There’s no need to welcome Artem Chigvintsev to The O.C., bitch (sorry, we had to) – he’s already been there.
When asked during an Access Hollywood interview earlier this week if the Dancing with the Stars pro had ever seen the teen soap that made partner Mischa Barton a star, Chigvintsev replied, “I appeared in one of the episodes. People don’t know that but yes, there’s actually footage of me – can I even say this? Did you see Mischa’s mom in the bar?”
“He seduces Melinda Clarke in this bar scene,” Barton, 30, said with a smile.
That’s right: Marissa Cooper’s (Barton) mom Julie (Clarke) got hot and heavy with a tall, dark stranger played by Chigvintsev, 33 – but their steamy dance routine got cut short when her younger daughter Kaitlin (Willa Holland) walked into the club.
Sadly, the episode is from season 4, so Barton had already departed the show after Marissa died in Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie)’s arms to the sweet sounds of Imogen Heap’s haunting “Hallelujah” cover. (Never forget, Volchek.)
Anyway, Chigvintsev thinks the network knew he and his celebrity would have chemistry based on his on-screen passion with her character’s mother.
“This is not an accident, obviously,” he joked to Access Hollywood.
Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars premieres March 21 on ABC.