Rachel Bilson wants to be 80: ‘It would be amazing. You can do whatever you want’

Rachel Bilson covers the June issue of Health Magazine, out later this week. They Photoshopped her face so much that she looks like a different person, like a very attractive girl who vaguely reminds you of Rachel Bilson. I wish that magazines would stop wrecking photos of already beautiful women, but it’s not going to happen. As a former web designer, I imagine the Photoshop artist is somewhat blameless and that she has a harpy of an editor standing beside her, or an entire management team, saying things like “make her chin sharper, smooth the forehead, now make the eyes wider, even wider.”

Health has released excerpts from Bilson’s interview and you can read the whole piece on their website. I got a somewhat bad impression from just the pull quotes, but in the full article Bilson comes across much better. I have the feeling that she’s a private person is trying to give interesting quotes while remaining guarded. She said that she wants a family with her partner of seven years, Hayden Christensen, which she said last year. So that makes me wonder somewhat why they’re waiting. Rachel is 32 and Hayden is 33. She also gave TMI about her unhealthiest habit, eating Flamin Hot Cheetos. Here’s some of what she said:

On when she feels her all-time unhealthiest…
“My unhealthiest is when I binge on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, because it happens. I binge. I can admit it. I’ve actually gotten better this year. It got to a point where I was eating them so much that, like, you poop red every day! You’re like, ‘OK, I don’t know what’s going through my body, but I probably should stop. There are problems.’”

On her relationship with actor, Hayden Christensen…
“He’s so incredibly supportive and considerate. It’s so basic—that should be there. Because these things are so much more important when you’re older. I’ve been in my relationship for seven years, so we’ve grown up together in a way. This is my partner, my support, just there for me no matter what. And vice versa.”

On starting a family…
“…To start a family would be good, any year in the next few years. I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I have always wanted kids. I can just see this little toddler waddling around the house.”

On looking young…
“I’ve always looked young because I’m so short, and especially if I’m dressed down. When I have a baby, everybody’s going to be like, ‘Awww, poor teen mom. Poor girl.’ And Teen Mom is my favorite show. That’s what I download and watch on the plane. Like, don’t talk to me, I’m watching Teen Mom. I know, pathetic. But it’s true.”

On how she avoided ending up a party kid…
“I grew up in L.A. and did all that when I was younger. I went to the clubs and did all the drugs and alcohol. I got it out of my system, so by the time I was on The O.C., I was like, ‘Wow, I can just enjoy this.’ Then I started dating a co-star [Adam Brody], so it was more of a domesticated thing; you’re just home or with friends—and not out to party.”

On why she can’t wait to be 80 years old…
“I secretly wish I was 80… It would be amazing… You can do whatever you want, and no one is going to mess with you. You can go to sleep at 9 p.m. and not get reamed for it. Because I do that – I watch my shows in bed with my friends and go to bed at 9…I’m not afraid of the early bird special. I will eat dinner at 5, no problem.”

On embracing her body in her 30s…
“You’re so much more comfortable and don’t give a crap about the stupid things that you cared about when you were in your 20s. I would never want to do my 20s again. I hate that our society is so focused on that body-image stuff. Girls growing up now are aware of their bodies instead of what’s important. Live your life and be a kid and don’t think, I wish I was skinnier. I wish my butt wasn’t so fat.”

On being sexy…
“…I’m pretty modest. It’s just what I’m drawn to. It’s OK to be sexy everyone once in a while, but you don’t have to show everything to be sexy…It’s all about subtleties. Keep ‘em guessing!”

[From Health]

The stuff about wanting to be 80 made me roll my eyes, but in the context of the interview it sounded like a natural progression. The journalist asked Bilson what she had “too much of in your closet” and she said “granny nightgowns…. Like, full-on long-sleeve, long nightgowns. They’re super comfortable.” Then she talked about how she has old lady habits like eating early and going to bed at 9. I do that. I seriously eat around 5, sometimes earlier, with the exception if I’m eating with friends. I go to bed at 9 every night and get up at 5 am. In no way do I want to be 80 though. I want to live longer than that, but I bet that I’ll have aches and pains and health problems that will make me want to feel younger.

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Rachel is shown out with Hayden Christensen in January and shopping at TJ Maxx in December, 2013. She’s also shown at a Sirius XM appearance in January. Credit: WENN.com and FameFlynet

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  1. Tatjana says:

    Lunch is the biggest meal of the day here, and it’s around 3, so I can’t eat dinner that early. I wish I could, it would be better for my weight.

    I love Rachel. If only more stars were so low key.

  2. Erinn says:

    Okay, serious question:
    This early bird special business? I have almost always eaten my supper between 4:30 and 6:30 but whenever I see a show with people going to eat, or see celebrities papped going for dinner, it’s always super late. Is this the norm? Is this more of a city thing? An American thing? I mean, I work until 6 in an office M-F, the fiance gets home by 5 so he’ll either start supper, or have things ready for me to cook when I get home. The only time I eat ‘late’ suppers is if I’m drinking, haha.

    • Hello Kitty says:

      Same. My ideal supper time is 6pm/6:30pm. Who can digest food at 8pm?

      • Mena says:

        I’m Hispanic and we eat what we call “la cena” late, sometimes as late as 9 pm. It’s not a heavy dinner, though. I am actually kind of weirded out by my American born friends who eat dinner at 5 and 6, lol. Especially around Thanksgiving when they eat as early as 2 pm! My culture has no problem digesting food after 8 p.m. I didn’t realize digestion shuts down after a certain time, I thought it was a biological process. ;)

    • TheOriginalKittenq says:

      I grew up having family dinner at 5PM or 5:30 when my dad got home from work.
      In Europe they eat dinner much, much later, anywhere from 7 to 11, depending.

      These days I eat when I get home which is usually around 6:30-7:30PM.
      I HATE eating really late-I need time to digest my food!

      • Lynnie says:

        Um, in Europe they eat dinner much later..? I live in Europe-and we eat between 4 and 5 pm, depending on when we each get home from work. I’ve never known anyone here who eats dinner after 6..

      • magz says:

        I’m not sure if the eating dinner late in Europe is for the Western Countries but I come from a Polish background and dinner would be around 4-5 if that late. Sunday dinner would be around 2-3pm and than you have an afternoon snack. I wish I had time in the day to eat dinner that early but I too get home around 7pm.

      • Lynnie says:

        Magz yep, here in Norway we also eat dinner on the weekends at 1-2 pm usually.. but I guess we have to get off work early because it gets dark so early here in the fall and winter months!

      • Tatjana says:

        We don’t really have dinner here. We have breakfast, then lunch ( bighest meal of the day, a couple of courses, for the whole family – aroind 3, earlier on weekends) and then supper, which is lighter and can be from 6 to very late in the evening.
        An American blogger who lives in Croatia said that the Croatian afternoon, evening and night don’t match up the American ones, everything starts much later.

    • Dani says:

      I work until 5/6 and my husband gets home at 8 (hour long commute) and we eat dinner at 830. I grew up eating earlier like, never later than 7 ever ever ever. I want to say it’s a city thing but I could be wrong. I live in NYC and all my friends also eat around 830-9 during the weekend and weekends its like 1030+. It’s awful though because you go to bed feeling so heavy.

  3. Alarive says:

    For a brief time I used to have to get up early for a breakfast cafe job and worked from 7am-3pm. I would wake up at 5.45 and go to bed at 9pm-9.30pm, no later than 10pm. It was great to live just one hour before the 9-5 crowd. No traffic, no rush, the city all to yourself and the added bonus of having the entire afternoon of sunshine to do whatever you like. I miss those days, especially with my 9-5 now. What I’m saying is that’s a good cycle you’ve got going, Celebitchy, That’s quality life.

    • Celebitchy says:

      Thanks Alarive, I do enjoy getting up early and having more time in the afternoon to do things, it works out well.

    • Tatjana says:

      Working hours here are 7-15 or 8-16. It must be awful to work until 17h every day.

      • Alarive says:

        It is! Especially when you live in a northern European country when it is already dark at 16.00 and shops close at 18.00! My goal in life is to make my own hours, and that’ll be 7-15 like a civilized human being :D

  4. Abbott says:

    That lady really worked those ice cream commercials to her advantage. Huh.

  5. TG says:

    Rachel is so pretty and so adorable. Her interview though makes her sounds like an unattractive old lady. I thought it was funny but really who wears long sleeve night gowns. I guess we know she isn’t having sex. And the way she talked about her boyfriend sounded more like a friend than a lover. Oh well as long as they are happy good for them. It is refreshing though to read an interview and not have the celeb mouths off on stupid things like eating clay, sunning your vagina or being sexy, etc.

    • Maggi says:

      Actually wearing nightgowns means easy access sexy times ;-)

    • megs283 says:

      Being a supportive and considerate partner doesn’t make him less of a lover! It’s wonderful that she’s in such a stable and happy relationship…

  6. momosays says:

    This just made me love her even more than I already did. I think she’s beautiful and down to earth and secretly, when I was a little kid, I wanted to be my grandma because I thought she lived the life! Play bingo and penny poker with friends, eat whatever you want whenever you want and watch tv whenever you want! Haha I realize it wasn’t quite the utopia I made it out to be now, but still, the simple life is the best life.

  7. Aussie girl says:

    When I read this headline I was like , you stupid girl. Buuuuut after reading the full article I must say I jumped the gun

  8. ToodySezHey says:

    Can we really still call her an actress? I’m flummoxed as to why she is getting a magazine cover

    I’m for serious. I mean..Is she working now?

    • starrywonder says:

      Eh there was something on the CW I don’t know if it is still on. It looked awful.

    • Tatjana says:

      She’s in Hart of Dixie. It’s a really cute show and she’s good in it.

    • serena says:

      She’s working on ‘hart of dixie’, this week it will be the third season finale. I really like this show, it’s really simple but so cute and funny! So yeah, she IS an actress.

  9. The Wizz says:

    I’m glad Anakin has gotten rid of that ridic mo he was sporting a few months back

  10. Hershey says:

    I like her. She seems so down to earth. Also I love the candid pic of her and Hayden and the cardboard box. Dressed downa nd lovely.

  11. Mena says:

    Rachel is so adorable. I totally get what she means about reaching 80. I am sure there will be aches and pains but hey…even young people can suffer from pain.