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Mischa Barton in Ellery for Melbourne Cup

The actress remembers her first visit to Australia.

“I’ve been going to the races since I was a kid with my dad,” said Mischa Barton at her first Melbourne Cup at the Emirates marquee. “I had a bet on the fourth race and lost. For Melbourne Cup, I bet on Calvary Man and Galileo’s Choice. Being Irish, I’ve got to support the Irish horses.”

Designer Kym Ellery designed Barton’s outfit for the occasion, which she paired with Louis Vuitton clutch and shoes, gold Karen Walker sunglasses, Cartier jewellery and a Philip Treacy hat.

As well as Ellery, her other favourite Australian designers include Easton Pearson, Lover, Sass & Bide, Manning Cartell and Ksubi.

First coming to Australia at the age of 16 to film a movie on the Gold Coast, Barton has fond memories of her time here. “I travelled and Port Douglas and throughout Queensland and I loved it,” she says. “I would love to travel when I’m not doing press.”

She’s due to return to London shortly to finish performing in the play Steel Magnolias, before she starts shooting for three upcoming films.

Source: Vogue Australia

Hollywood splash in the Birdcage

HOLLYWOOD stars Mischa Barton and Rose Byrne were among the VIPs who made a bigger splash on Melbourne Cup day than the rain.

Barton was the “headline” act among the Hollywood identities who shimmied in the Birdcage area on Tuesday, while Byrne was the biggest home-grown star on the scene.

The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills cast member Taylor Armstrong and sassy Revenge siren Ashley Madekwe also partied with local celebrities in the VIP compound at Flemington.

Barton was the first to make her mark by arriving early, catching photographers off-guard and wowing the guests in the Emirates marquee.

She took time to walk through the marquee, stopping to have chats with several Seven Network hosts, including gushing entertainment reporter James Tobin.

The star of The OC was taken with the laid-back nature of the event, which she said was in stark contrast to her visits to the races in England.

“It’s more laid back than I thought it would be and it’s easier here,” Barton told reporters.

“England is quite a big production and I really like it here … it’s nice.

“This experience has been generally pretty laid back … everyone wants to have fun and have a nice day.”

Barton was a guest of the Victoria Racing Club and its major sponsor Emirates.

Source: The Australian

Mischa on Kyle & Jackie O

Continuing her promotional duties in Australia, Mischa called into the Kyle and Jackie O radio show. Visit their website to download the podcast (dated 05.11.12). Mischa talks about The OC, dealing with fame, her childhood celebrity crushes and hints at several upcoming movie

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Luxury Blue Mountains escape for Mischa Barton

A LUXURY weekend in the Blue Mountains has helped Mischa Barton prepare for the Melbourne Cup.

Barton, who shot to stardom as Marissa Cooper in The O.C., relaxed at the secluded conservation-based Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa after slipping into Australia over the weekend.

She spent time exploring the 4000-acre property and its views, sampling local and regional produce and indulging in a spa treatment.

“Wolgan Valley is absolutely stunning and a thoroughly relaxing experience,” Barton said.

“From the private villas to its commitment to caring for its wildlife and environment, the resort is spectacular in so many ways.

“I was especially thrilled to see so many kangaroos roaming freely on the land.”

The resort was the first carbon-neutral hotel in the world, and borders the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Barton will be a special guest of Emirates at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

Source: News.com.au

Mischa covers Aussie Newspapers

Mischa’s been all over Australian newspapers this morning ahead of her appearance at the Melbourne Cup. She appeared in several more publications but the photos were the same so I’ve just selected the three newspapers with different shots.

Mischa wears a dress by designer Toni Maticevski and a hat by renowned milliner Philip Treacy in the photos.

Herald Sun [page 3]
The Advertiser [front page]
The Daily Telegraph [front page]

Mischa Barton along for the ride

STAR Mischa Barton caused a stir in the city when she met 2000 Melbourne Cup winner Brew by the Yarra.

The stunning actor, who shot to fame in the hit TV series The OC and has her own fashion label, arrived in town yesterday to attend the 152nd running of the Cup as a special guest of the VRC and Emirates.

“He was a sweet horse, really well behaved considering all the crowds,” Barton said.

Brew will join Might and Power, Doriemus, Rogan Josh, Saintly and Subzero at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade down Swanston St today.

“I’ve been to the Derby and Ascot, but I hear this (the Melbourne Cup) is even bigger,” Barton said.

She hopes to meet Prince Charles and Camilla who will also be special guests on Cup day.

Barton will wear a custom-made dress by an Australian designer and a headpiece by good friend and renowned milliner Philip Treacy for Cup Day.

Source: Herald Sun

Static Interviews Mischa

Static Multimedia has uploaded a fairly lengthy interview with Mischa.

Reformed Hollywood wild child and fashionsita Mischa Barton on growing up, stripping off and learning to deal with the paparazzi.

Visit their website for the full article.

Additionally, a small article appeared in the Belfast Telegraph last week.

Mischa Barton felt ‘attacked’ by paps

Mischa Barton claims the paparazzi “attack your psyche”.

“When you are under watch 24 hours a day, you can’t live a normal life. That’s life in Hollywood. The paparazzi are always there. Always. They attack your psyche. No one gets out of that safely. It was an escape,” she told German newspaper Bild.”I wish had been prepared better for the fame. But I don’t regret anything! That’s pointless. Even if it was sometimes harder that I would ever wish on another person. But without my experiences I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”

The actress would think hard about pursuing her chosen career if she had her time again. She wants other young people to understand movie making isn’t as glamorous as they might think.

“Being famous is complicated. I don’t understand why so many teenager dream of this life. They don’t know what to expect. You give up your life for a little bit of fame,” she said.

Both articles could have done with some editing as there are seemingly obvious errors with certain portions of the text. Oh well.

First Review – I Will Follow You Into the Dark

With the premiere screening of I Will Follow You Into the Dark now over, check out a glowing extract of Mischa’s performance from the first review of the movie.

As Sophia, Mischa Barton is strong, confident and cynical; you gravitate towards and understand Sophia’s emotions, her hesitancy at attachment and then her fervent desire to hold on once she crosses the emotional bridge and allows herself to care, connect and love with Adam. What makes Barton’s performance such a standout, however, is that THANKFULLY, she maintains that fervor and determination once Adam disappears and they head up to the 21st floor. There is never any sign of panic. She remains confident and rational in her resolve. Barton’s performance as a strong woman in a supernatural setting ranks right up there with Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy while her emotional cadence as a woman battling her own heart and mind is exquisite.

Read the full review here.

And ‘like’ the I Will Follow You Into the Dark page on Facebook.

 

Mischa Barton – Renaissance woman

The following is an article from the Mayo Advertiser by Kernan Andrews.

While she is best known as a television and film actress, particularly for her role in the iconic noughties’ TV series The OC, Mischa Barton finds the most challenging and rewarding parts to play are in the theatre.

Mischa Barton will be in Castlebar next week where she will star in Solar Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias which will take to the stage in the Royal Theatre. In many ways, this production, which has been running since September, is a return to her roots, as her career began in theatre, off-Broadway, in the mid-1990s.

Steel Magnolias.

With Steel Magnolias about to begin its Mayo run, how did Mischa become involved in the production? “It was a bit last minute really,” Mischa tells me during our Monday afternoon conversation, “but the fact Ben Barnes was directing it swayed me as he is a great director, and the cast is terrific.”

While Mischa is the most high profile cast member, her co-stars will be familiar faces from TV – Anne Charleston (Ouiser Boudreaux in the play) was Madge in Neighbours and more recently Lily Butterfield in Emmerdale; Barbara Brennan, (M’Lynn) has appeared in The Tudors and Veronica Guerin; and Gillian Hanna whose credits include Casualty, Drop The Dead Donkey, Poirot, Brookside, and Mr Nice.

“It was luck that everybody happened to be available as after this we’re all working on other things,” says Mischa, “and we might not get another chance to do this.”

Working with an all-female cast, Mischa admits, is an unusual situation to find herself in. “There are usually some men there to break it up,” she says. “Ben I think was terrified directing an all-female cast. I would have thought they would have had a woman direct it. So it was very brave of him as it’s a lot for a man to take on.”

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