The husky voiced actress spoke by phone about her newest project, in which she also serves as an associate producer, working with her lovable late co-star Michael Clarke Duncan, in what turned out to be his final film role and what’s ahead.
Are you drawn to the horror genre?
Not really. This one was the reason that I watched horror movies to begin with. The first film I was in that would be called a scary movie was The Sixth Sense, and then it was on to other types of films, except for maybe (2009’s suspense horror) Homecoming. This is for me, the first one that prompted me to watch the classics. It got me watching Rosemary’s Baby and The Amityville Horror, the ‘70s one. I like those a lot. It’s what influenced me to want to do a piece like this.
You’re an associate producer on this. What did that responsibility entail for you?
It was very much like a family project. It was like everybody wanted to be really involved. (Co-stars) Michael Clarke Duncan and Devon Sawa got on board and we found J. Michael (Trautmann). I think he’s fantastic and awesome. It was about finding the right creepy boy. He was the right boy with the right look to play this character that will keep you guessing. It was a couple of years ago that we shot this, so I’m happy that it’s coming out now. We shot it in 20 days. It wasn’t a huge budget. I think that’s probably better, especially in this genre. A lot of people spend a lot of money on CGI, and making things scary and it doesn’t always work. For this one, it was a straightforward script about a disturbed boy, and I think it turned out quite well considering (the budget) we had to work with.
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Wondering what happened to Mischa Barton? She’s currently working with a Jonas brother.
The 27-year-old British-Irish actress rose to fame playing Marissa Cooper on the teen drama series “The O.C.” After the show ended in 2007 after four seasons, the actress went on to star in the short-lived show “The Beautiful Life,” which depicted the life of fashion models and was produced by Ashton Kutcher.
She then dropped off the TV radar for a bit, appearing mostly in indie films. She also launched a fashion line in her native London and starred in Oasis musician Noel Gallagher’s 2012 music video, “Everybody’s On the Run.”
OTRC.com caught up with Barton at the 2013 BritWeek Los Angeles event on Tuesday, April 23. She talked about her acting career and said she is currently working on three new projects, including a “half-animated piece” called “Gutsy Frog” with 12-year-old Frankie Jonas, the Jonas Brothers’ youngest sibling. He appeared with his three brothers in the Disney Channel show “Jonas L.A..”
“He’s really sweet as the lead boy,” Barton said about her co-star.
“Gutsy Frog” is a half live-action, half-animated pilot that is a remake of a Japanese cartoon. Actress Julie Brown said on her official Facebook fan page that it depicts “a kid with a frog stuck on his tee shirt and he can’t get it off.” She said she is playing Frankie’s teacher and Barton is portraying his mother.
Barton told OTRC.com that she is also currently working on a British movie called “For Hire,” which focuses on a father and hitman, as well as “Dirty Money,” which she said is “like a heist film.”
Barton wore a frilly, cream-colored maxi dress with a black ribbon to the BritWeek event and also sported a large ring on her ring finger on her right hand. She also wore it at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend and sparked engagement rumors — that she later denied — after paparazzi photos of her were posted on websites such as PerezHilton. She attended the event with boyfriend Sebastian Knapp, who is also British.
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Landing a role in The OC made Mischa Barton a household name almost overnight. Then the world watched as Hollywood’s new ‘It’ girl became a tabloid bad girl – before turning her life around again. The actress explained all to Grazia and dished on growing her business, living in London and dealing with depression. You can read the full interview in the new issue out tomorrow but in the meantime, read on for Mischa’s thoughts on all things style…
Grazia: Do you prefer style in the US or UK?
Mischa Barton: What I really respect about the UK is the high street we have here because for some reason clothes are very expensive and look very cheap in America and we don’t have high street. That high fashion at an affordable price. It blows my mind when I go into almost any store on the high street and it’s direct knock offs of Chanel. Good knock offs. But I resepct buying both. I do appreciate you can get really good pieces at an affordable price because nobody wants to spend that much money on their clothes all the time. I think it’s just silly.
Grazia: Do you change your style in London?
Mischa Barton: I do a bit. People look at you when you wear the stuff in LA because you’re so overdressed. It’s so casual which is nice on one hand but then I really enjoy coming to London and being able to put on proper clothes because you could go for weeks wearing slouchy clothes and T-shirts and jeans and sweats. I’m not a huge wearing-sweats-out-of-the-house person but it is the kind of place where you find you can get away with that stuff. I like a reason to get dressed up.
Grazia: Is there one bit of London you associate your style with?
Mischa Barton: Not really, I’m not into that whole East vs West thing and I’m lucky enough to not have to because I’m not really a Londoner per se so I don’t really have to fit into that group but I know people take it quite seriously. For me I’m a funny little mixture of all things I like.
Grazia: How would you describe your style?
Mischa Barton: A little bit quirky and eclectic. With a kind of sixties nod to it because my palette is quite narrowed down. I like metallics if they’re silver and gold I like mustard and tan brown and navy and white and black. I’ve narrowed down what my palette is. but it is a bit eclectic because I like a bit of random tweed or vintage pieces and things I’ve had for many years that I’ve collected. I like my vintage rock t-shirts. I’m tall so I don’t really wear heels but it’s hard not to buy them. I don’t really wear them nearly as much as I should considering the price.
Grazia: Do you like Kate Middleton’s style?
Mischa Barton: I love her style, she’s beautiful. I love that graceful well put together style.
Grazia: Favourite designers?
Mischa Barton: I like Louis Vuitton, Helmut Lang, Alexander wang, Roberto Cavalli is a friend and so is Karl [Lagerfeld] and I’ve always liked their clothes. And I love Stella McCartney and Alice Temperley, who’s a friend too.
Grazia: What’s Karl Lagerfeld like?
Mischa Barton: He’s nice and not as scary as he thinks everyone thinks he is. I haven’t met Choupette. I think my three dogs want interviews now.
Acting from the age of eight British-born Mischa Barton moved to America and made her international breakthrough in the television series The O.C. She has since starred in a wide variety of movies including Notting Hill, St. Trinian’s and Homecoming.
In my teens I felt like one of The Beatles.
I was sixteen when I joined the cast of The O.C. and it was a huge global hit in more than fifty countries. Wherever I went in the world I’d be recognised. In 2003 it was like the first wave of what we know as modern celebrity culture. In my mid-teens I had to learn to surf that unbelievably huge wave. It was like being caught up in a kind of crazed hysteria. Celebrities were considered fair game and everything was blown completely out of proportion.
Source: Mail Online
Britweek in Los Angeles begins with a launch party on April 23rd and continues until May 5th. www.britweek.org
A Resurrection is now playing in select theaters.
Are you spending a lot of time in Los Angeles these days?
I still split my time between London and L.A. mostly—and New York obviously since I grew up there. I’ve been shuttling back and forth between London and L.A. for the past few years.
A Resurrection is reminiscent of ‘90s slasher movies even though it has a paranormal angle to it. Are you a big fan of the horror genre?
I’ve done a few horror films now. Some of them are more slasher than others, I’d say. Homecoming was one and I guess A Resurrection also has that quality. The other ones have been more tongue-in-cheek where they make fun of the genre. They’re all kind of different, but A Resurrection was definitely the one that prompted me to go back and watch the classics. I never really liked the horror genre before. I checked out stuff like the original Amityville Horror and Rosemary’s Baby. I was 23 when we shot this movie, which was two or three years ago… I’m losing track of time in L.A. It was a couple years ago. [Laughs] I can’t even remember. They wanted to go for a more classic feel with this one and it wasn’t meant to be a modern-day slasher film, which appealed to me. I became really deeply invested in the genre and I think I understand it a lot better now. Having said that, I don’t know if I’ll be doing a lot of horror moving on because I’ve had my share at this point. But I enjoy making them. It’s a great genre.
What scares you in real life? Do you have fears that are pretty pedestrian like the fear of heights? Are you maybe superstitious?
I believe in ghosts. I definitely believe in the paranormal. Every now and then, I’ll get worked up if I’m left alone in the dark. It’s like when you’re in a creepy place and there are weird vibes around you. That seems pretty common.
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It’s been a weird few months with the amount of movies Mischa is attached to, and then not attached to, and then attached to again. The latest title is a UK production on a movie called “Kickback” that was due to begin shooting in April, but the production date just shifted to July/August. The cast list is a little confusing as the promotional banner for the movie lists Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert Carlyle and Gerard Depardieu among others, while the written cast list on the website has an entirely different set of actors. It’s possible the above names were simply offered the project and are not confirmed, whereas, Mischa’s name is listed both on the promotional banner and on the written cast list which implies that more solid negotiations occurred. Since the start date recently shifted by a few months, that could also alter Mischa’s availability, so again, take everything with a grain of salt…
Here is the synopsis:
Inspired by true events. Some aspects have been fictionalised for dramatic purposes.
Anna is a reporter investigating the atrocities and injustices of War, She is an independent woman who does her job with determination and commitment. She lived each day as if there were not enough minutes in the day for what she needed to do in her life. A woman who has lived, but now unsure for how much longer.
Working in both camps she uncovers underhand deals and various plots of espionage and counterespionage. Her enemies think they are using her until she becomes a threat for both sides and somebody has her assassinated.
A Moscow detective, Ivanov, risks his life more than once, to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death. As Ivanov retraces Anna’s steps, from Moscow, London to Bogota and Qatar, he learns about her kind, loving nature yet determination to reveal the truth about the war in her articles and yet she had secrets of her own. The trail leads him into a dangerous web of conspiracy and espionage involving: chemical warfare, an overdue library book, a secret affair, an undetectable gun, a missing daughter, co-ordinated terrorists attacks and the assassination of the President.
And you can visit the website for more details.
In Mischa Barton’s new film, the girl who was once killed off the hit teen soap The OC in a tragic car accident is now the one trying to solve the murder of a high schooler who was killed by — you guessed it — a car accident. A Resurrection stars Barton as a high-school guidance counselor who is forced to deal with a bullying situation that quickly turns into a murder investigation when a student is run-over by a car allegedly driven by a group of mean cool kids. Eli, the victim’s brother (J. Michael Trautmann), takes his dying brother’s body to a witch, who implants a spirit in the body. According to the witch, six days after being buried, the boy will rise from the grave, and only after killing six people will the spirit leave the body. Conveniently, when Eli is bullied exactly six days after his brother’s burial, he manages for six people to be cornered at the school when the vengeful spirit of his brother comes knocking.
We caught up with Barton to discuss the film, including working with the late Michael Clark Duncan, who plays the school’s principal. Watch an exclusive video clip of the two of them together.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What drew you to this project?
MISCHA BARTON: [A Resurrection] was the beginning of my love of scary things. I liked the cast, I liked the vibe, and looking at it now, because it was actually [filmed] two and a half years ago, it has a bit less of a retro vibe than we thought but it still has something kind of classic horror scary about it.
Do you have a favorite horror film?
It’s a very specific genre. My favorites were always the classics like Rosemary’s Baby, the original Amityville Horror and stuff like that, so when we got around to doing this, what mattered to me really was just that we all got along and were agreeing on the kind of stuff that we wanted to do. And we did. We all were involved in it. It’s always better if you have a happy family.
You’ve worked on quite a few horror projects recently. Are you going to continue in that direction?
I’m not going to be doing any more genre horror stuff for the time. For me, what I enjoy about it is that you get to make fun of it and you have a good time. You’re doing these things, you all get to joke around and see if it’s going to be scary at the end of the day. That’s sort of the way it works. It takes hours to film some of these sequences, so it’s having fun with it.
What’s the most difficult thing about filming a horror movie?
Ramping up the energy and the things that aren’t there. It’s physically very draining always. I did another one with a French director years ago and I remember I was stuck in a pit, covered in dirt and chained to a wall. My hands were tied, and I left that set cut up and bruised and exhausted. You have to enjoy it and laugh at it and take it for what it is. It’s worse when there’s CGI because you don’t know what they’re going to do. With this, we went for a very classic feel, and I think it worked in a weird way.
There’s a lot of buzz around this being Michael Clarke Duncan’s final film.
He was such a lovely guy; he was a lovely lovely man. I really loved worked with him. He was such a gentle guy and such a sweet guy. Every time he was on set, we had good laughs and good vibes. It’s tragic. He was just such a nice guy. Nobody could say anything negative about Michael. We were so lucky to have him.
Would you ever return to TV?
I don’t ever say never anymore. After The OC and after The Beautiful Life, I felt the need to say No for a second and just do film. But if the right role comes along now in television, absolutely. It’s not where I started. I started in theater and in film so I went back to the roots. And there’s a good chance I’ll be doing some off Broadway this year in New York. I don’t really limit myself.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
It seems like its been a lifetime since Mischa was on an entertainment show in the US promoting a movie, but here we finally are. Mischa appeared on Access Hollywood to promote the limited release opening of A Resurrection this Friday. Mischa also mentions that she might be doing an Off-Broadway play in New York and that she’ll be filming a movie in Alaska late-Summer. Check out the video below. She looks beautiful!