Cosmo: Growing up in New York City, were you a club kid? I don' like huge crowd's which is why I prefer to hang out in lounges. I met with him after and he was like, "I want you to do my [new] show." He really pushed to make me Marissa. M: It's really weird when people scrutinize every little thing about you and talk about your outfits and your weight and who you're dating…and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.
Even if I got out, I don't like to push it too much. M: I had done a guest apperance on [executive producer] Mc G's other show, Fastlane. C: What's it like having people pick apart everything you wear and everything you do and following you around all the time?
This will be the first marriage for Mc Kenzie and the second for Baccarin.
She and her ex-husband, Austin Chick, share joint custody of their son, Julius, 3.
Mc Kenzie's own backstory is decidedly less formulaic: After studying economics and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia, the Austin-born Mc Kenzie took a sharp right turn to acting. I did have a chance to briefly date a cheerleader, which was fun. But being on the team definitely helps an awkward teenager. You know that great quote they attribute to Abraham Lincoln: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt"? But I would be fascinated to get the polling on that.
M: I once heard that I was being called too skinny and they were saying I was anorexically skinny. That's kind of funny, because I don't see myself that way at all. I think Marissa will probably be that girl who leaves home, who wants to get out of that whole scene and move really far away when she's a little older. C: So every girl in America want to know: Is Ben Mc Kenzie a great kisser?? The teen soap lasted only four seasons but somehow remains seared in our memory as the perfect bit of escapist prime-time entertainment.Ben Mc Kenzie, 36, starred as Ryan Atwood, the show's resident bad boy—a mysterious, brooding kid from the wrong side of town, whose leather jackets drove the rich girls wild. Money was so tight he shared a bunk bed in his first New York City apartment. Here, Mc Kenzie—who is back on TV as an early James Gordon in FOX's breakout hit I was Riggins. I tried to milk the quiet, introverted type for as long as I could.M: I probably shouldn't say anything, but yes, he is. M: Twenty-five-year-old guys will say "My girlfriend watches your show." Then they'll accidentally let it drop later in the conversation what happened in the last episode, so you know they watch the show too.I love that."C: What's your idea of the perfect first date? My most ideal date would be something spontaneous, probably a concert, where there's good music and we can talk and hang out.He would say "I don't think you should do that" or " No, I think that's pushing it too far." I was surprised.