Sunday 4 December 2016

This is what Ryan from The OC looks like now

Published 29/11/2016 | 13:30

Mischa Barton, left, and Ben McKenzie on The OC
Mischa Barton, left, and Ben McKenzie on The OC
Ben McKenzie attends IFP's 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for IFP)
(L to R) Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton and Ben McKenzie on The OC
(L to R) Ben McKenzie and Mischa Barton as Ryan and Marissa on The OC
(L to R) Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson and Mischa Barton on The OC
Adam Brody, left, and Ben McKenzie, right, on The OC
HActors Benjamin McKenzie and Samaire Armstrong arrive at a viewing party for Fox TV's "The O.C." at Sharkeez Resturant on September 9, 2003 in Hermosa Beach, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The OC cast in 2003
Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton, and Benjamin McKenzie arrive at The 2003 Teen Choice Awards held at Universal Amphitheater on August 2, 2003 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown)
The OC cast in 2003
Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin attend IFP's 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IFP)
Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin attend IFP's 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for IFP)

Long time no see, Ryan Atwood.

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Ben McKenzie, who played The OC's resident not-so-bad-boy from the wrong side of the tracks, was every noughties teenage girl's noughties heartthrob.

We watched his OTT relationship with Marissa Cooper from season one:

 

His repartee with Seth Cohen in the poolhouse:

After the show wrapped in 2007, McKenzie has found his feet in primetime television. Now 38 (yes he was 29 playing an 18-year-old), these days, he is starring on Gotham: Mad City which follows Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in the titular city before Batman arrived on the scene.

And it looks like things are going just as well as on the homefront. McKenzie married his co-star Morena Baccarin in 2015 and they welcomed their first child together - a daughter Frances - in March.

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He brought his wife to the Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday night and while the floppy hair might be gone, we're still a little bit obsessed.

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RIP The OC.

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