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    Here's What The Cast Of "The OC" Look Like 15 Years After It First Aired

    Yes, it really has been 15 years since we first heard: "Welcome to the OC, bitch."

    In news that'll almost certainly make you feel old, yesterday marked 15 years since The OC first hit our screens.

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    That's right β€” the first episode aired on August 5th 2003, meaning it's been 15 years since we first heard the words: "Welcome to the OC, bitch."

    In fact, Rachel Bilson who played Summer in the show, even shared this adorable throwback photo of the cast to mark the anniversary.

    So, in honour of this milestone, let's take a look at what the cast of the iconic show are up to now.

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    1. Mischa Barton (Marissa Cooper)

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    Then: There was essentially nothing Marissa, the main female lead in the show, didn't experience. Whether it was shoplifting, drug and alcohol addiction, overdosing in Tijuana and stints in rehab, we couldn't get enough of her drama, nor her on/off relationship with Ryan.

    Now: After leaving the show in the season finale of season three, (who could possibly forget that moment?) Mischa's gone on to star in everything from Virgin Territory to Steel Magnolias, Law and Order and even Dancing with the Stars. Most recently she was cast in the movie The Cat and the Moon, due to begin shooting this year.

    2. Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts)

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    Then: It's hard to believe that Summer Roberts was only intended to be a minor character appearing in a few episodes. However, thanks to Rachel Bilson's delivery of the now classic line: "Chino? Ew," from the season premiere, she became a mainstay and one of the most-loved characters on the show.

    Now: After The OC ended, Rachel went on to have a successful film and TV career, starring in The Last Kiss, Jumper, New York I Love You, How I Met Your Mother, and scored the lead role in Hart of Dixie. Rachel also gave birth to her first child, Briar Rose, in 2014.

    3. Ben McKenzie (Ryan Atwood)

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    Then: Ryan Atwood's character arc, from brooding and violent teenager from ~the wrong side of the tracks~ to sensitive and loving boyfriend and well-rounded human being, was one of the most appealing in the show.

    Now: Ben went on to score leading parts in the movies Junebug and Snakes on a Plane, as well as a recurring role in Southland. In 2016 he and his girlfriend welcomed a daughter, Frances, and married the following year.

    4. Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper)

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    Then: Thanks to her expert portrayal of Julie Cooper, Melinda became the show's most iconic villainess. By the end of The OC's run, however, her character had a redemption of sorts and the last we saw of Julie was her deciding to be single and embarking on an undergraduate degree.

    Now: Melinda has barely stopped since The OC wrapped, starring in Entourage, Reaper, The Vampire Diaries and She Drives Me Crazy β€” a TV movie produced by her OC co-star, Kelly Rowan. She's also lent her voice to several acting projects, including voicing Alexa in The Animatrix and Madame Macmu-Ling in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

    5. Kelly Rowan (Kirsten Cohen)

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    Then: Kirsten had quite the character arc, from beginning the show as a workaholic/loving mother, to experiencing alcohol addiction and a stay in rehab before discovering she was pregnant on her 40th birthday, and giving birth to a baby girl in the final episode.

    Now: Kelly went on to star in several TV shows before moving on to produce the television movie She Drives Me Crazy and scoring a cameo in CSI: Miami.

    6. Tate Donovan (Jimmy Cooper)

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    Then: Jimmy Cooper was the cause of drama from the very first episode of The OC when it became apparent that he was about to get in serious trouble for embezzlement. It was a theme that ran through his whole run on the show β€” in fact, Jimmy's final appearance was him leaving town on the morning of his wedding to Julie because of money issues.

    Now: Tate's gone on to have a successful TV career, with a recurring role on Damages and appearances on Nip/Tuck, Law and Order, Gossip Girl and Glee.

    7. Adam Brody (Seth Cohen)

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    Then: Thanks to Adam's sensitive portrayal of Seth, he soon became the world's favourite adorable nerd with a talent for comedy β€” in fact, many of Seth's most famous lines were completely improvised. And, despite their relationship not starting off as the show's main focus, he and Summer soon became The OC's cutest couple.

    Now: During his time on the show, Adam scored a supporting role in Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's monster hit, Mr and Mrs Smith. And after it ended, he went on to appear in The Romantics, Scream 4 and the sitcom Billy and Billie. And, in a '00s coupling of dreams, Adam got together with Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester in 2010, married in 2014 and welcomed a daughter, Arlo, in 2015.

    8. Peter Gallagher (Sandy Cohen)

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    Then: Thanks to his big heart and family values, Sandy Cohen swiftly became everyone's favourite bushy-eyebrowed, public-defender dad.

    Now: After The OC ended, Peter focused on his music career, releasing an album, 7 Days in Memphis, and appearing on broadway in On The Twentieth Century. Plus, in the cutest marrying of his OC persona with real-life, Peter also hosts an annual awards ceremony, "The Sandy Cohen Awards" in which he gives a scholarship at UC Berkeley to a law school student who wants to become a public defender.

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