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Laguna Beach: Where are the Wash-ups?

While MTV’s Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County appealed to the beach bum that lives in all of us, the hit TV show came to an end in 2006 after three drama-filled seasons. Several of the show’s characters have gone on to have successful careers in Hollywood, but what happened to the other noteworthy characters? Here are some of our favorite forgotten Laguna characters and what they’ve been up to since the cameras disappeared:

Jessica Smith


The rocky romance between Jessica and fellow Laguna cast mate Jason Wahler brought viewers back each week, frustrated and captivated by the cheating scandal that erupted between the two. Their tumultuous relationship eventually took center stage of the show.

While a few of her cast mates went on to pursue glamorous careers in acting or fashion, Jessica started off on the wrong foot in the world after Laguna Beach. In 2007, a 19-year-old Jessica made headlines briefly for being charged with a DUI, but has since cleaned up her act and stayed off the radar. Now Jessica Evans, she still lives in California and is married with a son and a daughter. She has no desire to step back into the reality show spotlight.

Jason Wahler


Known as Laguna Beach’s hard-partying heartbreaker, the fate of this serial dater was quite grave after his time on MTV. He had a brief stint on The Hills, where he dated Lauren Conrad and effectively toyed with her emotions. After his airtime, Jason’s life began to spiral out of control.

Jason fell deep into the partying scene. After several arrests fights, and rehab sessions, he re-entered the realm of reality TV on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab 4 in 2010. He battled his alcoholism and suicidal thoughts with an audience.

But this story has a happy ending! Now-26-year-old Jason has been sober for three years and works as a sober companion for National Therapeutic Services in Costa Mesa, Calif. In Oct. 2013, Jason married his longtime girlfriend Ashley Slack.

Stephen Colletti


This blue-eyed, black-haired Laguna cutie was a standout (and a knockout) while the show was on air, but since its end, Stephen has faded into the background. He popped up in a few episodes of MTV’s The Hills, a spin-off of Laguna. He even landed a role on The CW’s hit TV show One Tree Hill until its end in 2012, but his acting career has fizzled since.    

In 2011, 24-year-old Stephen paired up with his One Tree Hill costar James Lafferty for a short-lived reality program, Wild Life, documenting the outdoor adventures of the two actors.

Despite his floundering TV career, Stephen’s beach hunk reputation continues to precede him, as he has dated some of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood like Hayden Panettiere and Chelsea Kane.

Feeling nostalgic? Check out MTV to re-watch the entire show.