Aired on Fox from 2003 to 2007, The O.C. left no stone unturned in entertaining the then-teen audience, and still remains super relevant. The show gained a legion of dedicated fans, turning the modern-day soap opera into a pop culture phenomenon.
The series, set in the seaside city of Newport Beach, followed the life of the Cohen family in Orange County and a poor teenage boy, who moves in with them after his mother kicks him out. The whole series revolves around teenage problems like drugs, alcoholism, anxiety, depression, turbulent relationships and more.
The typical combination of melodrama and comedy became a massive hit. Thanks to the awesome theme music and amazing portrayals of the cast members. Viewers were so interconnected with the characters and the actors that now, even after a decade since the show went off the air, fans are curious about their lives. Today, in this video, we’ve come up with the details about how the life and career of The O.C. cast have been after the show ended.
#5. Ben McKenzie as Ryan Atwood
Ben McKenzie played Ryan, a misunderstood teenager from the wrong side of town. The Cohens took him in, he got a best friend in Seth and fell for Marissa Cooper, the most popular girl. The actor is currently portraying James Gordon in Fox crime drama series, Gotham.
Following The O.C., he became popular for playing Ben Sherman in Southland. He also starred in the movies, Junebug and 88 Minutes. He has been married to his Gotham co-star Morena Baccarin since June 2, 2017, and the two have a daughter, Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan, born on March 2, 2016.
#4 Mischa Barton as Marissa Cooper
She was Ryan’s love interest, who unfortunately died in a car accident in the last season of the show. Her role in the series propelled her to mainstream fame, but her career stalled afterward. She has only gotten roles in a handful of movies like Closing the Ring, Assassination of a High School President, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain and Starcrossed. However, she has still been making headlines, but for all the wrong reasons, including overdosing, DUI arrest and hospitalization in a psych ward for alleged suicidal actions.
#3. Adam Brody as Seth Cohen
Adam Brody played one of the “core four” characters of The O.C., Seth Cohen, the nerd next door who ended up with Summer, the girl of his dreams. He is also socially awkward and a comic book lover. The role earned Adam four Teen Choice Awards out of five nominations.
After the show ended, the actor has appeared in both minor and major roles in films including Jennifer's Body (2009), Cop Out (2010), Scream 4 (2011), Lovelace (2013), Life Partner (2014) and Sleeping with Other People (2016). He is set to appear as Freddy Freeman in an upcoming movie, Shazam!
Adam dated his O.C. co-star, Rachel Bilson, for a while but they broke up in 2006. He has been married to Gossip Girl star, Leighton Meester, since February 15, 2014. The couple parent a daughter, Arlo Day Brody, together.
#2. Rachel Bilson as Summer Roberts
Rachel Bilson played Summer, the love interest of Seth. Summer is a spoiled and materialistic girl but she is also intelligent. The last season of the show saw her getting married to Seth. Since her time on The O.C, Rachel Bilson has had a successful acting career. She took home a Teen Choice Award for her role in sci-fi action film, Jumper, in 2008.
She starred as Dr. Zoe Hart in The CW series, Hart of Dixie, from 2011 to 2015. She has also made guest appearances on various TV shows like How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girl and more. Currently, she is appearing as Sam Swift in Take Two, a crime comedy-drama series which premiered on June 21, 2018, on ABC.
She dated Adam Brody, her co-star in The O.C. for about three years. Then, she married her Jumper co-star, Hayden Christensen, with whom she had an on and off relationship for years. The couple split up in 2018 and are currently co-parenting their daughter, Briar Rose.
#1. Peter Gallagher as Sandy Cohen
Peter Gallagher played the handsome lawyer and cool and caring dad, who took in Ryan Atwood. After The O.C., he has appeared in numerous movies and has played guest roles in various TV shows. Since 2014, he has been playing a recurring role as Deputy Chief William Dodds on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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