Adam Brody left The O.C. seven years ago, but it still follows him wherever he goes. During a chat with HuffPost Live on Thursday, Nov. 13, the Life Partners star was asked several questions about his former Fox alter ego, the adorkable Seth Cohen, including whether he ever misses playing the beloved character. Spoiler: He does not.
“It was a wonderful time, but I’m significantly older,” the 34-year-old actor told HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri. “I mean, maybe it’s the equivalent of, like, ‘Do you miss being back in college?’ — which I never went to, but…there are fun things about it. But that character? No. That was a character from 2004, and it’s very much of that time…My interests don’t lie there at all anymore.”
That said, he knows he’ll never really break free of Seth Cohen. “Like it or not, I’ve been accused of playing him ever since,” he admitted. “What can I say? My mannerisms are my mannerisms…I’m not gonna run from myself.”
Brody — who was 23 when the series first catapulted him and costars Mischa Barton, Ben McKenzie, and Rachel Bilson to mega-fame — went on to clarify that he’s very proud to have been a part of the show, which had (and still has, in some respects) a very cult-like fan base.
“I think it’s great. It’s an honor to have been part of a story that meant [something to people],” he shared. “It’s funny, because I do so many things, and they mean something to me, and maybe they mean something to a few people. And this is like a story that I was a part of that I sort of share with a certain generation, and in that way, it’s an honor. It’s something I’m proud of.”
The O.C. was not Brody’s first role, of course — he previously appeared in the TV movie Growing Up Brady and as Lane Kim’s boyfriend Dave Rygalski on Gilmore Girls, among other things — but it was his breakout role. And because of that, some people will always see him as Seth Cohen, which he knows and accepts.
“It’s funny because — and this goes for anyone who becomes famous or recognizable [in a specific project], whatever that first thing is that puts them in the public eye, they’ll always sort of be known for it,” he said on HuffPost Live. “I mean, Sally Field will always be Gidget, a little bit.”
He continued: “It doesn’t bother me…I’m proud of the legacy, [but] it gets boring, that’s all…I’ve exhausted it, the conversations about it, in my mind. Forgive me for comparing myself in any way — and I’m not — but Harrison Ford, I understand why he would be crotchety talking about Star Wars…Star Wars is great, but he’s been talking about it for 20, 30 years.”
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