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Rachel Bilson: My mom loves to talk sex

Rachel Bilson’s mom talks to her about sex all the time - even when the actress doesn't want to hear it.

The 31-year-old actress has been dating Hayden Christensen on-and-off for around six years. Her mom Janice talks to people about their private lives for her job, so there are none of the normal boundaries between parents and their kids in their relationship.

"My mom is a relationship counsellor so she'll still slip in comments wherever she can. I'm like, 'Mom!' After my first time, she just knew. She didn't ask questions, she just told me things - she doesn't wait for permission to speak!" Rachel laughed to the latest edition of UK Cosmopolitan magazine. "She's a very open person and she made it comfortable for me whenever I needed to talk. She's taught me all sorts of things about relationships, like how important it is to have honesty and trust."

The star is close to her mom and also has many close friends. She has known the same people for most of her life, refusing to change her social life when she found fame on the US TV show The O.C.

Rachel laughs when she thinks of how disappointed people will be when they hear about her favourite pastime with her pals.

"The things that are important to me have always been the same. Like, I've had the same girlfriends for 17 years and they are like my family. They are my outlet because we can talk and laugh about nothing for hours. With one of my best friends we're like, 'Have we just been singing Disney for the past five hours? Wow, we're nerds.' Nothing beats belting out Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid. It makes you feel so good," she giggled.

The actress had a "wild" phase when she was growing up, although being involved in a car crash when she was 14 made her rethink her life choices. She suffered a head injury and was in a coma for several days.

Before she hadn't thought twice about getting into trouble, but she began to realise she wanted more from life. The star also felt for her mother as she'd seen her so ill.

Rachel's known for her relaxed style, which is one of the reasons her home was targeted by a group of teenage thieves four years ago. The clan were obsessed with Hollywood life and broke into many celebrities' properties, stealing items such as jewellery and clothes. The gang are the subject of Sofia Coppola's movie The Bling Ring, which stars Emma Watson.

Rachel's mother's engagement ring was stolen and she has struggled with the concept of the film.

"I thought it was weird to glorify something that was so upsetting for a lot of people," she admitted. "It's important to detach from material things, but the special, personal things I lost are hard to forget."

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