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Nina Dobrev Has 'SOOOO Many' Boyfriends and She Wants You to See Them: PHOTO | Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev Shows Off 5 Boyfriends in LOL Response to Dating Rumors

Originally posted 08/04/2014 09:30AM

Don't have a date lined up this week? Oh, uh, this is awkward. Because Nina Dobrev has four.

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Ben McKenzie's Pit Bull 'Is a Little Too California' | Benjamin McKenzie

Ben McKenzie's Pit Bull 'Is a Little Too California'

Originally posted 03/07/2012 09:00AM

Ben McKenzie, who currently stars in TNT's Southland, and who first made a splash on The O.C., seems like a California actor through and through.

Wait until you meet his dog, a rescued pit bull named Oscar.

"He's super laid-back," McKenzie tells PEOPLE. "He's a little too California. The cancer he got was skin cancer, from laying out in the sun. He needs to wear some more SPF, I guess."

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O.C. 's McKenzie Graduates to Movie Role | Benjamin McKenzie

O.C. 's McKenzie Graduates to Movie Role

Originally posted 11/07/2005 07:00AM

The O.C. star Benjamin McKenzie is wanted – not on only movie producers' wish lists but as someone who may be plotting to kill Al Pacino.

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Junebug's Benjamin McKenzie | Benjamin McKenzie

Junebug's Benjamin McKenzie

Originally posted 08/05/2005 06:00AM

When Benjamin McKenzie scored his breakout gig on The O.C. in 2003, his performance as a brooding teen won him comparisons to Russell Crowe. But in recent seasons, his Ryan Atwood character has become more like McKenzie himself: smart (the actor, an '01 University of Virginia grad, majored in economics) and slyly funny (on the Crowe comments: "I'm glad to be compared to him and not Carrot Top"). The Austin native, 26, who plays another angry young man in the new indie film Junebug, talked to PEOPLE about Southern pride and the benefits of sulking.

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Before They Were Stars | Benjamin McKenzie

Before They Were Stars

Originally posted 03/03/2005 06:00AM

Sure, they're famous now, living glamorous celebrity lives. But what about that very first acting job? We just had to ask: • Benjamin McKenzie (The O.C.): "My first paid acting gig was an off-off Broadway play called Life Is a Dream. I got $750 for a six-week run, or something like that. It was about enough for a sandwich and orange juice at the deli in the morning and a bottle of beer at night. So I did a little bit of almost unpaid theater in New York – and I am so thankful I had the experience, a little taste of the experience of what it is to be an actor trying to make it because it has really high highs and really low lows." • Vivica A. Fox (Ella Enchanted): "Mine was running from zits on Melrose Boulevard for a Clearasil commercial. 'Don't let the zits catch you! Don't let the zits catch you!' I was running from this imaginary thing. It was scale pay, about $400." • Kevin Bacon: "My first paid acting gig was a recruiting film for the military. My mother was a very, very staunch antiwar activist, as I am now, and she basically said, 'You can't do this.' And I said, 'I am an actor, I have to work.' And it was a very seminal point in our lives. She didn't talk to me for days."

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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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