People.com Celebrity Parents Rachel Bilson Talks Dating as a Single Mom: 'They Have to Be All About the Kid' Rachel Bilson has opened up about motherhood to PEOPLE in the past, saying last June that, "Being a mom is No. 1 for me and it always will be" By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 24, 2019 01:12 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Rachel Bilson is opening up about how she handles dating as a single mom. On the latest episode of Bachelor alumnus Nick Viall‘s podcast published Wednesday, the 37-year-old actress — who shares daughter Briar Rose, 4½, with ex Hayden Christensen — got real about the topic, admitting that she hasn’t introduced anyone to her daughter since she and Christensen split back in 2017. “She has not met anyone as of yet and it would have to be someone I know I’m going to be with,” Bilson said on The Viall Files podcast, noting Briar’s close relationship with Christensen. “It would have to be a very serious relationship.” Just because Bilson’s mini-me hasn’t met any of Bilson’s beaus doesn’t mean The O.C. star doesn’t bring her little girl up with potential suitors. “I always put it out there,” said Bilson, who describes herself currently as single. “She’s my world and I talk about her all the time anyways. How f—ed up would it be if I hid that? … If you’re going to pursue something with someone, they have to be interested in the kid or be willing to be around the kid or babysit the kid … all the things.” In fact, those who aren’t interested in knowing about Bilson’s daughter quickly get the boot. “I was talking to this guy a few months back,” Bilson told Viall. “Anytime I would bring my daughter up, [he] would never pursue the question or ask more about her. It was a red flag because anyone that you’re going to get involved with, if you have a kid, they have to be all about the kid.” Rachel Bilson. Steve Granitz/WireImage Rachel Bilson Rachel Bilson Opens Up About Co-Parenting Her Daughter with Ex Hayden Christensen Bilson has opened up about motherhood to PEOPLE in the past, saying last June that, “Being a mom is No. 1 for me and it always will be.” On Viall’s podcast, she boasted about how her priorities have allowed her to skip out on plans at the last minute. “Kids are great for an excuse for anything,” she said. “If you don’t want to do something, you don’t ever have to lie because like you have kids. You can leave early, you can not go and you can go to bed at 9 and it’s awesome.” Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Parents newsletter. Rachel Bilson. Steve Granitz/WireImage Rachel Bilson The O.C. Reunion! Olivia Wilde and Rachel Bilson Together Again at Baby2Baby Gala There’s one thing Bilson won’t be doing with Briar: posting photos together on social media. Despite having “thousands” of selfies of Briar on her phone, Bilson says she’s chosen to keep Briar out of the spotlight. “Everybody has a different idea of what they want to do with their kids and what not,” she said on Viall’s podcast. “They don’t choose to be in the limelight, you know, themselves. When they’re old enough and they want to pursue it and that’s what they do then that’s fine. But it’s not like I want to promote my kid or put her out there.” Making sure her daughter’s life is private has meant that Bilson has to avoid the paparazzi all the time too, which brings its own challenges. “They don’t care,” Bilson said of the photographers. “I saw a picture the other day of my daughter somewhere and she’s looking at the camera smiling because she has no idea. She thinks someone is just taking her picture … it’s so innocent but, it crushed me. Like, ‘No! You don’t know what they’re doing!’ ” New episodes of The Viall Files are available every Wednesday.