Adam Brody moved from Seth Cohen. Why can not we?


It's hard to remember an actor who is so irrevocably tied to a character like Adam Brody It's for your alter ego on screen Seth Cohen.

While The o.c. he ran for only four seasons (and possibly only one and a half good ones, not us, you know it's true), the endless adoration and fascination with the sarcastic stranger who made being a geek great when the iconic teenage drama premiered in 2003

Insurance, Ben McKenzieRyan Atwood was destined to be the protagonist of the series, meditating among the best in his iconic white tank and choker, but like the connection of Seth and Summer, the immediate attraction of the spectators to Seth was undeniable, turning the character, and Adam – In the first manic pixie emo boy of pop culture.

While Brody said goodbye to Yamaclaus and Vans de Seth in 2007, more than a decade ago, the character was still the first thing he was asked while promoting Ready or not, his underrated dark comedy that came out last summer. (We are guilty of this, too, we are aware). And when the trailer for the next revenge thriller Promising young woman came out, our brains reacted immediately to Brody's appearance as "Seth Cohen!" no "Adam Brody!" But we are not alone in that reaction.

Just look GQThe profile of the actor, who turned 40 on December 14, titled "Adam Brody knows it's still Seth Cohen for you." In it, the writer, Ilana Kaplan, immediately noticed that her first instinct when she sees Brody approaching her is to shout "Cohen!"

As we said: we understand it.

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While he admitted having struggled with his inextricable bond with the character in the past, Brody finally reached an agreement with the fact that he was still referred to and considered Seth Cohen.

"Am I fine with that? Yes, I am," he said. "I also complained because … it's a high school show, and I'm really not interested in an adult even though I'm very happy with the legacy and I was happy at that time and I'm proud of the work I did, and I'm proud of may have been part of pop culture, but it is not something that interests me in terms of revisiting. "

23 When he first auditioned for the role that would make him a teenage idol and pillar of pop culture, Brody was initially rejected by The o.c. creator Josh Schwartz, on which Seth is based.

"With Seth, we saw many children. And Adam, when he first entered … he didn't bother to learn basically any of the lines for his listening scene," Schwartz recalled. "I even thought, & # 39; what scene are you doing? Is it from our show? What are you doing? I hate this kid; get him out of here & # 39; and then we couldn't find Seth and our casting director, Patrick Rush said: "We should bring Adam Brody back. I tell you there is something special about that boy. "He came back and did a great job."

Before the premiere of the program on August 5, 2003, Brody did not appear on any of the billboards The o.c., with Fox executives not believing exactly that viewers would love the character.

"At one point they told me that they really didn't like Seth's character at the beginning of the pilot process," Schwartz of the network admitted, who couldn't help comparing the show with his other massive teenage success. Beverly Hills, 90210.

"They kept saying: & # 39; Well, if Ryan is Luke Perry, who is Jason Priestley? & # 39; And I said: & # 39; That's not our program & # 39;".

And it was not so. Seth was an awkward Jewish boy who played video games and had a beloved plastic toy (Hi, Captain Oats!). Seth read comics. Seth listened to emo music. Seth had never drank before and decided to sit at the children's table at the elegant Newport Beach events.

And yet … he had that hair … and that face … and that charisma.

While Dylan McKays, Brandon Walshs and Ryan Atwoods from the world of teenage drama felt unattainable, Seth felt relatable and safe. I could make you laugh with a phrase and faint with your romantic gestures, either standing on a kissing booth to publicly declare your love for you or recreate the iconic rain kiss upside down in Spider-Man.

Thanks to Brody's interpretation, Seth Cohen marked the official beginning of the great nerd era, with the character unexpectedly becoming the romantic protagonist of the show. Three surfboards for Choice Drama Actor in the Teen Choice Awards do not lie.

The character paved the way for the popularity of characters like Gossip Girlit's Dan Humphrey, RiverdaleJughead Jones, The fault in our stars& # 39; Augustus Waters, and more directly, Teenage wolf& # 39; s Stiles. Everyone showed that the smart guy could get the girl (and the grades).

But what did Seth Cohen do specifically that resonated among the spectators, starting the trend?

"I think (he) gave voice to a type of boy who once they got to college would be fine, he would do great, but in high school, where compliance is key, those kind of children who can't conform and wanting to live a little beyond that, I really had not had someone to really look on the screen who had all those qualities and who also had the girl, "Schwartz theorized at the ATX TV Festival 2016.

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Of course, Brody's off-screen relationship with Rachel BilsonSummer to his Seth helped solidify that role, as the line between fiction and reality blurred to the rabid fan base of the show, which was devastated when the couple quit after three years, just before the season final.

Although both continue, the love for Brody and Bilson is still alive. His selfie at the airport during the summer made the Internet lose its meaning, we included.

And maybe part of Brody's lasting bond with his mandate in The o.c. without realizing it comes from his marriage to Leighton MeesterAnother successful teen drama from Schwartz Gossip Girl. Fans felt they lived in an alternative universe when Seth Cohen and Blair Waldorf got married and welcomed a daughter. Arlo, in 2015.

Again, Brody understood the exaggeration surrounding his teenage dream of a union, saying GQ"It's not strange. To be honest, it was a bit embarrassing. I guess love has no limits?"

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While Penn badgley, the portrait of Dan Humprey, the bitter Brooklynite faces Seth Cohen in Gossip Girl, Brody has dragged his character publicly and hilariously over the years, Brody can see why Seth was one of the first Internet Boyfriends.

"I think he was really considered a good guy, the alternative to a very aggressive hypermasculine ideal," he said. GQ. "I haven't seen him in a long time, but I wonder, looking back, if I saw him again, would I find him noble or would I find him really selfish?" (Editor's note: after a new revision, we say a little of both).

And again, unlike Badgley, who fiercely denied sharing any similarities with Dan, his showrunner Joshua Safran disagreed once counting Vanity fair, "He It was Dan, "is aware that he was very similar to Seth.

"I think I unconsciously did it a bit like me and Josh added and did it more like me. I don't think my philosophies and attitudes were the same," he explained. "I really liked comics. I still have that DNA in me. I'm not an avid reader of them, but I still love them. But I wonder if it's selfish and that leading with your insecurities isn't enough." I do, but that does not absolve him of everything. But it was different. "

Oh, The o.c.The popularity was fleeting, as was the beautiful sunset in the iconic opening credits of the program. And as the series limped toward the finish line, fans wondered which of its stars, if any, would become great movie stars. (Same conversation, different teenage drama).

While Brody briefly tested the lead role, contributing part of his geek-chic charm to the 2007 years In the land of women, your choices in the years since The o.c. Finished have been unexpected. He played a satanic d – k from a leading singer of the emo band in Jennifer's body. Appeared in Shout 4. He starred in the criminal drama series Start up for three seasons as well as Burning love and Billy and Billie. More recently, he made a surprise appearance on Shazam!, a surprise superhero hit for DC Comics.

Still, he has not yet found a character completely capable of getting out of the shadow of the nerd that made Death Cab for Cutie a conventional band ("Well, that was my favorite band at the time," Brody said. "He was dating two years really obsessed with them,quot;) and he is largely credited with popularizing a party (Chrismukkah).

"For a while, maybe I was very valuable about the roles I did and that was probably to the detriment of some possibility in my career and not even because, & # 39; Oh, if I had done that, it would have led me to that, though would have & # 39; & # 39 ;, reflected on the GQ profile. "It's not that I'm so snobbish … it was more than my conscious nature wouldn't let me do something that I knew was less bright or sharp, or great. I know what's great. I'm not the most modern guy, but I trust my taste. I think I have a better taste than talent. I felt that if I do something less than great, the world in general will think that I'm not great, and I'm already trying to get out of a teenage soap thing, so I have to keep it in order Robert Pattinson ".

That is to say so Something would say Seth Cohen.

(Originally published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 5:00 a.m. PT).

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