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Behind the Scenes on The O.C. | Benjamin McKenzie, Melinda Clarke, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson

Behind the Scenes on The O.C.

Originally posted 11/05/2004 06:00AM

Now that the wait is over and the new season of The O.C. has finally begun (finally!), we wanted to find out what some of the sexy cast members are really like. So we asked someone on the inside: fellow sexy castmate Melinda Clarke, who plays Julie, hot-to-trot mom of Marissa (Mischa Barton). "Adam Brody kind of reminds me of my husband, in that he's very quick-witted, and he's very creative," Clarke told us at a party benefiting the International Foundation for Terror Act Victims at L.A. hotspot Tokio, hosted by producer-director-writer Chris Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy). "Adam Brody is much more of a man in real life than (his character) Seth Cohen is." As for the girls, Clarke told us that Rachel Bilson, who is "such a cutie," baby-sits for her 4-year-old daughter, Kathryn, on the set, while "Mischa's more of a young, talented lady." Also at the party: Weitz's girlfriend Heather Graham, That '70s Show star Topher Grace, O.C. executive producer McG and Barton's boyfriend Brandon Davis. As for what to expect this season on the show, McG says: "Just be prepared to be taken way down. I think we showed in the finale of Season 1 that we're not afraid to have things not work out. It's not always sunny, and it doesn't always end well. There's a lot of pain and difficulty. It's not like things reconcile immediately and we let the audience off the hook. We're all in this thing together."

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Inside The O.C. | The O.C.

Inside The O.C.

Originally posted 11/04/2004 06:00AM

When The O.C. ended its first season, Ryan, Marissa, Seth and Summer were in turmoil. But what of their offscreen alter egos? As the new season kicks off, catch up with Benjamin McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson.

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WEEK AHEAD: The O.C. Returns to TV

WEEK AHEAD: The O.C. Returns to TV

Originally posted 10/29/2004 03:00PM

FOX's hit The O.C. starts its second season season on Thurs., Nov. 4. PEOPLE has the scoop on the sun-soaked soap, plus other events to watch for in the coming week:

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The O.C. Makes an Early Comeback

Rachel Bilson

The O.C. Makes an Early Comeback

Originally posted 08/26/2004 01:00PM

Fans will be welcomed back to The O.C. early this year, thanks to a pair of FOX specials aimed at keeping obsessed viewers happy until the prime-time soap's Nov. 4 season premiere.

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Peter Gallagher | Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher

Originally posted 05/07/2004 6:05AM

The season's over for FOX's The O.C., but PEOPLE couldn't let show patriarch Peter Gallagher, 48, take his summer break without a final exam. The actor, who's been called too dashing to play a dad ("I've heard that at the beginning of any job I've ever had"), gave us a peek behind the famous Sandy Cohen eyebrows and proved how father really does know best.

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