||[Jul. 28th, 2005|01:54 pm]
Well, now that we only have a little over a month until the OC starts up again (September 8), I suppose I should make an update.
Pictures of various cast members, past and present--and some of them are pretty old, so bear with me, I haven't had too much time to do a real update.
Picture credits go to: Rachel-bilson.com, wireimage.com, thebrodybunch.com, unwaveringaffection.net,
Big Japan show at the Troubadour, Adam on Drums
Crystal Lucy awards
Mischa at Cabana with some guy named Eric James
Mischa at a Fendi party
Olivia at Garnier Fructis studio, getting dolled up for the Maxim 100 event
Said Maxim 100 event
Gersh Agency party in New York
LA Film Festival: showing of Junebug (Ben with castmate Amy Adams, et al)
Shannon Lucio at the LA Run Walk
Last Mogul premiere
Entertainment Weekly's Must List
Premiere Magazine New Power event something or other
Rachel and Mischa at a Citizens for Humanity event
Adam at a Virgin Mobile event
Adam and Rachel getting ice cream
Adam at the Batman Begins premiere (terrific movie)
Adam photoshoot with Lori Dorn
All of Adam's clothes provided by Prada, which is why he looks so smart and tailored.
Adam Brody: There are hallways full of sweater-vested indie-rock kids who owe their newfound popularity to Adam Brody. But he's not content to let high school be his glory days. He's got his sights set on the big leagues. by Amber Tamblyn
As sardonic antihero of the hit teen drama The O.C., Adam Brody has become the poster boy for Conor Oberst-worshipping, comic-book obsessed, Converse-wearing hipster teens. Nevertheless, Brody has also begun to cultivate a life for himself outside of high school. In addition to appearing alongside Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in director Doug Liman's recently released Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the 25 year old actor has also wrapped production on two other films: the tobacco company satire Thank You for Smoking and the drama In the Land of Women, in which he stars with Meg Ryan and Kristen Stewart. If only Jason Priestley and Richard Grieco had thought to plan ahead, too.
AT: Okay, so, for those who don't know, tell me how you started out in acting and where people might know you from and all that stuff.
AB: Well, I guess most people would only know me from The O.C. I did a few episodes of Gilmore Girls before that. I was also a client on a lot of lawyer shows.
AT: Ah, the lawyer-show thing.
AB: Yeah, I did one where my girlfriend and I both attempted suicide, except I lived. On another one, I played a mentally challenged kid who raped a woman, but it turned out that my character was forced to do it at gunpoint, so it was not his fault. And one where my parents died, so I petitioned the court to have my little brothers put in my custody.
AT: It makes you wonder how these writers for these lawyer shows come up with those story lines. I once did an episode of Boston Public where I was a surrogate mother for my parents, and my father implanted me with his seen. [Brody laughs] So, tell me a little about Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
AB: Uh, well, as most people know, it stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Doug Liman directed it. I can't even tell you how truly excited I was to be in one of Doug's movies, because he did the pilot of the O.C. and Swingers (1996) actually changed my life. I really wanted Doug to like me, and I felt like he sort of didn't when we were working on the pilot. But he called me about six months later and was like, "Hey, I've got a part for you." The easiest way to explain the plot of the film is that Brad and Angelina are married assassins who work for different agencies, but neither of them knows about the other one. They're both hired to kill me, and that's how they discover each other.
AT: OH, that they're both assassins.
AB: Yeah, and then I disappear for 90 minutes.
AT: [laughs] What about the movie you're working on now, In the Land of Women?
AB: Oh man, it's really fun. It's directed by Jon Kasdan. He's my age, 25, and this is his first movie, but he's such a fucking veteran. His dad is Lawrence Kasdan, and his brother is Jake Kasdan, the guy who did Orange County -so he grew up in a family of filmmakers. It's an emotional and sentimental film, and you never really know if a movie like that will connect until it's all pieced together, but it's been a joy to work on so far.
AT: I'm also hearing that next season is going to be a big one for your character on the O.C.
AB: I know nothing about what they have planned. I heard a rumor that I might hook up with a teacher. If anything, I wish we could do a little less, actually. My favorite episodes of the O.C. are the ones where not much happens, where we take it down a notch. But I don't think the audience agrees with me.
AT: So, okay, this is something that I have to deal with, so I'm going to ask you about it. Do you ever get sick of people coming up to you and making bad jokes related to your character on the O.C.?
AB: Do people make Joan of Arcadia jokes?
AT: Yeah. People will come up to me and be like, "So, did you take to the Almighty today?"
AB: [laughs] Well, unfortunately for me, it's the same thing. I really don't mind it at all when people under 18 come up to me, because they're kids, and they're fans of the show. But it's more the people my age or older that really kill me, because they should know better. If you're like, 30 years old, and I don't know you, I could give a fuck if you're from the real O.C. [Tamblyn laughs] I really couldn't care less. There's no conversation more boring than talking about Newport and how the show compares to the real thing. I just don't care. That might sound like such a mean thing to say, but some guys have been such jerks about it. I swear, one of these days I'm going to take out all of my frustration. In, like, a year you'll read about it: "Brody broke a beer bottle over some guy's head!"
AT: Yeah, I could really see you doing that.
AB: "...and then he was beaten to death."
Also, Ben was on a recent episode of Punk'd, so I'm sure MTV will be replaying it until the sound of Ashton Kutcher's voice makes your ears bleed.
Laguna Beach (with the old favorites: Christina (who was no one's favorite, I can assure you), Lo, LC, STEEEE-VEN (spelled with a PH though), Trey, Talan, Kristin, etc home for break) premiered on Monday night, and from all accounts it still sucks. This season's focus is Kristin's dramatic life, and her friends Alex and Jessica (Dieter's ex) joining in on the fun. There's also a new bitchy character named Taylor, which I was waiting for, since there's always a girl named Taylor at every level of school in Orange County--extra points would have gone to the show had they gotten an Ashley and a Madison, also. I'll keep you posted when I see it. Also, season one's DVD set is out, and I actually saw someone buying it. Which is news in itself. Way to capitalize, MTV, way to go.