The O.C. made stars out of most of the cast, but the breakouts and the fading stars were not as expected from this WB-produced fav, so take a look at what our O.C. kids (and lovable parents) have been up to and what they have coming up.
Adam Brody - Seth Cohen
While Seth Cohen will always be my favorite character for Adam Brody unless he has some mind-blowing role in his future, he's popped up in films as well as WB favorites Smallville and Gilmore Girls before his breakout in The O.C.. Since The O.C., he's appeared in Death in Love, and coming up in 2009, he'll show up in Jennifer's Body and then in 2011, Justice League: Mortal as The Flash! Now that sounds like a fun role to look forward to seeing Brody use those comedic acting skills!
Benjamin McKenzie - Ryan Atwood
While I loved Benjamin McKenzie as bad boy Ryan Atwood, I feared he's be a TV star we saw disappear after that role. While he didn't make any big splashes, he popped back up in 2008 with 88 Minutes. He'll soon be back to the small screen starring in the new series, Southland, a drama following an LA police unit. How do you think Ryan Atwood would have felt about jumping into a police uniform??
Mischa Barton - Marissa Cooper
On the opposite side of the coin from McKenzie, I expected Mischa Barton to be the breakout star of The O.C., but since then, she has appeared in a few small films, but her main "claim to fame" has been as a spokesperson for a "skin awareness" campaign, and release her own line... of headbands. She also has a contract with Herbal Essences, so looks like we'll be seeing much more of Mischa on our commercial breaks, and maybe on the big screen with some upcoming films.
Rachel Bilson - Summer Roberts
Rachel Bilson's first post-O.C. appearance was on one of my favorite new shows, Chuck, as a sandwich-making love interest for our leading man! Bilson appeared in Jumper in 2008 and will be appearing in Waiting for Forever, and New York, I Love You this year which is a collection of twelve short films that, according to Wikipedia, will be the same narrative style as Love Actually.
Peter Gallagher - Sandy Cohen
Peter Gallagher has a long history of film acting, and could not have been more lovable as softie lawyer, Sandy Cohen! Since his days saving the world one misunderstood Chino kid at a time, Gallagher has made a guest appearance on Shark, made a reprise of his role as Jonathan Reeves in Center Stage: Turn It Up, and this year will be appearing in films Adam and The War Boys.
Kelly Rowan - Kirsten Cohen
While Kelly Rowan was busy with plenty of TV and film roles before The O.C., she has had few projects since including a 2008 film and a short-lived TV series, The Good Times Are Killing Me.
Alan Dale - Caleb Nichol
While Alan Dale wasn't in a starring role on The O.C., he keeps appearing as a mysterious and rich older business man. After The O.C., Dale appeared on Ugly Betty as Bradford Meade, father of the Meade industry who, much like Caleb, died of a heart attack at a very important moment. He now has a recurring role on Lost as the rich and dangerous Charles Widmore, father to the one and only Penny.
Who do you think the true breakout star, if anyone, is of The O.C.?