Rami Malek asked Rachel Bilson to take down ‘dorky’ old snap of them just before Oscar win

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Rami Malek, 39, and Rachel Bilson, 39, both attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, and were in the same friendship group. The OC actress has now claimed the Academy Award winner asked her to remove a photo of them from Instagram, saying “he’s a private person”.

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Rachel Bilson

Rachel uploaded the throwback snap just before Rami won an Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody.

While the actress thought it was an innocent enough goofy snap, he was reportedly less impressed and told her to remove it.

She explained that the James Bond star was “a good friend” of hers in high school.

With the pair both being cast as the leads in The Crucible during their senior year. 

She explained how over the years they had kept in contact, before he became “super famous”.

Rachel said Rami was always “super talented” and a “really amazing actor”.

She continued: “’I had posted a throwback of us from our senior trip to New York. 

“We’re super nerdy… just the dorkiest picture of the both of us.

“But I throw it up, cause it’s funny and I think it’s so important to be able to make fun of yourself,” she explained. 

In the photo Rami could be seen wearing a gold chain and in the caption she typed: “Hey Rami where’d you get that gold chain?”

The star admitted that she doesn’t check her Instagram DM’s too often, but a week later she saw a message from her former classmate.

She added: “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’.

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“I was like, ‘Oh, s**t! OK’. I get really hot and start sweating.

“I’m all nervous, like, ‘Oh God! What did I do?’ He was a really good friend, it’s a funny picture… you know? 

“I don’t take myself that seriously,” she added.

Rachel is friends with Rami’s stylist and decided to ask her about it, and she said, “Well it’s not a great picture of him.”

“It was right before the Oscars and I remember [The OC creator] Josh Schwartz being like, ‘You did him dirty. He’s about to be nominated’,” she added.

Rachel made the admission on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast this week.

Thinking back on her decision to upload the photo, Rachel shared: “I was like, I guess I should’ve found something more flattering. But I removed it and I even wrote to him a really nice message, ‘I’m so sorry. Go get the Oscar! You’re doing amazing’.

“And I never heard anything back, which is fine. But I was super bummed because he was always so nice and we were good friends,” she finished.

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Rami Malek asking for comment. 

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