12 years ago we were introduced to four characters from Orange County, California when The O.C. debuted and transported us into their world of teen drama right from the start of that insanely catch intro:
The O.C. had something for everyone, girls, guys, and even parents, with Sandy and Kirsten Cohan being hands-down the coolest of them all. We discovered holidays we didn't know we always wanted with Christmakuh, envied Summer and Marissa's clothes, and inevitably felt terribly sad for poor Ryan Atwood, the most unlucky and misfortunate hottie ever.
In addition to awesome characters, The O.C. tackled some big issues including alcoholism, drug use, domestic abuse, divorce and of course death, when in Season 3 the character of Marissa was killed off in dramatic fashion.
12 years later, The O.C. still has a huge fan base, but has the cast changed much since that first episode? Of course they have! So go ahead and hit play on this playlist and find out what the cast of early 2000s hit The O.C. are up to now:
Benjamin McKenzie as Ryan Atwood
Age then: 24
Age now: 36
What he's been up to since: Johnny Got His Gun, The Eight Percent, Batman: Year One, The Blisters: How Four Became Three, Adventures in the Sin Bin, Decoding Annie Parker, Southland, Men at Work, Goodbye World, The Advocates, Some Kind of Beautiful, Gotham
Adam Brody as Seth Cohen
Age then: 23
Age now: 35
What he's been up to since: In the Land of Women, Death in Love, Jennifer's Body, The Romantics, Cop Out, Scream 4, The Oranges, Damsels in Distress, Good Vibes, Revenge for Jolly! Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Burning Love, Lovelace, Some Girl(s), House of Lies, Welcome to the Jungle, Baggage Claim, New Girl, Life Partners, Growing Up and Other Lies, Think Like a Man Too, The Cosmopolitans, The League, Billy & Billie and the upcoming Yoga Hosers.
Mischa Barton as Marissa Cooper
Age then: 17
Age now: 29
What she's been up to since: Closing the Ring, St. Trinian's, Virgin Territory, Assassination of a High School President, Walled In, Homecoming, The Beautiful Life: TBL, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Don't Fade Away, You and I, Offline, Beauty and the Least: The Misadventures of Ben Banks, I Will Follow You Into the Dark, Date-A-Max, Gutsy Frog, Throwdown, Mining for Ruby, Hope Lost, SWAT: Unit 887, The Hoarder, L.A. Slasher, Checkmate, American Beach House
Rachel Bilson as Summer Roberts
Age then: 21
Age now: 33
What she's been up to since: Chuck, Jumper, New York, I Love You, Waiting for Forever, L!fe Happens, The To Do List, How I Met Your Mother, American Heist, Hart of Dixie
Peter Gallagher as Sandy Cohen
Age then: 47
Age now: 59
What he's been up to since: The Gathering, Adam, The War Boys, Californication, Rescue Me, Conviction, Burlesque, How I Met Your Mother, Whitney, Covert Affairs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Togetherness, Hello, My Name Is Doris.
Kelly Rowan as Kirsten Cohen
Age then: 37
Age now: 49
What she's been up to since: Jack and Jill vs. the World, CSI: Miami, The Good Times Are Killing Me, Flashpoint, Internet-Mobbing, Rufus, Perception