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    ‘Last Kiss’ 1st movie for ‘O.C.’ star

    In The Last Kiss, Rachel Bilson, who plays the character of Kim, contemplates how to get the wood chip out of her ass while Zach Braff, who plays Michael, regrets not working with Queen Amidala again. Er, they fall in love...
    In ‘The Last Kiss,’ Rachel Bilson, who plays the character of Kim, contemplates how to get the wood chip out of her ass while Zach Braff, who plays Michael, regrets not working with Queen Amidala again. Er, they fall in love…

    The following interview was taken by conference call and includes questions from other college participants across the country.

    Rachel Bilson, the 24-year-old star of “”The O.C.,”” got a taste of the college experience – innocence, wild parties and a broken heart – while playing a student in her upcoming film.

    “”It’s fun,”” she said. “”There’s a frat party.””

    Bilson and Zach Braff star in the film “”The Last Kiss,”” portraying characters who are going through major changes in their lives, settling down while still holding on to the innocence of college and being young.

    College life is all about having fun, but four years go by faster than you think. Some people wait until later in life, but others find “”the one”” in college. For these people, that “”last kiss”” will happen sooner than they expect.

    “”I think it really shows adult relationships in a very realistic light,”” Bilson said. “”And I think it just sends a signal that you have to communicate and be honest.””

    Bilson, in making her first major motion picture after making a splash on TV, said her real-life experience had little in common with that of her character, but she still strives to make her performance appealing to the audience.

    Bilson said she tried to show the human side of Kim, her character, while not making her a stereotypical “”temptress.””

    “”I thought it was really important for my character to be likable and show a very realistic side where she wasn’t just this seductress,”” she said.

    She said she didn’t hesitate to take on the role, especially when she heard that Braff was the lead and Tony Goldwyn was directing. Since Goldwyn is also an actor, he can easily relate to what the actors are going through on set.

    “”He really gave me time with the scenes and gave me as many takes as I needed,”” Bilson said.

    Although Bilson had a great time making the film, she said the transition from TV to film was not easy.

    “”You can really take your time (with film) and try to do your best work, because once it’s done it’s set in stone,”” she said. “”With movies, you want it to be as natural and realistic as possible. With television, you can get away with more broad and extreme mannerisms and actions.””

    Bilson said that the film didn’t lead to self-examination (she is currently dating Adam Brody and wouldn’t say who was a better kisser), but “”it will have that effect on certain people who are going through similar situations.””

    She said the film can relate to the college audience as well “”because you see a little taste of college life mixed in with older generations and how they interact,”” Bilson said.

    Compared to her role on “”The O.C.,”” Bilson said her character in the film was closer to her personality and very natural. However, she also said that most of the situations in the film are less familiar to her.

    “”I haven’t had to deal with any of the issues, really,”” she said. “”Maybe from the other end. I’ve had boyfriends who have cheated, so in that sense…””

    Bilson hopes this role will open more doors for her and said she would love having a career in film. “”I’m up for anything,”” she said.

    “”The Last Kiss”” opens tomorrow.

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