Rachel Bilson: My Daughter Briar, 4, Taught Me to ‘Be Present’ and Not Worry About Tomorrow 

Single Mom Rachel Bilson Learned an Important Lesson From Her Daughter
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Rachel Bilson had the perfect response when she was asked about how motherhood has changed her. “It has really reminded me to be present because kids are extremely present,” the O.C. alum revealed in Bella New York’s November/December Holiday issue. “They’re not worrying about what’s happening tomorrow, in the future, or even what’s happened in the past.

Single Mom Rachel Bilson Learned an Important Lesson From Her Daughter
Rachel Bilson John Russo for Bella Magazine

The Take Two star, 37, shares daughter, Briar, 4, with her former fiancé, Hayden Christensen. In September 2017, the former couple announced they split after nearly 10 years together. (Bilson and the Star Wars actor, 37, met on the 2008 film Jumper.)

Though Bilson is known for her cool street style, Briar prefers to select her own outfits for school. “She’s at the age where she likes to dress herself,” the L.A. native told Bella. “I let her choose what she wants to wear; sometimes she has her dress on backwards with a bandana in her hair, or shoes on the wrong feet, but I just think, ‘You know what, express yourself.’”

Single Mom Rachel Bilson Learned an Important Lesson From Her Daughter
Rachel Bilson John Russo for Bella Magazine

The season finale of Bilson’s ABC detective series aired in September. As for the O.C., the hit teen drama that launched her to stardom at 22, the actress is open to a revival. “There hasn’t been any talk about it, but if they wanted to bring it back I would totally be open to whatever they would want to do,” she explained. “I’m super close with [creator] Josh Schwartz, so if he wanted to do anything, I would do it.”

Of course, Bilson’s life looks a lot different than it did back in 2003, and she won’t take on just any project now. “Everything from how many episodes it is going to be, where it is going to shoot, even the logistics play more into the decision when it comes to a TV role,” she mused. “I’m a mom and that is No. 1 for me.”

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