Chris Pine Reveals Acne Cost Him 'The O.C.' Lead Role, Causing PTSD

Chris Pine revealed that he lost a lead role in "The O.C." due to his severe acne, which caused body image issues and PTSD. Despite the setback, Pine has had a successful Hollywood career, starring in films like "Star Trek" and "Wonder Woman.

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Chris Pine Reveals Acne Cost Him 'The O.C.' Lead Role, Causing PTSD

Chris Pine Reveals Acne Cost Him 'The O.C.' Lead Role, Causing PTSD

Actor Chris Pine has opened up about a painful experience from early in his career, says, get, role, due to his struggles with severe acne. The 43-year-old star shared his story on the "Happy Sad Confused" podcast, explaining how his skin problems at the time led to what he described as "a little PTSD" and body image issues.

In the recently released book "Welcome to The O.C.: The Oral History," the show's casting director Patrick Rush disclosed that Pine was "really good" in his audition for the leading, role of Ryan Atwood. However, Rush noted that Pine's "really bad skin problems" were a major issue and seemed "insurmountable" at the time. The part ultimately went to Ben McKenzie, who starred on the show from 2003 to 2007.

Reflecting on the experience, Pine said, "I had awful skin as a teenager, and then after college, my skin started breaking out again... I can understand that they wanted to have pretty people doing pretty things, and bad acne is not a key [to that]." He empathized with others who have faced similar struggles, acknowledging that acne can be "tremendously debilitating and really, seriously, emotionally incapacitating."

When podcast host Josh Horowitz joked that Pine's career might have taken off sooner if he had landed the role, the actor revealed the lasting impact of the rejection. "I don't want to say, 'I'm grateful for not having landed [the part]'. I'm alright, but it is a little PTSD... It was one of the most traumatic points of my life, but it is my story, man," Pine shared.

Despite the setback, Pine has gone on to have a successful career in Hollywood. He made his film debut in 2004's "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" and later starred in blockbusters like "Star Trek" and "Wonder Woman." His upcoming projects include the thriller "Violence of Action" and the highly anticipated "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves."

Pine's candid revelation sheds light on the pressures and challenges actors face in the entertainment industry, particularly when it comes to physical appearance. His story serves as a reminder that even successful performers have faced personal struggles and rejection on their path to stardom. As Pine looks ahead to the release of his directorial debut, "Poolman," he continues to inspire others by openly sharing his experiences and encouraging those facing similar challenges to persevere.

Key Takeaways

  • Chris Pine opened up about his struggles with severe acne early in his career.
  • Acne issues led to him losing the lead role of Ryan Atwood in "The O.C."
  • Pine described the experience as "a little PTSD" and emotionally incapacitating.
  • Despite the setback, Pine has had a successful career in Hollywood.
  • He encourages others to persevere through similar challenges.