From The Vault is a series in which we analyze classic TV & Film characters to determine their matching astrological sign.
When discussing the early aughts, it’s impossible (and shameful) to miss a chance on speaking about The O.C. The teen television drama, which ran from 2003-2007, was seminal in paving a way for teenage soap opera mega-hits like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and more. Hot teens, trust funds and minimal parental supervision make addictive television and there’s no going around it.
RYAN ATWOOD: ARIES
Ryan Atwood is the Chino transplant in Newport Beach, a brooding boy from the wrong side of the tracks. It’s cute watching Ryan experience the spoils of wealth for the first time. He’s like those YouTube videos of babies trying candy for the first time, often in awe of the life Seth has known his entire life and has come to resent. Ryan represents the baby of the zodiac, Aries the ram. On one hand they’re full of life and on the other they are major hotheads. Ryan essentially spends season one punching at least one person per episode. Get this hothead back into the pool house!
MARISSA COOPER: TAURUS
As the princess of Newport Beach, Marissa is the Taurean representative of her proverbial seaside kingdom. Taurus is ruled by Venus, which means that luxury is a huge element of who Marissa is as a person. She takes a Chanel quilted bag to school everyday and has no concept of money, if anyone needs refreshing on this aspect. She also has the darker side of Taurus, which manifests in her inability to handle high-stress situations without having a meltdown. Got a problem? Drink it away! Pressing internal struggle? Steal your best-friend’s step-mom’s painkillers and go on a bender!
SETH COHEN: AQUARIUS
Seth Cohen is a freak. But he’s also incredibly smart, kind and a much needed source of comic relief when the drama in Newport Beach reaches critical levels of crazy. He’s the epitome of the air sign Aquarius; often lost in his own world of comics and fantasy but ready to drop everything to be there for his loved ones.
SUMMER ROBERTS: SCORPIO
Summer Roberts is Marissa’s ride-or-die girl. She knows how to get what she wants and you’re out of your mind if you think you can stop her. But beneath her intense exterior, she’s incredibly sensitive and loving. The duality of insanity and compassion means that this Newport Beach resident is none other than the water sign Scorpio. Don’t cross her.
SANDY COHEN: LIBRA
We would be remiss if we neglected to analyze Sandy Cohen’s astrological potential. Sandy is Seth’s dad and literally the only functioning adult on this show. Everyone else is either drunk, conniving, absent, committing fraud or a combination of the four. Sandy is incredibly just (he’s a lawyer, after all) and provides a much needed balance to the chaos that often plagues the wealthy residents of Orange County. Sandy is without a doubt a Libra—he and his eyebrows strive for equality and Newport Beach is lucky to have him.