Rachel Bilson apologizes to her The O.C. co-star Tate Donovan for 'being an a**hole' on set

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Rachel Bilson is taking accountability for some of her less fine moments while shooting the hit teen drama The O.C.

The 39-year-old actress apologized to her former castmate Tate Donovan for being an ‘a**hole’ while he was directing a 2005 episode of the Fox soap titled ‘The Game Plan’ on Tuesday.

‘I know some of us kids were little a**holes, you know, and I think that, that speaks to that whole unaware, young, youthful, ignorant, like just idiots,’ Bilson said on episode five of her weekly Kast Media podcast Welcome to the OC, B****es.

Apology: Rachel Bilson, 39,  apologized to her former castmate Tate Donovan for being an 'a**hole' while he was directing a 2005 episode of the Fox soap titled 'The Game Plan' on Tuesday

Apology: Rachel Bilson, 39,  apologized to her former castmate Tate Donovan for being an ‘a**hole’ while he was directing a 2005 episode of the Fox soap titled ‘The Game Plan’ on Tuesday

'Ignorant': 'I know some of us kids were little a**holes, you know, and I think that, that speaks to that whole unaware, young, youthful, ignorant, like just idiots,' Bilson said on episode five of her weekly Kast Media podcast Welcome to the OC, B****es

‘Ignorant’: ‘I know some of us kids were little a**holes, you know, and I think that, that speaks to that whole unaware, young, youthful, ignorant, like just idiots,’ Bilson said on episode five of her weekly Kast Media podcast Welcome to the OC, B****es

‘And I hope I wasn’t as bad it’s come off. I hope I wasn’t because I really, you know, you get influenced, I’d say, by your surroundings.

‘I thought you were so wonderful and such a wonderful director and like amazing human and all of it. So if I ever added to any of the a**holeness, I want to apologize on record,’ she added.

The 57-year-old Emmy-winning producer replied: ‘Totally. Yeah… You can’t help but believe all the sort of hype and everyone gets caught up in, especially when you’re young.’  

He made headlines in 2013 when he opened up to Vulture about the cast’s ‘bad’ attitudes when he was tapped to direct an episode after finishing his time starring on the series. 

Putting it to bed: 'I thought you were so wonderful and such a wonderful director and like amazing human and all of it. So if I ever added to any of the a**holeness, I want to apologize on record,' Bilson added

Putting it to bed: ‘I thought you were so wonderful and such a wonderful director and like amazing human and all of it. So if I ever added to any of the a**holeness, I want to apologize on record,’ Bilson added 

Headlines: Donovan, 57, made headlines in 2013 when he opened up to Vulture about the cast’s 'bad' attitudes when he was tapped to direct an episode after finishing his time starring on the series

Headlines: Donovan, 57, made headlines in 2013 when he opened up to Vulture about the cast’s ‘bad’ attitudes when he was tapped to direct an episode after finishing his time starring on the series

‘They just didn’t want to be doing the show anymore. It was pretty tough; they were very tough to work with,’ he said at the time.

But during the group’s chat this week, the actor praised Bilson for being a ‘total sweetheart to work with.’

Tate portrayed financial planner Jimmy Cooper, who gets divorced from ‘money-digging w***e’ Julie Cooper (Melinda Clarke). 

Melinda marveled: ‘The entire crew loved Tate so much that they sang happy birthday to him every single day he was on set, a hundred people would just start [singing].’ 

Over it: 'They just didn’t want to be doing the show anymore. It was pretty tough; they were very tough to work with,' Tate said at the time of stars Bilson, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton and Ben McKenzie

Over it: ‘They just didn’t want to be doing the show anymore. It was pretty tough; they were very tough to work with,’ Tate said at the time of stars Bilson, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton and Ben McKenzie

Praise: During the group's chat this week, the Emmy-winning producer praised Bilson for being a 'total sweetheart to work with'

Praise: During the group’s chat this week, the Emmy-winning producer praised Bilson for being a ‘total sweetheart to work with’

‘That was a [DP] Jamie Barber thing. That was a very annoying thing,’ groaned Donovan, who’s romanced Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston.

‘I was like, “What is that about?” I didn’t know if that was a compliment or it just seemed like wasting time, like, “Alright, let’s get this going.”‘

Rachel – who played brainy beauty Summer Roberts – recently told Monét X Change that she ‘would love to get’ Mischa Barton on her podcast: ‘I just had lost touch with her so long ago.’

The 35-year-old Hills alum – who played Marissa Cooper – just opened up about her blood-splattered exit from The O.C. after three seasons.

Dream guest: Rachel - who played brainy beauty Summer Roberts - recently told Monét X Change (L) that she 'would love to get' Mischa Barton on her podcast: 'I just had lost touch with her so long ago'

Dream guest: Rachel – who played brainy beauty Summer Roberts – recently told Monét X Change (L) that she ‘would love to get’ Mischa Barton on her podcast: ‘I just had lost touch with her so long ago’

Exit: The 35-year-old Hills alum - who played Marissa Cooper - just opened up about her blood-splattered exit from The O.C. after three seasons

Exit: The 35-year-old Hills alum – who played Marissa Cooper – just opened up about her blood-splattered exit from The O.C. after three seasons

‘It started pretty early on because it had a lot to do with them adding Rachel [Bilson] in last minute as, after the first season, a series regular and evening out everybody’s pay — and sort of general bullying from some of the men on set that kind of felt really s****y,’ Mischa told E! News last week.

‘There were people on that set that were very mean to me. It wasn’t, like, the most ideal environment for a young, sensitive girl who’s also been thrust into stardom to have to put up with.’

Barton added: ‘I was getting offers from big films at the time and having to turn them down. I had always been supporting in The Sixth Sense and any of those things.

‘My dream was to be offered those lead roles, so that’s what happened. It just felt like it was the best thing for me and my health and just in terms of not really feeling protected by my cast and crew at that point.’

Creator Josh Schwartz’s Orange County-based soap opera aired for four seasons on Fox spanning 2003-2007, and it’s now streaming on HBO Max.

Why she left: 'It had a lot to do with them adding Rachel [Bilson] in last minute as, after the first season, a series regular and evening out everybody's pay — and sort of general bullying from some of the men on set that kind of felt really s****y,' Mischa told E! News about her exit

Why she left: ‘It had a lot to do with them adding Rachel [Bilson] in last minute as, after the first season, a series regular and evening out everybody’s pay — and sort of general bullying from some of the men on set that kind of felt really s****y,’ Mischa told E! News about her exit



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