There are many, many instances/venues where I feel unlucky, for example: all casinos, the bar, sixth grade, driving my car, etc. But there was one occasion where I lucked out…the timing of my birth (Thanks Carol). Odd statement I know, but there is a reason for it.
Because I was born at that particular time (remember…a classy lady never reveals her age) I feel I grew up in the greatest era of teen soaps. I would like to thank whomever was the head of The WB/FOX during the 90s and early 00s for the precious gifts they bestowed upon me.
In this series of posts, I would like to share with you the teen soaps that made me the woman I am today.
“The O.C.” premiered on FOX Aug. 5, 2003. I specifically remember catching a preview of the premiere. When it was over…my mouth was agape and I made a mental post-it note that told me to be home for this show. Needless to say…I was pumped.
In case you did not watch the show, I’ll give you a quick synopsis. Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and ends up in jail. He is appointed a laywer named Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher) who decides to take Ryan in after his mother kicks him out.
Sandy bring Ryan home, which is in Newport Beach, to meet his wife Kirsten (Kelly Rowan) and son Seth (Adam Brody). Ryan moves into the Cohen’s pool house and attends school with the super rich kids. Of course there is a girl involved, that would be Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) and the love triangle/angst begins.
Fun Fact: Chad Michael Murray was offered the role of Ryan but turned it down in order to play Lucas Scott on “One Tree Hill.”
Sadly, “The O.C.” only lasted for four seasons and I blame its demise on Mischa Barton. She wanted to pursue a movie career and didn’t want to be held back by the show. After much uproar, Barton asked to leave the show, which meant her beloved character had to be killed off.
Spoiler Alert! Besides Jen Lindley passing away on the series finale of “Dawson’s Creek,” Marissa dying in Ryan’s arm was awful, so awful…possibly beyond awful.
Why I want “The O.C.” to come back? This show captured my attention with its very first episode and I felt like I knew these characters. I even cared for them. To be taken out of my life after four seasons was just plain rude.
The show had all the necessary pieces to make a great teen soap: love triangles, teen angst, drugs, booze, a hilariously evil mother (Marissa’s mom Julie) who sleeps with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, embezzlement, etc.
If you have never watched “The O.C.,” I say two things: 1. Get. It. Together. 2. Buy the DVDs. All four seasons are available.
Mischa Barton was famous
Mischa – what is going on here, girl? Get. It. Together! Before I delve into “The O.C.” era, let’s take a few steps back. Mischa began her career when she was 8-years-old, mainly in off-Broadway plays. She slowly starting moving into movie roles…remember how eerie/creepy/scary she was in the “The Sixth Sense?”
As she grew up into a lady, Mischa appeared in a bunch of other movies and music videos. She took her shirt off in front of Enrique Iglesias and caused James Blunt a severe amount of pain in his “Goodbye My Lover” video. I always wondered who the woman was that ripped out James Blunt’s heart…it was Mischa all along!
Now let’s get to the good stuff. In August 2003, Fox started doing something right and premiered “The O.C.” I was in front of my television…don’t pretend like you weren’t. This show had all of the elements a great tv show needs: a sexy nerd (Adam Brody), a bad guy that turned good (Benjamin McKenzie), a rich girl who loves the bad boy but has a controlling/crazy bf (Mischa Barton) and the cool parents (Peter Gallagher and Kelly Rowan). This show was a teenage goldmine.
Because of her role as Marissa Cooper, Mischa shot to a new level of fame. Unfortunately, she caught the Katherine Heigl syndrome and made the decision to leave “The O.C.” before the fans were ready to let her go. To this day I remember the scene where Marissa Cooper dies in Ryan’s arms…devastating.
Mischa’s reasoning for leaving, “My character has been through so, so much and there’s really nothing more left for her to do,” “Barton told “Access Hollywood.” Let’s be real, after Mischa left the show, that was the final nail in the coffin.
In her spare time, she has also joined the ranks of those young celebs that have a penchant for getting arrested. In 2007, Mischa was busted for DUI, possession of marijuana and driving without a valid license.
In another bizarre twist, Mischa went to her dentist because she had a toothache…next thing you know she’s in the psych ward! Mischa says of the incident, “I am terrified of needles and they wanted to pump me full of drugs and I said, “No, absolutely not. I don’t want to be here,” and got into a fight with the nurses, and that led to my 5150.”
After giving it her all, Mischa hasn’t maintained the fame she earned from the “The O.C.” She has starred in various movies and is currently filming a movie for Lifetime…we all know that means.
Mischa – Look at the beautiful men that flocked around you when you had your life together. Get. It. Together. Maybe you’ll get an O.C. reunion out of the deal.
3. Adam Brody
My first thoughts when I saw this strapping young gentleman on “The O.C.” were “wow, he has great hair.” There is just something about Adam Brody, he’s a nerd, but not in that creepy – I want you to dress up and play dungeons and dragons – kind of way. The “Los Angeles Times” even crowned Adam as TV’s sexiest geek. If that doesn’t make your parents proud, I don’t know what will.
There was one particular moment during “The O.C.” that really made me fall in love. When Adam’s character, Seth, is trying to claim his lady, Summer. While Summer is working a kissing booth at their high school (did anyone really have those?) and Seth clumsily climbs up on the booth to profess his love in front of their classmates. Summer caves and climbs up next to Seth and kisses him for all to see. He really gave us fellow nerds hope!
As for Adam’s love life, he dated fellow O.C. alum Rachel Bilson for 3 years. While I felt this was a match made in heaven, this couple called it quits in 2006. Rumor has it, Adam is courting a new lady, Lorene Scafaria.
Adam – Stay cute and nerdy. It suits you well.
2. Ryan Gosling
Mr. Gosling has cemented himself a spot in all good boyfriend lists because of what he said about his ex, Rachel McAdams. In an interview with “GQ Magazine,” “I mean, God bless “The Notebook,” Gosling says. “It introduced me to one of the great loves of my life. But people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that.” Now that is a great man.
Along with being sexy, Ryan is branching out with his career. He recently took on a slightly comedic role in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” He also likes to show off his other talents, which include music. Gosling is in a band called, “Dead Man’s Bones” with his friend Zach Shields, along with that he kills it with the ukulele.
I’ve heard rumblings that Mr. Gosling could be dating Olivia Wilde. While I’m not super excited about this, I guess I have no choice but to deal with it. Since him and Rachel McAdams (and Sandra Bullock…remember?) couldn’t make it work, I’m really hoping for Emma Stone to get a turn up to bat. (hint, hint).
Ryan – You are the perfect man…don’t change a thing. Oh yea, and call me.
1. Joshua Jackson
You know how they say you can’t choose the ones you love? Well I’m sorry Joshua Jackson, but I think you were chosen for me. Let me list the ways in which I am showing this beautiful man my love. 1. When “Dawson’s Creek” was still churning out new episodes on The WB, I used my mom’s VHS player to record every single episode. To this day, I have a plastic tote in my home filled with VHS tapes of every single episode of “Dawson’s Creek.” 2. I have seen/own all of his movies. 3. I have a Google Alert set up for the latest updates on my love. I think I better stop there…I don’t want to be arrested for stalking.
While it’s pretty clear that Joshua is happy with his long-term girlfriend, Diane Kruger, they even wear promise rings (knife right to the heart). I think there is only one woman I would be happy to see Joshua with and that is Katie Holmes. These two ex-lovebirds dated during the beginnings of the Creek and they sadly broke up.
In an article with the “Mirror,” Joshua said, “Myself and James, who played Dawson, never got on. We were like oil and water; it might have had something to do with James liking Katie Holmes as well. If it hadn’t been for Kate defusing the situation I don’t know what would have happened.” Let’s remember who won that contest Van Der Beek. Here’s hoping Joshua will jump in and help free Katie!
Joshua – you are my boo. That is all.