Morgan J. Freeman’s (emphasis on the J) psychological horror flick Homecoming hits home video this week, and to celebrate this auspicious event, star Mischa Barton sat down to give her two cents on the murderous proceedings!
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Q: In Homecoming you play “Shelby,” a young woman who develops an unhealthy obsession with her ex-boyfriend. What attracted you to the role?
Mischa Barton: Though I’ve done my share of thrillers, I was attracted to the script and the character because I’d previously been on the receiving end of crazy rather than actually portraying it, so it was a lot of fun embracing Shelby’s warped perspective.
Q: Homecoming has been described as “Misery for Teens.” Had you seen Kathy Bates’ performance in Misery prior to shooting? What was your inspiration, and how did you prepare for the role?
MB: Kathy Bates is a phenomenal actress, and I found her performance inspiring well in advance of reading the Homecoming script. Though I didn’t channel Annie Wilkes for Shelby, I just tried to make myself vulnerable to the point of being overcome with jealousy, so much so that that Shelby’s vengeance seemed normal behavior from a first-person perspective.
Q: You were in freezing cold temperatures in the middle of Pennsylvania during the filming of Homecoming. How hard was it to film those scenes?
MB: I think that when playing a character so sadistic, any climate can be a challenge, but since Shelby is so cold-hearted, the freezing temperature kind of lent itself to getting more in tune with the character.
Q: Regarding the axe-wielding scene in Homecoming — Do you have any amusing anecdotes of filming that and other scenes with co-stars Jessica Stroup and Matt Long?
MB: For the axe-wielding scene I couldn’t help but think of Jack Nicholson in The Shining. This role is certainly not as classic, but it was fun and almost empowering even though I was scared to death of hurting the others, or myself, for that matter. Kind of ironic, since they (Stroup and Long) were the ones who were supposed to be afraid.
Q: From The Sixth Sense to Homecoming, you have starred in a lot of dark thrillers. What are your personal favorite films and performances from this genre?
MB: I’d be remiss if I didn’t single out Haley Joel Osment, with whom I had the pleasure of working on The Sixth Sense. Especially upon reflection, it’s amazing what he was able to tap into at such a young age. I think the genre itself is so entertaining – both to film and watch – because there are so many levels of fear that a performer or audience can tap into. Thrillers can go from one extreme to the other – camp to realistic – but either way they’re fun. My personal favorites are those that are scary and suspenseful without the gore.
Q: You most recently guest-starred on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” What do you have coming up next?
MB: “SVU” is my favorite show so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance. It was fun to return to NYC, as well. As for what’s next, I’ve yet to decide on my next role, but I am about to launch the new season of my handbag line in the UK and am very excited since they’ve been so well received.
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And remember, mischa-b.com is giving away 3 copies of the DVD! Click here for details. The giveaway will only stay open until the end of the week.
Just a quick reminder for everyone in the US to tune in to Law & Order: SVU tomorrow night (March 3rd) on NBC at 10pm. Mischa guest stars as a pregnant prostitute named Gladys.
Ashley Madekwe has claimed that Mischa Barton is “really professional on set”. The Secret Diary actress, who starred alongside Barton in the now-dead CW series The Beautiful Life, said that she did not understand recent reports which suggested the former O.C. star was a ‘nightmare’ to work with.
“Working with Mischa was awesome! I really like her – she’s a really sweet girl and she’s really professional on set,” Madekwe exclusively told Digital Spy.
“We had loads of fun because we played bitchy rivals, so it was always fun saying catty lines to each other.” She added: “I didn’t hear any reports that she’d been acting up. She definitely wasn’t – she was there on time every day and working hard like everybody else.” Discussing the axed series, she said that it was “a great idea” but suggested that “it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been”.
Madekwe currently stars in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which airs Mondays at 10pm on Showtime in the US and Thursdays at 10pm on ITV2 in the UK.
Brand new trailer for Mischa’s upcoming drama Don’t Fade Away co-starring True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten has surfaced online. Check it out below along with other media from the movie. I am dying to see this!!! Doesn’t look like a release date has been announced yet though.
Additionally, the official Don’t Fade Away website has now launched. The site features stills and a preview of one of Mischa and Ryan’s scenes. Make sure to visit.
Mischa’s promotional stills from the movie have been uploaded, check them out here.
Law & Order: SVU returns next week with double episodes. First hour is Kathy Griffin’s episode and second hour is Mischa’s episode. Check out the promo below where both Mischa and Kathy receive special mentions. Remember: March 3rd, 10/9c, NBC.
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Here is the network description for Mischa’s upcoming guest role on Law & Order: SVU
03/03/2010 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : DETECTIVE BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) GETS EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN A CASE WHEN SHE AND DETECTIVE STABLER (CHRIS MELONI) INVESTIGATE THE MURDERS OF SEVERAL YOUNG PROSTITUTES. When a series of young prostitutes are found murdered with homemade prayer cards attached to their bodies, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) struggle to find the common thread. However, just when they think that they’ve found the murderer, Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) informs the detectives that another victim named Gladys (guest star Mischa Barton) has turned up with a prayer card. This time she survived. As the case unfolds, Benson finds herself getting emotionally invested in the survivor until she is forced to make a decision that she isn’t ready to face. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).
The US DVD release of Mischa’s recent horror/thriller Homecoming is due on April 27th, 2010. This version seems a little different to the international release as the US disc has different cover art and will reportedly feature deleted scenes.
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Paramount Home Entertainment has announced Homecoming which stars Mischa Barton, Jessica Stroup, and Matt Long. The Morgan J. Freeman directed horror will be available to own from the 27th April. The only extra material will be additional scenes.
A former small-town golden boy (Matt Long) and his new girlfriend (Jessica Stroup) come back to visit his hometown and discover his high school sweetheart (Mischa Barton) has developed an unhealthy obsession with him. His ex-girlfriend’s desperation slowly but surely becomes apparent, and all hell breaks loose as she does everything it takes to get him back.