Rachel Bilson for Cosmopolitan

Posted on April 01, 2013

Rachel Bilson wants you to know that’s she just a girl; a girl who lives for her boy.


Rachel+Bilson+Cosmopolitan+May+2013+1Rachel Bilson covers the May 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine in Oscar de la Renta photographed by Matthias Vriens-McGrath.


Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Cara Delevingne

Cute cover, even if the shape of that dress is a little odd. As for this:

On having kids: “I definitely have family on the brain. Having kids is something I want to see in my future – I hope.”

On being a good girlfriend: “I’m a really good girlfriend – I always put all that first in my life. I’m definitely the person who would make him his favorite dinner to come home to.”

On her boyfriend: “I’m lucky that my boyfriend is open-minded when it comes to fashion. There will be an outfit I’m convinced will be too crazy for him and he’s like ‘That’s awesome!'”

Well, isn’t she just precious. We’re not gonna rag on her, but we do feel more than a little sorry for her. And before anyone rushes to misunderstand us, there’s nothing wrong with wanting children or wanting to focus on your boyfriend, but she’s giving off a distinct whiff of turning her entire life over to a man.

Rachel+Bilson+Cosmopolitan+May+2013+4Moschino Cheap and Chic Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Vika Falileeva


Rachel+Bilson+Cosmopolitan+May+2013+6Christian Dior Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Sui He (NATHALIE)


At least she works that feminine, funky, flirty thing that Cosmo does so well. But is it us or are her shoes poorly matched to these outfits?


[Photo Credit: Matthias Vriens-McGrath, style.com]

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  • Deb Oswald

    Good god, the shoes! My eyes!

  • Jessi03

    Bad bad shoes. Bad bad soundbites. She looks relatively cute, though.

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    I happen to think that Rachel Bilson is one of the most beautiful women on screen, and I really don’t think these pictures do her justice at all. Awful shoes, awful styling, awful soundbites.

    • Alexina04

      I completely agree!! I don’t think any of this does her justice, but then again, it is Cosmo.

  • Janet B

    She’s just too cute. In fact I wouldn’t have guessed she’s over 30.

  • Catiline

    I don’t think the hunchy poses are doing her or the dresses any favors, but face and hair are quite pretty.

  • another_laura

    I think she will live to regret this interview. As for the shoes, well, she can’t really be blamed for the styling choices. Can she? They’re awful.

    • teensmom99

      I can’t believe she really said those things. It all just sounds too cosmo-ish.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    The whole thing, quotes included, seem like something out of Seventeen, more so than Cosmo. Oh well, I guess with the Blake Livelys and the Jessica Biels of the world spouting about that resplendent high they get from taking care of their man, That Fifties Gal and all her “goals” are all the rage again.

    • CakesOnAPlane

      The older I get, the more Cosmo and Seventeen become indistinguishable from one another.

      Clothes are hideous.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        So true! I haven’t read either in a decade, but I always check the covers when I’m in line.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Who is she even dating? Not Anakin Skywalker again, right? She always seemed to me like she wanted to be the style equivalent of a brunette Carrie Bradshaw, and that cover look certainly strikes me as a Carrie knock-off dress.

    • Melanie

      Yes, I believe they’re still together.

  • MilaXX

    Did someone travel back in a time machine to 1950 for this interview because the “I need a man” line sounds like Betty Draper.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Right? When I read the “On being a good girlfriend:” opening, I immediately thought it was going to be about being a supportive friend to other women – her take never occurred to me.

      • l_c_ann

        Ditto. From someone who remembers the 50’s unfondly but clearly.

  • H2olovngrl

    Great cover shot. Especially for Cosmo. Bright, striking and pretty. The inside shots don’t do much for me. Also, why the questions regarding her boyfriend? Is she dating someone famous?

    • Melanie

      She dates Hayden Christiansen, and has for some time.

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      Rather depends on your view of Hayden Christiansen. He certainly used to be famous.

      • H2olovngrl


  • thecitysleeps

    She’s so pretty. And I kinda love her since her The OC days. While I do feel the sound bites are taken a bit out of context, or she just really feels this way, I don’t know. I don’t think it seems like she lives for her man. I mean she has quite a good career going for her and seems quite independent. Anyways, I rag on Taylor Swift endlessly for her anti-feminist ways, so I better shut up.

    I like the colourful clothes choices and her hair. Hate the shoes.

  • tereliz

    Is that first OdlR outfit SHORTS? Yikes.

    I want to give Rachel here the benefit of the doubt, but there does seem to be a distinct vibe of “propose to me, boyfriend, and we’ll have beautiful babies!” to this interview. Maybe it’s just the questions that are being asked. I mean, Cosmo’s not going to ask for her opinion on child abuse or rape or about cancer… even though these are all issues/charities Rachel professes to be charitably involved with. Dearest Joanna, I’d rather read about Rachel’s involvement with a charity than her ticking biological clock. Except that I don’t read Cosmo because the editorials are klunky-sexy and the articles are about as informative as a sex-ed class in a Catholic girl’s school. Taught by nuns.

  • zenobar

    As far as the Moschino Cheap and Chic runway look is concerned, I get the feeling that the stylist for this show felt “cheap” was best portrayed by trading out $900 sandals with fugly running shoes.

  • Sobaika

    I find the photoshoot ridiculous – but I do wonder how much the boycrazy vibe of this interview came from how she answered her questions or more so what she was being asked.

    • alyce1213

      And what answers they chose to print.

      • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

        And how they chose to edit her responses.

    • musicandmochi


    • pop_top

      Especially given Seventeen’s skew toward “how to please your man/land the guy” articles.

  • http://twitter.com/Mlle_D Donyelle

    This looks like a Seventeen Prom special cover.

    • Nicole Chubb


  • LongTall_Sally

    The shoe choices aren’t any worse than those on the runway — why is that model wearing sneakers with a cute strapless dress?

  • zenobar

    I don’t know if it’s because I’m in my 40s, or because I have a 13-year-old daughter, or just because I had one too many cups of coffee this morning, but I find everything about this – the clothing, the soundbites, and basically EVERY SINGLE STATEMENT on this magazine cover – to be especially repugnant.

    • charlotte

      You are so right!

    • musicandmochi

      Well I for one am completely with you. And I’m in my 20’s, so I don’t think it’s an age or a parent thing.
      I think it’s a feminism thing.

      P.S. That is the perfect avatar for your comment. I had that facial expression exactly while I was reading.

      • MarissaLG

        I totally agree. I’m in my mid-20s and find this whole thing gross. There’s nothing about this that makes me want to read or buy this issue. FLIRTY! PINK! BOYFRIEND! HEELS! yawn.

        On a more shallow note, I think Rachel Bilson always looks best when she goes for a darker, edgier look, so these photos are really not doing it for me.

        • musicandmochi

          Yes! Can I just say how hilariously repetitive the cover quotes are? They have been running out of ways to say “THINGS YOU’RE DOING WRONG IN BED” since like the beginning of time.

          And those purple heels are offensive to mine eyes.

          I, too, love her edgier looks. I think I most love when she deploys her androgynous looks. If she (i.e. her stylist) realized it, I think she’d have the potential to be a real fashion chameleon. She’s got the face for it.

          On an even more shallow note, while her boyfriend can’t act for crap, he’s mighty easy on the eyes. I had the biggest crush on him, growing up as a Star Wars nerdlet. Alas, his bad acting makes me love him less.

          In another life, Hayden. Another life…

    • j_anson

      Word. There’s also a distinct whiff of, “I’m SUCH a better woman than those OTHER starlets who prioritize their careers!” Like, great, cook your boyfriend dinner. Awesome. Is it really something you need to brag about to women’s magazines?

    • http://dentsdelait.tumblr.com/ Nancy Marion

      Nope, all gross (and LOVE the Jerri Blank!), all the time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      I’m with you on this, but I’m also 40 with an 18 year old daughter. I’m hoping the quotes are lacking some context that make them a little less “living for my man.”

    • sariebee

      Everyone (including her) knows that her boyfriend Hayden Christensen is gay. This is all made-up bullshit. Nothing to fuss over.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      I have a 13 year old son. I completely agree. Who on earth wants girls to grow up like THIS? ICK.

  • ChemistToCode

    I would rather read about her enjoyment in preparing her man’s favorite meal than read the cover story about ‘The Crazy Lie I Told to Get a Boyfriend’. I haven’t read Cosmo in a long time and I won’t start now.

    • zenobar

      I second that.

  • alyce1213

    I wouldn’t take the cutesy sound bytes Cosmo chose to print from this interview as gospel, or a valid representation of what she (or anyone they feature) wants. It’s just blah-blah-blah. I’m guessing career comes first, at least for now.

  • RedRaven617

    The styling seems like a deliberate attempt for discord among all the different pieces. It is all over whelming. The shoes don’t match.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I am a 30-year-old woman, and I see NOTHING wrong with the soundbites you printed. I didn’t read the article, so I have no idea what the rest of it sounded like. But what I read is not bad. Now we’re slamming young women because they want to have families AND a career? And because they put their happiness first and foremost? I personally love to cook dinner for my man. I don’t get to do it that often, and typically he’s making me dinner. So to give back is something I enjoy.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      It really doesn’t matter sometimes what we write, does it? People will simply skip the parts that don’t fuel their outrage.

      “And before anyone rushes to misunderstand us, there’s nothing wrong with
      wanting children or wanting to focus on your boyfriend, but she’s
      giving off a distinct whiff of turning her entire life over to a man.”

      Feel free to disagree with our point, but don’t pretend we didn’t make it.

    • Violina23

      I dunno, I see my relationship with my husband as a partnership — he’s not more important than me, or vice versa. Nothing wrong with wanting to take care of your significant other… but she’s giving the vibe that his needs trump hers, and that can (for the wrong person) be a recipe for disaster. Frankly, though, it sounds like she wants to play house with him, and really has no idea what an adult relationship looks like 😛

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      I am a 31-year-old woman, and I see NOTHING wrong with TLo’s reaction to the soundbites.

    • RebeccaKW

      I’m a 34-year-old woman, and I personally dislike hearing any one say that the first goal in life is to make her boyfriend or his girlfriend happy. Yes, you don’t want to be a crap partner and never do anything for the other person, but I think there should be a balance. Put yourself first. I’m happy to cook for my man, and I love it when he cooks for me, but I don’t want that to be the definition of who I am, and the way this reads (or was edited into), it sounds like she is doing that. I’ve had way too many friends who’ve ‘put their boyfriend first’ and when the relationship goes south, they are thrown into a depression-their self-worth was based on being loved by this guy. Now that love is gone, so they feel they have no value.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      I’m a 30-something woman, too, and while my boyfriend and a family are constantly on my mind, my world doesn’t revolve around those things. The way that this interview was edited (because who knows what Bilson ACTUALLY said) comes across to me as one in which her (personal) life consists of her boyfriend happy. Other than the snippet about having kids, the soundbites are all about HIM, which sort of turns me off.

      ETA: Hi Sara. I just realized that this was you! 😛

  • lrober03

    Is it some coincidence that both of these dresses have straps added on to the runway version?

  • Orange Girl

    It’s COSMO. Its an entire magazine about “pleasing your man.” She wanted the press and gave them the soundbites they wanted.

    • barbarienne

      Old school Cosmo was about getting orgasms for yourself (with your man’s assistance; not solo). And about controlling your man through your awesome sex appeal. Yes, tacky and awful, but still in a twisted way about empowering women.

      This self-abnegating shit is just vomitous.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    Her shoes ARE a bit poorly matched, but no worse than the sneakers that the model in the Moschino dress has on.

    But otherwise, she looks cute. The clips? MEH.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Isn’t she about a decade away from being styled like this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Monzerrat-Ontiveros/100000216133922 Monzerrat Ontiveros

    her man deserves it!

  • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

    And why is she adding straps to everything? It’s not like the girls are pendulous.

  • Trisha26

    The first dress is a tutu. The straps on the second dress were added to match the shoes. The purple shoes are a craft project along with the purse.

  • musicandmochi

    Those purple heels are offensive to mine eyes.

  • Guest

    She’s doing the potty dance in the first two pictures, and took care of it in the third.

  • Guest

    First picture: potty dance. Second picture: potty dance. Third picture: No more potty dance! Uh oh.

    • demidaemon

      This made me laugh out loud.

  • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

    Ew. I had zero knowledge of this person before and I have zero interest in her opinion about anything now. At least I can go on ignoring her. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • jmorino08

    That is the face you make while you’re waiting for the photographer to get ready, not when he/she’s actually shooting! I can’t believe that’s the best they could come up with for the cover!

  • l_c_ann

    Ahem, my good impression of Joanna Coles, new Editor of Cosmo, just took a massive blow to the gut.

    • demidaemon

      In her defense, I will say that Cosmo has always had a “certain” audience, and she probably likes her job, so she doesn’t want to piss off her higher ups by losing subscribers.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Shoes are poorly matched both in the editorial and runway versions.

  • Mazenderan

    The cover was so saccharine I assumed it was Cosmo-Girl, or Cosmo-Teen – or whatever it’s called.

    Love the shoes on the model in the last pic.

  • gloriana232

    HURK. You know what makes a “good” girlfriend? Somebody who is supportive, loving, and an equal partner. Period. Specific *things* that you do — making dinner, doing chores, whatever — are either extras or things you share as people who live together. That’s all.

    I think what made me gag about the “favourite dinner to come home to” is that 1) that isn’t being a good girlfriend, exclusively; it’s just being really nice and 2) to come home to? The language is so outdated and specific … what if I come home later (because I have stuff to do, like a job, or an education, or just my STUFF I’m doing)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/AdriannaGrezak Adrianna Grężak

    This whole editorial spread is disturbing. Why is she styled to look like a pre-pubescent girl?

  • HeatherMcIlrath

    that second picture of her looks awkwardly ‘shopped. her legs look so weird and short?? idk…i’m finding it difficult to look at

  • Kristy Evans

    I don’t feel like that’s so much her, as it is Cosmo. That whole magazine has that running undercurrent of “you’re only as successful/beautiful/accomplished as the man you land!”

  • http://dentsdelait.tumblr.com/ Nancy Marion

    *cue irrational old-lady rant*

    Cute hollywood ladies: stop sticking your tongue out when you smile! It’s the go-to acceptable ugly/silly face for pretty girls. Britney does it, Katie Holmes does it. And it looks annoying.
    I wish someone would just go full-bore monster face: drool, inner eyelids, slack jaw, Bat Boy pose, you name it, it’s more fun than the teeth-cleaning/teasing move.
    *irrational rant over*

  • elemspbee

    why is she so irritating? these photos are horribly annoying and she’s made them so with her poses.

  • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn

    I felt the same thing about the Olivia Wilde article in Marie Claire. It’s about her, yes, but it reeks of co-dependency.

  • http://twitter.com/nicolahearts nicole seligman

    i just want to point out that this interview would have A. been quoted totally differently in Glamour or another non-Cosmo publication and B. would never have been asked of a male celeb. just sayin’. love the third shot and hate the cover, but that’s Cosmo for you.

  • Giustina Pileggi

    bra-straps with Dior? …

  • demidaemon

    Well, it’s Cosmo. This is par for the course. Also, I hate that cover and the dress. It’s hideous.

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    I like the first pair of shoes, but not the second.

    As for the “feminine, funky, flirty” thing, well, I guess she’s embodying it as well as anyone, but the larger question is, why does she want to? I think Cosmo is a magazine, and an attitude, that has outlived its era.

  • bd73

    i don’t get it. she’s dressed like a teenager. her personal style is much-chronicled and well-known. and this is not it. smiling with her tongue out? how drew barrymore 1995.