Rachel Bilson covers Cosmo UK, admits she was ‘a dumb ass’ on ‘The O.C.’

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson covers the August issue of British Cosmopolitan to promote her role in The To Do List, which I’ve never heard of, but it arrives in theaters on July 26 and also stars Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and Andy Samberg. It looks like a coming-of-age movie, and Rachel herself is looking much younger than her own 31 years on this cover. That dress is fun and flirty and not nearly as trashy as the clothing Cosmo usually features. The skirt is certainly short, but Rachel can get away with it with legs like that.

The interview isn’t very eventful, but Rachel does talk about how she’s grown out of her self-described “dumb ass” phase. She also discusses how violated she felt when her home was robbed by the teens that became the subject of Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. Rachel isn’t thrilled about the movie at all, and I can see why she’d be upset (anyone, including myself, who’s been through a break-in will tell you that it results in feelings of incredible violation) even though Sofia’s intention was clearly more of a comment upon society than a way to “glorify” the events that took place:

Rachel Bilson

Her secret career aspirations: “If I could karaoke duet with anyone, it would be Eminem. I secretly want to be a rapper.”

On The Bling Ring: “I thought it was weird to glorify something that was so upsetting for a lot of people. It’s important to detach from material things, but the special, personal things I lost are hard to forget.”

On her “wild phase” & a near-fatal car crash: “It definitely impacted me and how I was living my life. It was a wake-up call…I had no choice but to wake up and get with the program, but I think it set me in the right direction.”

On her subsequent “O.C” years: “I didn’t have any idea how much The O.C. would change my life. I thought I knew everything, but now I look back and think, ‘You were a dumb ass! What was your problem?’”

She’s getting older & wiser? “Thirty is a whole different thing; you can slow down and focus on family. Starting a family one day is definitely something I look forward to. My parents’ divorce didn’t make me cynical about love and marriage. I’ve always been a big romantic, and I look forward to all those things. I’ve been in a relationship [with Hayden Christensen] for six years, and I’m happy…To have a partner is one of the greatest things. I’ve always been a fan of love…I’m an emotional person; I go with my heart before my head every time!”

[From Cosmo UK]

Certainly, Rachel’s been through a lot in her life, and it sounds like she and Hayden Christensen are in it for the long haul. There were even some rumors a few months ago that the pair had gotten engaged, but I don’t think anything came of that talk. Yet. Give it time.

Rachel Bilson

Photos courtesy of Cosmo UK

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  1. Kara says:

    But why is ur bra showing under that pretty dress in the 3rd picture? ….oh. Maybe cause the dress only covers the bottom half of the nipples ._. So..carry on, Rachel Bilson’s bra.

    • Jano1981 says:

      The “bra”is part of the dress.

      • Meaghan says:

        Ugh, that bra dress is so ugly. Why the hell would you want to wear a dress like that? She is super cute but I never watched the OC, and haven’t really watched anything she has been in.

  2. Magneticfieldz says:

    Sorry, those pics still make her look like a dumb ass.

  3. Elle says:

    I love Rachel and I will always love the OC but she is a hypocrite when talking about the bling ring. She is an actress and shoud know that lots of movies “glorify” events. It is almost like she was too dumb to realise the movie was showing how bad our society has become at celebrity worshiping.

    • Tapioca says:

      She probably thinks that she landed this cover for reasons other than that movie coming out, too!

      (The Hart of Dixie is buried on some obscure cable channel here in the UK)

  4. Lucy2 says:

    Those pics are pretty bad.
    So today’s theme so far is once you reach 30, you stop being a dumbass? I hope that’s true for a couple of younger friends of mine! I myself didn’t notice any difference.

    • Poink517 says:

      Haha I hope it’s true – 30 was a rough year for me; I don’t want any more life events like the ones I had then!

    • jen says:

      nope, i am getting pretty close to 40 and i am still a dumb ass.

  5. Turtle Dove says:

    How has she been with Hayden for six years? Weren’t they off for quite awhile?

  6. Maria says:

    she seems like one of those people who need movies to tell them what to think. the Bling Ring only shows what its like and doesnt force an opionion on you. but if you are a just a little bit down to earth you will understand what kind of people those burglars are and how Coppola seems fame and celebrity culture. (hint: she is not fond of it)

  7. Amanda G says:

    I guess it’s The OC fan in me, but I always liked Adam Brody and her together… I guess that was part of her “dumbass” phase haha

    The To Do List actually looks funny. Saw a preview for it last night.

  8. I loved her so much on O.C., but I just can’t get into Hart of Dixie. It’s way too cutesy and cheesy :(

  9. MsAubra says:

    Once she played the role of Summer on hte OC, I hated her and knew she would never evolve past “Ornamental, not functional”…

  10. Bex says:

    Photo styling is horrible but I like Rachel. She seems harmless and has gotten pretty far on cuteness and charisma.

    I made fun of the idea of her as a cardiothoracic surgeon on Hart of Dixie but I actually watch the show. It is brainless fluff but sometimes that’s a plus.

  11. ParisPucker says:

    these are terrible Seventeen Magazine photos for someone talking about turning 30. She is stunning and here she’s dressed up as a Debbie Gibson throw-back. Where was her agent?

  12. Katie says:

    How old is 31 supposed to look? She looks gorgeous, but she also has Photoshop’s help in removing any fine lines she might have.

    Also, I have no clue how this chick still gets magazine covers…or any attention at all, really.

  13. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Neither do I katie – just down market; compare this cover to cosmo covers of the 80s/90s – this girl looks like a twelve year old playing dress up compared to the supermodels that graced those covers.

  14. commonsense says:

    what was the wreck about that was so traumatic??

  15. taxi says:

    I understand how unsettling it is to find one’s home broken into and vandalized. It happened to me long ago & the idea that strangers had invaded my house, pawed among my belongings, and stolen items that they wanted was very bothersome.
    Some people will get “The Bling Ring” as social commentary but not all of us want our personal experiences up on the big screen & not everybody will see the movie as a societal critique.

  16. Chloeeee says:

    ugh! the bling ring. someone said it was worth a watch but my neighborhood friend was actually one of the morons involved and so I feel like no matter what sofia’s aim was in the movie I’ll be so bugged watching it

  17. tennille says:

    She is on some low-rated TV series. And often snapped out and about, making pap scenes and keeping herself in the Hollywh0ring game, but HW bigwigs dont & wont bats an eye.
    And shes against in this movie coz its just reminds her of the “material stuff” that she lost in the burglary… well how about the 911 event where “numerous lives” were lost yet HW even made 2 movies about the said event (World Trade Center & United 93) – she’s cluelessly talking nonsense here…

  18. moejacks says:

    Low rated?! If its low-rated or more like shameful ratings, it must be from CW.
    Ya right, CW even even retains TV shows w/ just close to a million viewers & hires talentless starlets who failed to have movie careers.

  19. Jay says:

    She definitely doesn’t look 30. She’s got one of those babyfaces that looks young for ages.