The OC's Rachel Bilson apologises to Tate Donovan for her behaviour on set

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The OC's Rachel Bilson has apologised to co-star Tate Donovan for her on-set behaviour during his brief stint as a director on the teen drama back in 2005.

Bilson, who played Summer Roberts, cleared the air with Donovan – who brought Jimmy Cooper to life on the show, and had previously spoken out about his "tough" time directing the season three episode 'The Game Plan' – while he was appearing as a guest on the latest instalment of her and Melinda Clarke's podcast Welcome to the OC, Bitches!

"I thought you were so wonderful, and such a wonderful director and... [an] amazing human and all of it, so if I ever added to any of the assholeness, I want to apologise on record," Bilson said.

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"You went on to direct us on The OC, which we can talk about more, and I know some of us kids were little assholes," she continued. "I think that that speaks to that whole unaware, young, youthful, ignorant – just idiots, you know what I mean? And I hope I wasn't as bad as it's come off... You know, you get influenced, I'd say, by your surroundings."

He replied: "Yeah, you can't help but believe all the sort of hype. Everyone gets caught up in it, especially when you're young," before insisting that Bilson was actually "a total sweetheart to work with".

Later, Donovan recalled having to give a note to her while filming a scene in which her character had just had a huge bust-up with Adam Brody's Seth.

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"I said, 'Just so you know, that was great. Just so know, you've just come from Seth's room, and in that thing, and you're like, breaking up. And so, I want to see that argument in you... You know that right? You know that you had an argument with Seth?'," he explained.

"I didn't want to step on toes. I didn't want to insult you by reminding you of that. And you go, 'Tate, I don't read scripts, I smoke pot!'"

In 2013, Donovan told Vulture that some of the younger actors on the show had developed "a really bad attitude" by the time he came on board to direct, and that he could sense most of them didn't want to be working on the series anymore by that point.

"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," he said. "When you achieve a certain amount of success, you want to be doing something else."

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