Rachel auditioned for the part (voice) of Rapunzel in the animated feature movie Tangled (2010), but the part eventually went to Mandy Moore.
In 2010, Rachel was voted #34 in the 100 Sexiest Women in the World by the magazine FHM UK.
In 2011, Rachel ranked #49 in the 100 Sexiest Women in the World by the magazine FHM Australia.
Rachel styles references are Kate Moss and Diane Keaton and she considers herself vintage in her own style.
Rachel, in partnership with the stylist DKNY, created and marketed designer jeans, called Eddie Rose.
When she was 14, Rachel was involved in a head on collision in a car accident that left her unconscious for 4 days.
In 2005, Rachel was voted #77 of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World by FHM Magazine
Rachel collects vintage purses and shoes.
Rachel was part of stage productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Once Upon A Mattress, and The Crucible.
Her father, which was in the business as director/writer, encourage Rachel to pursue her acting career.
Rachel attended Grossmont College for one year, before leaving to pursue her acting career.
Rachel knows how to play the Piano. She originally started learning it to improve her hand-eye coordination after a car accident.
Rachel is a columnist for InStyle Magazine.
Rachel ranked No.54 in Maxim magazine's 'Hot 100' list of 2009. In 2010 she ranked No.46 on their list.
On September 20, 2008, Rachel acted as maid of honor during the wedding of her close friend Jill Stonerick to creator Josh Schwartz. She also designed the dresses for the bridesmaids.
Rachel has partnered with DKNY to create and market a designer jeans line called Edie Rose. It can be bought in Macy's, Nordstrom, and Lord & Taylor.
Rachel is huge game show freak. Her favorite way to relax is to lie in bed and watch TV.
Rachel's first real kiss was behind the school library. She was in 6th grade, about 11 or 12 years old.
Rachel is 5 feet 1.75 inches (1.57 meters) tall. She has brown eyes and dark brown hair.
Rachel Bilson would've been a pre-school teacher if she never acted.
Among the cast on The O.C., Rachel had the earliest professional debut, which was as an extra in the film, The Wrong Guys, directed by her father Danny Bilson. Originally, she was supposed to be in only one or two episodes of The O.C..
Rachel Bilson's Favorites:
Personalities - Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Katie Holmes, Orlando Bloom, Diane Lane, Stella McCartney, and Britney Spears
TV Shows - Friends, Sex and the City, Jeopardy!
Book - Edie by Jean Stein and George Plimpton
Designers - Coco Chanel and Sheila McCartney
Hobby - Collecting vintage shoes and purses
Music Album - Grace by Jeff Buckley
Movie - The Goonies
Holiday - Halloween
Snack - Cookies
Food - Cereal
Rachel starts her days every morning enjoying Starbucks coffee with cream.
In The Last Kiss, a body double was used in the scene where Rachel's character is making love with Zach Braff's character. Rachel didn't want to appear in a nude scene.
Rachel's parents divorced during her childhood and her father would later remarry to Heather Medway, an actress and the mother of Bilson's half-sisters Hattie, born in 2001 and Rosemary, born in 2007.
Rachel has a fear of Beagles because when she was three years old, a Beagle bit her and now she has a scar on her upper lip. She is also scared of mushrooms and their smell makes her sick.
Rachel is half-Italian and half-Jewish from eastern Europe.
Rachel shared a dog, Penny Lane, with ex-boyfriend, Adam Brody. They also shared a puppy named Thurmen Murmen.
Once, while shopping at Target, a mom wanted pictures of Rachel for her son and she agreed. Later, on the tabloids it showed a headline stating, "Rachel poses at Target". The mom turned out to be a paparazzi.
Rachel appeared in magazines such as Cosmo Girl, Stuff, Cosmopolitan, Flaunt, In Touch, and Lucky.
Rachel did a PSA titled, "Unbroken," for RAINN, Rape Abuse Incest National Network.
On TV.com, Rachel Bilson got a medal on her summary tab for Hottest Female of Best of 2005. She also placed second behind Blake Lively for the "Off Air: Best Hair – Female" and won for "Off Air: Best Trendsetter – Female" in TV.com's Fashion Awards 2008.
Rachel is a huge fan of fashion and buys outfits from Marc Jacobs and Thakoon. Rachel likes men who wear fashionable shoes.
In 2005, Rachel won the following Teen Choice Awards: Hottie Female Award, Best Actress in a Drama Series for The O.C., and Choice TV Chemistry with Adam Brody. In 2008, she won TCA's Choice Movie Actress in an Action/Adventure for Jumper.
Rachel is actually good friends with the rest of the cast of The O.C. despite rumors of them fighting like the Desperate Housewives cast, which was also a false rumor. She is also good friends with Topher Grace and Zach Braff.
Rachel loves basketball. She is a huge fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. She's also into Fantasy Basketball.
Rachel also suffers from memory loss, migraines, and a scar above her right eye due to a car accident when she was 14-years-old.
The entertainment business runs in Rachel's blood:
Danny (father) - writer, director and producer
Bruce (grandfather)- director
George (great-grandfather) - part of RKO pictures
Hattie (great-grandmother) - screenwriter
Julie (aunt) - producer
Rachel is in a Neutrogena commercial about the black heads deep cleanser. She has also done commercials for Subway and Doritos Chips. Rachel was a spokesperson for Bongo jeans. She was replaced by Nicole Richie.
Rachel Bilson graduated from Walter Reed Middle School in 1996 and Notre Dame High School in 1999.
Rachel: (on her relationship with Hayden Christensen) I've been in my relationship for seven years, so we've grown up together in a way. This is my partner, my support, just there for me no matter what. And vice versa.
Rachel: (on her boyfriend Hayden Christensen) He's so incredibly supportive and considerate. It's so basic—that should be there. Because these things are so much more important when you're older.
Rachel: (on starting a family) To start a family would be good, any year in the next few years. I've always wanted to be a mom. I have always wanted kids. I can just see this little toddler waddling around the house.
Rachel: (on her most unhealthiest habit) My unhealthiest is when I binge on Flamin' Hot Cheetos, because it happens. I binge. I can admit it. I've actually gotten better this year. It got to a point where I was eating them so much that, like, you poop red every day! You're like, 'OK, I don't know what's going through my body, but I probably should stop. There are problems.'
Rachel: (on the advantages of having experienced some things before being famous) I got it out of my system, so by the time I was on The O.C., I was like, 'Wow, I can just enjoy this,'. Then I started dating a costar, so it was more of a domesticated thing; you're just home or with friends—and not out to party.
Rachel: (on experiences while growing up) I grew up in L.A. and did all that when I was younger. I went to the clubs and did all the drugs and alcohol.
Rachel: (on her role on The O.C.) I kind of just take things one day at a time and do what I do and hope that I'm not known as Summer Roberts for the rest of my life. But I'm grateful that she is known, and that I'm known for her, because it's really brought me everything.
Rachel: (on not liking to be asked on how she stays in shape) I hate it when people are like, 'How do you stay thin?' or 'Do you work out? What's your routine? What's your diet?' Then it's like, 'If I tell you I don't, then are you going to give me a hard time?'
Rachel: (on her refusal to do nude scenes) I feel pretty strongly about it, morally. It's not necessary to be exploited in that kind of way. I can't say that I'll never do it, but I don't see a reason now, especially when you're still trying to establish yourself. It's just more important to be known for your acting and that you're not willing to strip down for a scene.
Rachel: (on the outfits of her role in The O.C.) Josh Schwartz likes to dress me up. It's uncomfortable being in that Little Miss Vixen outfit for 17 hours, but it's fun as long as you can make fun of yourself. That's key
Rachel: (on being a professional actress) It was like second nature in a way, because I was familiar with the sets and stuff and it wasn't like a strange world. It was like all things in life: You try it and if it makes you happy, it sticks.
Rachel: (on her work environment) I feel very lucky to work in the environment that I work in. I'm surrounded by people that I love and care about and who make me laugh every day. I get to work with my friends and you really can't ask for more than that.
Rachel: (on enjoining to act different characters) I love the fact that we play people who are not like us at all and we can just go crazy at work and then be very normal after filming.
Rachel: (on liking to have roles that are opposite to her personality) 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: (on going after what 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.
Rachel: (on growing up with older brothers) 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.
Rachel: I don't need to get married right now. I am more ready for a baby than marriage. Not really tomorrow, but definitely in the next couple of years which is the pretty near future. You have to have the guy, you know?
Rachel: I've always been a really maternal person. I really want a family. I love the career I have chosen, but I'd be quite happy as a housewife, at home with the kids. I think I'd be really content.
Rachel: (about going nude on film) Movies can be sexy or sexual without showing things. It is almost a deal breaker.
Rachel: My first scene on the show (The O.C.), I showed up on set and they're like "here's your little bikini, here's your little miniskirt. Now go out on the freezing beach and be drunk and basically molest Ben's character, Ryan". Ryan, ohmigod! I was like, "alright, cool!"
Rachel: I really do believe that if someone tries hard enough, they can get what they want. If you put all your effort towards something, you're going to be rewarded. The trick is to not give up. If you don't, anything can happen.
Rachel: I feel like you have to be who you are and be true to yourself first, always. You can't worry about how you're going to be perceived by other people. I have a quote that my mom taught me: "It's none of my business what other people think of me."
Rachel: (on how she compares to Summer, her character in "The O.C.") A lot of people are surprised by how nice I am. Summer and I are both driven, but I'm not snobby. I'm a pretty good conversationalist and I like meeting new people.
Rachel: I like a guy who can make fun of me and make fun of himself. He's got to have a sense of humor. A guy can be the most beautiful thing in the world but if he opens his mouth and he's not interesting it won't work.
Rachel: My mom taught me to do things like hug a tree and ask for a flower's permission to pick it.
Rachel: I just think there are no rules or regulations on love.
Rachel: I don't judge anyone who marries young. But I feel you should really put in the time before you make that jump.
Rachel: I get told I'm hot all the time. Come up with something else.
Rachel: I will say only this on relationships: Trust and communication are the main ingredients.
Rachel: You've got to use your celebrity for good stuff, not evil. I think it's lame when people act as if they're better than everyone!
Rachel: The more aware a man is of a woman's body, the better. He needs to know he has to tend to a woman. She might not always return the favor, but a man always has to tend to a woman first.
Rachel: I know of my sex appeal. I know about sexuality, and I know how to use it - tastefully, of course.