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Cam Gigandet Disses His Former 'O.C' Co-Stars Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton & More in New Interview

Cam Gigandet Disses His Former 'O.C' Co-Stars Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton & More in New Interview

Cam Gigandet gets extremely candid when talking about his former The O.C. co-stars including Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton, and more with Elle magazine.

When asked if he kept in touch with anyone from the show, the 31-year-old actor replied, “No. Actually Ben McKenzie was kind of mean to me. I hadn’t done anything at that point and he was a little bit of an ass. But I love him. I think he’s a great actor and I love Southland.”

When asked about Mischa, he replied, “Mischa? I didn’t really…Was she there?” he said. “I don’t even have memories of her.”

“I learned a lot. But the things that I remember now—none of them are good,” Cam admitted. “It was only the third or fourth season. Those kids were f—ing miserable. They were just—they would not remember their lines on purpose. They were young.”

Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Tate Donovan, and more also starred on the hit teen show, which aired from 2003 – 2007.

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38 Responses to “Cam Gigandet Disses His Former 'O.C' Co-Stars Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton & More in New Interview”

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  1. 1
    Sage Says:

    Well he clearly thinks he’s better than all of them now. What a tool.

  2. 2
    Julia Says:

    attention seeker much?

  3. 3
    lila Says:

    this guy is clearly the ass now

  4. 4
    HAMPTON Says:

    Tsch! Tsch!..Young actor treated badly by the stars of the show. Is that something new? Not sour grapes-just fact. Unless you are all so delusonial you believe every word written about the Kartrashians. Besides it makes good copy and pokes some holes in Hollywood egos.

  5. 5
    dude Says:

    Haha I can’t believe he has the nerve to say “I don’t remember Mischa” when she was his love interest and he spent more time with her than anyone else. The general consensus seems to be that everyone on that show was a miserable brat.

  6. 6
    meh Says:

    im not surprised that he said that. the actors on the o.c. were considered a hot commodity back in their hey day so im pretty sure those young actors acted like they were hot $hit.

  7. 7
    just_me Says:

    I’m not surprised, even they (Rachel, Adam and Ben) have said they were brats back them. Old news.

  8. 8
    anonymous Says:

    Tate Donovan said pretty much the same thing about them. Cam is probably telling the truth.

  9. 9
    heshot Says:

    WHy is he calling them kids, only Mischa is younger than him.

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    Lena Says:

    I think the candor is awesome. Why should they get away with being prima donna’s? He has no duty to scrub their reputations of bad behavior and lie just to make them look good. Were they nice to him? Did they do him any favors? It is what it is. I don’t see a problem. It helps to get rid of celebrity worship syndrome. If they make good movies, go see the movies. But don’t worship them I say….he’s helping that notion…good for him.

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    Stanley Says:

    Well. It´s not surprising and I trust him that they could be mean to him. But he didn’t tell anything bad about them anyway. He just told that he didn´t have good memories from shooting…He even said that he likes Ben. So what is this all about?

  13. 13
    self-serving Says:

    My first reaction is “consider the source.” Second? “Who is this guy?” Third would be that someone is trying to get publicity at the expense of someone else. Someone who either takes the bait or takes the opportunity to create hype in order to get attention is someone with problems and who would be a problem in the workplace or otherwise. I’ve never heard anything but very positive comments about Ben ranging from media, co-workers including cast and production and support crew to fans who’ve met him in a variety of settings over the years. To turn the tables, I’ve noticed how Ben makes a point of complimenting others when the chance arises. This strikes me as one of the things that’s so wrong about what’s supposed to be news in the entertainment biz.

  14. 14
    jay jay Says:


    My thoughts exactly. Ben is part of a project getting quite a bit or marketing and attention and this strikes me as nothing but a ploy to capitalize and cash in. What’s disgusting is the whole idea of benefiting using these negative methods at all. That says plenty. I’m disappointed that it’s even getting any attention, this site included.

  15. 15
    Andy Says:

    I honestly don’t know who this person is and I don’t post comments, but it was hard to ignore this because a good friend has volunteered with Ben McKenzie for about 10 years and has nothing but the best things to say about him, and so do the others that they work with. They actually go out of their way because he makes that strong of an impression as being exceptionally kind, patient and just decent. I don’t know anything about Ms. Barton, but it’s hard not to see it as a sad way for someone to get headlines by tearing others down. If it’s a matter of reporters twisting things to do the same, then shame on them. I hate that anyone plays this game including media.

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    prnw Says:

    Talk about disappointing to see this getting any kind of ink. All it does is create a monster with the media. I don’t know who this guy is, and don’t know anything about Mischa Barton, but I’ve always enjoyed Ben McKenzie’s work and admired him for his abilities as an actor, but also as an advocate and someone very dedicated to public service. I wish Ben every success. It’s sad that anyone has to try to build himself up by tearing other people down. It’s also sad that anyone views negative comments as news and prints it. Very disappointing to see this posted here, Just Jared.

  17. 17
    Sexythang Says:

    Well, Mischa was and is a mentally ill, mean selfish and arrogant cow. She treated everyone like dirt when she was (in her head) the “star” of the show. She is stupid. He’s right to say so.

  18. 18
    on location Says:

    I’ve never commented here before, but my roommate was an extra who worked with Ben McKenzie about 5 years ago. He was very nervous and had to work under pretty extreme conditions, but he was really impressed with Ben. He couldn’t believe how Ben took so much time and went out of his way to be as helpful as possible and make all of the extras comfortable. He was really friendly, patient, and made the whole experience memorable in the best ways. My friend learned a lot about acting, but also about how to conduct himself. It was rare for him to single out someone the way he did with Ben. We’re both even bigger fans and supporters of Ben because of that. It’s really a shame to see this actor trying to score and get attention by making negative comments. It’s definitely wrong that the media encourages it by giving him and others like him any attention. I don’t know what this blog usually posts, but I hope it’s not trash talk and rumors that can stir the pot and damage reputations.

  19. 19
    nexus Says:

    I don’t know who this guy and I don’t care. He’s told me more than enough about what kind of person he is. I can’t respect anyone who uses media to attack others and use it for attention and gain. Whatever he’s selling, I’m not buying and whatever he’s promoting, I won’t watch. However, I am looking forward to all of Ben McKenzie’s upcoming films and to Gotham, starting this fall. The consensus about Ben from all kinds of sources in showbiz and otherwise has been the opposite of what’s above. All the best to Ben as one of the good buys in a tough biz. Sorry to see this kind of thing posted at Just Jared.

  20. 20
    British Latin American Says:

    Posters 13-19: are you all actually the same person or people paid to make Ben Mackenzie look good? You have to be careful not to believe everything you read or har, especially about Hollywood actors, good or bad. Also, you have to consider that Cam may have said what he said to see what effect it would have.

  21. 21
    lleyton Says:


    Somebody is desperate for attention and doesn’t care how he gets it. I don’t know who he is, but the only way I’ll try to remember his name is to not watch anything that he’s ever in. Here’s an example of how to be self-serving and unprofessional.

    I know nothing about Mischa Barton, but I’ve always gotten the impression that Ben McKenzie is very professional, polite and personable. It’s not the norm for people to make public compliments when it’s usually the negative that gets the attention, but I’ve heard plenty of positives about Ben over the years that have stood out. I agree that it’s too bad that this is even getting any kind press. It means that we’ll have to keep tuning it out.

  22. 22
    Sage Says:

    @British Latin American: I think the person(s) who posted those few comments you’re talking about is/are just upset that this actor would stoop so low as to mention Ben McKenzie in that way. They are obviously a big fan of Ben. From what I’ve heard, Ben McKenzie has an excellent reputation on and off set. He’s a good guy, stays out of the headlines. Cam Gigandet isn’t a bad guy by any means. He seems cool, but Idk why he would have bothered to make these comments in the first place. The interviewer simply asked if he kept in touch with any of them and he pretty much makes them all sound horrible and like working on the show was a terrible experience for him. He seems ungrateful. The OC was pretty much this guy’s big break.

  23. 23
    Tyla Says:

    @lleyton: lol yeah, don’t watch anything he’s in. He’s NOT even a good actor. Just eye candy for some people. The last thing I saw him in was “Burlesque” with Christina Aguilera and Cher. It was amazingly awful. Can’t believe this dude didn’t think about his comments backfiring on him.

  24. 24
    ace11 Says:

    He is probably upset because Mischa was bad in the sack

  25. 25
    nonprof Says:

    @British Latin American:

    People paid to comment? Does that really happen? Most of the comments seem to question why someone would stoop to taking the low road to get a few headlines. I don’t care who the person is, I agree that the methods are wrong.

    No, I didn’t get paid to write this. I did meet Ben McKenzie once just doing errands. He was super nice, very friendly and he held the door for me. He was even surprised that I knew who he was.

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