Rachel Bilson should apply her famewhore energy into something worthwhile

47124, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Friday November 5, 2010. Krysten Ritter and Rachel Bilson spend the day on the movie set of 'BFF' in Los Angeles. Krysten enjoyed the company of a friendly cat and Rachel hasd her cute pooch with her. Co-star Lauren Conrad also paid a surprise visit to Rachel at the end of the day. Photograph: PacificCoastNews.com  + 1

About four months ago, I didn’t really have any strong feelings about Rachel Bilson. I thought she was cute and harmless and boring, and likely engaged to a young actor who beeped significantly on my gaydar (Hayden Christensen). Then, seemingly all of a sudden, Bilson was an old-fashioned, Paris Hilton-type famewhore. She was going to the opening of an envelope, walked every red carpet, and making sure she got herself pap’d every other day. Along the way, she and Hayden split up and Rachel somehow played that into even more “candid” paparazzi shots and appearances at fashion shows, random gossip pieces and red carpets. And before you say “She wasn’t calling the paparazzi on herself” – please. Like anyone would give a sh-t enough to say “Hey, I hear MOVIE STAR Rachel Bilson is going to be walking her dog today!” She’s not Angelina Jolie. She’s not even Jessica Biel. She’s like a less talented Ashley Greene, and that’s saying A LOT. Anyway, what did all of this famewhoring get her? A part in a movie. With Kate Bosworth. And Bosworth got top billing. Yeah… it really doesn’t seem worth it.

Anyway, People Magazine has a stupidly suspicious piece about how Rachel and Hayden are back together now:

After calling off their engagement in August, Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen are giving their romance another shot.

“They’re dating again,” a friend of the actress tells PEOPLE.

And they’re not hiding, either.

Last week, Christensen was seen leaving Bilson’s house in Los Feliz, Calif. With Bilson based in Los Angeles and Christensen living in Canada, distance was reportedly one of the main reasons for the split.

Christensen, 29, and Bilson, 29, met on the set of Jumper in 2007, and got engaged in December 2008.

[From People]

So what’s this about? Did they both come to the understand that two irrelevant people somehow make a barely relevant couple? Is this some kind of famewhore negotiation process, where they’re both just in it for some extra press? How about this: instead of calling the paparazzi on yourself week after week and getting your publicist to plant items in People, you just get some work and focus on it. Keep your head down and work on your craft. What’s that? Your “craft” is walking red carpets and pushing stories about who you’re hooking up with? Maybe she should even leave Hollywood for a year or two, and go do some stage work, or even charity work. Oh… wait. Famewhoring is all that Rachel is capable of, right?

May 03, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - Actor HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN and actress RACHEL BILSON attend the Metropolitan's Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit for the opening of the new exhibit 'American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity. © Red Carpet Pictures

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Actor Hayden Christensen leaves his hotel in NYC, NY on August 19, 2010. The actor who recently called off his engagement with former OC star Rachel Bilson forced a smile but looked well put together. Fame Pictures, Inc

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  1. starkindustries says:

    I think she’s super cute and loved her in The O.C.


  2. serena says:

    Ohh that’s some crazy bitching!
    I do like Rachel Bilson, she seems a nice young woman, and I think she has talent.
    Do not try to compare her to Paris Hilton.. that’s..idiotic and absurd.

  3. PrettyTarheel says:

    Hmmm…I usually appreciate your acerbic takedowns, but I think you’re a little off base. She’s trying to get work by getting her face in the media…not always the most respected method, but one employed by a LOT of b, c, and d listers, so it’s hardly fair to put her on the same level as P. H. (I refuse to type the name-I fear warts on my fingers).

  4. Wilz says:

    Oh, wow. Someone had an extra helping of Scorn Flakes this morning.

  5. Ycnan says:

    Yikes, harsh!

  6. devilgirl says:

    Didn’t know she could inspire such dislike in people.

    Maybe, just maybe, and I could be wrong. Maybe, she and Hayden got back together because they actually care for one another. Wild theory, I know, but that sometimes happens, even with celebrities.

  7. Dorothy#1 says:

    Yeah, I kinda like her too. She was cute in How I Met your Mother.

  8. TXCinderella says:

    Girl’s gotta make a living. All the stick-thin long haired brunettes are pretty much interchangable in Hollyweird so you gotta get your face out there because the competition is fierce..

  9. Angela says:

    I don’t always agree with you Kaiser, but I do in this case.

  10. brin says:


  11. Skye says:

    Yeah, I’d hardly call her a famewhore. She’s not leaking any sex tapes, or getting drunk and wasted at clubs. She seems very sweet, and while she’s no Ethel Barrymore, I think her acting skills are good enough for tv, and rom-com movies. Maybe she needs to get a better agent? I’d to see more of her, actually.

  12. Johnny Depp's Girl says:


    I like her and Hayden. I liked her in the OC and the movie Jumper soooo…

    Im glad they are back together.

  13. KatScorp says:

    I’m old enough to remember when the O.C. was huge, back in the olden days. Also own the first three seasons on DVD, but haven’t watched them in more than two years. The cast used to be the biggest ‘thang’ and I’d ask what happened to that populatiry but I don’t really give a rat’s arse. Which actually answers my question. When the only character names you can remember are Captain Oats and Princess Sparkle, the show really hasn’t left any lasting impression. Not surprised her career lost some steam.

    Still, she looks young for her age. Not that I give a hootie patootie one way or the other. More Rimes topics please :-) :-p

  14. Marjalane says:

    I clicked on this story thinking that MAYBE there would be some explanation as to why this dippy girl is famous! Is this how it works in Hollywood- if you beard an embarrassingly obvious gay man long enough, they reward you with some attention? (as long as you call ahead and let them know where you’ll be?) I laugh everytime I see Rachel’s column in (I think) SELF; She’s a self appointed “stylist” doncha know! And no, I don’t think Rachel Zoe is concerned about losing clients to her.

  15. Gabriela says:

    Stop hating, Kaiser.

  16. mslewis says:

    I have never had any idea who she is or what she has done as an actress so every time I saw her face I wondered why the paps bothered photographing her. So thanks Kaiser for the write up. But, really, all this famewhoring to get a movie where she will play second fiddle to Kate Bosworth??? Oh, honey, NO!! Second fiddle to Katie means your “career” is OVER!! I mean, that sucker will go straight to video. Try harder next time, ‘kay!! A sex tape with you and Hayden, perhaps!! Hint, hint.

  17. Yasmine says:

    You should see the episode of her getting punk’d. Such a MASSIVE beyatch. Have really disliked her since then.
    On the other hand, Kristen Bell was so polite and humble when she got punk’d. So I garnered a lot of respect for her.
    And they were both punk’d with stupid shit involving their dogs.

  18. starkindustries says:

    “Kristen Bell was so polite and humble when she got punk’d. So I garnered a lot of respect for her.”

    Kristen Bell is a massive bitch, though.

  19. Arianna says:

    meh i like rachel too
    there’s a lot worse people… saying she isn’t even jessica biel seems a bit harsh.

    jessica is the ugliest fucking turd alive. hilary swank on roids

  20. krissy says:

    I only remember her because back during the 2004 presidential campaign she walked a red carpet wearing a Rock the Vote button. When someone asked her who she was supporting, she looked really confused and said something like Edward Kerry….obviously she had no idea who the candidates even were!

  21. happygirl says:

    @Wilz & PrettyTarheel (PH reference)…LOL! I honestly like her, too. I think she’s cute, and harmless.

  22. kelBear says:

    Well, I like her.

  23. guesty says:

    she’s just meh imo…not worthy of a snark just yet.

  24. Hollowdoll says:

    I agree with Kaiser, I’m not too impressed with her acting. And if her goal is to be in a movie with Kate Barfsworth, that explains a lot about her. She was on HIMYM? I love that show and have seen most of the epi’s more than once. I don’t even remember her on the show.

  25. Marjalane says:

    Did I sleep through a major portion of the past few years? Why are there all these “Rachel Fans” defending this chick? What is she?

  26. abel says:

    i will always love miss summer roberts :D

  27. Heavenbound says:

    Kaiser I like you and this Gossip site. But please be careful, and not convert yourself into that nasty bitter Lainey. You have been peppering the pieces that you cover lately with a lot of foul language. You are better than that. ;)

  28. Kricket says:

    i have never seen her in anything (and i don’t think i have even heard her speak) but can someone tell me why she has a *fashion* section in InStyle magazine?! i don’t get it at all *shrugs*

  29. Mary says:

    I’m so sick of seeing people say “She doesn’t get drunk and fall in front of the paps”, “she doesn’t flash her lady bits”. Look, that isn’t the “norm” for Hollywood. You had a trio of girls who had major problems who did this a couple years ago, that doesn’t mean that every actress who doesn’t do it should be considered saintly. Rachel is not a good actress. Rachel famewhores hard. Rachel calls the paps to take pictures of her. There is nothing else there. I loved her in The OC too, but that was a long time ago and she’s done nothing of note since then. She’s become annoying, and it’s time for her to go away. I completely agree with the entire article.

  30. Bodhi says:

    Yikes, 2nd fiddle to that true FW Bosworth? She is better than that! Sure, not by much, but she is better than that!

    Bilson really isn’t a FW. She was almost totally off the radar for years & she gets a pass for that for sure

  31. awayy says:

    I really don’t get her appeal, i only saw her in OC and two movies in which i forgot the titles, sorry, but i wish her good luck though

  32. KO says:

    @Yasmine – She wasn’t really a bitch on Punk’d…Kutcher had his actors do their best to freak her out and it worked. She was sobbing and hysterical trying to cooperate the best she could.

    I do like Bilson, never saw her as a famewhore.

  33. normades says:

    Please people this is a gossip site with the word “bitchy” in it. I think Kaiser or any of us has the right to hate on whoever she/we wants.
    @ Heavenbound: Lainey def has her likes and dislikes but I still think her blog is one of the more credible gossip sites around. She’s no Perez Hilton.

  34. Isabel says:

    Kaiser, honey!! Who pissed in your Cheerios?! I’m usually in agreement with you when it comes to the haterade, but this one seems sort of random. Do you have a secret forbidden crush on the closeted Hayden?

    I like Rachel a lot. I think she’s really adorable and I’ve never seen her vajajay slip, or something ridiculously famewhorey. I really loved the O.C., too, and those types of shows usually aren’t my bag. Even my super-manly-man husband would watch it with me. :)

  35. dj says:

    While I am ambivalent about R.B. I subscribe to “Self” magazine and am annoyed when I pick it up and read her style column. I too am confused how this unremarkable actress received a style column. It’s curious, though.

  36. W.O.M. says:

    I agree w/ Kaiser.

    This woman doesn’t have the skill or reputation to warrant the amount of attention she gets. The O.C. was a big deal 7 years ago, but almost all of the stars have faded to nothingness. The only exceptions are Bilson and Misha Barton, who make the press because of their personal lives, not their careers.

    I think Bilson dumped Christensen — whose fame is definitely waning — hoping to upgrade to a bigger star. When that failed she went back to him.

    Personally, I don’t get the gay vibe from Christensen. He strikes me as being awkward and wimpy, but not gay. He should be on the Hot Guy Friday Canuck edition.

  37. Rachel says:

    Oh my. He looks quite dapper in that tux.

  38. Kaiser says:

    No one pissed in my Cheerios, nor am I drinking Haterade, nor is there sand in my vagina. I’ve been wanting to write a “Rachel Bilson is a famewhore who needs to just stop” post for a few months, and this was my excuse. She and her publicist have been pushing the lamest fake hookup stories and photo ops for MONTHS. I get that many of you think she’s cute, and she is, but that’s it. That’s all she’s got going for her.

  39. Novaraen says:

    I agree with Kaiser. :) AND I think there are obviously a ton of OC fans in here…lol.

    Oh and I do NOT think Hayden is gay. Don’t understand where people get that idea. His acting is kinda sucky, but he doesn’t seem gay to me at all.

  40. Shelley says:

    Ouchie! I disagree. She was as good as was possible to be on ‘OC’ and if there were decent roles in light comedy – if there were any well-written movies out there at all!! – I think she’d shine. Think of some of the great women’s roles in movies of the 30s and 40s; I don’t mean leads necessarily but some of the strong supporting roles. Rachel was excellent in OC, especially in her scenes with Adam Brody; again IF there was anything tolerable coming out of Hollywood now, I see no reason why she wouldn’t do well. She’s also Very pretty in a distinctive, not-cookie-cutter way.

  41. Chelle says:

    Meh, maybe it’s because I’m also an OC fan, she seems harmless really, it’s not like she’s a Kim Kardashian/Paris Hilton sextape/fake babyvoice/that’s hot famewhore, she’s just an actress trying to stay in the press. and Hayden doesn’t seem gay at all, he looks like my bf actually lol.

  42. Jeri says:

    Rachel is cute, she was cuter at the start of the OC when she was curvier.

    A lot of sites refer to RUMORS about her like everyone knows about it. Inferring she is either supplying dope or whores. I’ve seen this often but not real recently. Not sure what to think of it.

  43. Megan says:

    To be honest I think the paps lock on to pretty girls like Rachel, Jessica Alba, people like that who aren’t really relevant in their industry any more (can’t even name a movie Alba’s been in recently) but who are good looking even in candid shots, and people like to see them.

    Rachel always looks stunning in all of the shots of her just walking her dogs or generally hanging out, so I think the paps lock onto that. There are a lot of people that get photographed who are sooo not relevant or even particularly famous any more.

  44. lila says:

    Hayden beeps my gaydar. And watching the complete lack of chemistry in jumper was painful. Rachel was probably hoping to upgrade to bearding for jake g, looks like swifty scored that spot, so she’s back with hayden

  45. Ally says:

    She gets papped because there is demand for her picture in style magazines (Grazia, People Style Watch, Teen Vogue). The paparazzi know they will likely to find a buyer for a picture of her. Pure supply and demand, no need for famewhoring on Bilson’s part.

  46. Sara says:

    @ 45

    Girl, please. Brad and Angie live in the same area as her and she gets papped way more than they do. Way more. Are you trying to tell me that Rachel Bilson sells more and is more important than the most famous couple in the world? Rachel IS NOT and never will be more popular than Brad and Angie who’s names sell tabloids. And anyone who thinks that girls like Rachel and Jessica Alba get papped just because they’re pretty and wear cute jeans are delusional. Their publicist is pushing them on people. Most people like looking at Kristen Stewart and she’s just as big of a tabloid draw as Brangelina and she gets the covers of high profile magazines. She’s an international superstar. Do you see her out in LA everyday when she isn’t filming? No, you don’t. So people need to stop making excuses for the rachel’s and Jessica Alba’s of the world. No she’s not harming anyone by doing what she’s doing. But stop pretending like she possibly couldn’t be capable of it. It’s annoying.

  47. Jenny says:

    Wow, so many OC fans up in here, lol. I understand. You think she’s cute and want to believe that she couldn’t possibly be a bit of a famewhore. Afterall, she’s cute Summer Roberts. But I think you need to face facts. Just like someone said, she gets more attention than Brad and Angie and Kristen Stewart/Rob Pattinson. And you don’t get that kind of “publicity” without some help. Especially when you barely work and don’t sell magazine covers. Therefore, you’re not really put on them. Oh, and about the paparazzi being able to find a buyer for her. Well, she’s a celebrity so of course someone is going to buy it. They can find a buyer for Carmen Electra as well. Doesn’t mean anything.

  48. bovvered says:

    You guys need to check out Just Jared, then you’ll see that Kaiser’s call is completley correct! She’s on that site every freaken day doing absolutley nothing! And the way he’s been covering this “fantastic” movie she’s filming, you’d think Twilight and Harry Potter had merged to create one mega film the ammount of attention it gets.

  49. launicaangelina says:

    i never really heard much about her acting work so i always wondered how she was always getting coverage. i don’t know anything at all about her ‘boyfriend’ except that he was in one of the star wars movies people claim he’s gay.

    i read dlisted, the awful truth, and this site (used to follow perez but never got into lainey) so that’s how i even knew people claim the guy is a dl gay. i am so facinated by all the actors that are allegedly gay – jake g, george clooney, john t, etc. and hire beards. bearding is such mystery. i don’t get it – a guy’s hot, if a guy’s hot. doesn’t matter if they are gay or straight.

  50. CB Rawks says:

    That guy looks just like my brother. If my brother was coked-out all the time.

  51. Jaye E says:

    @lila…how do YOU know that Gyllenhaal is gay? Were you in the room when he got it in with a dude? Did he call or text you to tell you himself?

    I am not a Jake Gyllenhaal “stan”, but it irks me to no end when people who don’t know these actors personally make assertions based on nothing more than internet gossip and speculation.

  52. Jeri says:

    Ted C on Eonline is the biggest spreader of the rumor that Jake is gay, if you want to call someone out for that, go to E and bash Ted.

  53. jay says:

    she’s cute. But there are a lot of cute girls in hollywood. And younger.

    I’m with you on this one. She’s way past her prime. How much can you really squeeze out of The OC? And the guy who is best known for ruining darth vader? She’s barely got a higher status than Mischa. And that’s only because she doesn’t seem as crazy.