19 Stars You Forgot Were On 'The O.C.' From Chris Pratt to Shailene Woodley
It's hard to believe that The O.C. hit Fox over 10 years ago. The series launched the careers of stars like Ben McKenzie (who is currently starring on Fox's new Batman series Gotham ) Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson, and Mischa Barton (RIP, Marissa Cooper) but it wasn't just the leads who became uber famous after their time on the show. These X actors also made it big — though you may have forgotten they were ever on The O.C. to begin with.
Before she went on to star in films like The Rum Diary Johnny Depp’s fiancee was a sales girl in the Season 2 episode “The Mallpisode.”
Wilde had an arc as Alex, who started out as Seth’s love interest before dating Marissa.
Hilton played an actress whom the gang runs into at a club in Los Angeles.
The former Dexter star played an Adam Brody-type actor whom Summer is obsessed with.
Wesley played Donnie, a kid from “the wrong side of the tracks” who worked with Ryan. He accidentally shot Luke in the arm in Season 1, before shootings became a regular thing on The O.C.
Entourage’s Chriqui played Jodie, Alex’s ex-girlfriend.
Reed played Sadie, a love interest for Ryan in the show’s third season.
The Reckless star played Kevin Volchok, a bad dude and the driver of the vehicle that ran Marissa and Ryan off the road at the end of the third season, causing Marissa’s death.
New Girl’s Schmidt played baby Sandy Cohen in a flashback of Kirsten and Sandy during their Berkeley days.
The former 90210 star had practice as a rich California kid on The O.C. She played a girl Volchok hooked up with during Marissa’s prom. (Nice.)
Woodley played the young version of Kaitlin Cooper, Marissa’s younger sister, before the show shipped her off to boarding school.
Before portraying Thea Queen on Arrow, the actress took over Woodley’s role as the older version of Kaitlin.
Thorne played a young Taylor Townsend in a flashback to her elementary school days.
Before Chris Brown was the infamous Chris Brown, he played a band geek on The O.C. who takes a liking to Holland’s Kaitlin.
The Parks & Recreation star had an amazing arc as “Che,” one of Summer’s new hippie friends at Brown. He got naked and sang and it was fantastic.
Pretty Little Liars star Benson played a popular girl who butt heads with Kaitlin in Season 4 of The O.C.
Parrish played Benson’s BFF on Pretty Little Liars, but before that, she played her on The O.C. as well. Parrish had a small role as Benson’s pal in the fourth season of the show. And that wasn’t the last PLL star to make an appearance on the series…
Hale played Kaitlin’s roommate at boarding school in an episode of the show’s third season.
The Homeland actress had a three-episode stint on the series in Season 3.