Actress Rachel Bilson has an actress for a long time. She has had some great success too. Lately, though, things have slowed down for the actress. Is it a pandemic slow down or something more? Here’s what we know about why you haven’t seen Rachel Bilson lately…
EARLY RACHEL BILSON
Rachel Bilson’s early career wasn’t exactly the jump she was probably looking for. She started off in a pilot for the TV series It’s True (which just so happened to star Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill) but it was a one episode venture with the pilot episode being the only one in the series.
It took the young Rachel Bilson another five years before she found work, this time on the TV series 8 Simple Rules. Her next appearance was on the hit series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This all was happening for Bilson in 2003, which was a key year for her.
Yes, 2003 was a good year for Rachel Bilson because this is when her career took off. Not only was she in 8 Simple Rules and Buffy, but she was picked up for the series The O.C. which enjoyed a four-season run, Bilson appearing in every episode. The series was notable as it starred Ben McKenzie, who would go on to appear as James Gordon in Gotham and Adam Brody (Shazam!, Single Parents), whom Bilson began to date while on the series. Bilson’s character initially was to only appear in a few episodes but her on-screen romance with Brody’s Seth Cohen gave fans more of what they were wanting so her character was developed into a series regular. Her relationship with Brody lasted three years but it would be the start of a pattern for the actress.
During Bilson’s time on The O.C. she stepped out for a few other projects. She showed up on MADtv, Chuck, and That 70’s Show. She also made the feature film, The Last Kiss, with Zach Braff (Scrubs).
AFTER THE O.C.
Rachel Bilson moved on from The O.C. and jumped into features. In fact, her first feature was actually called Jumper, wherein she met Hayden Christensen and yes, the two began a relationship.
Bilson’s feature film slate during this time included New York, I Love You, Waiting for Forever, Life Happens, and The To-Do List. Also during this time, she had a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother.
It took Rachel Bilson a few years after The O.C. but she finally landed a starring role on a TV series. She played Dr. Zoe Hart in the series Hart of Dixie. She was the lead, a New Yorker and new doctor who accepts a strange offer from Dr. Harley Wilkes. The offer was for Hart to work in his practice, but she’d have to relocate to Bluebell, Alabama. When she arrives, she finds out that Dr. Wilkes had suddenly passed but, in his will, he left her half his practice.
The series enjoyed a four-season run and when it ended, Rachel Bilson stepped away for a couple years.
RACHEL BILSON’S FAMOUS BOYFRIENDS
When it comes to relationships, Rachel Bilson seems to gravitate toward co-stars. She did with Adam Brody and then the same with Hayden Christensen. To her credit though, she was engaged to Christensen, though they eventually called it off, but the two have a child together and did enjoy a seven-year relationship.
That brings us to Bill Hader. The pair officially stepped out earlier this year, announcing the fact that they were indeed dating. It was all serious-looking until it wasn’t. Not even six months after the pair were a couple, they were no longer. Rachel Bilson and Hader, if you’re a curious lot, met while filming the rom-com The To Do List.
RACHEL BILSON NOW
Rachel Bilson has more on her resume than just acting (and dating co-stars). She also has a hand in fashion. As a self-described fashion junkie, Bilson approached DKNY Jeans and together they came up with Bilson’s Edie Rose collection. She also did some modeling for her clothing line.
After her time on Hart of Dixie, Bilson took some time before she found Nashville, not the city but the TV series. It was a recurring role that covered one season. She then moved over to another series, Take Two, as the lead Sam Swift, an actress who is a former TV cop who teams up with an LA private investigator to take down bad guys. Yeah, it lasted one season. Now 39-years-old her last role came in 2019 on the TV movie Lovestruck. Since then she’s signed up for nothing.
Pandemic? Lack of interest? Rachel Bilson isn’t talking. Let’s hope she finds her way back in front of the cameras soon.