11:00 am on April 23, 2014
The O.C had it all: Rich, beautiful teenagers navigating the mean halls of high school, a kid rescued from jail and then adopted by his lawyer, storied love triangles, and lots and lots of guest stars. (Oh, and Chrismukkuh too!)
The show premiered on Fox in August 2003, and thanks to its relatable characters, awesome music, and melodrama, it immediately became a success. Throughout the show’s four epic seasons, it was packed full of then-unknown guest stars.
Flash forward to over a decade later, some of those guest stars have gone on to become today’s biggest movie and TV stars (See:
Shailene Woodley, Chris Pratt, Ashley Benson).
Check out the 16 guest stars that went straight from Newport Beach to the A-List:
Shailene Woodley — Season one, Kaitlin Cooper, Marissa’s younger sister. (She was later replaced by Willa Holland—who’s now a series regular on CW’s Arrow—in later seasons.)
Ashley Benson — Season four, Riley, a rival of Kaitlin’s at The Harbor School, whose party is upstaged by Kaitlin’s.
Chris Pratt — Season four, Winchester “Che” Cook, a friend of Summer’s from Brown University.
Olivia Wilde — Season two, Alex Kelly, Seth’s edgy boss at The Bait Shop, who he briefly has a fling with. Marissa also dates Alex.
Paul Wesley — Season one, Donnie, a bad boy server at The Crab Shack who befriends Ryan.
Lucy Hale — Season three, Hadley Hawthorne, Kaitlin Cooper’s roommate at boarding school.
Nikki Reed — Season three, Sadie Campbell, Johnny Harper’s cousin who comes to Newport after his death, and starts to date Ryan for six episodes.
Jaime King — Season two, Mary-Sue, a girl Seth meets during spring break. They end up entering a bikini contest together.
Chris Brown — Season four, Will Tutt, a band geek who has a very brief relationship with Kaitlin.
AnnaLynne McCord — Season three, a hot girl Marissa catches Volchok making out with at prom.
Cam Gigandet — Seasons three and four, Kevin Volchok, a bad boy surfer who dates Marissa, and is later responsible for her death.
Janel Parrish — Season four, Leah, one of Ashley Benson’s character’s minions.
Emmanuelle Chriqui — Season two, Jodie, Alex Kelly’s ex-girlfriend.
Jackson Rathbone — Season three, Justin, Kaitlin’s ex-boyfriend from boarding school.
Bella Thorne – Season four, a young Taylor Townsend, who shows up in a flashback that reveals Summer stole Taylor’s poem way back when.
Morena Baccarin — Season three, Mara Griffin, the daughter of Henry Griffin (head of the hospital), who briefly dates Matt Ramsey.
Which character on The O.C. was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
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