Rachel Bilson and boyfriend Hayden Christensen have welcomed their first child together, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm via multiple sources.
The couple gave their baby girl a Disney princess-themed name — Briar Rose! The adorable moniker is a nod to the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty; sheltering Princess Aurora from Maleficent’s curse, the three fairies call the little girl Briar Rose. It’s also the name that was used in the original Grimm Brothers fairy tale in 1812.
Us broke the news back in May that Bilson, 33, and the Star Wars actor, also 33, were expecting a baby. “They’ve both talked about this for awhile and are so excited,” an insider told Us. “Everyone is beyond thrilled for them.”
Bilson’s Hart of Dixie costar and fellow mom Jaime King gushed to Us about the mom-to-be in May. “It’s a really celebratory time. I’m really thrilled and happy that she’s going to be on this next journey of her life,” she said at the Annenberg Space for Photography Exhibit Opening in L.A. King noted that Bilson often displayed her maternal instincts when she would play with her baby son James on set. She added: “I know she’s going to be the best mother.”
The O.C. alum was the guest of honor at a baby shower on Aug. 31. Guests at the private L.A. bash included family, former classmates, King, and Natalie Portman. Instead of gifts, attendees brought a birth bead to be made into a necklace. “She will use the beads for strength during labor,” a source told Us.
The CW announced today that the new season of HART OF DIXIE will return with 10 episodes beginning Friday, January 9 (9:00-10:00pm ET). Rachel Bilson leads a stellar ensemble cast in this fish-out-of-water comedic drama about small-town living, big city attitudes and complicated love triangles set in quirky BlueBell, Alabama.
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