In the new CW series "Hart of Dixie," Rachel Bilson returns to the small screen as a hottie doctor -- but that doesn't mean her days of mini skirts and boy troubles are too far behind. The thirty-year-old, who first became a household name on "The O.C," talked to HuffPost Celeb about her family's showbiz lineage and what she likes to cook when she's not saving the lives of Bluebell, Alabama's finest.
You've got a new show.
I play a New York City doctor who moves to a small Southern town to take over a general practice, so it's a typical fish-out-of-water story.
I do love the promo shot of you in the skin tight mini with the stethoscope.
Yeah it's pretty funny. She stays true to her fashion.
Are you brushing up on your medical lingo?
Definitely. I have to practice it a lot because it's hard to pronounce certain words. Everyone's really proud when I say it right.
Josh Schwartz is the executive producer. You worked with him on "The O.C."
I love working with Josh. He's like family so it's really nice to work together gain. I was maid of honor at his wedding; his wife is my best friend.
Your grandfather directed everything -- "The Brady Bunch," "Bewitched," "The Love Boat."
Yeah he did a lot of TV directing. I think he won an Emmy for "Get Smart." I'm the fourth generation to be in show business. It's pretty neat; it's nice to have that family history. It's pretty rare. Growing up on sets, it was familiar to me which I think was helpful in transitioning to working.
What do you do when you're not working?
I like to cook and hang out in my PJs. I like to cook homey, comfy foods, meatloaf and chili and Italian food like lasagna. I'm half Italian so I make it all myself.
And you're half-Jewish.
The two best food groups, I think. I grew up with matzo balls and kugel and blintzes and then I had homemade ravioli so I was spoiled in the food area.
You have two much younger siblings.
I have two half-sisters, one is almost 10 and the other is 4. I know all the Bieber songs and Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. I showed them "The Princess Bride" recently which is one of my favorites. We watch all the Disney movies together.
Any fashion advice?
Right now I'm really into chunky cable knit sweaters. I love to throw them on with jeans or maxi shirts. I think they look great. My fashion advice is to experiment and wear what makes you feel comfortable.