Adam Brody Is Totally Crushable In GQ

Adam Brody has definitely grown up, although he shows off some boyish style in his GQ spread.
Photo: Peggy Sirota/GQ

The first thing most people mention when they talk about Adam Brody is, of course The O.C., Fox’s Orange County-based teen show that ran from 2003 to 2007. On it, Brody played the adorable Seth Cohen–the sweet, awkward foil to Benjamin McKenzie’s brooding heartthrob Ryan. I wonder if Adam Brody gets bummed out by this always being the first thing people talk about. He should be stoked–his portrayal of the geeky Seth gave hope to all the comic book loving, Modest Mouse listening indie boys of the world, while also giving the girls who secretly crushed on them (this girl right here) an on-screen romance that was more their speed. Even after The O.C., Brody stayed one of our fave laid back surf-dude jocks (but, like, a cool non-jock jock, you know?). Now, five years after the show went off the air, the actor has six movies to his name in 2012 alone, and has taken to the pages of GQ to prove that he’s still the hunky nerd (only now, emphasis on the hunk) that he once was. In the spread, Brody effortlessly transitions his style from playful prep to leather jacket cool to be-suited gentleman, and in the article, he talks about his own personal style (no socks!) and his plans for the end of days.

Putting a refined twist on a leather jacket with a button down and skinny tie is def a look we can get behind.
Photo: Peggy Sirota/GQ

Alright guys, story time: when I was in high school, I used to watch The O.C. with my (totally cool) mom. We were completely engrossed in the show, and would spend, probably not hours, but at least, like, 20 minutes before, during and after each episode debating which of the two male leads, who of course we referred to by their character names because to us those characters were almost real humans–Seth Cohen or Ryan Atwood–was cuter. I can’t remember exactly how it went, but I know I was on team Seth, largely because I had a gigantic crush on my grade’s version of the hot geek, a Pavement-listening music nerd named Greg (hi Greg! *waves*). Greg never liked me back, but I found solace in the knowledge that there must be other cute boys like him out there if there was one on TV. This turned out to be totally true, lucky for me.

Back then the cool-nerd style was to wear a T-shirt over a long-sleeved (often waffle knit) shirt, and my mom would often ask, “why is Seth wearing so many layers? What is that?!” I have to say that I’m grateful to see Adam Brody in some more mature duds, because although I adored Seth Cohen in his band shirts and skinny jeans as a 16 year old, the grown up me much prefers his classic moto jacket over a skinny tie and white button down paired with white sneakers in the GQ photos. Maybe now my thing is wanting to find myself a loveable geek with a flair for fashion and just a little bit of bad boy style? Sounds about right. I’m also really glad that T-shirt over long-sleeves thing is over. Phew.

Did you watch The O.C.? Team Seth or Team Ryan?

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