Ten years after The O.C. became nothing short of a phenomenon, fans are still dying to know what went on behind the scenes. Who let the fame get to their head? Was the set full of bagels, bikinis, and good times? And after Tate Donovan spoke to Vulture back in August about how some of the show’s young stars became “very tough to work with,” more rumors started swirling. Luckily, one of those “young stars” has now offered a bit of perspective from his years spent brooding, punching people, and stealing our hearts.
Ben McKenzie, who of course played Ryan Atwood on the hit show, recently went on the Nerdist podcast Making It With Riki Lindhome, where he talked about everything from growing up in Texas to the “whirlwind” that was The O.C.
After being cast “with maybe like a week or two” before the pilot was shot, McKenzie was quite literally thrown into the world of Josh Schwartz’s Orange County. “We wrapped on Friday, and we were picked up on Monday,” he tells Lindhome. “They started building sets, and we were on the air in August … and we did 27 episodes our first year.” As Luke so elegantly put it 10 years ago: Welcome to The O.C., bitch.
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