Adam Brody has been called adorkable and a geek. He’s also been listed three times in People magazine as one of the “50 Hottest Bachelors.” He’s best known for his role as hyper, nerdy, talkative Seth Cohen on the teen TV series, “The O.C.” He grew up in San Diego, got lousy grades in school and had no ambitions other than surfing. After a brief try at community college, he dropped out and moved to Hollywood to try acting. Within a year in L.A. he landed his first movie, in 2000.
Brody’s latest film is “The Oranges,” opening October 5. Brody plays Toby Walling, the son of David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener). They all live in Orange, New Jersey, next door to their best friends, the Ostroffs (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney), and their sexy daughter Nina (Leighton Meester). Everyone’s world is thrown out of whack when Nina falls for Toby’s dad. Brody talked to The Arty Semite about Freudian humor, playing a porn star, and what he would do if he only had three weeks to live.
Dorri Olds: What did you like best about “The Oranges”?