The OC Obsession

For those true fans out there...that can't live without their weekly dose of Newport Beach...

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Adam Brody - is he like seth?

Born April 8, 1981 Adam was raised in San Diego, California. Adam spent a lot of his teen years like any other normal California tean, hanging out with his friends and surfing. After graduation, he convinced his parents to allow him to attend college in Los Angeles. Instead of going to college, he hired an acting coach, signed with a personal manager and quickly landed the role as Greg Brady in a TV movie, Growing Up Brady.

He also played TV roles in Gilmore Girls, Judging Amy, Family Law and Smallville. On the big screen, Adam was featured in the skateboarding movie, Grind. he also had minor parts in The Ring and Missing Brendan. After his success on the OC, he has started producing his own films and his career has taken off and he even was featured in Mr. & Mrs. Smith beside Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. He will star in the upcoming films, In the Land of Women, and I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.

For those that are more interested in the drama and relationships: I found out after posting Rachel's biography that Adam and Rachel are in fact still dating. They have been seen together at several LA hot spots and seem extremely happy. Adam is not unlike his character Seth in too many ways. In fact, Adam loves X-Men and bands such as Ben Folds and Bright Eyes.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Rachel Bilson

Oh Summer Roberts. If I could sit here and describe her character on the show it would be easy, but to describe Rachel is almost the complete opposite. Although Rachel is driven and forward much like her character, she is no where near as snobby. Rachel actually enjoy's playing this role for that reason. "It's great playing someone who is not like me at all. I'm really a nice girl, so it's fun to be a bitch, then come home and be myself again. When I meet people now, they're surprised that I'm a good person." The only thing she actually may have in common with Summer is her passion for shoes, but in real life Rachel is not into ritzy stores, her favorite store to shop in is actually Target.

Rachelle Jade Bilson was born on November 13, 1981 in Los Angeles, CA. Although what she says, her family agrees that as the youngest, she was pretty much spoiled rotten growing up. Friends and family say that she was treated like a princess throughout her youth in LA. Rachel was introduced to acting at the age of 7, when her parents helped her land her first film role in "The Wrong Guys". After her debut, she held many minor roles in films and plays and she soon realized acting was her dream she needed to follow. Soon after graduating high school she found an agent to help her fill her dreams.

She was soon making her TV debut in several small roles on shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her true success was when she landed the role as a main character, Summer Roberts. Rachel's success in the show proves that she is a young hit that will keep preforming for us for years to come.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Benjamin McKenzie...the real Ryan Atwood

Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan was born in Austin Texas on September 12, 1978. Growing up Benjamin played the role of an average kid in Austin, playing football in high school and attending the University of Virginia shortly after. He comes from a family of three boys, one of which graduated from Yale and the other currently attends Pomona College.

After graduating from UVA in 1991, Benjamin decided to follow a different dream and focus on his acting career. This change may have been provoked by the success of his paternal grandparents, both actors. His uncle is is Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, so its obvious that success runs in the family.

He moved to New York and had some minor roles in off-broadway productions. While in New York, Ben waited tables to get by and shared a cramped apartment with several roommates. In 2002 he had a slump in job opportunities and decided he would move to LA to try to make it big. It was here in LA that he got is break and auditioned for The OC. He has been a lead role since then and the show has given him the most success. In fact, Benjamin averages between $15,000 - $25,000 an episode. This may not seem like a lot compared to the million that FRIENDS show stars were averaging each episode but imagine yourself in that position. Benjamin isn't actually that much older than us and considering there are about 19 episodes per season, he has it pretty good. He recently bought an apartment in Santa Monica, CA can be seen driving around town in his new Infiniti G35...quite a change from his lifestyle in New York.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Marissa Cooper

So in light of baseball playoffs and the lack of OC until November, I decided that it would be good just to do a little biographical information of each character for the new few weeks. This week Marissa Cooper, better known outside of Orange County as Misha Barton.

Misha was born in London on January 24, 1986 and as early as 1995 was making her showtime debut. Misha is actually half English and half Irish. She moved to New York when she was still young and immediately was recognized. She was featured in several movies and TV Series including a voice on the kids show Kablam! and an appearance in All My Children, a popular soap opera. Her more famous movies included Notting Hill and The Sixth Sense. Before The OC she was in several smaller movies and some independent films. Once her debut in The OC, she hit box office and now has two movies coming out within the next year in which she had lead rolls.

Currently, she is a spokesperson for Neutrogena and attends The Professional Children's School in Manhattan, New York. She has aspirations to attend the Yale School of Drama in New Haven after high school. She has a pet cat named, Angelo.

Monday, October 03, 2005

"The Last Waltz" - but it seems like this is a first for many...

Another amazing episode last week but I was heartbroken to find that the MLB playoffs will take the shows spot for the next this point I'm completely lost on what I will do every thursday night for my hour of devotion now - looks like those dvd's of season's one and two are going to come in handy after all. Anyway, here's a wrap up of last week's episode:

Marissa has her first day at the public school, Newport Union, of course she immediately runs into trouble, literally, running into tough girl, Heather. Marissa is just about to find herself in some serious trouble when another girl steps in, Casey whom slowly becomes Marissa's ticket to friendship at Newport Union. She then meets Casey's boyfriend Johnny and his friend Dennis. Dennis immediately reminded me of Seth, whether's its his goofy appereances, witty lines or maybe the fact that he wants to be called Chili?? Anyway, Marissa thinks that maybe this is her chance to get a clean slate and when they ask her to get lunch with them she calls Ryan and explains that she really needs to do this, and once again selfless Ryan watches her leave with her new crew, fighting his feelings the whole time.

Before leaving to pick up Marissa, Sandy and Ryan are discussing Ryan's new home-schooling plans when Ryan explains that he wants to actually go to Newport Union, perhaps to watch after Marissa. Sandy immediately shoots down this plan and tells Ryan that he needs to focus on himself and college, not just Marissa all the time.

Marissa comes home just after the foreclosure agent leaves Julie explaining that the house is being seized and she has 48 hours to leave. Julie tries to cover up and tells Marissa there was a mix up but Marissa catches her in her own games and agrees to move in with Summer for a few days at least until they can get back on their feet together.

Summer is busy back at Harbor preparing for the next school dance when the one and only Taylor approaches and asks how she could help. Summer is not only in shock, but startled when Taylor continues stating that she just wants to have friends at Harbor and is sorry that she can be such a pain in the butt. At this point it was pretty obvious to me that Taylor only had bad intentions, I'm just surprised that Summer actually fell for it all. But anyway, this scheme continues into the next day when somehow Taylor convinces Summer that she must fess up to helping Seth steal the tiki-hut or the Dean will suspend Seth altogether. Summer immediatly confesses to the Dean who responds that with this on her record, Summer could never proceed as Social Chair, but who would replace her...oh of course Taylor Townsend.

In the bussel of Marissa's new life, she blows off Ryan's breakfast date of the diner and we see him eating alone. Then later that day Marissa's friends try to convince her to attend the school dance with them, but she explains that she has plans with her boyfriend (finally remembering he exists) and can't go. On her way out of school, Heather reappears and makes a snide comment about the shooting, leaving Marissa humiliated and she runs away in tears. Johnny follows her and tries to cheer her up, but his flirtatious gestures leave Ryan unsettled and he runs to her rescue, just to embarrass her again. The next day he calls to apologize and asks her to the movies that night, she says that she is just going to try to have a relaxed night and catch up on some work, but she would call him later - is another disappointment brewing??

At the Cohen's, Kirsten receives a bushel of flowers from Charlotte, and calls to thank her. Charlotte begins to explain how the lake house is not the same without her and she misses her dearly. They agree to meet for lunch at the Harbor club, when Charlotte will be in Newport (coincidence??...i think not). When she hangs up we find that she is in a sleazy motel with her boyfriend as they discuss ways to swindle money from the Cohen family. Sandy explains to Kirsten that the Newport Group is failing and that the best decision may be to sell before it is too late. After alot of contemplating, Kirsten agrees that it is time to put her past behind her. At lunch with Charlotte, Charlotte wastes no time to explain her new business proposition: A place where women can go between rehab and returning home, something like the lake house for people in their position, and who better to fund the idea than Kirsten and the Newport Group! Charlotte is shocked to find that Kirsten was left no money and is actually going to close the Newport Group, and again tries to convince Kirsten that closing up shop won't free her of the past and her father.

As Julie is getting another visit from the foreclosure, this time with movers right behind him, at Summer's, Marissa's new friends show up to take her to the school dance. Without much hesitation, she agrees to go but just as they are getting in the car Seth and Ryan show up to surprise the girls. After some brief explanations, Marissa goes to her school dance and Summer and Seth hed to the harbor school dance, leaving Ryan home alone.

At Harbor, Taylor is taking all the credit for Summer's ideas and work and Seth decides to call Ryan to maybe convince him to go after Marissa? Ryan speeds over to Newport Union to find Marissa having a great time laughing with her new friends, Seth right behind him to stop him from anything he might have been thinking about doing. While Summer is looking for Seth around school, she catches Taylor and the dean in a makeout session in the stairwell. Probably the best blackmail Summer could find on these two!

Ryan goes back home, exhausted from the night and giving up the fight to find Marissa waiting for him in his room and they turn on the radio to dance together to their new song...