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Rami was a good friend of mine,” she explained as they both attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and said they did not lose contact. “We were [in] the same crew. We did the Crucible together senior year, we were the leads in it together—all these things.”

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The O.C. star wanted to celebrate ’s success at the time after his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody saw him in the running at the Oscars, Golden Gloves and SAG Awards. Malek took home an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and a SAG Award for his stint as the late Queen frontman. 

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“I don’t usually check my DM’s on my Instagram… maybe a week goes by and I actually look and I have a message from . But 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.’”

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

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“I was like, I guess I should’ve found something more flattering,” Bilson added. “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 hear anything back, which is fine. But I was super because he was always so nice and we were good friends.”

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