Rachel Bilson said that high-school classmate Rami Malek asked her to delete a throwback photo that she posted on Instagram of them as teenagers.
“Rami was a good friend of mine,” Bilson said in a new interview for Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard that was released on Monday.
The “Heart of Dixie” alum said that she and Malek ran in similar circles at Notre Dame High School in California. At the time, Bilson recognized that he was “extremely talented, a really amazing actor”.
“We were in the same crew,” Bilson recalled. “We did ‘The Crucible’ together senior year, we were the leads in it together-all these things”.
“We’re super nerdy, just the dorkiest picture of the both of us,” Bilson said. “But I throw it up, ‘cause it’s funny and I think it’s so important to be able to make fun of yourself”.
The aforementioned throwback photo showed the young stars posing outside a Broadway theater, with Malek looking nearly unrecognizable wearing a white T-shirt, a black jacket and a chain around his neck, and spiky hair.
“Hey @ramimalek where’d you get that gold chain? #tbt #oscarworthy #dontforgetthelittlepeople,” Bilson captioned the Instagram photo.
A week later Malek sent her dm asking her to take down the photo stating that he is a private person.