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Adam Brody Explains How O.C. Fame Would Be Different Today

‘You would be bombarded so much more’

At 23, Adam Brody became Seth Cohen, the nerdy boy next door who stole teen girls’ hearts with his particular brand of awkward charm. For The O.C.’s four seasons, Brody and his costars — Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson — lived the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

But had the show come out today, perhaps things wouldn’t have been as glamorous.

“That show came out in 2003, and in terms at how fast technology is moving — well, maybe not, that’s a long time ago now, but still — no Twitter, no TMZ,” Brody, now 36, told AOL Build in a recent interview. “I think it would be so different now to be on something like that. You would be bombarded so much more and have so much less privacy. I still feel like I had a fair amount of privacy.”

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He went on to explain that paparazzi photos have become more invasive over the years because, thanks to the internet, there are more places to share those pics, even if a major tabloid or magazine doesn’t buy them.

“It’s one of those things where I’m torn because on one hand you think, ‘Oh, paparazzi, they shouldn’t be allowed to bother these people.’ Myself included, but not nearly as much as some others,” Brody continued. “At the same time you think, ‘But, cry me a river.’ We all should be so lucky [to have this job].”

Now Brody’s taking a new role that’s a totally different tone than Cohen — besides being dad to 1-year-old Arlo and husband to Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, that is. He stars as financier Nick Talman in Crackle’s new tech-focused drama, StartUp, premiering September 6. No word on whether Talman celebrates Chrismukkah.