Olsen Twins Save Rachel Bilson from TRL Fans - But Forgot About Adam Brody

After Orange premiered in 2003, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson quickly became the golden girls of young Hollywood, both on and off the screen. The pair often fought with crowds and, at times, relied on celebrity friends to escape.

In Welcome to the OC , a new oral history of the series from Ellen Sepinwall, Josh Schwartz, and Stephanie Savage, Bilson reveals that Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen once rescued her from a group of fans but forgot to take Brody with him.

At the time, "The O.C." fans were caught in what the book aptly calls "Brodymania" — and while many viewers will remember the enthusiasm surrounding Brody, the actor himself doesn't have much memory of it. “We all hung out so much that I felt like I was in a bubble,” he said. “I didn’t have many Beatles moments.”

Is this really true? Bilson thinks he might just not remember the details. "I don't want to say he's lying because he probably doesn't remember," she said.

How the Olsen twins saved Pilsen

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen during the Boston Celtics game against the New York Knicks in New York City. James Devaney/WireImage/Getty Images

Bilson told Welcome to the OC about a particularly busy performance on MTV's TRL in May 2004. She booked the same episode as the Olsen twins, Brody accompanied her as her then-boyfriend. Everything went according to plan until they left, surrounded by fans waiting outside the Times Square studio.

Somehow, the Olsens swooped in and saved Pilsen. "The Olsen twins rescued me and threw me in their car," she said. "I left Brody behind because I was so nervous and didn't know what to do. They said, 'Don't you need a boyfriend?' "I was like, 'Oh, yeah, we have to go find him.'"

Brody's life as a 'teen heartthrob'

Several members of the "OC" cast and crew talked about how fame suddenly changed their lives. "You're not going to go to the mall in five, 10 years," says Ben McKenzie, while Kelly Rowan recalls needing to "travel under an assumed name."

However, no one understands this madness better than Brody. Creator and screenwriter Schwartz said Brody and Bilson were hounded by paparazzi "every time they walked to Sunset Coffee Bean," and producer Savage said Brody was hounded even in a large group of people. will also attract attention.

Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody of OC Christopher Polk/FilmMagic/Getty Images

"We went to see [Death Cab for Cutie] with Adam and got to the front of the crowd," she said. "I put his hoodie over his head because there were so many people staring at him - it was uncomfortable. It was a real 'Oh my God' moment."

Still, Brody insists his time as the "teen heartthrob" wasn't all that crazy. "Now, having so many [celebrities] seems to have serious consequences," he said. "But this was pre-social media in nature. I wasn't online at the time, and we were doing this show for nine and a half months a year... I was also with the same people, for most of the entire show. I was just with Being with the same people. It just feels so isolated."