Rachel Bilson

  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • 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.


  • Julie Ahlberg — Aunt
  • Hayden Christensen — Significant Other
  • John Bilson — Brother
  • Heather Medway — Stepmother
  • Janice Stango — Mother
  • Hattie Bilson — Half Sister
  • Rosemary Bilson — Half Sister
  • Adam Brody — Ex-significant Other
  • Bruce Bilson — Grandfather
  • Danny Bilson — Father
  • Briar Rose Christensen — Daughter


  • Attended Grossmont College, El Cajon, California, United States

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