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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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  • Sage

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

  • Julia

    attention seeker much?

  • lila

    this guy is clearly the ass now


    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.

  • dude

    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.

  • meh

    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.

  • just_me

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

  • anonymous

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

  • heshot

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

  • Lena

    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

    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?

  • self-serving

    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.

  • jay jay


    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.

  • Andy

    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.

  • prnw

    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.

  • Sexythang

    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.

  • on location

    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.

  • nexus

    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.

  • British Latin American

    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.

  • lleyton


    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.

  • Sage

    @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.

  • Tyla

    @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.

  • ace11

    He is probably upset because Mischa was bad in the sack

  • nonprof

    @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.

  • Jennifer

    who is he? idek who he was on the oc LOL

  • Matt

    isn’t Ben in the closet?
    & Cam is one of the handsomest men in Hollywood, that attitude makes him even sexier.

  • jax


    Exactly! Never heard of him and never want to hear from him again. I watched most of The O.C. and don’t remember him at all, but I might have fast forwarded through whenever he might have had made his brief appearance.

    I’ve only heard Ben McKenzie compliment his co-workers on whatever project he’s been part of and only heard positive things about him, including from people who had nothing to gain. Recent interviews with Gotham creators stressed how Ben was also hired for his strong character, values and work ethic in addition to his acting. That’s not something you hear very often. I’ll take that over an opportunist who chooses to badmouth others to cash in and score headlines.

    He’s just told me all I’ll ever need to know about him. There’s a longer version of this and the attitude gets worse. He seems to have issues with co-workers in general and doesn’t keep in touch, etc. Gee, I wonder why…? The common denominator seems to be him. Very disappointing that taking the low road gets attention and that people are ready to jump on the bandwagon and assume the worst. Consider the source and the motives.

  • British Latin American

    @Sage: You may have some good points. However, Ben is human and could not have treated him well. Cam was just being honest. People have to accept that.

  • British Latin American

    @nonprof: How do you know he is stooping, paid commenter? He could be telling the truth as he experienced it. Just because it offends a few fanatics is no reason for him not to be honest? Are Ben’s fans such asses?

  • kismet88


    Well put. I have no idea who this guy is, but if he thought this was his ticket to publicity so that people would remember his name and want to watch whatever he’s in, then sorry, Charlie. I still don’t know his name and if I see that face, then I’m not watching. What kind of person bashes using the media to try to get attention and fame for himself? Oh yeah, see above. Unfortunately, eonline has a longer article, and covering it only encourages the negativity, but at least he digs himself a deeper hole beyond this show. Basically, to hear him spout it, everyone else is the problem. How about that?

    Thanks for the heads up @Tyla! I sure wouldn’t waste my time. I’d much rather watch Ben McKenzie, for one, for the reasons you’ve said and because I think he’s a top notch actor.

  • tweed

    I saw the article on E! and it started with the adage “if you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything at all.” Words to live by, especially in an interview and especially when asked about people who aren’t there to have any input. Compliments don’t get attention and don’t do damage.

    @jax, you’re right about people jumping on the bandwagon and assuming the worst. The source and motives don’t matter when there’s a rush to weigh in and tear down. The trend is that if it’s in the media, then it must be true, and the more it gets repeated, then the more true it is. That won’t be changing any time soon, and the excerpt here is proof. All we can do is choose to ignore the negative talkers and hope that people and the media both will use better tactics.

  • soup

    it was probably true, they were young and that’s how he felt, what’s the big deal. i’m guessing he was dissed back then and the Elle interviewer asked about it, doubt he would have ever brought it up. He didn’t real diss Ben or any of the other cast and everyone knows Misha was a wreck. good for him for being honest

  • soup


    read the interview tool. you’ll see the “joked” part. don’t doubt they were a**holes and he clearly “remembers” mischa.
    not sure how this makes him an a** or “arrogant”, sounds like he’s being honest.

  • motives


    Thanks for putting my thoughts into words. Whoever or whatever is involved, it’s the idea of using media and controversy for self-gain. You’re right that any interview is from one POV. Anything positive is “boring.” Controversy sells and gets attention. This guy obviously wants attention.

    I don’t know what anyone else he refers to in the different versions is doing, but Ben McKenzie and his new show are getting a lot of media, so that makes him the best and easiest target. The timing is perfect and this guy can ride the wave with the Gotham publicity and score cheap headlines. There’s always a choice of how to respond and what to volunteer. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never heard Ben McKenzie, since he’s been dragged into what should have been another kind of conversation, use the media to make negative comments, only positive. He’s traveled the country and all over the world representing shows, movies and charitable organizations without incident. It’s just a shame that someone has to leap at the opportunity to make the biggest splash the wrong way. Like you said, no controversy, no story. People are way too ready to want to believe the worst. Then the media repeats and repeats.

  • British Latin American

    @motives: Ben groupie. Ben could still have treated him wrong. Accept it.

  • not relevant

    I have no dog in any kind of fight, but no stomach for bashing and zero tolerance for bashing to gain publicity. I don’t know anything about the guy who was giving the interview, but it must have been beyond dull if someone had to reach back almost a decade to scrape up dirt. If there’s even any reason, why not interview a primary cast member, not someone with a minor role?

    Whatever happened briefly 8+ years ago, move on. It’s not relevant for any kind of interview in 2014. The only purpose would be to take shots at someone/people with a professional reputation and current projects that are being launched and promoted. It’s called cashing in at the expense of others who certainly aren’t going to engage. The more media outlets there are, the worse it gets. Media shouldn’t stir the pot to create needless controversy and manufacture pointless headlines or provide an audience.

  • kristen

    like look who is talking… attention wh*re huh? After twilight he thinks he is a bid deal, when he is no one actually.. his career sucks.. and his attitude during the shootings is horrible! Never knows the lines, always rude, never on time… no wonder why his career goes downhill…