Not your traditional â€˜California girl,â€™ Rachel Bilson has made it from the O.C. to Hollywood. Rachel was born in Batavia, California, August 25, 1981, and, like many aspiring actresses, performed in a number of plays while still in high school. Rachel gave college the old college try, but only stayed in school for a year before seeking fame and fortune as an actress. She quickly landed roles in commercials and guest spots on TV shows. One such guest spot turned into a full-time gig, and made Rachel famous almost overnight among the teen set. Rachel was signed on to play Summer Roberts on the FOX drama The O.C. for only a few episodes, but became a series regular after her on-screen chemistry with co-star Adam Brody made the relationship between Summer and Seth the showâ€™s focal point. Off-screen, the chemistry was rubbing off, and Rachel and Adam dated from 2003 to 2006. Rachel made her first big screen appearance opposite Scrubs star Zach Braff in The Last Kiss. When actress Teresa Palmer backed out of director Doug Limanâ€™s time travel flick Jumper, Rachel got a doubly lucky break, not only did she land a starring role, she also landed her leading man, Hayden Christensen. The two have been dating for over a year. Rachelâ€™s next project, the anthology New York, I Love You re-teams her with Hayden and a galaxy of stars, including Orlando Bloom, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively and Shia LaBeouf. With a promising career ahead of her and an A-list romance, Rachel has successfully jumped onto the path to stardom.
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