Rami Malek asked Rachel Bilson to take down "dorky" throwback picture

Sam Warner
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Rachel Bilson has claimed that No Time to Die's Rami Malek asked her to take a "dorky" throwback picture of the pair together at school.

Back in 2019, The OC star posted an old snap of the two on her Instagram, though was somewhat thrown by Malek's negative reaction to it, agreeing to subsequently take it down.

Opening up on the latest episode of the Armchair Expert podcast released yesterday (March 29), Bilson recalled: "I had posted a throwback of us from our senior trip to New York, Broadway. We were super-nerdy, just the dorkiest picture of both of us.

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"But I throw it up 'cause it's funny, and I think it's so important to be able to make fun of yourself, and he had like a gold chain, and I'm like, 'Rami where'd you get the gold chain?' Whatever. So I'm just being funny, we were good friends."

However, the actress went on to reveal that Malek's stylist got in touch, revealing that he didn't like the picture – which came ahead of his Oscar win for Bohemian Rhapsody.

"She was like, 'Well, it's not a great picture of him,'" Bilson continued. "Okay, I'm sorry. We were 16! It was what it was.

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"It was right before the Oscars, and I remember [The OC creator] Josh Schwartz being like, 'You did him dirty! He's about to be nominated.' And I'm like, 'What do you mean? This was my friend; it's a funny picture.'"

She added: "I wrote to him a really nice message, like, 'I'm so sorry. Go get the Oscar, you're doing amazing.' And I never hear anything back. But I was super-bummed because he was always so nice and we were good friends, and I'm a big fan of not taking yourself seriously, especially at that level of fame and talent.

"But look, he wants to be super-respected, it's his thing, so I respected it. I took it down. I was just a little bummed at how it was handled."

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Bilson went on to reveal that she later received a message from Malek on Instagram, saying: "But it wasn't like, 'Hey! How are you?' It was straight to 'I would really appreciate it if you take that down, I'm a really private person.'

"I was like, 'Oh shit, okay.' I get like really hot, I like start sweating, and I get all nervous."

Digital Spy has reached out to Malek's representatives for comment.

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