Olivia Wilde Would’ve Stayed on ‘The O.C.’ If the Show’s Creator Had His Way

by Jeremy Spirogis
Olivia Wilde attends the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Olivia Wilde’s film roles are expansive and so are her TV roles. Before taking part in a physician on the hit TV present, House, Wilde performed a personality on The O.C. chargeable for shaking up the oceanside city of Newport Beach, California.

Olivia Wilde performs Alex Kelly on ‘The O.C.’

Olivia Wilde attends the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards
Olivia Wilde attends the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

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Years earlier than directing 2019’s Booksmart, Wilde landed a task on The O.C., one of the vital common teen dramas of the early 2000s. On The O.C., Wilde performs the position of Alex Kelly. 

After getting expelled from two colleges, Alex runs The Bait Shop. Newport Beach’s native music venue, The Bait Shop is a hangout place for Seth Cohen (Adam Brody), Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton), Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), and Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson). 

According to Wilde’s appearing credit on IMDd, her stint as Alex on The O.C. marked her third appearing gig ever and her first on a serious TV collection. Wilde made her debut look as Alex in The O.C. Season 2 Episode 3: “The New Kids on the Block.”

Wilde performed Alex in 13 episodes of the present’s second season earlier than her remaining look in The O.C. Season 2 Episode 16: The Blaze of Glory

Olivia Wilde’s character on ‘The O.C.’ dates Seth Cohen and Marissa Cooper

Initially, when The O.C.’s “core four” — Ryan, Summer, Marissa, and Seth — meet Alex, she’s Seth’s robust boss at The Bait Shop the place he works as a janitor.

After Alex goes on a disastrous double date with Ryan, Seth, and Lindsay (Shannon Lucio), she realizes she has a factor for Seth. They share a kiss and so begins a relationship between Seth and Alex.

Olivia Wilde attends 'The O.C.' premiere party in 2003Olivia Wilde attends 'The O.C.' premiere party in 2003
Olivia Wilde attends ‘The O.C.’ premiere get together in 2003 | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

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However, the romance is short-lived. After some ups and downs and an ill-timed go to from Alex’s ex-girlfriend, Alex and Seth break up. 

After Alex and Seth cut up, Alex begins relationship Marissa. They get shut and ultimately, Marissa strikes in with Alex. But Alex’s emotions of jealousy towards Ryan trigger issues, and the 2 ultimately break issues off.

After yet one more failed relationship, Alex decides to go away Newport Beach and return to high school. 

‘The O.C.’ creator loved working with Olivia Wilde and ‘wanted her to stick around’

During a dialog with Vulture in 2007, Josh Schwartz, the creator of The O.C., Josh discusses the romance between Marissa and Alex. He notes that he doesn’t “regret” the storyline and needs Alex (and Wilde) stayed on The O.C. longer.

“The only thing I’m bummed about that is that they made us write Olivia Wilde off the show much, much sooner than we had planned,” he stated. “I wanted her to stick around.”

He continued, saying, “I love Olivia Wilde. I think she’s terrific,” earlier than including, “I wanted to keep that character on.”

Peter Roth, Rachel Bilson, Gail Berman, Josh Schwartz, and Olivia WildePeter Roth, Rachel Bilson, Gail Berman, Josh Schwartz, and Olivia Wilde
Peter Roth, Rachel Bilson, Gail Berman, Josh Schwartz, and Olivia Wilde | L. Cohen/WireImage

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So, why then did Wilde’s character go away Newport Beach after 13 episodes? Concern from others behind the present. 

“But they told us, ‘People are worried about this episode and this storyline and blah blah blah,’” Schwartz stated of Marissa and Alex relationship. “So we had to write her out way sooner than we expected, so it just became much more rushed.” 

He continued, saying that he wished to see extra from Alex and Marissa. “But I liked the whole idea,” Schwartz stated. “I thought it was intriguing, beyond the obvious factor.”

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