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Rachel Bilson has nothing but love for her ex-boyfriend and fellow cast member, Adam Brody. The pair both starred in the wildly popular teen drama The O.C. from 2003 to 2007 and their characters Summer Roberts and Seth Cohen actually have become one of the most popular teen TV couples in recent years. And, thanks to streaming services, the hit show is constantly being discovered by new audiences.

The O.C. cast members Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody smile for the camera at a preview party
Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody | Donato Sardella/WireImage

Though Bilson’s character was around from the very first episode, she actually wasn’t originally considered part of the main cast when The O.C. premiered. However, fans were immediately taken with her character. Though Summer is first presented to be vapid and shallow, it quickly becomes clear that there’s much more to the spoiled rich girl than she initially lets on.

Rachel Bilson loved learning from fellow castmate Adam Brody while filming ‘The O.C.’

Another thing that may have helped Bilson become a permanent member of The O.C. cast was her chemistry with the cast. She and Brody, in particular, developed a great rapport. In fact, Bilson recalls that she loved watching Brody work and appreciated the skill he demonstrated as an actor on the show. In a recent interview with Armchair Expert podcast, Bilson gushed about her former co-star.

‘His choices were always so smart and I really admired that,” Bilson shared. “I think working with him that young really helped me acting-wise because I was working opposite him and it made me grow tremendously.” The O.C. star continued on to call out what, specifically, made Brody a great actor. “He had that freedom to make it your own, to not be afraid to choose, improv, whatever it is that made it so much more comfortable to do and make it whatever you want it to be.”

Bilson and Brody dated while filming the show but broke up in Season 4

But Bilson wasn’t just enamored with Brody’s skill-set as an actor while they were filming The O.C., she was also enamored with Brody himself. The pair actually dated in real-life for a time period also. However, they ended up breaking up in 2006, during the show’s final season. But what was it like for the ex-couple to continue playing a couple in love after they’d broken up?

“We broke up at the very end so there wasn’t much [for us to film] after the breakup,” Bilson recalled about the breakup. We did get married [on The O.C.] after we broke up – which was… That’s always fun.” Continuing on, Bilson shared that the writers of the show made the characters Summer and Seth get married just to mess with them since they’d broken up.

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“They totally did that on purpose, that was the only scene left to shoot was the wedding,” Bilson revealed. “They’re like, ‘You broke up? Let’s give you a wedding.'” Despite The O.C. writers trolling Bilson and Brody, the pair were able to remain cordial and, today, they have nothing but love and respect for one another. A few years back Bilson posted a photo of them after a chance airport meeting, and fans are hoping Brody will make an appearance on Bilson’s upcoming podcast, Welcome to the OC, B*ches.


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‘We went through so much together being so young and everything with the show,” Bilson shared of her experiences with Brody on The O.C. . ‘And I’m so happy for him with his family and his beautiful wife and kids and everything.”