The O.C. Turns 15! 23 Surprising Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Welcome to the 15th anniversary of The O.C., b–ch!

Are you able to imagine it has been 15 years since that iconic line was mentioned, altering teen dramas perpetually? It seems like simply yesterday we had been launched to Ryan (Ben McKenzie), Marissa (Mischa Barton), Seth (Adam Brody) and Summer season (Rachel Bilson), however actually, the teenager drama debuted on Aug. 5, 2003, and is now only one yr youthful than the Core 4 was when the present premiered. As Summer season would say: Eww!

Whereas the Fox cleaning soap created by Josh Schwartz ended up changing into a bonafide popular culture phenomenon, it was virtually a totally completely different present. Severely, in an alternate universe, Ryan and Marissa might’ve been Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde.

In honor of its 15th anniversary, we have rounded up these enjoyable info about The O.C.. Nostalgia, right here we come!

1. Seth Needleman?! It virtually occurred, as Schwartz revealed, “After I first wrote the script the Cohens had been the Needlemans.”

2. The primary actor solid on the collection was Peter Gallagher, Sandy Cohen himself. Who might resist these eyebrows?

“We wished to ship a really clear message that this was a present as a lot in regards to the mother and father because it was in regards to the children, and we had this acclaimed movie and stage actor within the lead function, heartthrob himself,” Schwartz said of touchdown the actor. “And anyone who was a terrific actor who was going to floor the grownup world with numerous credibility.”

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3. You possibly can mainly thank Brad Pitt for Ben McKenzie touchdown the function of Ryan Atwood, as Garrett Hedlund initially landed the function, however needed to again out weeks earlier than filming started. “Ryan initially was going to be Garrett Hedlund,” Schwartz mentioned. “And he was gonna go in and take a look at for the studio, after which he bought Troy, and was instantly not accessible and off to have a film profession.”

4. Chad Michael Murray turned down the present to star on One Tree Hill

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5. As for the poor little wealthy woman subsequent door Marissa Cooper, it was between Mischa Barton and Olivia Wilde, with Barton in the end touchdown the function as a result of “Marissa was clearly a personality who Ryan wants to save lots of, and Olivia Wilde wants no saving,” Schwartz mentioned on the ATX TV Competition in 2016. “She’s fairly powerful.”

Nevertheless, they all the time knew they wished to convey Wilde again, casting her as Alex, Seth after which Marissa’s eventual love curiosity, in season two. 

6. Initially, Rachel Bilson was solid as a recurring character, given three strains within the pilot. She ended up in each episode of the collection, being upped to collection common halfway by season one with Summer season changing into the center of the collection. 

7. Whereas Adam Brody made Seth Cohen one in all TV’s most beloved characters, Schwartz initially didn’t need to solid him. 

With Seth, we noticed numerous children. And Adam, when he first got here in…did not trouble to be taught mainly any of the strains for his audition scene,” Schwartz recalled. I used to be even like, ‘What scene is he doing; is that this from our present? What’s he doing? I hate this child; get him out of right here.’ After which we could not discover Seth and our casting director, Patrick Rush, was like, ‘We must always convey again Adam Brody. I am telling you, there’s one thing particular about that child.’ He got here again in and did a extremely nice job.”

8. Fox wasn’t precisely as in love with Seth Cohen as viewers had been. “I used to be informed at one level that they actually didn’t just like the Seth character early on within the pilot course of,” Schwartz admitted. (And Seth wasn’t even included within the first posters for the collection.)

9. The notorious “Welcome to the O.C., b–ch” line wasn’t within the unique script.

10. Whereas the present helped put bands like Loss of life Cab for Cutie and Rooney on the map, and main bands like U2 and The Beastie Boys ultimately reaching out to debut their new songs on the present, there was one band that refused to let their music be on the present: Arcade Fire

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11. One in all Schwartz’s greatest regrets was not doing extra with Luke (Chris Carmack) and Anna (Samaire Armstrong). Admitting their early exits had been “not good” on his half, he mentioned, “If I might return in time and do it once more I might have for certain saved Anna and Luke within the present.”

12. Actually, the author’s room even talked about pairing the 2 up for an opposites-attract relationship. Different relationships they all the time thought-about however by no means truly acted on? “We all the time talked about Ryan/Anna. We all the time talked about Luke/Summer season,” Schwartz revealed. “There’s all these form of combos – Seth/Marissa, we flirted with the concept.” Are you able to think about?

13. After the monster success of season one, Fox wished Schwartz to work on a derivative. “They wished it to be about Anna,” he said, earlier than ultimately deciding simply to concentrate on the mother-show. 

14. There was virtually a crossover episode with Arrested Improvement, as they each aired on Fox and had been set in Southern California. 

“[Arrested Improvement creator] Mitch Hurwitz and I truly spoke at some Fox occasion collectively and had even talked about how, at one level, he wished to have a few of The O.C. actors on Arrested Improvement taking part in themselves because the actors from The O.C.,” Schwartz mentioned., including he in the end felt it was “too meta” to really have come to fruition. 

15. Whereas Fox tried to tease the most important demise in season three finale, the sufferer herself, Mischa Barton, spoiled Marissa’s demise in an interview simply earlier than the episode aired. “My character has been by so, a lot, and there is actually nothing extra left for her to do,” she informed Entry Hollywood. Oops!

“That was a really tough choice creatively,” Schwartz mentioned of killing off the character. “It was born out of a variety of points; artistic, solid chemistry, rankings.” 

16. So did Barton need off the present? “Mischa did not need off the present any greater than any of the opposite children wished off the present. [Laughs],” Schwartz admitted. “It was an advanced chemistry with the solid … However she definitely wasn’t actively searching for to go away the present.”

He then added, “I feel they’d blended emotions about their fame emanating from a teen drama on Fox. It wasn’t how they type of imagined their careers going, in order that was difficult for certain. There was numerous learning of how Johnny Depp bought fired off of 21 Soar Avenue.

17. Whereas Shailene Woodley initially performed Kaitlyn Cooper, Marissa’s little sister, in season one, Willa Holland took over the function when Mini-Coop resurfaced season later and far older…despite the fact that Holland is just 5 months older than Woodley IRL. 

“Nicely, she felt older,” Schwartz said. “5 months is a lifetime at that age.”

18. The O.C. virtually did not land its fourth and last season. “There was a model of the present not coming again in season 4. We had a brand new community president,” Schwartz recalled. “They’d form of moved away from doing programming like The O.C., and there was a shot that there was no season 4.” 

19. At one level, The CW’s then-president was “extraordinarily ” in airing a fifth season.

20. You possibly can thank The O.C. for actuality hits like Laguna Seashore, The Hills and The Actual Housewives of Orange County.

“You are welcome, America. Yeah, the unintentional legacy,” Schwartz joked. “, I might have favored to have a chunk of the Actual Housewives franchise, that is for certain…, imitation is the sincerest type of flattery, I assume is the expression, and so are actuality reveals based mostly in your present. I am flattered.”

21. Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson dated for many of the collection’ four-year run, breaking apart throughout the filming of the ultimate season, which ended with their characters getting married. 

22. Seth and Ryan solely hugged twice all through the whole collection: within the pilot and within the collection finale. Awww.

23. Berkeley Legislation Faculty was so pleased with having Sandy Cohen as one in all its fictitious graduates that there was as soon as a “Sandy Cohen Public Defender Fellowship.” 


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