coma for a few days, has a scar above her right eye, and sometimes suffers from migraines and memory loss.She has stated that the experience “changed” her, encouraging her to “stop… getting into trouble”and stopping her from “going down that road” and because of this experience she learned to play the pianoBilson graduated from Walter Reed Middle School in 1995 and from Notre Dame High School in 1999. During her time at Notre Dame, she appeared in productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Once Upon a Mattress and The Crucible.
Bilson attended Grossmont College in a suburb of San Diego, but dropped out after one year, taking her father’s advice to pursue a professional acting career. She then made several appearances in commercials, including advertisements for Subway restaurants, Raisin Bran and Pepto-BismolShe made her screen acting debut in early 2003, appearing in one episode ofBuffy 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.
As a result of the success of The O.C., Bilson has become well known among teenage audiences. 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).In 2005, Maxim magazine named her sixth in their annual “Hot 100 List”; in 2006, the publication awarded her #14.The UK edition of FHM Magazine named her 28th in the 2006 100 Sexiest Women in the World list,while the US Edition Ranked her 77th in 2005.Bilson was also named one of People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People” in 2006.