What The "O.C. California" Stars Look Years After The End of the Show
"O.C., California" was one of the most popular teen drama series of the 2000s. The show was stopped in 2007. What do the actors look like 15 years later?
The O.C. Califorrnia is an American teen television series created by Josh Schwartz, originally aired on the Fox network in the United States from August 5, 2003 to February 22, 2007, for a total of four seasons. "O.C." is an acronym for Orange County, the Southern California region where the series is set.
The series launched with high ratings and was one of the most popular new dramas of the 2003-2004 television season. It was widely described as a pop cultural phenomenon and received a fairly positive reception from critics, but ratings declined with each passing episode. The low ratings led to its cancellation in early 2007.
15 years after the end of the series, one wonders what the actors would look like today.
They have become real adults now. The transformation of the following actress will particularly amaze you.
#1 Mischa Barton as Marissa Cooper
Summer's best friend and Ryan's occasional love interest, Marissa is portrayed as a "spoiled girl who copes with poverty." Throughout the series, Marissa struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, even nearly killing herself on a trip to Mexico with her friends. Marissa's relationships with her parents, boyfriends and classmates are often tumultuous. Barton left the show at the end of the third season when her character was killed in a car accident.
This is what she looks like today.
After "O.C., California," Barton had only small guest roles in American series, such as "Law & Order: Special Units." The It girl of yesteryear has grown up and now devotes herself to smaller charities.
#2 Rachel Bilson as Summer Roberts
A pretty and popular socialite who is Seth's love interest and Marissa's best friend. Bilson's character was originally intended to appear in only a few episodes, but he quickly became popular with viewers and ended up being part of the main cast for the rest of the series. Summer's character surprises the audience by proving to be much more intellectually capable than expected.
Here is what the beautiful actress looks like 15 years later
She is definitely not arrogant in real life. The 28th of the "100 sexiest women in the world" has a little daughter with actor Hayden Christensen ("Star Wars III"). She has also starred in series such as "Buffy" and "Hart of Dixie".
#3 Adam Brody as Seth Cohen
The awkward teenage son of Sandy and Kirsten Cohen. He is known for his quick repartee, fascination with comic books and pop culture references. Seth is also the love interest of Summer Roberts, whom he has had a crush on since the third grade. Seth has been described as a "Jewish nerd fan of obscure emo bands" who "starts dating a beautiful, popular virgin." Brody's role as Seth has been well received and is considered one of the highlights of the series.
Adam Brody has been dating "Gossip Girl" actress Leighton Meester since 2013, and they have two children together. We also know him from movies like "Jennifer's Body", "Scream 4" and the DC comic adaptation "Shazam".
#4 Benjamin McKenzie as Ryan Atwood
A troubled teenager from Chino who is brought to the privileged community of Newport Beach, California, after his mother, Dawn Atwood, kicks him out of their family home. Ryan is then taken in by his public defender, Sandy Cohen. He quickly bonds with the entire Cohen family, especially Sandy's son, Seth, and the girl next door, Marissa Cooper. Ryan slowly finds his place in this new materialistic society and makes the most of his situation, not only finishing high school, but also pursuing a college education.
The actor has evolved well today.
Here in this picture he can be seen as the Commissioner Gordon from the DC Comics production "Gotham". Now a father of two, he is very active politically and was one of the speakers at the 2004 Democratic convention.
#5 Kelly Rowan as Kirsten Cohen
Former CFO of the Newport Group real estate company, Sandy's wife and Seth's mother. Before meeting Sandy, she dated and grew up with Jimmy Cooper, Marissa Cooper's father, with whom she remains friends. She had problems with alcohol, which were triggered by the deteriorating relationship between her and her father. Kirsten then opens a dating service with Julie, and becomes a mother of two at the end of the fourth season.
The Gemini Award winner, for Best Actress, is also active behind the scenes, working as a producer for various film projects.
#6 Peter Gallagher as Sandy Cohen
An idealistic public defender who takes in Ryan Atwood in the pilot episode, much to the chagrin of his wife, Kirsten. He is Kirsten's husband, Seth Cohen's father and Ryan's legal guardian. Although he lives in an upper-class community, his politics are left-wing and open, causing friction between him and the community. Gallagher has described the character as a "leftist Jew from the Bronx."
The actor has aged well and remains as charming as ever.
The now 66-year-old has not given up acting and has starred in films such as "Bad Moms," "Burlesque" and "After Passion." He has also made guest appearances in numerous series such as "New Girl".
#7 Melinda Clarke as Julie Cooper
Mother of Kaitlin Cooper and Marissa Cooper. At the beginning of the series, she is married to financial planner Jimmy Cooper. She is often characterized as devious, selfish and shallow. However, she reveals a more vulnerable and empathetic side of herself at several points in the series.
In addition to her many roles in series such as "Ghost Whisperer," "Vampire Diaries" and "CSI: On the Trail of the Perpetrators," she has since discovered a new passion for baseball
#8 Tate Donovan as Jimmy Cooper
Marissa and Kaitlin's father (and Julie's ex-husband). He is in trouble for embezzlement and must deal with the consequences of his actions and their effect on his reputation and personal life. After his divorce from Julie, he pursues Hayley Nichol, Kirsten's younger sister, who eventually leaves him to pursue a career in fashion in Japan. Jimmy's character made a brief appearance in Season 3, but Jimmy was forced to leave town the morning of his wedding to Julie due to money problems.The character was ranked eighth on Entertainment Weekly's list of "TV's Worst Dads."
The 58-year-old is now an avid sportsman. In addition to tennis tournaments and football, the adrenaline junkie can be seen with skis and flippers. He is also still an actor and can be seen, for example, in the blockbuster "Rocketman".
#9 Chris Carmack as Luke Ward
He was Marissa's first boyfriend and a regular cast member for most of the first season. Luke is initially the show's main antagonist, coining the famous phrase "Welcome to the O.C., bitch!" during a fight with Ryan in the first episode. However, he later becomes the main "comic punching bag" for the other characters.
Known for having played in Grey's Anatomy, Chris Carmack is today a man fulfilled in his family life.