Remember when six Marvel/DC actors, three Pretty Little Liars, three Twilight stars, and countless other major celebrities appeared on The O.C.? Well, I sure didn't! Not until I binge-watched the entire series last week that is, and whew... was this the show that helped our favorite celebs make it to where they are today or what! Let's recount them, shall we?
#1 Ben McKenzie
Before Ben McKenzie became our most favorite DC detective, he was our Chino-raised loverboy, Ryan Atwood! As viewers, we cheered and cried for three whole years before the poor guy lost the love of his life, Marissa Cooper, to an untimely demise. We hope that doesn't happen to Detective Gordon's other lover...
#2 - Morena Baccarin
Who is currently playing Jim Gordon's love interest on DC TV-verse's Gotham! Crazy, right? What's even crazier? Baccarin just played Deadpool's interest, Vanessa! This girl certainly knows how to maneuver her way around comic book franchises, jumping from DC TV to Marvel on the big screen! And speaking of DC TV...
#3 - Willa Holland!
Before playing Thea Queen AKA Speedy (The Green Arrow's younger sister) on Arrow, Willa was showing us just how much of a manipulative and deceptive pre-teen she could be as Marissa's younger sister, Caitlyn Cooper! But wait, wasn't Caitlyn Cooper played by another (possible) Marvel star by the name of...
#4 - Shailene Woodley
I present to you, Mini Cooper! As a result of Caitlyn Cooper's necessary post-pubescent season three return, Shailene just wasn't there yet. In other words, she had no business bringing all the boys to the yard the way Holland did. However, we did get the pleasure of watching her be a spoiled little brat for a few episodes. And from one (possible) Marvel character to yet another...
#5 - Chris Pratt
This major Marvel actor practically saved the final season from ruins when he played Summer's delightfully annoying college buddy, Che. With all honestly though, I would've never guessed that he'd move on to star as the famous Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy! Oh, and just before you thought The O.C. was done with Marvel and DC, we have...
#6 - Jeffrey Dean Morgan
The sixth and final DC/Marvel actor to show up on The O.C., Morgan played some random client of Sandy's. Years later, he graced us with his cinematic presence in two DC film adaptations: the psychotic yet lovable Comedian in Watchmen, and Thomas Wayne in the new Batman V Superman! While we're on the topic of psychotic and lovable characters...
#7, #8, #9 - THREE Pretty Little Liars!
Believe it or not, but all three appeared in season three! Ashley Benson basically played the role of a young Allison Delaurantis ruling Harbor. Lucy Hale played the role of Kaitlyn's boarding-school slut roomie. And Janel Parrish played the role of follower to Ashley Benson's character (pretty much the same characters they play on PLL!) And not only were three PLL's in season three, but there were also...
#10, #11, #12 - THREE Twilight Stars!
First off, we have the great Twilight villain, Cam Gigandet who played The O.C.'s greatest villain, Vulchuck! This show was definitely a great move for him since it put him on the map and eventually led to him becoming a star (well, at least for a few years)!
Next up, we have Jackson Rathbone, who was super fun to watch as Caitlyn Cooper's stalker from boarding school! In Twilight, Rathbone played the elusive Jasper Cullen. Who was sibling to...
Nikki Reed, who played Rosalie, Jasper Cullen's sister, in Twilight! Nikki played one of Ryan Atwood's love interests, Sadie, who was still a bit hung up on her ex (played by Cam Gigandet.) And just when you thought The O.C. was done with vampires...
#13 and #14 - TWO Stars from The Vampire Diaries!
Yes, even Paul Wesley, AKA The Vampire Diaries's Stephan Salvatore, got his first break on season one of The O.C.! Strangely enough, he also played a psycho, but in the form of a townie, that showed us the Orange County's darker side.
Oh come on, you didn't think that Stephan would forget to bring old BonBon along, did ya? Kat Graham, who plays one of Stephan's best friends on The Vampire Diaries's, showed up at some party in the third season of The O.C.
#15 - AnnaLynne McCord
Did The CW just cast everyone from The O.C.?! Before she re-introduced us to our favorite zip code, 90210, Naomi was busy hooking up with Marissa Cooper's boyfriend during the poor girl's prom! Is it possible that The CW just saw this episode and thought, "YES! THAT'S NAOMI!"?
#16 - Jamie King
Yes. The CW really did just cast everyone straight from The O.C. Who could've guessed that King would end up co-starring alongside Rachel Bilson on Hart of Dixie after hooking up with her ex-boyfriend? I sure wouldn't have! Especially when she was playing some spring breaker that Seth cheated on Summer with!
#17 - Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde makes out with Marissa. For those of you who don't know this, please go re-watch the third season ASAP! Wilde plays a bi-curious sex bomb that sneaks into the hearts (and pants) of both Marissa AND Seth! Oh, and nearly beats the shiznit out of Ryan at a beach party!
#18 - Paris Hilton
Oh, God. Not Paris. Please, not Paris... Forgive The O.C. for this one. Remember, ratings were dropping so they were desperate. Did Paris Hilton's cameo help? Hmm... *Head scratch.*
#19 - Amber Heard
Yes! Johnny Depp's [soon-to-be-ex-]wife appeared in The O.C.! Sadly, she only got to play the bitchy shopgirl that accidentally locks the gang in the mall. It would've been great to see Ryan or Seth (or Marissa?) end up hooking with her in the Mallpisode!
#20 - Chris Brown
Marissa had just died, ratings were worse than ever (even worse than when they had to bring in Paris), the series was pretty much in the gutter, so... Chris Brown to the ratings rescue? *Continues to scratch head.*
#21 - Colin Hanks
One of the best part about The O.C. was it's ability to poke fun of itself with it's meta show-within-a-show, "The Valley." By far one of the funniest cameos on the series, Hanks played Seth's uncannily horny counterpart.
#22 - Steve-O
Remember that one time Seth needed to get wasted, and who else to get thrashed with than the King of Thrashedness himself?
#23 - Max Greenfield
Before Mr. Greenfield began wooing us as Schmidt on New Girl, Max played the younger version of the wonderfully charming Sandy Cohen. He definitely knocked it right out of the park!
I bet you guys gasped at at least one appearance! Thank you... Thank you, very much.
But what do you guys think? Did I miss anyone? Which was your favorite? Let us know!