Thanks to Piero, here is a cover preview from an Italian magazine called “Donna Moderna”. Scans will be added over the next couple of days.
“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
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 Barton appeared from behind the blue door, labeled “M. Barton,” wearing a leather jacket covered in studs, a gray sweatshirt with the hood pulled over her freshly styled hair, leather boots (also covered in studs) and dark makeup around her eyes. This was last week, at Steinway studios in Astoria, Queens, where the actress was filming the CW’s The Beautiful Life: TBL, in which she plays Sonja Stone, a has-been, pill-popping fashion model trying to reclaim her place on top. Her two miniature dogs, Charles Dickens and Ziggy Stardust, darted out ahead of her and circled at her feet.
“She can come in if she wants, but I’m going to smoke,” she said to no one in particular, though she was addressing The Observer, and retreated back into her dressing room.
Ms. Barton has a reason to be on the offensive, if for no other reason than to get a break from having to be on the defensive lately. She has had to repeatedly explain and apologize for a DUI arrest last year; a series of roles in independent films (remember You and I, the t.A.T.u. biopic?) that haven’t gone as she hoped; an alleged involuntary psychiatric hold at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July; accusatory tabloid headlines screaming “Cellulite!”
In her dressing room, where a plate of bacon sat on a table (for her dogs, presumably) and a window was cracked for the cigarette smoke, Ms. Barton introduced herself politely this time and with a smile.
“I’m getting sick of answering questions about it,” she said, regarding her hospital stay, as she lit her cigarette and placed an ashtray on the couch. “I just had a bad time of year and now it’s all over and done with, and I’m just very happy to be feeling happy again and back on top of it and not so worried about everything. It was just too much to handle for me at the time.”
Ms. Barton is 23 years old, which, when you think about it, is kind of absurd. She has appeared in 23 films, eight TV shows, four theater productions and two music videos. Born in London and raised in New York City (she attended the Children’s Professional School on the Upper West Side), she began acting at age 8. At 17, she moved to Los Angeles and was cast as Marissa Cooper on Josh Schwartz’s The O.C., which made her famous.
As we know, Rachel and Mischa attended an event together last week and Just Jared has just put up a short quote from Rachel:
The 28-year-old star of the TRESemme Steal the Show campaign told me exclusively that she very much enjoyed the Dior Homme dinner last week. “I was happy to see [my former O.C. co-star Mischa Barton],” Rachel told JustJared.com. “I hadn’t seen her in a while, so that was really good. The [Cooper Square] hotel was really nice and so was the dinner.”
Just a quick update to remind everyone that Mischa will be appearing on the MTV show “It’s On with Alexa Chung” today at 12pm! Check your local listings just in case it airs at a different time. I’ll endeavor to have a video up as soon as I can.
Mischa Barton – It’s On with Alexa Chung – Tuesday, September 15th – 12pm on MTV
Exclusive MISCHA BARTON pics will appear in the new book by top photographer MARK LIDDELL to raise funds for Womens Domestic Abuse and Suicide Prevention for teens. “EXPOSED – 10 Years in Hollywood” is released in October 09 and can be ordered on Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.
Acclaimed British photographer, Mark Liddell allows us behind-the-scenes into his world of personal celebrity photography in his debut book “EXPOSED: 10 YEARS IN HOLLYWOOD” (release date October 2009). Liddell previously was a fashion photographer who moved to Hollywood a decade ago upon the urging of Nicole Kidman. His 10-year ascent to become one of the world’s top celebrity lensman is documented in “EXPOSED” along with deeply personal stories of stars he shot.
Rocked by his best friend’s suicide and seeing even his famous friends become victims of domestic violence, Liddell chose The Jenesse Center (Domestic Violence) and The Trevor Project (suicide prevention for teens) as his beneficiaries for the book.
In all, 65 of the world’s biggest stars in the worlds of fashion, music and acting are chronicled in over 200 glossy pages. “EXPOSED” is already featured as “One of the Top 10 books for Christmas” by Barnes & Noble, having pre-sold 25,000 copies and will available world-wide.
Many celebrities rely on bodyguards and a coterie of assistances to keep them in touch with reality, but Mischa Barton‘s entourage comes on twice as many legs.
“All kinds of things keep me grounded. My dogs and having to wake up and walk them every morning and having to walk them before bed at night,” the actress, 23, says. “The routine of everything I do – going to work every day here and working on a television series and how much work that is.”
Barton is in New York to film her new CW series The Beautiful Life, though, lately, her own life’s been far from pretty. Barton says her close friends in the city have been her safety net, and that, eventually, the media madness will subside.
“I think, for the most part, I’ve been growing up in this city, and the people who do know me just know what I’m like,” she says. “And I’ve got a lot of good friends and the people in the press, who have seen me grow up, know me too. Eventually that comes across and people will eventually get over this thing for punishing people for being human.”
But there’s still a lot to chew over.
But at Saturday night’s premiere party for The Beautiful Life, which debuts on Wednesday, her publicist warned reporters that anyone who mentioned “what happened in July” would have their interviews cut short.
Instead, Barton focused on her bright pink dress (“It’s just a happy premiere-party dress”), working with the show’s co-creator Ashton Kutcher (“He is so rad. He’s amazing. He’s really fun and cool.”), and working and living in New York City, where she was raised.
“This job is really great,” she said. “It’s a great group of people to work with and a great stability. At the same time, it means that if you work really hard, you can enjoy your private life and know that you’re doing a really good job at something and have a lot more peace of mind.”
The Beautiful Life: TBL – Series Premiere Wednesday Sept. 16th, 9/8c – The CW