June 28, 2004 12:00 PM

THE CUTE WRITER

JOSH SCHWARTZ

AGE: 27

HEIGHT: 5’9″

With The O.C.’s debut last summer, Schwartz became TV’s youngest-ever one-hour drama creator and producer. “I have no issues pitching to the networks,” says Schwartz, who sold his first script at 21. “But a pretty girl at a bar is a whole other thing.” Those with hopes of being immortalized on The O.C. need not apply, says co-executive producer Stephanie Savage. “Josh has the class not to kiss and tell.”

THE SMOOTH OPERATOR

TATE DONOVAN

AGE: 40

HEIGHT: 5’11’

Former girlfriends include Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock, so it’s no surprise that the never-married Donovan is “definitely the ladies’ man of the cast,” says costar Melinda Clarke. “He could pick up anybody.”

THE SEXY GEEK

ADAM BRODY

AGE 24

HEIGHT 5’9″

Brody “is having his moment,” says co-executive producer Stephanie Savage. “The giggling, the pointing—girls freak out over him.” An avid surfer, The O.C.’s reigning heartthrob gets hundreds of fan letters a month. A personal response isn’t likely: Brody has been linked with costar Rachel Bilson since last fall.

THE HANDSOME JOCK

CHRIS CARMACK

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 5’11”

Although Brody and McKenzie work the party circuit, the very single jazz musician, athlete and former Abercrombie & Fitch model keeps a low profile. “Chris is definitely a homebody, cook dinner, play a little guitar kind of guy,” says Melinda Clarke, whose thirtysomething character Julie seduced Carmack’s Luke. “But I got him on the floor once—he’s also a great dancer.”

THE SENSITIVE HUNK

BENJAMIN MCKENZIE

AGE: 25

HEIGHT: 5’9″

“Girls will come up to me and ask, ‘Ben, what’s he like?’ ” says costar Mischa Barton, who denies rumors that they dated. “They all have crushes on him.” Who could blame them, says Clarke. “Ben possesses a really mellow sexuality.” The self-deprecating McKenzie doesn’t get it: “Have you seen me? Hello!”

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