Rachel Bilson announces pregnancy, is this why she kept talking about babies?

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Above is the most recent photo we have of Rachel Bilson, at the CW upfronts on May 15. She was also photographed in a bikini just last month. She doesn’t look pregnant to me, but she is! US Weekly has announced that Bilson, 32, is pregnant with her first baby, with boyfriend Hayden Christensen, 33. Hayden and Rachel have been together for seven years. The last we heard from Rachel, in her interview with Health Magazine, she said that she wanted to be a mom “any year in the next few years.Just last year, she said she had “family on the brain.” It’s happening for her now, according to US Weekly.

Rachel Bilson is going to be a mom!

The Hart of Dixie actress, 32, is expecting her first child with longtime boyfriend Hayden Christensen, multiple sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly.

“They’ve both talked about this for awhile and are so excited,” a Bilson insider tells Us. “Everyone is beyond thrilled for them…”

Star Wars actor Christensen, 33, and Bilson met in 2007 on the set of Jumper. The typically private, low-key couple got engaged in December 2008 and then called it off in August 2010, only to reconcile 3 months later.

[From US Weekly]

US also had the news back in 2010 that Rachel and Hayden had called off their engagement after a year, so this seems to be official. The two of course got back together, but didn’t get engaged again from what we know. This begs the question: are they going to get engaged again and/or married now that Rachel is pregnant? I don’t think they have to or should, I’m not a traditionalist that way, I just am honestly wondering. Plus I think Rachel wants to get married, given all that she’s said about it. Congratulations to Rachel and Hayden!

Rachel Bilson and boyfriend Hayden Christensen

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  1. blue marie says:

    Good for them. It seems they have a common interest in ugly shoes, yeesh.

  2. Patricia says:

    Hahaha EXACTLY
    Hayden has got to be the worst actor I have ever seen. It’s straight up painful.

    • Penelope says:

      He was actually very good in “Shattered Glass.”

      • anon33 says:


        At first I thought his performance was awkward and mannered-UNTIL I watched video footage of the “real” Stephen Glass. Hayden actually nailed it.

      • Mixtape says:

        Agreed, also in Life As A House.

    • Ally8 says:

      He was great in that. And I don’t blame him for the Star Wars prequels at all — they managed to blandify even Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson and Liam Neeson.

      Also, I think it’s cool how he banked his money and spends a lot of time on his farm; not just desperately accepting any crap part. I’m rooting for these two!

  3. jess says:

    I thought Hayden was going to be the next big thing after star wars but he never seemed to make it. I always mistake rachel for sophia bush.

    • FingerBinger says:

      Hayden’s career should have taken off after he did Shattered Glass. He was excellent in that movie. He’s made a lot of bad choices in picking roles,like Ryan Reynolds.

      • Godwina says:

        I haven’t seen HC in too many movies so my jury is out on his skills, but truly, RR is a wretched actor. Lawd!

  4. I Choose Me says:

    Congrats to the happy couple.

    I just checked Hayden’s IMDB and it’s good to see he’s still working, relatively speaking. I know he got excoriated for his Anakin role but he was really good in Life as a House and Shattered Glass.

    • SpookySpooks says:

      I loved Life as a House. He was good in it.

      That kid will be beautiful, won’t it?

    • Azurea says:

      Yes, he tore my heart out in Life as a House. One of the best oerformances by a young man I’ve ever seen. I haven’t seen Shattered Glass, have to look it up!

      • magz says:

        shattered glass is good stuff, awake was entertaining too

      • Ally8 says:

        Chloe Sevigny and Peter Sarsgaard are really great in that, too. A very good media movie, too — the mechanics of that kind of magazine.

  5. eliza says:

    I remember when Hayden was supposed to be the “Next Big Thing”.

    Eh, congrats to them. She seems a pleasant person and good for them working things out and making a family together.

  6. Mia4S says:

    They absolutely don’t need to get married, whatever they want. Good for them.

    Ugh, the only thing is I assume since her acting career is dead she’ll be launching a lifestyle line/mommy blog/baby fashion line? Ugh.

    There was a lot of strange talk about him. His agent publicly called him out for not putting in effort, he has a “difficult” brother involved in his career. He was never going to be great but he could have been bigger.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      She stars in her own tv series (Hart of Dixie) and regularly makes smaller indie-type films as well. That’s pretty much always been her career path. I hardly call that a ‘dead’ career.

      I never watched The O.C. but I adore her on Hart of Dixie (I don’t usually watch the CW but I found it by dumb accident a few years ago and got hooked). She’s tiny and adorable. :-)

      • chia says:

        I am embarrassingly in love with Hart of Dixie too!

      • Black orchid says:

        i find her adorable too ,@ chia , IAM in love with Hart of Dixie too! Glad that show has been renewed , wish her character had ended up with that handsome Dr Judson lyons !( i thought Wes brown was absolutely scrumptious in that role)

    • Merritt says:

      Hart of Dixie was just renewed, so I don’t get why you think her acting career is dead.

    • Mia4S says:

      Oops. Well in my defence one of the lesser shows on the CW (let’s face it, any show on the CW) is pretty easy to miss. Well good for her for working….but I still bet she goes the lifestyle route. My *ugh* stands. ;-)

  7. ToodySezHey says:

    Star Wars ruined Hayden. He should have stuck to smaller indie films like Life as a House and Shattered Glass. He was excellent in both. He could have been another Aaron Taylor Johnson, but can you blame him for signing up for Star Wars? Not his fault George Lucas can’t write a script to save his life.

    Natalie Portman, Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor were already established stars so they escaped unscathed, but poor Hayden was ruined.

    That said, Jumper was a terrible film and he was mediocre in it. He just isn’t an action star.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Semi-ot. Aaron Johnson is perfectly forgettable and bland in Godzilla

    • Chinoiserie says:

      He should have known after Episode I that the prequels are not going to be any good. But I do not blame him. But he was pretty bad in Jumper as well. So I do not think he is very good actor even tough I have not seen his smaller films.

    • Morgan says:

      This! Life as a House just kills me and I like Shattered Glass but the stilted direction and awful scriptwriting of the Star Wars movies just didn’t flatter him. Doesn’t help that Anakin is so friggin’ petulant. It’s a bummer that so much crap fell on him after he must’ve been so psyched to get such a huge role.

    • talisa says:

      You would think something as huge as Star Wars would help a up-and-coming actor like him at the time. And even Natalie Portman, who is the same age as Hayden Christensen, was not very famous when she signed up for Star Wars either. It wasn’t his fault, most of the actors acting in that movie were not very good either. He did not deserve all the blame. Natalies Portman’ portrayal of Padme Amidala was awful. Yet she still has a fanatastic movie career and a Oscar statue.
      He is living proof that sometimes appearing in franchises will not help a young actor.

      • Mixtape says:

        I halfway agree. While appearing in the Star Wars prequels kind of killed his career, they certainly set him up financially for life. If you had to take a short-term job that you knew might negatively affect your career, but where you would make enough money that you didn’t need your career anymore, would you take it?

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I can’t commit to spending the rest of my life with you, but I’m ready to let my child be tied to you for life. Ok. I just don’t get it. It’s not a morals thing. Heaven knows I was not a virgin when I married. I just don’t understand why you would intentionally have a baby with a man you couldn’t commit to yourself. Just not for me.

    • Sabrina says:

      Completely agree with you.

      I think Hayden is the one not willing to commit to marriage because I think she would marry him in a heartbeat if he asked.

      • ToodySezHey says:

        How do just assume that? I mean really. Every woman isn’t pining for a wedding ring. And Hayden comes from a very close traditional family so again, how so you assume that?

    • Luca26 says:

      You don’t have to get it. If it works for them that’s all that matters.

      • ToodySezHey says:


        Basically. The same people all judgy mcjudgereson about Hayden and Rachel probably didn’t say word one when Brad and angie had their 6th child without marriage.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Thank you, Luca26. You don’t have to like someone else’s dress, or words, or actions as long as it works for them. That’s all that matters. Ok. Got it. So I can’t comment that I don’t understand it, even if I state that I’m not judging. Why don’t we just shut down this site then or say nobody gets to comment unless they agree with everything everyone else does. That would be really interesting. Thanks for your input.

        And Toody, I don’t get why Brad and Angie don’t get married either, if it makes you feel any better. It’s not a big deal to me, I just don’t understand it.

    • D says:

      You can be in a committed relationship without marriage. My parents have been together for 37 years and they are not married.

    • Aussie girl says:

      How do you know they don’t plan on tiring the knot..? Or maybe they have decided that marriage isn’t for them but they are still committed to each other and having a child is more than enough of a way to show this commitment? Judge much ..?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I SAID it’s not a moral issue to me, I’m not judging, I just don’t personally understand it. I was expressing my opinion, if that’s alright with you. I know it’s fashionable, I get it’s none of my business, I would just PERSONALLY not have a child with someone without the commitment of marriage and I said so. You’re the one being judgy.

    • Chris says:

      I know what you mean. Something doesn’t make sense. But I’m thinking that either he or she (or both) feel like “who needs the piece of paper”? But then why get engaged in the first place? Maybe to placate family who have more traditional views? But if it is some sort of commitment issues, Rachel/Hayden, you in danger! What’s “worse” than being married? Having children together. You can never be done with each other.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Right. The fact that they were engaged and broke it off seems to imply that they are unsure of each other, not marriage. So why have a baby if you’re not sure of the other person? I get that you don’t need marriage to be committed.

    • Chinoiserie says:

      I have never known why people seem to think that there is a reason not to get married after having a child. Marriage protects children and the weaker partner (well it does in my country at least) and you should be committed enough by the time you have a child. It is not like people judge you terribly these days if your marriage does not work. People always say that marriage is just a piece of paper but legally it is not and if it is just a paper then does it matter if you are married?

      • ToodySezHey says:


        Your point is valid for us unwashed plebeians

        But rachel and hayden are actors who are worth millions so…it’s a different ballgame for them. If they split up today, neither one would be left destitute

    • Oceansoul89 says:

      I don’t think a marriage automatically makes someone committed. People still cheat on their spouses and whatever. It’s just a piece of paper. Not every woman wants to get married or longs for it.

      • Bridget says:

        Marriage really isnt just a piece of paper – it gives you a lot of rights and protections under the eyes of the law that you wouldn’t otherwise. You can most definitely be committed and not be married, but what if your partner gets sick and you don’t have a Power Of Attorney? Or what if your partner’s been supporting you while you stay home with the child and you break up?

      • M.A.F. says:

        To add to what Bridget said, it is the same argument with Civil Unions and having those be on par with marriages. It is the more serious legal issues that are at stake, not just the comment to that person.

    • Manjit says:

      I don’t need the Government or the Church to validate my relationship. I commit myself to my partner through my love and respect, Marriage means nothing to me so I have chosen not to marry.

      • Wren33 says:

        Long-term relationships are hard enough, so I definitely think that whatever works for couples is great. I ask this purely out of curiosity – what is the downside to getting that piece of paper if it does give you legal rights to reflect the importance of the relationship? Is it just a cost/hassle thing that is not worth it, or is it more a philosophical objection to the institution of marriage? You don’t have to indulge my curiosity as I’m sure if you live in certain areas you get enough questions.

    • Angie says:

      I wonder the same thing. But I think that’s because to me marriage is simply a commitment. Perhaps for other people like Rachel and Hayden marriage has other negative effects? Perhaps they believe it will change the nature of their relationship and they feel they are already committed? I dunno.
      But yeah I see it more like you do: Why would you commit to a child with someone but not a marriage? The former seems like a MUCH bigger deal than the latter.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Thank you. That’s all I meant. I think having a child with someone ties you to them for life, not to mention ties your child to them for life. It’s a huge commitment. So I don’t understand why you would get engaged, break the engagement, which seems to say you believe in marriage, but don’t want to marry this person, or are unsure about it, then deliberately have a baby with them. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

    • Chris says:

      @GoodNamesAllTaken I’m with you. This is a gossip site where we voice our opinions. There’s a way to respectfully disagree with someone without shaming them for their opinion. Anonymity should not preclude civility.

      • Chris says:

        Also this:
        “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”


      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Thank you, Chris. Beautifully stated.

  9. Samtha says:

    Aw, I bet their kid(s) will be adorable.

  10. Hello Kitty says:

    RB is currently starring in the CW’s Hart of Dixie which got renewed for its fourth season. I watch the show and it’s pretty good. If you like CW shows, RB, or Scott Porter, I recommend the show! It’s cute and the clothes are amazing.

    I wonder if RB’s character will get pregnant on the show. Any other viewers care to speculate with me?

    • Charlotte says:

      I don’t watch, but I read the fug recaps when I remember.
      She is adorable.

      • Hello Kitty says:

        She is! She’s like a Polly Pocket!

        Spoiler for Season 3

        Zoe telling Wade that she loves him? Dafuq? He cheated on her, why is he the love of her life? What was the point of introducing Joel? Joel deserves more than being a plot device. Zoe, why do you make such poor life choices? God, I would love a Grey’s Anatomy crossover episode where Yang tells Zoe to get her sh*t together.

      • Charlotte says:

        Yeah, some of those plots have been a bit… Clunky. It’s like candy floss or fresh bread or something though – it’s so comforting and friendly and pretty. Like Gilmore Girls. I can’t be in a bad mood when faced with such…inoffensiveness.
        You should join the discussion on the recaps with the fug girls.

        I can see early pregnancy bloat in the bikini pics. With my first baby, I had a tummy like that until third trimester. With my second two, I was massive by third week. Hub measured and with my last I was nearly as round as I am tall. All fluid. First baby was massive, too.

    • GMarchetti says:

      @Hello Kitty:

      I read somewhere that season 4 will only have 12 episodes and will premiere only next year. I think they’re gonna rush the shooting and film half of it now, then resume after she gives birth, so they don’t have to write her pregnancy into the show.

      It just happened with Jamie King this season and I think it’s gonna be funny to watch the new tricks they’ll use to hide her bump. It seemed that they knew that we knew Jamie was pregnant so they kept playing jokes about her situation. I thought it was really cleaver and amusing.

      • Hello Kitty says:

        @GMarchetti: interesting…I’m hoping that Zoe and George have a drunken one night stand. Then season 5 can be Zade and Lemeorge co-parenting the Zeorge baby.

  11. don't kill me i'm french says:


  12. kibbles says:

    Both are C-list actors, but both are still set for life with the money they’ve made on their acting projects over the years. At least Rachel has “Hart of Dixie”, which I watched religiously, until Wade cheated on her and they broke up. I haven’t watched the latest season. Rachel’s co-star Jaime King recently had a baby so the producers will have experience with hiding a pregnancy on the show.

    • megs283 says:

      I think it would be wonderful to be a C-list actor. Do some big projects at the start, invest wisely, and live off the $$ while maintaining a low profile and doing smaller projects…perfect!

  13. QQ says:

    Not even trying to be trolly but … Is he straight even? I recall loud rumblings about this

    Trolling: The Fact That the once touted Next Big Thing probably needs this chick (who will probably play the mommy complex blog website brand of organic ______) more than she needs him…Just funny

    • ToodySezHey says:

      Nawl. I mean. .I didn’t even know Rachel was working so they clearly aren’t staying together for a fame boost. And Hayden still has all that Stay Wars money (I think he got something like 6 or 7 mil for both films combined ) plus whatever he got for Jumper and Takers.

      Sometimes a cigar is a cigar

    • Samtha says:

      Maybe he’s bisexual, who knows? They’ve obviously found a relationship that works for both of them, so…*kanye shrug*

      • Erinn says:

        Yeah, I agree. Who knows, but they’ve been together for an awffulllyyy long time with little to no fanfare for me to think that it’s anything other than genuine.

    • Luca26 says:

      I just don’t buy that this is a bearding situation because it’s long past the point where it would be beneficial to them. Sure it’s possible he’s bi or maybe the rumors were just B.S.

  14. Wannabeparisian says:

    Serious question, if you’re in your mid 30′s like Hayden is, with no full time or even part time career, what do you do all day? I’m just trying to imagine his and other non working actors day to day lives. I think…pretty boring? No?

    • kibbles says:

      I know someone from a well off family who has admitted that she’d rather spend her days chilling at a cafe, eating at nice restaurants, and shopping everyday rather than work. She is still in her 20s but she hasn’t actively looked for a job after she graduated from college 2 years ago. She has since taken several language classes to bide her time when she’s not trying out a new restaurant, shopping, or hanging out with her boyfriend. Some people are perfectly content with this type of lifestyle because they are lazy and don’t need to worry about becoming poor. Just look at the Royals. Kate Middleton has spent most of her adult life vacationing and shopping. Even now that she has an obligation as a member of the Royal family, she and William do the bare minimum. Not everyone is ambitious.

  15. ToodySezHey says:

    Girl, bye

    Let me all of a sudden have 10 mil. Aside from king sure a good chunk if it was invested? I’d be

    1) sleeping
    2) playing tennis, water sports
    3) traveling
    4) seeing plays, concerts, sporting events
    5) dining well.

    I should be so lucky to have Hayden’s ‘problems” lol

  16. Amanda_M87 says:

    They seem like decent people who aren’t crazy wild partiers or constantly trying to get photographed by the paparazzi unlike some celebrities. Congrats to them.

  17. Chris says:

    I’m thinking all that “I plan to have a family” talk from Rachel recently was to put the world on notice that she didn’t get knocked up to trap a man. That this was/is a plan mutually agreed upon. Because she can’t be more than 2-3 months pregnant, so I don’t think she was at the time of those interviews. It looks like she is going to milk this pregnancy for all it’s worth–the full 9 months or so.

    • Alice.H says:

      ‘It looks like she is going to milk this pregnancy for all it’s worth–the full 9 months or so.’

      I can’t see that happening. I doubt she would change her ways, she’s always been low-key.

      I hope she enjoys motherhood, she seems to come a grounded family herself.

      • lrm says:

        yea, I just looked her up on wikipedia and she comes from a looong line of show biz and movie folks…back to her great grandfather [producer, i think] and great grandmother [screen writer]. She has actors and actresses in her family, too. Born and raised in LA. She’s surprisingly low key coming from a connected family like that, relative to someone like Goopy and the others who come from celebrity or movie star clans.

        Also, she has a clothing line and had a shoe line. Who knows if she’ll add mommy related biz to her resume, but she seems like she’s got plenty going on as it is. She’s not kate bosworth.

    • ToodySezHey says:

      How can you trap a man you we have been with for nearly a decade?

      Makes no sense.

      • Chris says:

        My theory is she wants the world to know that she did not get “knocked up”to force his hand in marrying her. She wants everyone to know that they planned to have a child even though they are not married and may not ever get married.

        I can understand her maybe feeling insecure about public perception since they were engaged and then it was called off.

        Or maybe she doesn’t give a cr-p, it’s just my theory.

        Also, I do think she may use the pregnancy to become part of the Hollywood mommy-industrial complex. Just because she’s been low key up to now, doesn’t mean she wants to stay low key. Look at that Kristin Cavillari–pregnancies keep you relevant.

  18. K.B. says:

    I’m far more interested to see if she’ll pull a Kristen Bell or a Jennifer Garner.

  19. serena says:

    What a super fug dress… anwyay congrats, I’m happy for her, and above all I hope her pregnancy will be put in Hart of Dixie!

  20. Shiksa Goddess says:

    Those Daily Mail pictures of her in the swimsuit are very telling. What’s ridiculous is that the commenters are saying she has a “potbelly” and is “not toned at all”. Oh my goodness.

  21. Lisa says:

    Why is the media simultaneously obsessed with feminism, and the idea of women as solely babymakers?

  22. Helvetica says:

    Their baby is going to be adorable.
    I like these two.

  23. cas says:

    I think she looks totally pregnant in those bikini pics, that early first trimester with bloat. Very cute belly. I am also pregnant with my first child, only 10 weeks along! Can’t wait to see what Rachel’s maternity style will be like :)

  24. ella says:

    I like her casual looks so much better than her red carpet/press event ones, for which she always parts her hair in the middle. Makes her look like Eddie Munster.

  25. idontknowyouyoudontknowme says:

    They make a lovely pair, even if they aren’t the A-list power couple type. I wish them happiness and good health, the baby will be lovely for sure. Rachel is petite and beautiful, Hayden is tall and handsome.. classic good looks.

  26. Camille (The Original) says:

    Congrats to them, no doubt the kid will be a cutie.

  27. Dahlia1947 says:

    I love Rachel! She’s so cute! Congratulations guys!

  28. talisa says:

    I think he is a good actor, just Star Wars ruined him. Personally, most of the people’s acting in those movies were pretty bad. Natalie Portmans acting was bad yet she still has a movie career and a ( underserved) Oscar. I always wondered why he doesn’t have a movie career like she does. He is good looking, has more talent then Natalie yet is a struggling actor. Such a shame.
    Atleast he doesn’t seem like a loser like Portmans husband is.

  29. P.J. says:

    Idk why exactly but I was really, really happy and excited when I heard this news 😊 The baby will for sure be a cutie. Congrats to the happy couple!