Created by Josh Schwartz, FOX's The O.C. premiered on Aug. 5, 2003 and ran for four seasons until Feb. 22, 2007. Starring Mischa Barton, Benjamin McKenzie, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson as four teens living in the affluent community of Newport Beach, California, the primetime teen soap was broadcast in more than 50 countries and won 12 Teen Choice Awards.
Gigandet's Kevin Volchok began a torrid romance with Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) in Season 3. Weeks after cheating on Marissa at prom, he followed her and Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) to the airport. He rammed his car into theirs, causing their vehicle to roll into a ditch; Marissa died on impact. Kevin fled to Mexico before returning to Newport Beach to seek legal help. Though Ryan discovered his whereabouts and planned to kill him, when they came face-to-face, he decided to show Kevin mercy.