The O.C. ended in 2007 and Ben McKenzie has moved on to not one, but two different series. However, that doesn’t mean some of the fans have moved on with him.
The Gotham actor was on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday to promote his new Fox series when the late-night talk-show host asked him about the diversity of his fans.
McKenzie shared, “You can do a little profiling, basically. If it’s a gaggle of giggling girls, probably The O.C. If it’s sort of some tougher law enforcement guys, probably Southland. But every once in a while, there’ll be a gentleman who will surprise you. A strong-looking guy who will be like, ‘I like your work.’ And I think, ‘Oh, Southland.’ He will respond, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, Southland, but uh… yeah, my chick, she made me watch that show [referring to The O.C.] and it was all right.”
The actor said the excuse of blaming the girlfriend is a dead giveaway that the man is a closeted fan of the show.
He continued, “And then they always follow it up with some insane, obscure trivia like, ‘In Season 3, Episode 14, were Summer and Seth… were they, like, were they in Palm Springs or Lake Tahoe?’ I think, ‘You’re not hiding it well.'”
McKenzie is getting ready for a new level of fandom now that he’s starring in the Batman prequel, Gotham. The show follows the story of a young James Gordon early in his career as a Gotham City police officer. Joining him for the ride will be Bruce Wayne before his life as Batman. It will be the early years of explaining how Batman began his journey.
As for the superhero fans, McKenzie said, “So far we’re getting some good response, like, ‘We can’t wait to see it.'”
Gotham launches on the Fox network on Sept. 22.
Watch Ben McKenzie’s interview on The Late Show with Seth Meyers.