Rachel Bilson reveals Rami Malek asked her to delete an Instagram throwback

Zoe Shenton
·2-min read

From Cosmopolitan

So it looks like it's not just us non-celebs who ask our friends to erase Instagram pictures we don't like, then! This week, Rachel Bilson revealed old school friend Rami Malek asked her to take down a throwback snap she shared to her grid showing them posing together on a school trip.

Rachel posted the picture two years ago, just before Rami won the Oscar for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Appearing on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast this week, she spoke about their friendship after meeting at high school in California.

"We were the same crew. We did The Crucible together senior year," she shared. "We were the leads in it together, all these things. We kind of kept in contact a little bit."

With Rami creating a huge buzz during awards season, she decided to take a trip down memory lane. "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," Rachel recalled.

Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

"But I throw it up because 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."

But a week after she posted the picture, Rachel said she noticed a DM from Rami. "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,'" she said.

"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 good friend, it’s a funny picture… you know? I don’t take myself that seriously," the actor added.

Rachel explained that she took it straight down after spotting his message and sent him an apology, but admitted she was "super-bummed" about it all.

"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," she said.

"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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