For the first time since Marissa Cooper’s death in The O.C.’s season 3 finale, Mischa Barton is sort of (perhaps not purposefully) acknowledging the show and (probably unintentionally) drawing in Coop-loving fans to her latest project, a film titled I Will Follow You Into the Dark.
Today, Barton tweeted out the teaser for the upcoming film, and O.C. fans can relate to my surprise when I clicked on the link, saw Barton’s face, and heard Imogen Heap singing “Hide and Seek,” a.k.a. the song now known for its role in the epic season 2 finale of The O.C. It played both during Caleb Nichol’s funeral and in the pivotal moment when Marissa saved Ryan’s life by shooting his brother, Trey. I mean, it became so famous for that moment that SNL did a skit about it. And now, 10 years after The O.C. premiered, it has shown up again … and I have so many feelings about it.
At first, all I could do was gasp, throw my hand over my mouth, and tear up as I was immediately transported to a time when Ryan and Marissa went for rides on Ferris wheels, spent romantic evenings in Tiki huts, and – most importantly – Ryan was super sexy and protective by saying things like, “Don’t touch her.” In addition to that, the teaser for the film is all about falling in love, and Barton looks gorgeous, so everything about it made me want to re-watch the love story of my favorite couple. And then I remembered how Marissa died to Imogen Heap singing “Hallelujah,” and I quite literally started to cry. Bringing up O.C. memories is enough for me without directly channeling one of the saddest moments of my television-loving life.
Then, after my eyes dried up enough for me to see clearly again, I realized (perhaps incorrectly) that Barton might be recognizing her O.C. fans … or maybe she hated that they used that song. Either way, don’t tell me people won’t directly see the relationship between the two things, because they will! Hold on. Now I’m angry. How dare they try to lure me in by pulling on my O.C.-obsessed heart strings!
But wait, I just watched the teaser again, and I kind of want to see the movie now (which also stars Ryan Eggold and Leah Pipes). Their mind tricks must have worked! Either that, or I’m a sucker for romantic movies with dancing sequences.
Regardless, the mind tricks and brief trip down (a very emotional) memory lane only partially worked, because more than anything, I just want my O.C. back. Ah, here come the water works …
Grab some tissues and watch the teaser below:
I Will Follow You Into the Dark hits theaters Oct. 11.