Poor Mischa Barton – she’s definitely had her share of shitty press over the years, but what famous person hasn’t? Thrust into the spotlight due to her role in The OC, the actress experienced the highs and lows of Hollywood and often found herself hounded by paparazzi, criticized for her fluctuating weight and mental state and… well, basically things that every celebrity goes through. These days, no one really gives a shit about Mischa Barton, but instead of scrambling to get back in the news, she’s actually pretty happy about being left alone, finally.
From The Daily Beast:
Barton says she doesn’t miss the spotlight at all. “I’m so relieved it’s not how it was,” she says. “It’s not the person. It was the time. Everything was an ‘it’ girl this or “it” girl that. It was just over the top.”
“I just think there’s a negative side—obviously, that’s an understatement—to having all that attention,” Barton says. “Because it’s not friendly. It’s invasive. I find in order to get your job done, actors need a certain amount of anonymity. You’re being blown up to that extent, and everybody is following every little piece of your life. ‘Oh, she went to Starbucks to get a Frappuccino with a caramel.’ Then they follow you to the gas station. It’s impossible to concentrate on the work. When you just want to go on vacation and you hear a twig snap and there’s a guy in a tree, it’s not relaxing. You can’t be a real person. So I’m happy things have changed.”
Yeah, the paparazzi sucks and shit, but I feel like the millions of dollars you make, all the free shit you get and the lifestyle you get to lead as a celebrity kind of offsets that a bit. I’m torn because I think if you’re lucky enough to have made it in the industry – regardless of whether you’re just in it for “the craft” of acting or not – you should be counting your lucky stars and probably need to just shut up and deal with the less pleasant aspects. On the other hand, no one deserves to be harassed or put in danger because some bro wants to sell a picture to US Weekly for $10k. Either way, good for Mischa for… I dunno, being Mischa.