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During the 2000s, few TV shows were as popular as The O.C., which starred big actors like Rachel Bilson. The FOX series followed the wealthy Cohen family, who take in Ryan Atwood, the typical kid from the wrong side of the tracks. He forms a close bond with Seth Cohen, and the show follows their teenage adventures.

The series remained popular after its conclusion via streaming services. And it’s not just fans who still miss The O.C. In 2021, Bilson opened up about texting some of her old castmates. 

Rachel Bilson texting her ‘The O.C.’ co-stars

In August 2021, Bilson, who portrayed Summer Roberts in The O.C., appeared on an episode of InStyle’s Let’s Unpack That. The actor seemed to have quite a good time taking a trip down memory lane. She was able to share how her past and present are very connected at the moment. 

Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke, who played Julie Cooper in the series, started a The O.C. rewatch podcast together: Welcome to the OC, B——! As a result, Bilson reconnected with her former co-stars.

As the star shared with InStyle, “We’ve been able to catch up with people because of this podcast. I hadn’t spoken to Peter Gallagher or Tate Donovan or Kelly Rowan in so long, and we got them on the podcast.” 

Bilson also went on to add that the recent experiences have even led her to texting two of her former co-stars: “I’ve been texting with Ben McKenzie and Adam Brody a bit,” she said of the actors who played Ryan and Seth, respectively. “It’s just cool to reconnect in that way.”

What Bilson said about Mischa Barton

'The O.C.' cast members (L to R) Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Melinda Clarke, Peter Gallagher, Rachel Bilson, Kelly Rowan, Benjamin McKenzie, and Samaire Armstrong
‘The O.C.’ cast members (L to R) Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Melinda Clarke, Peter Gallagher, Rachel Bilson, Kelly Rowan, Benjamin McKenzie, and Samaire Armstrong | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Some fans of The O.C. may have been disappointed when they didn’t hear Bilson mention Mischa Barton amongst the crew of people she enlisted for her new podcast. On the show, Barton played the part of Marissa Cooper, Summer’s best friend. When she wanted to leave the set of The O.C., her character was ultimately killed off.

There are more than a few reasons fans and viewers could speculate why Barton wouldn’t be planning to be a part of Welcome to the OC, B——! Even though Bilson didn’t mention Barton in conjunction with the podcast, she did bring up Barton during her Let’s Unpack That interview. 

Bilson admitted that she has been watching The O.C. for the first time ever. On that note, she was incredibly impressed with Barton’s performance and work in the season 1 episode “The Escape.” The infamous Tijuana episode took a turn for the worse when the young group of friends traveled for a small getaway. Bilson gave Barton a lot of credit for having so much commitment and dedication at such a young age. 

Bilson’s ‘The O.C.’ podcast


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Anyone who was a fan of The O.C. will want to check out the podcast. Bilson and Clarke have been hosting all sorts of guests as they revisit the incredibly popular television series and reveal some of its juiciest secrets. Just like its inspiration, Welcome to the OC, B——! definitely seems to be a hit.