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Ben McKenzie Looks Back at Mischa Barton's Surprising Exit From 'The O.C.'

Ben McKenzie is reflecting on his time on The O.C.

The 41-year-old actor chatted with PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing about his hit teen drama that ran from 2003 to 2007.

“It was a rocket ship,” Ben said, “and I think we all kind of hung on for dear life.”

Starring as Ryan Atwood, Ben‘s role in The O.C. was his first TV role to last more than one episode.

“Is this normal?” Ben said he asked himself when the show became a huge hit. “This seems like it’s going well, but I have nothing to compare it to. Is it going to be okay?”

Later in the interview, Ben looked back at co-star Mischa Barton‘s surprising exit from the show.

“It was…very odd to have someone who was in it from the beginning leave, but you know, it was dramatic in all the O.C. ways,” Ben said.

Mischa‘s character Marissa Copper was killed off in a car explosion in the season three finale. Ryan pulled Marissa out of the car and she died in his arms.

Looking back on that scene, Ben thinks the show “gave her a proper sendoff, hopefully.”

Morena Baccarin Remembers The First Time She Met Future Husband Ben McKenzie

Morena Baccarin didn’t meet Ben McKenzie on the set of Gotham, but actually on the set of The O.C.

The 41-year-old actress, who is promoting her new film with Gerard Butler, Greenland, is opening up about her love story with Ben.

Apparently sparks didn’t fly the first time they met: “I joke with Ben all the time, my husband, that if he had just paid attention to me when I was doing episodes of his TV show, he could have had me in my prime.”

However, she and Ben didn’t share any major scenes together on the show, but she had another plan to meet him then.

“We never acted together,” she adds. “I really just honestly wanted to say hello and meet him, and he doesn’t even remember the encounter so that just goes to show you how far below the scale I was at this point.”

Morena and Ben met again seven years after The O.C. on Gotham, which ended in 2019.

Just before quarantine, Morena and Ben stepped out to the Broadway premiere of Grand Horizons

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Ben McKenzie Went Bowling for Charity & Even Wore the Cute Uniform!

Ben McKenzie is all smiles as he poses for a photograph with a bowling ball while attending Second Stage Theater’s All-Star Bowling Classic Fundraiser held at Lucky Strike on Monday evening (February 10) in New York City.

The 41-year-old actor was joined at the benefit by Burn ThisBrandon Uranowitz, Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn, Ain’t Too Proud‘s Derrick Baskin, Jessica JonesJessica Frances Dukes and Private Life‘s Kayli Carter.

All proceeds benefit Second Stage Theater’s award-winning artistic and educational programming.

Ben is currently is making his Broadway debut in the play Grand Horizons. The limited run ends officially on March 1.

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Ben McKenzie Gets Support from Wife Morena Baccarin at His 'Grand Horizons' Broadway Debut Opening!

Ben McKenzie is all smiles in a suit while attending the opening night party for his Broadway debut in Grand Horizons held at The Ribbon restaurant on Thursday (January 23) in New York City.

The 41-year-old actor got support form his wife Morena Baccarin at the event as she stepped out to show her support alongside guests Kate Walsh, Edie Falco and her Nurse Jackie co-star Stephen Wallem.

Also in attendance were Ben‘s co-stars Jane Alexander, James Cromwell, Priscilla Lopez, Maulik Pancholy, Ashley Park, and Michael Urie and playwright Bess Wohl.

Here is the synopsis: Bill and Nancy have spent fifty full years as husband and wife. They practically breathe in unison, and can anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore and sneeze. But just as they settle comfortably into their new home in Grand Horizons, the unthinkable happens: Nancy suddenly wants out. As their two adult sons struggle to cope with the shocking news, they are forced to question everything they assumed about the people they thought they knew best.

Grand Horizons is currently in previews at Second Stage Theater’s Hayes Theater and opening night is on January 23. The limited run ends March 1.

READ MORE: Ben McKenzie & Morena Baccarin Couple Up at a Broadway Opening Night!

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See Ben McKenzie in His Broadway Debut in 'Grand Horizons'

Ben McKenzie is currently making his Broadway debut in the new play Grand Horizons and your first look at him on stage has arrived!

The 41-year-old actor is starring alongside Jane Alexander, James Cromwell, Priscilla Lopez, Maulik Pancholy, Ashley Park, and Michael Urie in the new play by Bess Wohl.

Here is the synopsis: Bill and Nancy have spent fifty full years as husband and wife. They practically breathe in unison, and can anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore and sneeze. But just as they settle comfortably into their new home in Grand Horizons, the unthinkable happens: Nancy suddenly wants out. As their two adult sons struggle to cope with the shocking news, they are forced to question everything they assumed about the people they thought they knew best.

Grand Horizons is currently in previews at Second Stage Theater’s Hayes Theater and opening night is on January 23. The limited run ends March 1.

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Ben McKenzie Preps Broadway Debut in 'Grand Horizons' with Cast Photo Call!

Ben McKenzie is getting ready to make his Broadway debut!

The 41-year-old Gotham star joined his co-stars Ashley Park, Jane Alexander, James Cromwell and Michael Urie at their meet and greet for Second Stage Theater’s upcoming production of Grand Horizons held on Broadway at The Liberty Room at The Marriott Marquis Hotel on Wednesday (December 11) in New York City.

Grand Horizons centers on a family led by Bill and Nancy, a couple married for five decades. When Nancy suddenly walks out, their sons Brian (Urie) and Ben (McKenzie) must deal with an unexpectedly crumbling family.

30 Rock‘s Maulik Pancholy and Tony winner Priscilla Lopez complete the cast.

The show will begin previews on December 23, 2019 and officially open on January 23, 2020 at The Hayes Theater.

READ MORE: Ben McKenzie & Morena Baccarin Couple Up at a Broadway Opening Night!

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Ben McKenzie & Morena Baccarin Couple Up at a Broadway Opening Night!

Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin walk the red carpet together at the opening night of the Broadway play The Great Society on Tuesday (October 1) at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in New York City.

The married couple were among several stars in attendance, including Patricia Clarkson, Alan Cumming, Molly Ringwald with husband Panio Gianopoulos, and Bull actress Geneva Carr.

The Great Society stars Brian Cox as former President Lyndon B. Johnson and follows his epic triumph in a landslide election to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election just three years later. The play is running now through November 30!

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