Rachel Bilson is opening up about the time that Rami Malek asked her to take down a photo she posted from their high school days.
During her appearance on Dax Shepard‘s Arm Chair Expert podcast, the 39-year-old former O.C. star revealed that she and Rami were close in high school.
“Rami was a good friend of mine,” she told Dax. “We were [in] the same crew. We did the Crucible together senior year, we were the leads in it together—all these things.”
As Rami rose to mega fame following his role in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rachel posted a throwback pic on her Instagram of the two in high school.
In the pic, the two were in New York City and looking pretty excited about being there. She jokingly captioned it, “Hey @ramimalek where’d you get that gold chain? #tbt #oscarworthy #dontforgetthelittlepeople.”
“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,” Rachel recalled about the photo.
However, it doesn’t seem Rami was a fan of her posting it, and he DMed her to take it down.
“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.’”
“I was like, ‘Oh, s–t! OK.’ I get really hot and start sweating,” Rachel reacted. “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.”
Rachel went on, revealing the reason Rami asked her to take it down was because he didn’t like the picture.
“I’m friends with his stylist and she was like, ‘Well it’s not a great picture of him,’” she shared. “It was right before the Oscars and I remember [The O.C. creator] Josh Schwartz being like, ‘You did him dirty. He’s about to be nominated.’”
“I was like, I guess I should’ve found something more flattering,” Rachel continued. “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.”
Rami did win the Oscar, and is now set to appear in the upcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die.
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