If you’re a fan of teen soap operas, chances are you couldn’t wait for the weekly dose of drama that came with watching The O.C. The show was a huge hit, and helped to launch the careers of actors like Mischa Barton, Tate Donovan and Rachel Bilson.
The show was on the air from 2003 to 2007, and was full of twists, turns and romances. It seemed that young people all over the world just couldn’t get enough of the stylish outfits, elaborate homes, and lavish parties that the characters seemed to enjoy. The O.C. was likely the inspiration behind a series of California-based MTV reality shows as well.
While you probably had your favorite cast member or two from The O.C., you may not remember that there were some random guest stars on the show as well. As the TV drama grew in popularity, more and more celebrities wanted to appear on The O.C. at least once. Some of the guest stars who had a stint on the popular TV series even went on to have pretty impressive careers of their own. Unfortunately, some of the people who were guest stars on the show aren’t doing much these days. Here are 15 of the most random guest stars to appear on The O.C.
15. Shailene Woodley
The beautiful Shailene Woodley has enjoyed a pretty successful career after her days on The O.C. Woodley played a young version of Kaitlin Cooper, who was the younger sister of main character Marissa. Then, there were changes in the script, and Kaitlin was sent off to boarding school. Woodley then went on to star in shows like The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, and is currently starring as Beatrice Prior in the Divergent movie franchise. Shailene also had the honor of starring in the movie The Descendants with George Clooney (who played her dad), and played the role of Hazel in the cinematic interpretation of the book, The Fault In Our Stars.
14. Paul Wesley
Paul Wesley played a kid named Donnie from the wrong side of the tracks who worked with Ryan on The O.C. Wesley was also one of the first people to shoot someone on the show (during Season 1, he shot Luke in the arm by accident). Wesley, who is also a director and producer, is most well known for his roles as Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries. Wesley started directing the popular show during season 5 as well. Paul Wesley was also part of the cast of the short-lived series Wolf Lake, in 2001. In 2015, he starred in two movies, Amira and Sam and Before I Disappear.
13. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton played a random party girl on The O.C. What a stretch. Well, she actually played an actress who is a party girl, and the gang ran into her at a club in L.A. Still, not really too much of a stretch. Paris even took a picture on her flip phone during the episode, which is likely one of the first documented selfies. We haven’t heard much from Paris Hilton these days, but don’t worry, she’s still rich. The ex-bestie of Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie made her debut as a DJ a few years ago, and even signed a record deal with Cash Money. Hilton also has lines of handbags, fragrances, shows and watches, and makes around $10 million a year from the sale of her products.
12. Gisele Bundchen
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen appeared in an episode of The O.C. called “The Heavy Lifting “ in 2006. In the episode, the main characters are trying to sort out their lives and feelings after Johnny’s surprising death. Bundchen appears briefly in the episode as herself, which is why it was pretty random. But hey, most people aren’t going to complain about seeing a beautiful woman on screen, regardless of the reason. These days, Bundchen is busy being football player Tom Brady’s wife, raising two sons, and looking great. As of 2015, Gisele has walked in more than 470 fashion shows and appeared on more than 1,200 magazine covers throughout her modeling career.
America’s most popular Jackass had a brief stint on The O.C. as well. He was on an episode called “The Gringos”. This is likely one of the mildest things that Steve-O has done. If you’re even somewhat familiar with his antics, you know that Steve-O has been known to put his life in danger just to get a laugh. So, it’s pretty random that he’d be asked to be on a “chill” show like The O.C. Steve-O was previously linked to dancer Lacy Schwimmer, and is now dating Kat Von D.
10. Nikki Reed
Nikki Reed played the character Sadie, one of the love interests for Ryan, in the third season. It seemed that the two were starting to have some chemistry, but before we knew it, she was gone. These days, Reed is best known for playing the role of Rosalie Hale in the Twilight movie franchise. She made her debut in 2003, after the movie Thirteen was released, and Reed was credited as being a co-writer, as well as one of the stars of the film. Reed is also a singer, songwriter and music video director, and is currently married to Ian Somerhalder.
9. Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde had an interesting run on The O.C. The actress and model was originally a love interest for Seth, but eventually started dating Marissa. After her stint on The O.C., Wilde starred in House for five years. She is also known for her roles in Tron: Legacy, Her, Rush and Drinking Buddies. She comes from a long line of journalists, but decided to tell stories in a different way by portraying a wide range of characters. Wilde had an eight-year marriage to Tao Ruspoli that ended in 2011. That same year, she began dating comedic actor Jason Sudeikis. The two have a son together.
8. Chris Brown
Before he became the bad boy of R&B, Chris Brown was a baby-faced guest star on The O.C. He played a band geek that had a crush on Kaitlin. How cute. Some of his fans are probably longing for the days when Brown was sweet and innocent. He seems to be getting a little of that back now that he’s caring for his young daughter, Royalty. Of course, people still remember Brown’s domestic violence incident in 2009, with his then-girlfriend Rihanna. These days, Brown has turned over a new leaf. He has said that being smoke-free is one of his new year’s resolutions, and stated that he wanted to be a better man in several areas of his life.
7. Kat Graham
Stunning actress Kat Graham was also a guest on The O.C. at one point. She made a pretty convincing panicked phone call, and she’s still known for playing dramatic roles. Graham is most famous for her role as Bonnie in The Vampire Diaries. Graham also appeared on shows like Joan of Arcadia, Malcolm In the Middle and Grounded for Life. Kat also appeared in three episodes of Hannah Montana, and starred on the ABC Family show Greek. Kat Graham is also a talented singer. She wrote a song called “Derailed” in 2002 that was featured on the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie of the same name.
6. Amber Heard
Actress Amber Heard played a salesgirl with lots of attitude on an episode of The O.C. Heard was in “Mallpisode”, which aired during Season 2 of the show. She definitely got the attention of the guys on the show, mostly for being hot and flipping her hair while being one of the snarkiest girls in the retail industry. Amanda Heard starred in additional television shows like Hidden Palms and The Playboy Club, as well. Heard made her movie debut when she starred in Friday Night Lights, alongside Billy Bob Thornton. However, the role most people envy her for is being Johnny Depp’s wife. Heard and Depp tied the knot in 2015.
5. Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt played the hippie friend of Summer named Che. The two attended Brown together, and Pratt was known for loving all things “hemp.” Chris Pratt has gone on to achieve great success in movies. He played supporting roles in films like Moneyball, Wanted and The Five-Year Engagement, and later he was cast as the lead in The Lego Movie and Guardians Of The Galaxy. Chris Pratt, who is married to actress Anna Farris, was also ranked No 2 on People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive List in 2014. Not too bad for a guy who was once a guest star on The O.C.
4. Emmanuelle Chriqui
Emmanuelle Chriqui played Jodie, the hot ex-love interest of Alex. Of course, the dramatic exchanges between Alex and Jodie were enough for fans of the show to gasp in disbelief—and come back for more the next week. After her stint at The O.C., Emmanuel went on to play the character Sloan on the hit show Entourage. The Canadian actress also starred as Adam Sandler’s love interest in the movie Don’t Mess With The Zohan.
3. Colin Hanks
The talented son of legendary actor Tom Hanks, played an Adam Brody-type of character named Grady, who got all of Summer’s attention on The O.C. Hanks went on to star on the hit show Dexter, appeared on shows like Mad Men and Happy Endings, and did voice work for the kids show PAW Patrol for a few years. He is also known for his work on movies such as No Stranger Than Love, The House Bunny, Lucky, W. and The Guilt Trip. While it probably helped that he has a famous father, it’s easy to see that Colin is talented in his own right, and is great at playing both serious and comedic roles.
2. Max Greenfield
Before he was the annoying and (sometimes) lovable Schmidt on the Fox series New Girl, Max Greenfield was an O.C. guest star. Greenfield played a young Sandy Cohen during a flashback of Sandy and Kirsten’s days at Berkeley, and his character was completely different from Schmidt. Max also had recurring roles on Ugly Betty and Veronica Mars (remember him?), and has received Golden Globe, Emmy and Critics Choice Award nominations for his role on New Girl. Greenfield also starred in a series of McDonald’s commercials in 2015, and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, casting director Tess Sanchez. The couple has a son and daughter together.
1. Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne is likely most well known by her fans because of her work on the Disney Channel (remember when she was Max’s middle school girlfriend on Wizards of Waverly Place?) and MTV. She also starred in the movies Blended and The DUFF. But when Thorne was just a little girl, she appeared on The O.C. as the younger version of Taylor during flashback scenes. She wore hideous sweaters and glasses that were way too big for her face, but hey, that’s what the 80s were all about. Bella has been very outspoken about being diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, and works to eliminate the stigma associated with dyslexia. Thorne is also a singer, and has been a Neutrogena spokesperson.