and other bizarre confessions from Mischa Barton, the girl from The OC who everyone thinks is American (and who even tried to lose her accent so no one realised she was actually from Hammersmith)
Mischa Barton is curled up on a chair in the corner of the basement of a Soho hotel. Hiding behind her mass of chocolate-brown hair, she’s texting at 100mph, softly giggling over her BlackBerry.
‘Just gimme two seconds,’ smiles the Hammersmith-born, New York-raised 23-year-old as her chewed and chipped black-polished nails tap away.
She’s wearing a flowing bohemian top, several bangles, some vintage Sixties bling, a skull-and-crossbones scarf and pencil-thin jeans. Two minutes later, with her phone packed away, the former OC actress, James Blunt muse and handbag designer fixes Live with a full-beam smile – and she’s ready.
I‘m British, though everyone thinks I’m American.
I haven’t lived here since I was tiny, but my entire family is British and I’ve been raised as a Brit. My sister lives and works in London as a barrister, but nobody can get their head round the fact I’m anything but a Hollywood girl. In the US nobody thinks of me as American, and here, nobody believes I’m British.
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I consciously tried to lose my English accent.
When I lived in New York I tried really hard to ditch the British accent to fit in. I went to classes and everything. I ended up putting on this terrible ‘Nu Yawk’ accent and hid behind that for a while. Now I don’t try to hide it so much, but my accent slips all over the place. It’s a mess – I don’t sound like I’m from anywhere any more.
I was physically attacked by a fan in Milan.
This guy just jumped on me. It totally freaked me out. I don’t think he meant it badly, but it was still scary. Men come up to me a lot, but it’s never to chat me up. I don’t know if they’re intimidated by me or what. It’s like they’re not doing it to hit on me. They just want a picture with me on their camera phone because they’ve seen me in a movie. It’s wild because they think they know you – guys talk to me like I’ve known them for years, when we’ve only just met.
I’ve been arrested for drink-driving.
I got in trouble with the police last year and I was quite silly about what happened. Famous or not, though, everyone does silly things. I am sorry, but I just have to get on with my life. I’m dealing with it.
My scripts have a lot of girl-on-girl kissing scenes.
I don’t know why that keeps happening to me, but if it’s part of the character, it doesn’t really annoy me. I did a film about Tatu, the Russian girl band, and that was interesting. This whole corrupt Russian music industry formed this fake lesbian band. It’s an odd story, but a fascinating one. It is so much easier to kiss a girl. You’re so much more relaxed filming than you are doing a guy-and-girl scene. You can relax and have a laugh about it, whereas if it’s a man you have to kiss, the whole thing’s a bit tense.
American TV is great, but I love old British sitcoms.
I’m the only girl in LA with her own collection of ‘Allo ‘Allo and Blackadder DVDs. That’s what I love most about Britain – the humour and the pubs. I’m a real pub girl. I’m a bit of a tomboy – most of my friends are guys. I’m into all my handbags, but I can also drink a pint. I like to glam up, but I also love to rough it when the time’s right. I’m never happier than when sleeping out in a camp with the lads. I adore road trips. I’m very spontaneous, and there’s nothing cooler than just getting on the road and driving somewhere. I did it the other week – my friend and I just started travelling south not knowing where we were going. We drove through Oklahoma, Nebraska, wherever. I’m thinking of buying a Winnebago truck next year.
People think I’m part of that whole Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan set and it’s frustrating.
I’m not like that; I have a pretty normal life. People always seem to write lots of untrue things about me. I’ve just learned to laugh at it and move on. I also surround myself with people who are nothing like the Hollywood set – my family are really intelligent and academic, so they keep me grounded no matter what.
I’m the most ridiculously clumsy person – it’s so embarrassing.
I wouldn’t even know where to start with telling you the things I’ve walked into. I think that’s why the paparazzi love me. They know I’m going to end up on my backside looking silly.
I took my top off for Cosmopolitan.
I’d never do a fully nude shoot, though. I was shot from my chest up and everyone speaks about it like I was naked. I really wasn’t. I’d never do a naked shoot – that’s just not me.
Secretly I’d love to be a rock star.
I’m a proper rock chick and surround myself with musicians. I’m also learning to play the guitar, but my hands are far too little for me to be that good on my Les Paul. I haven’t even nailed Stairway To Heaven yet.
I’m not a rude person but it can be difficult not to unleash your inner psycho when a photographer is in your face.
Every day the paparazzi intrude into my life. I can’t believe I can be that interesting. Every day they’re there, and when you’re with someone who doesn’t want to be in the public eye, it can be very difficult. I try to be as graceful as possible about it.
When I was young I used to steal props from film sets.
I got some really cool things from The Sixth Sense and Notting Hill, but Lawn Dogs was the best, as I just raided my character’s bedroom. I got a brilliant Slugger baseball bat that I hang on to and adore.
The OC created a monster.
The show was syndicated absolutely everywhere and made me famous all over the world. I had all kinds of outrageous scenes, and people still think I’m that crazy, bitchy person, and they treat you like it. When you become that famous, people lose their minds when they see you. The thing is, though, you don’t change, but everyone around you does. I still take the subway and clean my own stuff. I do my own laundry. When I left The OC there were a lot of mixed emotions. It was an extreme four years of my life, so it was kind of bittersweet.
Bvlgari has chosen to celebrate its 125th anniversary by participating wholeheartedly in Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future campaign. This campaign is aimed at providing education and thus a better future to millions of children suffering from the consequences of war and conflict. Bvlgari has decided to support the campaign by raising 10 million euros by the end of 2009. Of which 1 million has already been donated.
Here is Mischa’s photo from the campaign of her modeling the Bvlgari jewel engraved with the Save the Children logo. Proceeds from the sale of these rings goes to Save the Children. Visit the Bvlgari website for more information.
HEALTHY shiny hair is always an attractive feature and with so many nuturing formulations of shampoo and conditioner available there’s really no excuse for lacklustre locks.
You don’t have to spend a fortune or have the bank account of a celebrity either with many products costing just a couple of quid.
Take the newly-revamped Herbal Essences for example. It’s Hello Hydration range has managed to pick up one of Hollywood’s top young actresses as a fan, which proves even the rich and privileged like a bargain now and again.
Mischa Barton has admitted to using the Hello Hydration pairing and can’t praise it highly enough.
Mischa said: “I’ve been using Hello Hydration with coconut and orchid extracts because my haior’s fine and it can get a bit dry, so the fact that it boosts the moisture in my hiar is great for me. I just love it.”
London-born Mischa, best known for starring in California soap opera The OC, added a touch of real Hollywood glamour to the red carpet at the BAFTAS earlier this year, wearing a stunning floor-length dress but still maintaining her trademark beach-babe boho look.
Ben Cooke, celebrity hairstylist and Herbal Essences spokesman said: “Her loose curls were created using large heated tongs and gently combed through. To help replace the moisture lost from using heated appliances and to provide high shine I suggest using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner like Herbal Essences Hello Hydration.”
FOLLOWING in the footsteps of Katherine Jenkins and Kim Cattrall, actress and former Vogue cover girl Mischa Barton will this weekend open the Harrods summer sale.
“It’s really exciting and it should be really fun,” Barton, who also has her own handbag line, told VOGUE.COM ahead of the renowned shopping event. “Harrods is iconic and a great buy during a blowout sale is a girl’s dream come true. That said, not only is it an honour to be asked to open its annual sale, but something I’m truly looking forward to.”
And what about sale-shopping tips?
“Look for staples,” advises the actress – noting a Topshop leather jacket to be one of her own best sale buys.
Arriving in horse-drawn carriage, Barton will be welcomed by Mohamed Al Fayed before taking the all-important tour of the store.
“I love London style – it’s nice and eclectic. I see, in my future, spending a lot of time in the UK,” added Barton.
Mischa has taken part in a new campaign for Save the Children and Bvlgari in this new video and photoshoot shot by Fabrizio Ferri. The video features a plethora of other celebrities including Willem Dafoe, Terrence Howard, Ben Stiller, Isabella Rossellini, Ginnifer Goodwin and Olivia Wilde. Check it out below.
Mischa Barton, the English American film, television, and stage actress, perhaps best known for her role as Marissa Cooper in the American television series The O.C. and hailed as one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, will open the Harrods Summer Sale at 9.00am on Saturday 27th June 2009.
Mischa will be welcomed to the store by Harrods Chairman, Mohamed Al Fayed. After the traditional countdown to the opening of the doors at 9.00am, Mr Al Fayed will take Mischa on a tour of the store’s best bargains.
Speaking ahead of the event Mischa said, “Harrods is iconic and a great buy during a blowout sale is a girl’s dream come true. That said, not only is it an honour to be asked to open their annual sale, but something I’m truly looking forward to.”
A rocking livejournal for Mischa’s upcoming show “The Beautiful Life” has been launched online – BeautifulLifeTV. I mentioned this on Twitter the other day but I think it needs a bigger plug. The livejournal features updates on all cast members of the show.
NOW hat’s what I call doing it in style! American star Mischa Barton looks tops flying the flag for British fashion.
The jobless It girl says her favourite celebrity style icons are Brits. Now that I like.
The former OC girl – about to launch a handbag range (who needs to act, eh?) – said: “I’ve got friends in London who I think are very fashionable. Girls like Pixie Geldof. And Noel Fielding looks so fantastic.
“They get away with it and they get to be themselves. It’s far more interesting and iconic. In the States they don’t like it when you look too different.”