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Mischa Barton’s Costars (Ben and Sara this time) Say She’s Ready to Work

Mischa Barton, Sara Paxton and Ben Hollingsworth

After being placed under involuntarily psychiatric hold earlier this month, Mischa Barton is back at work and doing “great,” her costars on The Beautiful Life tell PEOPLE.

“We had our first read-through [Wednesday] and we’re all so very excited to have her back. She’s such a great girl,” costar Sara Paxton said at Model Home Project’s pre-launch celebration for The Power of WE at The Gates in New York on Wednesday.

“We really didn’t talk about everything that’s been going on. It was really all work,” Paxton adds.

Costar Ben Hollingsworth admits the cast was just as much in the dark about the specific reason behind Barton’s hospitalization as anyone else. “We were all worried about her. We didn’t really know what was going on, but she’s looking great. She’s feeling great and it’s just good to have her back,” he says. “We start shooting again on Friday and she’s ready to work. We’re all ready to jump into it and are very excited – even Mischa.”

Hollingsworth believes Barton’s new role may help her cope with all that’s been going on in her life.

“She’s gone through it more than anyone in the cast and her character in the show is very intertwined into that lifestyle. I think she’s going to be able to draw on a lot of real-life experiences that she’s had to go through with paparazzi, rumors, and invasion of privacy and all that comes in the public eye,” he says.

As for Hollingsworth’s role on the show: “My character is basically based on Ashton Kutcher (who created the show) and how he experienced life as a model coming to New York from Iowa.”

The Beautiful Life debuts on the CW in September.

Mischa’s Co-Star (Nico Tortorella) Says She’s Back to Work & Doing Great

Nico Tortorella & Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton’s co-star in her new TV show, The Beautiful Life, tells OK! that she was back to work yesterday after her recent breakdown.

Nico Tortorella, who plays a model named Kai on the new CW show, revealed at the launch party for the Blackberry Tour for Sprint that the Homecoming actress was at Wednesday’s table-read for the first episode and was “doing great” and “ready to work.”

He added that he and the cast were ready to help Mischa get back into normal life after the meltdown which saw her hospitalized and held by the authorities for her own safety.

“A bunch of [stuff] has gone down — you can’t really help it,” he told OK! at the party at NYC’s Thompson hotel on the Lower East Side.

“Everybody wants to see her get better and I think she will.”

The actor, who first met Mischa three month ago when they shot the pilot, said that he and the rest of the cast were ready to support her though this tough time.

“I’m here for her; I think we all are,” he said. “She has good people fostering good situations.”

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Mischa Barton Heading Back to Work

Mischa Barton is on schedule to return to the set of her CW show, The Beautiful Life, PEOPLE confirms.  The 23-year-old actress “will be resuming production as planned with the rest of the cast in NYC,” her rep tells PEOPLE. “She’s back to business as usual.” The show is due to start filming Friday.

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Mischa at LAX Airport on Tuesday

Rep: Mischa Barton Has “Intention” to Return to Work

Two weeks after being placed under psychiatric hold, Mischa Barton has left the hospital and is ready to head back to work.

“I can confirm that she’s left the hospital with the intention to resume production” of her new CW show The Beautiful Life, her rep Craig Schneider tells Usmagazine.com.

Barton, 23, was placed under involuntary psychiatric hold at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center July 15.

“She’s going through a rough patch,” Benji Kohn, producer of Barton’s new thriller Homecoming, told Us at the time.

But on Friday, Ashton Kutcher, a creator of The Beautiful Life, said Barton was recovering well.

“I can tell you right now Mischa Barton is doing great,” Kutcher told reporters at a technology conference in Pasadena, Calif.

Production on The Beautiful Life — which stars Barton as a pill-popping supermodel — is set to begin Friday.

Aside from starring in the Fox hit show The O.C. from 2003 to 2006, the British-born Barton has also worked as a model.

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Ashton Kutcher: “Mischa is doing great”

As for the role Twitter plays in allowing the actor, whose with wife Demi Moore is a favorite of the tabloids, to bypass the media, Kutcher said, “I don’t have to rely on People magazine or Us Weekly, who are going to twist what I’m doing.”

Having said that, he provided an update on actress Mischa Barton, who is in Katalyst’s “The Beautiful Life” on the CW and who was recently hospitalized. “I can tell you right now Mischa Barton is doing great — I can give that to my audience straight and have a direct conversation without the filter.”

Ashton Kutcher on Twitter, bypassing the media, and Mischa Barton (LA Times Blog)

The Week in Review

So with all the Mischa drama going on I let some of the regular updates slip. Various albums in the gallery have been uploaded with some new/old pictures. I’ve also added some scans from a couple of the weeklies in Australia. Check out the rundown below:
Burberry and GQ Celebrate Burberry ‘The Beat’ For Men Adds
Cosmopolitan UK Adds
Chi Magazine Add
Save the Children visit to Soweto Adds
Smacky Glam Press Thanks to Nat
Krasivye Volosy Russian cover & spread
FHM (Germany) Cover
Homecoming Promotional Stills
Adds
Handbag Collection Press
Articles
Handbag Collection Promo
Add
Who Weekly Spread
August 03, 2009 issue
Famous Weekly
July 27, 2009 issue
More! Magazine
New season of handbags interview (Thanks to Mel)

I’ve also uploaded video from a Mischa segment on an Australian morning show called The Morning Show. It aired Friday morning in Aus. Its pretty much a rundown of all the tabloid stories that are flying around at the moment. Nobody actually knows what’s going on but at least we’ve had word from the publicist saying that Mischa is doing okay. People.com also reported the other day that Mischa has left the hospital.

As mentioned in that video, Mischa’s rep was accused of trying to hype up the story even more. However, the publicist, Craig Schneider, told Page Six: “I can assure you that I’ve been inundated with requests and inquiries from the celebrity weeklies . . . If none of them care, then by all means, please stop calling and e-mailing.”

Publicist: Mischa Barton ‘making improvements’

LOS ANGELES — Mischa Barton is “making improvements” and plans a return to work nearly a week after Los Angeles police say they escorted her for an undisclosed medical problem.

Spokesman Craig Schneider says the 23-year-old actress is “still seeking treatment but making improvements.”

He would not elaborate on Barton’s condition, but said Tuesday that Barton planned to report to work on the new CW series “The Beautiful Life” later this month. A CW spokesman for the show, which stars Barton as a pill-popping supermodel, said production was scheduled to begin July 31.

Police say they removed Barton from her home last Wednesday for an undisclosed medical problem. The department will not say what it was.

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Mischa Barton’s Rep Calls Coke Binge Allegation “Preposterous”

While actress Mischa Barton remains under court-ordered psychiatric supervision following a breakdown last week, rumors of what brought about the hospitalization continue to swirl. The latest and most prevalent is that the O.C. star had gone on a three-day cocaine “bender.”

However, a rep for Mischa tells OK! that this just isn’t true.
When reached for comment on Sunday night, Mischa’s rep stated that this story is “completely preposterous” and that there it contains factual errors about the events leading up to the actress being hospitalized.

Of course, if this is true, then the question of Mischa’s “medical situation” is an even bigger mystery than before.

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