Why did you choose to return to TV now?
I always said that if I was going to come back, it was going to be with [The O.C. and Hart of Dixie exec producers] Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. And it all just happened to work out.
What appealed to you about playing Zoe Hart?
She’s strong and independent. She’s not really changing to fit in in any way, and I admire that.
Let’s talk The O.C. for a minute. What would Summer be up to now?
That’s an excellent question! She’s hooking it on Sunset and Vine… [Laughs] No, really, isn’t she in the Peace Corps or something? She married Seth. Yeah, she has a little curly-headed kid running around listening to emo music.