08/06/2013 05:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tate Donovan Bashes 'O.C.' Cast; Says They Had 'Bad Attitudes'


This week has been filled with great memories of "The O.C." as the cast and creator celebrated the 10th anniversary of the teen soap's pilot.

But Tate Donovan -- who played Jimmy Cooper on "The O.C." for three years -- has soured the nostalgia fun a bit. In an interview with Vulture, the actor opened up about the difficulty of working with the kids of the Newport Beach.

"By the time I started to direct, the kids on the show had developed a really bad attitude," Donovan told Vulture. "They just didn’t want to be doing the show anymore. It was pretty tough; they were very tough to work with. The adults were all fantastic, total pros ... But you know how it is with young actors -- and I know because I was one of them once. When you achieve a certain amount of success, you want to be doing something else. I mean, one of them turned to me and said, 'This show is ruining my film career,' and he had never done a film before. You just can’t help but sort of think that your life and your career are going to go straight up, up, up. So they were very difficult."

This isn't the first time Donovan has spoken publicly about the young actors from the Fox series, which included Benjamin McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson.

"They all started out great ... Then, all of them, they just fell apart," he told Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live." "When you first get fame, you're so insecure that you just become a ding dong."

When Brody sat down with Cohen on "WWHL" a few months later, the host played the clip for him. But all Brody did was laugh while watching Donovan bash the "O.C." cast, calling it "silly." Check it out below.

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