The husky voiced actress spoke by phone about her newest project, in which she also serves as an associate producer, working with her lovable late co-star Michael Clarke Duncan, in what turned out to be his final film role and what’s ahead.
Are you drawn to the horror genre?
Not really. This one was the reason that I watched horror movies to begin with. The first film I was in that would be called a scary movie was The Sixth Sense, and then it was on to other types of films, except for maybe (2009’s suspense horror) Homecoming. This is for me, the first one that prompted me to watch the classics. It got me watching Rosemary’s Baby and The Amityville Horror, the ‘70s one. I like those a lot. It’s what influenced me to want to do a piece like this.
You’re an associate producer on this. What did that responsibility entail for you?
It was very much like a family project. It was like everybody wanted to be really involved. (Co-stars) Michael Clarke Duncan and Devon Sawa got on board and we found J. Michael (Trautmann). I think he’s fantastic and awesome. It was about finding the right creepy boy. He was the right boy with the right look to play this character that will keep you guessing. It was a couple of years ago that we shot this, so I’m happy that it’s coming out now. We shot it in 20 days. It wasn’t a huge budget. I think that’s probably better, especially in this genre. A lot of people spend a lot of money on CGI, and making things scary and it doesn’t always work. For this one, it was a straightforward script about a disturbed boy, and I think it turned out quite well considering (the budget) we had to work with.
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Photos of Mischa and Sebastian at a clinic in LA have been added.
Photos of Mischa at Gelson’s supermarket in LA have also been added.
Photos of Mischa looking truly stunning in white at the 7th Annual BritWeek Festival “A Salute To Old Hollywood” Launch have been added.
These are clearly extremely late, but I had a bit of a nightmare week trying to figure out why the site was offline. First there was an annoying but serious security breach which took a couple of days to deal with. Then I went to the other extreme and installed a bunch of extra security measures to protect the site in the future, which ended up causing an overload and broke the site even more. So my perfect host Gertie from the Fansites Network and her tech team spent days figuring out what was causing the issue until everything was finally solved. Hopefully it’ll be smooth sailing for the foreseeable future.
Wondering what happened to Mischa Barton? She’s currently working with a Jonas brother.
The 27-year-old British-Irish actress rose to fame playing Marissa Cooper on the teen drama series “The O.C.” After the show ended in 2007 after four seasons, the actress went on to star in the short-lived show “The Beautiful Life,” which depicted the life of fashion models and was produced by Ashton Kutcher.
She then dropped off the TV radar for a bit, appearing mostly in indie films. She also launched a fashion line in her native London and starred in Oasis musician Noel Gallagher’s 2012 music video, “Everybody’s On the Run.”
OTRC.com caught up with Barton at the 2013 BritWeek Los Angeles event on Tuesday, April 23. She talked about her acting career and said she is currently working on three new projects, including a “half-animated piece” called “Gutsy Frog” with 12-year-old Frankie Jonas, the Jonas Brothers’ youngest sibling. He appeared with his three brothers in the Disney Channel show “Jonas L.A..”
“He’s really sweet as the lead boy,” Barton said about her co-star.
“Gutsy Frog” is a half live-action, half-animated pilot that is a remake of a Japanese cartoon. Actress Julie Brown said on her official Facebook fan page that it depicts “a kid with a frog stuck on his tee shirt and he can’t get it off.” She said she is playing Frankie’s teacher and Barton is portraying his mother.
Barton told OTRC.com that she is also currently working on a British movie called “For Hire,” which focuses on a father and hitman, as well as “Dirty Money,” which she said is “like a heist film.”
Barton wore a frilly, cream-colored maxi dress with a black ribbon to the BritWeek event and also sported a large ring on her ring finger on her right hand. She also wore it at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend and sparked engagement rumors — that she later denied — after paparazzi photos of her were posted on websites such as PerezHilton. She attended the event with boyfriend Sebastian Knapp, who is also British.
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Landing a role in The OC made Mischa Barton a household name almost overnight. Then the world watched as Hollywood’s new ‘It’ girl became a tabloid bad girl – before turning her life around again. The actress explained all to Grazia and dished on growing her business, living in London and dealing with depression. You can read the full interview in the new issue out tomorrow but in the meantime, read on for Mischa’s thoughts on all things style…
Grazia: Do you prefer style in the US or UK?
Mischa Barton: What I really respect about the UK is the high street we have here because for some reason clothes are very expensive and look very cheap in America and we don’t have high street. That high fashion at an affordable price. It blows my mind when I go into almost any store on the high street and it’s direct knock offs of Chanel. Good knock offs. But I resepct buying both. I do appreciate you can get really good pieces at an affordable price because nobody wants to spend that much money on their clothes all the time. I think it’s just silly.
Grazia: Do you change your style in London?
Mischa Barton: I do a bit. People look at you when you wear the stuff in LA because you’re so overdressed. It’s so casual which is nice on one hand but then I really enjoy coming to London and being able to put on proper clothes because you could go for weeks wearing slouchy clothes and T-shirts and jeans and sweats. I’m not a huge wearing-sweats-out-of-the-house person but it is the kind of place where you find you can get away with that stuff. I like a reason to get dressed up.
Grazia: Is there one bit of London you associate your style with?
Mischa Barton: Not really, I’m not into that whole East vs West thing and I’m lucky enough to not have to because I’m not really a Londoner per se so I don’t really have to fit into that group but I know people take it quite seriously. For me I’m a funny little mixture of all things I like.
Grazia: How would you describe your style?
Mischa Barton: A little bit quirky and eclectic. With a kind of sixties nod to it because my palette is quite narrowed down. I like metallics if they’re silver and gold I like mustard and tan brown and navy and white and black. I’ve narrowed down what my palette is. but it is a bit eclectic because I like a bit of random tweed or vintage pieces and things I’ve had for many years that I’ve collected. I like my vintage rock t-shirts. I’m tall so I don’t really wear heels but it’s hard not to buy them. I don’t really wear them nearly as much as I should considering the price.
Grazia: Do you like Kate Middleton’s style?
Mischa Barton: I love her style, she’s beautiful. I love that graceful well put together style.
Grazia: Favourite designers?
Mischa Barton: I like Louis Vuitton, Helmut Lang, Alexander wang, Roberto Cavalli is a friend and so is Karl [Lagerfeld] and I’ve always liked their clothes. And I love Stella McCartney and Alice Temperley, who’s a friend too.
Grazia: What’s Karl Lagerfeld like?
Mischa Barton: He’s nice and not as scary as he thinks everyone thinks he is. I haven’t met Choupette. I think my three dogs want interviews now.
It has been a long wait for this movie to come out, but it looks like finally we’ve got some movement on upcoming releases. Here is the stunning trailer for Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain co-starring Kal Penn and Martin Sheen. The movie is inspired by real events surrounding the horrific gas tragedy in India. Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain will be screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
We’ve been waiting a long time to see Mischa in a real dramatic movie, and here it is.
Dilip, a rickshaw driver in Bhopal, India, lands himself a job at the Union Carbide plant. It is a chance to prove his worth to his family and pull them out of poverty. The job is tough with long hours; everyone is desperate to hold on to their pay cheque and so Dilip keeps quiet when he notices managers at the plant ignoring safety standards.
Dilip’s long time friend, Motwani, a tabloid journalist knows that Bhopal residents complain of the constant stench in the air and wake up at night choking from the gas. He is on a mission to expose what he believes is a deadly time bomb ticking away in his home town. He feels as if no one will listen but when he meets feisty American journalist, Eva, he sees a ray of hope and persuades her to confront Carbide executive Warren Anderson.
As Eva and Motwani endeavour to delve deeper into Carbide’s activities, Dilip is using every resource necessary to pay and plan for his sister’s wedding. When the wedding night arrives the family are full of joy and celebration as two families join together as one. But as the music plays an invisible catastrophe is working its way throughout the town and wedding party. One by one the guests start to feel unwell the largest tower at the Carbide plant spews poisonous gas into the night air; one by one they collapse; and one by one they unknowingly become a statistic in the world’s largest chemical disaster to date.
Nearly thirty years later as the plant stands as a ghost-like constant reminder, the water in Bhopal is still contaminated and one person a day dies as a direct result of the tragedy, Eva visits the now retired Anderson. Will he finally bow down and apologise? Or will he continue to deny that Carbide had any part to play…?
Trailer and synopsis via GFM Films.
Candids of Mischa at 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Week 2 Day 3 have been added.
Candids of Mischa and Sebastian at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival have been added.