‘The O.C.’: Are Ryan Atwood and Seth Cohen Friends in Real Life?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Adam Brody and Leighton Meester at the LA screening of

The 12 months is 2003. The O.C. is on and Phantom Planet’s “California” performs whereas photographs of Newport Beach, Calif., flash by on the display. Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) and Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) are finest pals navigating their difficult teen years collectively made much more difficult by household drama and relationships. 

Through all of it, Ryan and Seth may depend on one another — bear in mind when Ryan stood up for Seth when Luke Ward (Chris Carmack) tormented him at a celebration that resulted in a fistfight and the enduring line, “Welcome to the O.C., b****!” — to be there for the great (comedian books and video video games), the unhealthy (imply youngsters at college), and the ugly (household drama). They joked over cereal and bagels earlier than faculty and have turn out to be one of many early aughts most beloved fictional duos. But are they pals in actual life? 

They had ‘fun’ filming ‘The O.C.’

In a 2014 interview with HuffPost Live, McKenzie opened up about what his expertise had been like on the set of The O.C. At 23, the actor, now 41, obtained forged because the good teen who the Cohen household adopted. He starred within the present from 2003 to 2007 when it ended after 4 seasons. 

“It was awesome,” McKenzie stated of the Fox collection from Josh Schwartz. At the time, he had been driving a $500 automobile and “living on the floor of a friend’s apartment in the Valley.” 

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McKenzie joined the forged of The O.C. together with different younger actors in Hollywood together with Brody, Mischa Barton (Marissa Cooper), and Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts). They starred within the collection reverse Peter Gallagher (Sandy Cohen), Kelly Rowan (Kirsten Cohen), Tate Donovan (Jimmy Cooper), and Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper) who have been forged as mother and father. 

“It was great to work with those guys,” McKenzie stated. “I mean we had an amazing cast and an amazing number of people who came through there,” he stated, including, “It was fun.”

McKenzie didn’t get an invitation to Brody’s marriage ceremony

Brody is married to Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl, one other teen present that additionally got here from Schwartz. The couple is understood for preserving their relationship non-public. They welcomed a daughter, Arlo Day Brody, in Aug. 2015, and have solely attended a handful of pink carpet occasions collectively. 

Adam Brody and Leighton Meester at the LA screening of 'Ready Or Not' on Aug. 19, 2019
Adam Brody and Leighton Meester on the LA screening of ‘Ready Or Not’ on Aug. 19, 2019 | Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Meester and Brody took the identical care in planning their Feb. 2014 marriage ceremony by preserving the visitors to a minimal, which meant McKenzie didn’t get an invitation.

“I did not go to his wedding,” he stated. “I think they wanted to kind of keep it super low-profile, so I did not take umbrage.” Even although he didn’t attend the ceremony, McKenzie stated he’s a fan of Meester. “His wife is awesome. Leighton’s great,” he added. 

They ‘stay in touch’

While Brody and McKenzie won’t be on the identical degree as Seth and Ryan so far as their friendship is anxious, they do “stay in touch.” 

“Adam and I stay in touch,” McKenzie stated. “We just saw each other in New York the last time he was here.”

Adam Brody and Benjamin McKenzie at 2004 Teen Choice Awards Backstage Creations Talent Retreat on Aug. 4, 2004Adam Brody and Benjamin McKenzie at 2004 Teen Choice Awards Backstage Creations Talent Retreat on Aug. 4, 2004
Adam Brody and Benjamin McKenzie at 2004 Teen Choice Awards Backstage Creations Talent Retreat on Aug. 4, 2004 | Mark Sullivan/WireImage for Backstage Creations

While Brody and McKenzie don’t have a full-on bromance — a minimum of publicly — they do speak sometimes. While participating in a BUILD Series interview in Aug. 2019, Brody discussed a doable reboot or remake of The O.C., and in doing so, let the general public know he and McKenzie nonetheless speak. 

“I’m not going to be [involved],” Brody stated. “I don’t have any interest in revisiting my high school character. And frankly, speaking for Ben McKenzie, I know he doesn’t either.”

While our hearts have been crushed figuring out we received’t see Ryan or Seth in a reboot if it have been to occur, the blow is softened as a result of Brody and McKenzie nonetheless speak to one another and are pleasant.

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