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Melinda Clarke summarized her character as being "clearly just such a money-digging whore. To me, it's so funny now to see The Real Housewives of Orange County because you realise it exists and that's what Julie was. Julie was obviously the original housewife. Starting in her pink Juicy sweat suit outfit and then by the end she's graduated from college and moving on with her life. Bilson's character was originally scheduled to appear in only a few episodes, but her character quickly became popular amongst viewers, and ended up being part of the main cast for the rest of the series.
Summer's mother left when her parents divorced after her mother abandons them and she has had no contact with her since. Her stepmother, nicknamed the "step-monster," is a lazy woman with a suggested drug problem. Summer has been referred to as a "seemingly snotty, superficial rich girl who is revealed to have hidden depth when she warms to the charms of nerdy Seth. Summer's character surprises audiences by turning out to be much more intellectually capable than ever imagined.
She continues to be accepted to Brown, beating out many applicants from Harbour School, including, to his dismay, Seth. Not only intelligent, Summer Roberts proves to be an activist for animals while protesting against lab testing on critters and setting lab bunnies free.
She later takes one as her own and names her Pancakes. Alan Dale portrays Caleb Nichol season 2, recurring season 1Kirsten's businessman father and later Julie Cooper's husband. His character recurs throughout the first season, and he becomes a regular during the second season, but comes to a sudden stop when his character suffers from a fatal heart attack during the season 2 finale.
When asked by the Tribune about the character, Dale said, ""The thing that's lovely about this character is that there's so much to do with him. His relationships are so complicated, and once the marriage happened, everyone was related in the show. That means he's got all these people to relate to, and he relates so badly with everyone.
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Her character's initial personality was referred to by many critics as similar to the character Tracy Flick from the film Election. Autumn Reeser's performance was critically acclaimed. She reflected back on the character during a interview, saying "I feel like there's a lot of girls out there who could really relate to her, who hadn't seen themselves on TV in that way. I loved that about her. I loved that she made no apologies for who she was even though she wasn't what all the magazines said was OK.The O C 's Benjamin McKenzie and Autumn Reeser Have a Mini Reunion
She was like, "I'm still valid. And I know I'm odd, and that's OK. The role was originally played by Shailene Woodley in a recurring role during Season 1. Kaitlin spends much of the series at boarding school before returning on a recurring basis in season 3 now played by Holland and finally becoming a regular character in season 4. The daughter of Jimmy Cooper and Julie Cooper-Nichol and sister to Marissa Cooperher personality is more similar to her mother's rather than her father's, and she is portrayed as a regular pot smoker and occasional dealer.
Holland observed that "no one can control her" but that her arc in Season 4 finds the character maturing. My character went to boarding school and when they decided to bring her back, they actually re-auditioned me to bring her back.
But I didn't go through puberty until late So, there was no weirdness when Willa Holland got it because she was so obviously right for the role Having had experiences with people from Newport Beach during his time at the University of Southern CaliforniaSchwartz came back to them with his own characters. I felt very much like an outsider.
I thought it was exactly the right story to be telling at that point in time. It was about a family living in a not very embracing community, one that doesn't necessarily share all their values.
They still open their arms and embrace this outsider kid. And I thought that was powerful in an era with a kind of xenophobia, a kind of looking-over-your-shoulder and getting small and angry, sort of creeping into the PATRIOT Act-fueled environment.
This espoused a kind of America It just felt right. And it had a sense of humor. Although the show is set in Newport Beach, financial penalties imposed for filming outside the studio zone meant much of the show was filmed in the Manhattan BeachLos Angeles County region. A mock pool house was built for use in the pilot, and taken down after filming completed.
The Cohens' home was recreated on a soundstage at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach for filming during the rest of the series;   the pool was only 4-feet deep meaning that the cast had to act on their knees.
Mary's Collegea private woman's college in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Julie refers to the restaurant in a Season 3 episode by its real-life name. The house is based off two homes located in Malibu, California. He is also currently working on the drama, Ice which airs on Audience Network.
When she left the OC, her life only got more dramatic… Samaire Armstrong — Now Samaire did end up acting in quite a few more US television shows, but she also had some health issues, which were kept pretty hush hush.
He went to prison and it looked like Ryan and Trey would never decide that blood was thicker than water, but eventually, they buried the hatchet and Trey went back home to Chino. He also has a pretty happy family life, married to his wife Diane sinceand with two kids as well. When they adopted Ryan into the fold, it was a rocky start, but ended up being the best thing for everyone. He is married to Paula Harwood, and the pair have two children together, James and Kathryn.
He never had to see Marissa go off the rails and spiral towards her eventual death, as he left The OC in season two, a whole season before Marissa met her grisly end at the hands of Volchok. Chris Carmack — now Chris left The OC and went on to bigger and better things, eventually scoring a pretty hot role opposite Heroes alumnus Hayden Panettiere, in Nashville, the popular musical drama.
They met on the set of Nashville, so that show has been a real life changer for him. But Olivia Wilde herself was just using Newport Beach as a stepping stone on her way to bigger and better things, and The OC was the first stop on a long list of amazing shows, and even Hollywood blockbusters.
She had a thing for rich men, and managed to snare Caleb Nichols as a husband, with her seduction skills alone. After she lost her daughter tragically, she changed, showing her great acting skills by becoming a more kind and compassionate woman, although not without her edge! On the romance side, she is newly married to her husband Adam Farmer.
They tied the knot a couple years ago inand have one daughter. Unfortunately, her drinking problem gets worse as the show progresses, and she has many of her own demons to deal with.
Off screen, she was engaged to David Thompson who is the 3rd Baron of that name, and they have a daughter together, but they broke off the engagement before they made it down the aisle. He is a kind father, and clearly loves his daughters, but he gets swept up in a financial scandal, and that tears down the walls of his seemingly perfect life.
Poor Jimmy, nothing ever quite works out as planned for him, and he just gets taken along for the ride. More recently, he was one of the stars of the hit movie Argo.
He was married to Corinne Kingsbury for 3 years betweenbut he was once engaged to Jennifer Aniston! He was a controlling father, and a manipulative person, who gets married to Julie Cooper, in what most people saw as a marriage for social or financial gain.
We all watched with bated breath as Julie decided to kill her husband with poison, and although she backed out of the evil plot, Caleb suffered a fatal heart attack. Alan Dale — now Starting out as a rugby player before turning to acting, most people remember Alan Dale as Jim Robinson in Neighbours, a part he played for many years. It not only featured one of the show's most melodramatic moments -- who can't recall exactly where they were and how they felt on the night Barton's Marissa OD'd on painkillers in Tijuana?
When we first met Summer Roberts Rachel Bilsonhands on her hips and sporting frosty blue eyeshadow, we thought, There's no way she's worthy of Seth's unrequited love and worship. That is, until TJ. You have to pee? But she was so winning and adorable and brought such a good energy to the show. And she was such a nice contrast to Marissa, in terms of height and temperament. That's when we told her that was going to be her ' Whatcha talkin 'bout Willis? He named his boat after her! But after watching Bilson and Brody's burgeoning on-set chemistry, Schwartz knew it was a relationship "that we could really build and sustain.
Tragedy was often lurking right around the corner. How many obstacles are people going to throw their way? How many candles is he going to light?
We didn't want it to be easy for them," Savage added. It was anything but.
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Their spark was palpable from the start, when Ryan shared his cigarette with Newport's teen princess in the Cohens' driveway and dropped the most memorable pick-up line in modern TV history.
Fox In that moment, Ryan Atwood -- who, Schwartz said, "probably did pretty well with the ladies back in Chino" -- realized that Marissa Cooper wasn't just another Newport Beach Barbie.
However, their driveway meet-cute was nearly ruined by wary network executives. We had to make sure that at the end of the scene, when Sandy comes down the driveway and breaks them up, he says, 'No smoking in my house! That was it; you could never smoke again. Fox In the end, the performative Hero couldn't save the sun-kissed princess from her own demons, and Marissa's tragic death in the Season 3 finale is still considered the most divisive moment in the show's tumultuous run.
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The show's third season is largely considered to be its worst, and a significant part of that ire was directed at Marissa's bleak storyline. Some fans were happy to see her go, while others mostly teen girls mourned the loss of a character they felt deserved so much more from the writers. The latter made their displeasure felt the following season, when the show took a serious ratings divewhich led to its eventual cancellation. It's been nearly a decade since Schwartz and Savage made the decision to kill off Marissa, and it's a fate they still replay in their heads.