Rachel Bilson on Rami Malek Asking Her to Remove Throwback High School Photo From Social Media (UPDATE)

On an episode of Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s 'Armchair Expert' podcast, 'The O.C.' star spoke about the time she posted a throwback picture of Malek.

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UPDATED 4/28, 10:12 a.m. ET: Rachel Bilson said she and Rami Malek have cleared the air after the photo incident.

“Rami and I actually have talked since that came out. He connected with me, and we’re all good,” she said during a recent episode of the LadyGang podcast, per People“He was so sweet and we’re totally fine now and we talked about it and we’re good.”

Bilson added that Malek was “gracious,” and she “totally understood where he was coming from.” Bilson explained that after the story became a big deal in the media, she had to seek therapy for anxiety. 

“I was so mortified though. Like, I was having a panic attack,” she said. “I had to go to therapy that day, and I was like, ‘I am having anxiety. I did not want this to resurface in this way. I feel so bad. Oh my god. Rami is going to think I’m doing this again.’” 

But in the end, she’s thankful they reconnected. 

“It actually turned out to be a good thing for a reason, because we were able to reconnect and, like, make it better and everything is great,” she added.

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Rachel Bilson opened up about a high school reunion that made an old friend not too happy. 

On an episode of Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s Armchair Expert podcast, The O.C. star spoke about the time she posted a throwback picture of herself alongside former high school classmate and Oscar winner Rami Malek.

“Rami was a good friend of mine. “We were [in] the same crew,” she said. “We did The Crucible together senior year, we were the leads in it together — all these things. We kind of kept in contact a little bit.”

The pair went to Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, and used to be good friends, according to Bilson. But the photo of Malek in an unflattering ‘90s look, dawning a gold chain, wasn’t entirely well-received. 

“I don’t usually check my DMs on my Instagram and maybe a week goes by and I actually look and I have a message from Rami,” she said. “But it wasn’t like, ‘Hey! How are you?!’ It was straight to, ‘I would really appreciate if you take that down. I’m a really private person.’”

Bilson said she was quick to remove the photo and wrote the Bohemian Rhapsody an apology, which ultimately went unanswered. 

“And I never heard anything back, which is fine,” she said. “But I was super bummed because he was always so nice and we were good friends.”

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