Rachel Bilson And Hayden Christensen Get Arrested In "Jumper"
Television stars tied into multi-year contracts are not generally given flexibility to make films outside their scheduled breaks. Unless, of course, they are Rachel Bilson. The 25-year-old actress is shooting the female lead in Doug Liman's sci-fi adventure "Jumper" in Toronto, while filming the fourth season of "The O.C." in Los Angeles.
The fact that the two productions are willing to accommodate Bilson speaks volumes. Bilson is locked into "The O.C." on a seven-year contract, the norm for most American TV shows. On the other hand, Liman, known for Swingers (starring Vince Vaughn), The Bourne Identity (starring Matt Damon) and Mr and Mrs Smith (starring Angelina Jolie opposite Brad Pitt) is the director young actresses are more than happy to work with.
Liman is an old friend of Bilson's, having directed "The O.C.'s" pilot episode back in 2003, but it is unlikely that her turn as spoilt, cocky Summer was her ticket to the role. More likely, it was her assured performance as a student besotted with a guy she can't have (Zach Braff) in the new "dramedy" The Last Kiss.
Television stars often rush to cash in their new-found fame by taking roles during filming breaks, however,The Last Kiss is Bilson's first film. "I was definitely patient," she says. "It's so important to do the right kind of movie for your first one, especially coming from a teen drama. I felt that was really important in order to be taken seriously and maybe respected a little more in the film community."
As for "The O.C." the actress says: "Everything I have is because of this show and I'm so grateful for that. I'm just along for the ride."
Here are some recent images from the filming of "Jumper" in Toronto. In the scene, Bilson and her co-star Hayden Christensen get arrested by the police.