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
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.
The Beautiful Life star reveals all in a Time Out New York exclusive.
As part of its Fall Fashion issue, on stands September 10, Time Out New York met with Mischa Barton for her first in-depth interview since being placed under alleged “involuntary psychiatric hold” at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July.
Other medical issues nearly delayed filming of her New York–set TV series, The Beautiful Life: TBL. Barton, 23, plays model Sonja Stone, a paparazzi magnet trying to get her career back on track (real life, meet show!).
Yet during our talk—on the couch in a Tribeca photo studio—the O.C. starlet looks healthy, sits tall and comes off as self-aware and self-deprecating. Here’s a sneak peek at the interview.
Time Out New York: I bet readers don’t know you got rave reviews as a kid, in Off Broadway stuff like Tony Kushner’s Slavs!
Mischa Barton: Probably not. It was a great place for me to start as a kid because I was really shy, believe it or not. I didn’t feel comfortable anywhere. Definitely didn’t feel comfortable with kids my own age. I would go to school during the day and then go to work at night with people like Marisa Tomei and Tony Kushner and Joseph Wiseman, and they would treat me on the same level. And so I opened up and became this extrovert and amazingly crafty kid.
Was your mom a backstage mom, pushing you to act?
It was my idea. My mom was always there. I wanted to write. I wanted to do poetry when I was eight. I wrote a monologue and I performed it at the Circle in the Square in New York and a literary agent came up to me and my mom and said, “Does she want to audition here in New York?” And I said yes because I was a middle child and I didn’t have anything of my own that felt interesting. The youngest was the baby, my older sister was cherubic-looking , and I was strange and skinny and big eyed and weird-looking. I never had that cute Lindsay Lohan sweet look so I could do Disney films.
And yet somehow you landed…
And then somehow I ended up doing The O.C., this big TV show which I struggled with because it was too commercial and the character was very all-American and I was pushing to play that—pushing to play something completely opposite of me. Whereas this show, The Beautiful Life, it’s easier and more comfortable because I’m playing a worldly New York model. She’s closer to me.
You sound like an actor. I’m sorry, but I’m used to thinking of you as a brand.
Yeah. [Nods knowingly] Look, The O.C. was a storm. It was a huge show, much bigger than I realized. Thailand or Russia and London—there’s nowhere I can go where people don’t recognize me. But I don’t want to get caught up in this actress thing, so I sit back and say, Eh, whatever. And I think that’s why the press jumps at me, because I don’t care enough. I just want to do good work.
The press also jumped because you had some drama of your own: the DUI, caught with weed a few years back.
And the people who supported me from the beginning were my fashion friends, who had always been there when I was growing up in New York who know my work and indie films; they rallied around me and hired me for things like my Neutrogena campaign and brining me back into the fashion world and dressing me in their clothes. I was and am glad to wear their clothing and show up at their events, because they were kind to me when I was a broke actor. Zac Posen is on the first episode [of The Beautiful Life], and I’ve known him since he was 15. He took me to my first nightclub.
You were going to nightclubs at age 15?
Ha. I grew up in New York and I grew up fast. I knew all these creative, interesting people, all these interesting actors and models. I went out at a young age—not doing drugs or drinking too excessively. Not drugs—I was a Goody Two-shoes at that point. I did really well in high school. If anything, I might be regressing now—acting a bit younger. [Laughs] That’s what The Beautiful Life is about too—kids who have access.
The show is about what young models do with that access—use it or abuse it.
Right, you either work or you don’t work and only play. I have an insane work drive and don’t like when I see people sitting on their ass. What I do is kind of stupid: [In a duh voice] “I’m just an actress and model half the time, God.” At the same time, I try to do good things and am frustrated that I do all this charity, and supporting my artist friends, people are like, “Why do you do that? For press?” Reporters ask that, going for the negative, and I wanna bang my head against the wall.
The press affects you.
But I don’t stop. Look back at the coolest people in history and people were always rude to them, always wondered and questioned what they were doing, and they never stopped. And that’s what I tell myself when it gets difficult: People are waiting for you to stop what you’re doing, so you never get anywhere.
A lot of people are watching you now, speculating you were in rehab back in July.
Here’s what happened: Before the show started, I was traveling abroad for contract stuff and I went through a terrible surgery—a wisdom tooth surgery, all four removed. It was a nightmare. I’ve never had surgery before—it all went wrong and I had to have a second surgery and it almost delayed shooting because it was a nightmare to me, because I couldn’t deal with the thought of not getting there on time. So with the travel, and surgery and prep for the show—it was hell.
Is this when you were checked into Cedars?
Yeah, I went through a tough spot where everything compounded on me, and it was like a perfect storm, like everything was happening to me at once. The show, travel and then this fairly routine surgery that went wrong—it’s still just healing. But I had to get through it without proper painkillers because I couldn’t take those during work. So it’s been a nightmare.
How did you end up in a psychiatric hospital?
I was down in the dumps about everything there for a while. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom about things and have to get the most stressed-out just to feel better again. I got completely stressed-out and couldn’t handle everything, and now I feel really in control.
Was it an official nervous breakdown? Drugs?
I don’t know. I don’t know. I had a friend who had a quasi–nervous breakdown, but I’m not sure it’s the same thing. I’m not sure I’m capable of a full-on nervous breakdown, but it was pretty bad. It didn’t last that long. It was more about the pain. I have a newfound respect for people who have chronic pain. I started getting migraines.
How long were you in Cedars?
They don’t keep you in the hospital. I wasn’t there very long.
Did you sit around sharing feelings and making mosaics—that kind of thing actually helped someone I know who was in an institution.
Did they teach you how to deal with the pain?
Not really. I just wanted to get back to work. The doctor told me I was lucky I didn’t lose feeling in my lips and face, which would have been horrifying and couldn’t act properly. My mom was like, “Now’s a good time to get it done, before the show.” And it was the worst time to do it.
What was it like for your mom?
[Rolls eyes] I don’t know. [Looks away] It was miserable for everyone. But I really don’t know.
Is your mom the one who admitted you into the hospital involuntarily?
[Nods yes and rolls eyes again] I’ll tell you that story but not the whole world. The funny thing is, if all this happened in New York, no one would care.
People would be like, “Nervous breakdown? I had one yesterday too. Where are we going to brunch?”
[Laughs] Yes, exactly, New York lets you be who you are, and people aren’t as judgmental. I’m so glad to be back here.
You’ve shot four episodes. The bad press seems to be diminishing.
The show will speak for itself. It’s a great show.
The first scene is you popping pills, late for a gig.
That was in there before all this happened! But the character references me on purpose. I hope people will see me in it, and that will capture them from the beginning, and then they’ll buy into this character and see how she’s different. Sonja isn’t me, but there’s a great line in it: Someone says, “She’s at her best when she’s working.” That’s how I feel about myself right now. I’m ready to work.
The Beautiful Life: TBL premieres Sept 16 on the CW.
While promoting the CW’’s The Beautiful Life in L.A. today, producer Ashton Kutcher told reporters Mischa Barton’s job couldn’t be more solid.
“Mischa is in New York today, working on the show,” Ashton said minutes ago at the press conference for the new CW show about models, set for fall.
“The great thing about Mischa is we have a lot of young cast members,” producer Ashton said, adding that her role on the show is very prominent. “She’s done it before. Her navigation and guidance for the rest of the cast is essential.”
“She was never unavailable for a day of work,” Ashton added.
Speaking exclusively to OK! on Sunday night at the Arizona Ice Tea-sponsored party for Music Unites, the controversial actress revealed that filming on her new movie The Beautiful Life is, “Going really well… I’m excited.”
For most of the evening, Mischa sat snuggled up on a sofa at the Cooper Union Hotel, drinking water and talking to a male party-goer. Around 10:40pm, Mischa and a gal-pal exited the party to “go home to watch True Blood.”
Said one fellow guest to OK! about Mischa’s behavior, “She seemed to be in a good mood. She was smiling and appeared to be genuinely happy.”
Mischa Barton is hard at work again, putting in time today at a photo shoot for her new TV series The Beautiful Life in Queens, N.Y. Although today was supposed to be the first day of filming, weather problems have reportedly pushed back the schedule once again.
Despite rumors Mischa would be kicked-off the series after a much publicized meltdown and hospitalization earlier this month, Mischa’s co-stars say the star is doing great and had no problems during the past week of table readings, costume fittings and hair and makeup tests. But all this waiting has gotten her co-stars anxious to start filming.
“I found out last week that filming was going to be pushed and our sets weren’t ready,” co-star Sara Paxton told OK! at the Model Home Project kick-off at the Gates in NYC July 29. “I was fine with it. I’m excited to work.”
Despite reports Mischa was to blame for the previous schedule set-backs, her co-stars have nothing to say but the best about the actress.
“She’s hilarious and she’s just really fun to work with,” Sara says. “She’s sarcastic and cracking jokes all the time.”
While Mischa was a no-show at The Model Home Project’s Power of WE charity kick-off event, which raises money for disaster relief, other cast members spent the night dancing and mingling among professional models who came out to support the cause – which was a perfect opportunity for some character research.
“[The Beautiful Life] is about six models living in a co-ed residence in the heart of Manhattan and we’re all at different levels of success,” says actor Ben Hollingsworth, whose character is inspired by the show’s creator, former male model turned A-list actor Ashton Kutcher.
“It’s based on Ashton Kutcher and what happened to him as a young guy coming to New York and getting thrown into the modeling industry,” says Ben, who met Ashton while he filmed The Joneses with Ashton’s wife, Demi Moore.
“We were shooting in Atlanta, Georgia and he flew in for her birthday and threw her like a surprise birthday at one of his restaurants,” Ben tells OK!. “That was the first time I got to meet him and he seemed like such a sweet guy. He gave her a birthday cake and he had this really heartfelt speech to her about how special she was in his life. He gave me a good foundation to build this character around.”
“The first episode is real juicy,” Ben says. “The public is going to be real shocked!”
The show makes its debut on September 16.