The two studied together in the Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. But Rachel Bilson had to take down the picture because Rami Malek had nothing to say about it.
On Monday, March 29th, Bilson was on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s Armchair Expert podcast. There the actress opened up about the time she had to take down Malek’s photo from her Instagram. She said, “Rami was a good friend of mine. We were in the same crew. We did the Crucible together senior year, we were the leads in it together—all these things.” Rachel Bilson just wanted to honor Rami Malek for all of his awards including the Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Why did Rami Malek want the picture by Rachel Bilson to be taken down?
On the show, Rachel said, “Obviously, he gets super famous and he’s always been extremely talented…even in high school. I had posted a throwback of us from our senior trip to New York. We’re super nerdy…just the dorkiest picture of the both of us. But I throw it up, ’cause it’s funny and I think it’s so important to be able to make fun of yourself.” The actress then continued, “I don’t usually check my DM’s on my Instagram…maybe a week goes by and I actually look and I have a message from Rami. 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’ “
Nervous as she was, Bilson continued saying, “I was like, ‘Oh, s***! OK.’ I get really hot and start sweating. I’m all nervous, like, ‘Oh god! What did I do?’ He was a really good friend, it’s a funny picture. You know? I don’t take myself that seriously.” The actress who was friends with Rami’s stylist said, “Well it’s not a great picture of him”. Rachel then said that Josh Schwartz, the O.C creator said,” You did him dirty. He’s about to be nominated.”
After a lot of rethinking, Rachel Bilson removed the picture of herself and Rami Malek. She added, “But I removed it and I even wrote to him a really nice message: ‘I’m so sorry. Go get the Oscar! You’re doing amazing.’ And I never hear anything back, which is fine. But I was super bummed because he was always so nice and we were good friends.”