“The Beautiful Lie” (CONTENT RATING TBD) (HDTV) – September 30th, 9/8c only on The CW
SABASTIAN ROCHE (“GENERAL HOSPITAL”) GUEST STARS Sonja (Mischa Barton) is being hounded by the press about a risqu? photo which forces her to consider quitting the modeling business. Aware of the chemistry between Raina (Sara Paxton) and Cole (Nico Tortorella), Claudia (Ell Macpherson) secures a campaign for a major clothing line for the two. Raina struggles with the public image she must maintain with Cole, while her true feelings are for Chris (Ben Hollingsworth). Raina’s family drama finds its way back into her life and she finally faces her father (guest star Sebastian Roche, “General Hospital”). Isaac’s (Corbin Bleu) relationship with Vivienne (guest star Jamie Murray, “Dexter”) is strained when he is surprisingly replaced, by Chris during a photo shoot. Raina’s brother, Alex (guest star Billy Magnussen, “As the World Turns”), lands himself in a bit of trouble with the Russian mob, but Marissa (Ashley Madekwe) comes to his rescue. Sanford Bookstaver directed the episode written by Dailyn Rodriguez (#102).
Via The Futon Critic
Episode screencaptures of Mischa’s scenes in the pilot episode of TBL have been uploaded. I hope all you guys watched! Mischa was outstanding, Sonja is an awesome character.
I’ve also uploaded episode clips of Mischa’s scenes in the show. Enjoy!
A couple of candid shots of Mischa with Corbin Bleu, Gal Gadot, Nico Tortorella and Ben Hollingsworth have been uploaded to the Twitter pages of Ben (@hollingsworthb) and Corbin (@CorbinBleu). Mischa looks hilarious in them, lol!
Here is a video of Mischa talking about her character Sonja Stone.
And another video featuring the other cast members too.
We all know that “The Beautiful Life: TBL” star and embattled tabloid fixture Mischa Barton had bad dental work done this summer and that it may or may not have landed her in a psych ward. We also know that said dental work may or may not have made her face temporarily puff up.
What we don’t know is why she decided to come back to television. After playing Newport Beach’s most tragicomic teen, Marissa Cooper, for three years, she famously left “The O.C.” — her character perishing on-camera after she’s run over by a crazed ex-boyfriend — to pursue a career in film full time.
The good news is that Barton, 23, was only too happy to talk to Show Tracker at length about her reasons for coming back to prime time — Her new character? A famous, troubled, jaded model — and why things are different for the actress this time around.
What made you decide to return to television?
The fashion world is something I don’t think anyone’s ever examined in a really realistic way, and I thought this show would be a good fit for me because I get to play a real character, and a lot of people associate me with fashion like I’m a fashion icon already.
Mike Kelley [a writer on “The O.C.”] wrote the pilot and wanted me to play this model, Sonja, who is a pretty interesting girl. She’s a little bit bitchy but also kind of nice. I’m having a lot of fun playing her.
Were you actively looking for TV projects?
Yeah, I was reading scripts. I was checking out what was going on, and this project seemed really interesting for a major network. It’s edgier. It’s not a show that’s being remade, again …
Ha! [‘The Beautiful Life’ is airing on the CW, also home to the ‘90210’ and ‘Melrose Place’ reboots.]
Not that there’s anything wrong with that! (Laughs) But for me this was new material. And Sonja’s a good character. There’s a lot you can do with her. I think if she’s well written and we’re lucky enough to keep Mike, then we’ll be good. We can make a cool show.
You left TV to do film. Did anything change that made you want to come back?
Well, yeah. There are a few things. For starters, I think a lot of people associate me with television. Since I left “The O.C.” I worked a lot in film, and none of it, even the movies that I really liked, like “Assasination of a High School President,” they never came out. Everybody said I wasn’t working or I wasn’t doing anything. That’s something that really [upset me] because I was doing nothing but working.
So I really felt like it was a good idea to go back to television because it’s a steady job. And it feels so good to wake up every day and know you’re going to make a good paycheck and have a job and get to actually act and not just sit around while you figure out if the next movie you make is even going to come out. It started to get infuriating.
Mischa talks about how things have changed, how playing Sonja is therapeutic, and why she didn’t participate in the show’s naked ad campaign … after the jump …
MISCHA’S RETURN TO TELEVISION IS TONIGHT. Make sure to tune into The CW at 9/8c – TBL airs after an all new America’s Next Top Model.
The CW – TONIGHT – 9/8c
Tell your friends, parents, neighbors, shop assistants, bus drivers etc. to watch the show!! The CW has done very little promotion so its up to word of mouth to get people to tune in. Tweet about it. Blog about it. Text about it.
Mischa attended the Style360 Fashion Week Closing Party hosted by What Goes Around Comes Around. Mischa’s been looking particularly stunning the last couple of weeks. What Goes Around… is one of Mischa’s favourite vintage stores, she talks about that place pretty regularly.
Candids of Mischa visiting MTV’s ‘It’s On With Alexa Chung’ at MTV Studios have been uploaded. Still hoping a YT clip comes out of the appearance for people unable to see the MTV video below.