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.