The CW has released the official synopsis for episode 1.02 The Beautiful Aftermath for Mischa’s new show The Beautiful Life: TBL.
NINA GARCIA (“PROJECT RUNWAY”) GUEST STARS Chris (Ben Hollingsworth) believes his chances at a modeling career are over and prepares to leave New York City until he receives a surprise phone call from Claudia (Elle Macpherson). Claudia informs Raina (Sara Paxton) that she needs to focus more on her career and less on her new relationship with Chris. Isaac (Corbin Bleu) confronts Vivienne (guest star Jamie Murray, “Dexter”) about her behavior towards him at a go-see, and the two end up working out an arrangement that serves both their needs. Marissa (Ashley Madekwe) accuses Sonja (Mischa Barton) of stealing the Versace campaign from her and decides to seek revenge in a very public way, which leads Sonja to Cole (Nico Tortorella) for assistance. Marissa invites Raina’s brother, Alex (guest star Billy Magnussen, “As the World Turns”), to a party hosted by Nina Garcia (“Project Runway”), where more secrets about Raina’s past are revealed. Michael Lehmann directed the episode written by Anna Fricke and Mike Kelley (#101).
Candids of Mischa leaving her NY hotel and heading to The Beautiful Life set have been uploaded. Interesting jacket.
Just uploaded the full body version of the black & white The Beautiful Life cast photo:
According to TV Guide listings in the US, Mischa is scheduled to make an appearance on MTV talk show It’s On with Alexa Chung. Mischa is due to appear on the show September 15th – the day before The Beautiful Life premieres on The CW. This is Mischa’s second scheduled television interview which will follow her visit to The View on September 11th.
Here are a couple of dates to remember:
September 11th: The View appearance
September 12th: The Beautiful Life Premiere Party
September 15th: It’s On with Alexa Chung appearance
September 16th: The Beautiful Life premieres (The CW, 9/8c)
Also, New York Fashion Week begins September 10th and runs through to September 17th. I don’t have any specific confirmation, but I’d hazard a guess and say that Mischa’s team will endeavor to work as many fashion show appearances into Mischa’s schedule as the TBL filming timetable allows.
Mischa is featured with a cover and spread in Signature Magazine – brand new photoshoot! Hopefully someone living in LA will be able to send through full size scans. Meanwhile, here is what they have available on their website.
Photographed & Styled by Hellin Kay
Hair-Stephanie Pohl Makeup-Lisa Storey
The last few months haven’t been easy on one of the tabloid’s favorite subjects. What people presume to know and what they should know about Mischa Barton are two separate matters. Growing up in the spotlight is not an easy task for anyone, much less someone with a voice, an opinion and an otherwise healthy need to rebel. Most of us did it when we were young, but not in front of millions of people who are scrutinizing our every move, judging every word and every article of clothing. Our private and sometimes painful moments were ours and ours alone. Mischa doesn’t seem to have that same privilege.
Mischa Barton, known to close friends as ‘Meesh’ or ‘Meep,’ was born on January 24, 1986 in London, moved to New York City at age four, and obtained her first off-Broadway gig at age eight. In order to accommodate her active theatrical and on-screen pursuits, the talented young Barton attended Manhattan’s Professional Children’s School while securing numerous supporting roles in films such as The Sixth Sense, Skipped Parts, Lost and Delirious all before the age of 17. Barton preferred these ‘edgier’ roles to that of the sweet and simple young Hollywood siren that would seem the obvious fit for a slender blonde with arresting blue eyes. In fact, prior to landing the lead role of the rich and rebellious socialite Marissa Cooper in the hit television drama series The O.C., the majority of Mischa’s roles were in R-rated films involving sex, drugs, horror and homosexuality. Mischa Barton pushes the envelope, attracts the attention of her audience and presses them to look deeper — to see beyond her 5’ 9” modelesque frame. “I guess I prefer edgy to obvious,” says Barton. When asked about her greatest strength and Achilles heel, her response is identical, “The ability to draw attention.”
This Fall, Mischa stars in the much talked about series, The Beautiful Life. Premiering on the CW, the Ashton Kutcher produced show features Mischa Barton as a supermodel and Manhattan veteran struggling to maintain her position at the top of the high-fashion circuit of New York City. The parallels people will draw are obvious, life imitating art and vice versa.
So, what happens when the real life Barton, an accomplished actress familiar with the pressure of growing up in front of the Hollywood camera, makes a few unfashionable and quite public faux pas?
It came as no shock to family and friends that Mischa insisted on playing Shelby, the ‘bad girl’ in the summer ‘09 thriller Homecoming, directed by Morgan J. Freeman — a role originally intended for the film’s co-star, Jessica Stroup. “Given her role on The O.C., we all originally thought to cast Mischa as the pretty rich girl,” says Jim Young, the film’s producer. “She has a sweetness about her face with a girl next door quality that makes her relatable to an audience. However, upon meeting with Mischa, it was clear that she was not afraid to explore and experiment with darker characters. By the end of the sit down, we were convinced by her passion that she could play Shelby.”
“Though the film is intended as pure, unadulterated fun, I think Shelby is still a complex character… it’s always fun to play a character in which there’s a little trouble inside, but manages to keep it under control… at least for a stint,” says Barton in reference to her attraction to the part of Shelby. And Barton does manage to keep her personal life under control, at least when it comes to being on-set. On December 27, 2007, during a two-week hiatus from production of Homecoming, Mischa experienced her first public hiccup when she was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence and without a valid license. Despite the arrest, Barton returned to set without discussion of her personal drama and completed the film in accordance with the production schedule.
“She was professional despite the public embarrassment,” Young continues in reference to his film’s lead actress. “I don’t think that what is currently going on in Mischa’s personal life will hinder her ability to be very successful in the future. My experience on set showed that she was very professional, driven, and really strived to challenge herself with new types of roles.”
Not unlike other child stars, Mischa Barton has had to make the transition to adult actress under the scrutinizing eye of the Hollywood cameras. This metamorphosis on the movie screen does not always take place without public growing pains which troubled childhood actresses like Drew Barrymore have proven to confront, address, and successfully move beyond. “I live my life to the best of my ability,” says Barton, “we all travel a different course inclusive of hiccups along the way. I’m only human.” Not unlike other 23 year-olds her age, Barton enjoys spending her summers at the beach with her friends, shopping at trendy Los Angeles boutiques like Opening Ceremony, and vegan dining at Real Food Daily in West Hollywood. She enjoys playing with fashion and her style runs the gamut from flea market vintage to runway couture, noting Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Matthew Williamson, Versace, Chloe, Jenni Kayne, Alice Temperley, and Zac Posen as her favorite designers to wear and work with.
Despite the recent media frenzy surrounding Barton’s physical and mental health, Barton has committed herself to stay, “healthy, happy, and focused on her work” over the year to come. When asked what the fairytale ending of her life would be, Mischa responds “She lived life to its fullest; both personally and professionally, and lived happily ever after.” Clearly Mischa has the talent to move forward from her public personal struggles, the support of her colleagues to achieve her goals, and if she maintains her current resolve, only The Beautiful Life to look forward to.
According to this website, Mischa is scheduled to make an appearance on daytime talk show The View on September 11th, 2009. Mark your calendars! This will be Mischa’s first US television appearance in an extremely long time. Hopefully the ladies of The View are nice to her, sometimes they can be a bit cruel. Thanks to Maz for the tip.
Candids of Mischa having lunch outside Sant Ambroeus in the West Village – Aug 31 have been uploaded. She looks so nice with her hair up like that!