Rachel Bilson was born in Los Angeles, to Janice (Stango), a sex therapist, and Danny Bilson.
Her father is Ashkenazi Jewish and her mother is of Italian descent. Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a daughter Briar Rose Christensen on October 29, 2014.
She began acting while still at Notre Dame High School. Her name was inspired by Disney's princess from "Sleeping Beauty" (1959).
She worked in commercials and landed a few one-off roles in high profile TV shows before landing the part of Summer Roberts in the hit TV series The O. I had older brothers, so the little girl always gets everything she wants. It's great playing someone who is not like me at all.
As I've gotten older, I've realized that if you want something bad enough, you can have it. 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.
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.
I feel like you have to be who you are and be true to yourself first, always.
You can't worry about how your'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.' 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.
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.