Mischa Barton is ready to tell her sob story to the world, as she’s on the cover of People magazine with the headline “My Hollywood Nightmare”. I’m not saying that to be mean. I’ve not nothing against the girl. I met her once and she seemed fine. (No, I am not anyone remotely important. That’s basically how LA works. At some point in your life, you’re going to wind up hanging out with Mischa Barton. It’s like a law of physics. That and seeing Angelyne’s car. These things happen.)
“We thought, ‘Work hard, play hard,’ ” she says of those years. In 2007, she was arrested for DUI. Then in 2009, shortly after her parents attempted an intervention, she blacked out under the influence of a sedative and landed in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center psychiatric ward under an involuntary 5150 hold after she threatened to kill herself.
“It was a full-on breakdown,” she tells PEOPLE, speaking about the events in detail for the first time in this week’s cover story. “I was under enormous pressure.”
[...] When she first shot to stardom, “It was always, ‘She’s too skinny, she must be sick,’” says Barton, now 27. “Then it was, ‘She’s too big.‘ I was never the right weight.”
Best of luck in your future endeavors, Mischa. She’s got a TV pilot they’re shopping around in which she plays a schoolteacher. Mischa Barton playing a teacher — God, that makes me feel old.
Question: would you guys watch a TV show starring Mischa? Or is the magic gone?
October 17, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Poor Mischa Barton can’t catch a break. Her career is all but over, she’s always hanging out by herself and now she’s broken up with boyfriend Sebastian Knapp. Well, she didn’t JUST break up with him – apparently that happened a couple months back, but we’re just finding out about it now.
From E! Online:
The former lovebirds—who were first romantically linked after meeting at Revenge star Ashley Madekwe’s wedding in June 2012—pulled the plug on their romance “a few months ago,” a source tells E! News.
“It was amicable,” the source says of the twosome’s breakup. “She is concentrating on her new projects and is in production on a new film.”
Last year, the former couple found themselves at the center of rampant engagement rumors after the 27-year-old actress was seemingly spotted sporting a blingy ring on that finger.
Barton’s rep shot down the wedding reports, telling E! News the blond beauty was wearing the bauble “as wardrobe for the opening night of her play.”
Well, that’s a shame for her, I guess? I literally know nothing about Mischa Barton and care even less. Oh wait, I do know one thing! The first time I ever saw her was when she played an actress in Notting Hill. I used to love that movie. HOW COULD YOU NOT?
August 14, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
I got a little nostalgic last night and watched an episode or two or maybe more than two of The O.C. and it made me want to check in on Mischa Barton, see how she’s doing. She seems to be okay, spending a day alone in at the movies, but The Daily Mail reports it as, “the actress appeared to give up trying on Friday.” LOL. She’s wearing a casual outfit and she’s being chill, I don’t really see that as “appeared to give up”.
These sunglasses are insane, they look like they’re drawn on her face. I’m not sure if I like them?
Ms. Barton has a wonderfully
crappy campy horror film coming out, Apartment 1303 3D, later this month.
So on this slow Saturday, tell us: do you think it looks like Mischa Barton “appears to have given up trying”?
June 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Mischa Barton is glad that we don’t care about her anymore, which is good I guess if that’s what makes her happy and somewhat freeing considering she looked like a bit of a jolly ole mess leaving Sayers club in LA a few nights ago. But if I owed $90k, I might be a little messy, too.
I don’t know who that hanger-on (literally) friend of hers is but goddamn is she annoying.
Ms. Barton looked okay earlier in the evening (outfit aside). Before she went clubbing she was a guest at the Fire & Ice Gala By Candy Ice Jewelry, whatever the hell that is.
Check it out. Thanks to Mischa-B.com for the photos.
April 8, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
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.
April 4, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Mischa was ordered to pay Doctors’ Choice Nursing $95,000 back in 2011 for unspecified services rendered in 2009. Mischa failed to show up to court after the suit was filed, which is why a default judgment was entered against her.
The nature of the services has been a mystery for years … until this week in court, when the owner of DCN explained that the nurses were hired to keep Mischa sober. The owner did not specify which substance Mischa was allegedly abusing.
Mischa’s lawyer was in court Thursday fighting the default judgment — and grilled the owner of DCN about why she hadn’t notified Mischa of the mounting bill if the actress was the one responsible for paying it.
The owner replied that she didn’t want the stress of the mounting bill to exacerbate Mischa’s sobriety problems. The owner said it was the nurses’ job to keep Mischa sober before an important acting gig in fall 2009 … the same year she starred in the CW show, “The Beautiful Life.”
Mischa’s lawyer contends it was the actress’ mother who hired the nurses and therefore ran up the bills — so Mischa shouldn’t have to pay. The judge has yet to rule.
Wow, and I thought my credit card bill was insurmountable. I’ve hung around her a few times and she’s a sweet girl. Seriously dazed most of the time, but sweet. I have no idea which substance she was abusing. I can make a guess just like anyone else.
Damn, no wonder we haven’t heard from her lately (aside from popping up on that stupid list). I checked out her IMDB profile out of curiosity to get an idea of what kind of work she’s getting. She’s done some small projects that didn’t get widely released, and a music video, but she has something coming out called Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain with Martin Sheen, so there’s that?