WHATEVER happened to Mischa Barton? If you can recall, Hollywood’s golden girl was persecuted by the tabloid press for having — shock horror — cellulite a few years ago, and then we didn’t hear hilt nor hair of her again.
Until now. Barton is in Dublin until September 22, where she is playing the role of Shelby Eatenton in Robert Harling’s heartwarming play, Steel Magnolias at the Gaiety Theatre.
Set in Truvy’s hair and beauty salon in the small town of Chinquapin, Louisiana, it follows the friendship of six local women of varying ages through life’s peaks and troughs. It is a meditation on sisterhood and motherhood. It is laugh-out-loud funny and lump-in-your-throat sad.
Most will know the play from its 1989 cinematic retelling. Julia Roberts played Shelby, while a powerhouse of female talent including the sensational Shirley Maclaine, Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Daryl Hannah starred alongside her.
The title beautifully describes the complexities of women; how they can be as delicate as flowers yet iron strong.
Those who come to see the theatrical version will know the play as a film, rather than the other way around. Expectations will be high, and I don’t think it will disappoint.
Barton sparkles from the moment she steps on stage. We first meet her character on the day of her wedding, and we learn that she is unquestionably kind and relentlessly upbeat — even in the face of illness.
It is so easy to dislike saccharine sweet characters for their lack of edge, but Barton’s Shelby is instantly magnetic.
Another well-known face is Anne Charleston, better known as Madge in Neighbours. She plays the curmudgeonly Ouiser (Maclaine’s role in the film), and she takes to the task with aplomb.
Karen Ardiff (Truvy), Barbara Brennan (M’Lynn), Gillian Hanna (Miss Clairee) and Natalie Radmall-Quirke (Annelle) are equally captivating. Some of the Louisiana drawls occasionally slip when they drag their vowels all the way to Mississippi, but for the most part they give accomplished performances, never missing their beats.
For all the big hair, bright outfits and constant gossip, one forgets how difficult it is to produce an ensemble piece with just one set (the beauty salon). This cast make it look easy.
INTERVIEW: Hollywood star Mischa Barton and Anne Charleston, Madge from ‘Neighbours’, talk to BERNICE HARRISON about starring in a new Irish production of ‘Steel Magnolias’
I’M SO RECOGNISABLE,” says Mischa Barton in a straightforward, this-is-how-it-is, way and she’s right, she is. For four years she starred in The OC, the US-made nougties mega hit TV series that became a global teen phenomenon. There’s also something instantly familiar about people who have appeared in long-running TV series, even if you can’t recall ever seeing a single episode. It’s all the extra stuff – the interviews, the photo-shoots, the product endorsements and the paparazzi shots – the everywhereness of celebrity culture.
The OC ended in 2007 and she’s worked steadily in film since and although she hasn’t done any work that matches that early mega success, Barton has maintained a high profile. Not that the elderly men playing bowls on Tuesday evening in Leinster Cricket Grounds in Rathmines seem bothered and there’s no paparazzi lurking in the bushes waiting to snap the 26-year-old as we sit in the evening sunshine outside their clubhouse. The bowls club is where director Ben Barnes is rehearsing a new Irish production of Steel Magnolias. Mischa Barton is the star, and – the producers, Solar Theatre, hope – the big name that’ll draw the crowds when the production opens in Dublin in September and then tours around the country.
“It’s nice to have a break from it [the paparazzi]. It’s largely the reason to do a play here. There’s less of the fuss and ridiculousness here.” She’s been a regular visitor to Ireland since she was a small child – her mother, Nuala Quinn from Roscommon, brought the family home to the farm on summer holidays and she recently took a road trip around Kerry and Cork. Tuesday was the second day of what will be a three-week rehearsal period and she’s very much in work mode: black skinny jeans, oversized black combat jacket, battered looking pumps, make-up free, tousled hair – the only concession to fashion is her eye-catching gold trimmed black handbag. It’s from her own range, for sale in the Mischa Barton Boutique, the London shop she opened two weeks ago to stock her bags and her new clothing and cosmetic range.
Read the full article: Irish Times
Melbourne Cup organisers have lured their first celebrity to the November racing extravaganza, with Mischa Barton set to attend the Dublin-themed Emirates Marquee.
Barton is currently combining highly successful careers in both fashion and entertainment. Next month, she returns to the stage in an Irish production of Steel Magnolias with Australian actress Anne Charleston.
Born to an Irish mother and with a grandfather who was Gaelic language professor at the University of Belfast, organisers hope Ms Barton will be a glamorous addition to the exclusive Irish-themed Emirates Marquee on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.
It has been inspired by the famous landmarks of Ireland’s capital and Trinity College. Ms Barton will then join the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) chairman Michael Burn to watch the race in the Chairman’s Suite.
“I am so looking forward to being a guest of Emirates and the Victoria Racing Club at the Emirates Melbourne Cup,” said Ms Barton.
“I am excited to visit Flemington racecourse and witness what I understand is an extraordinary fashion spectacle.
“Being of Irish descent, I’m sure I will feel right at home in the Emirates Marquee and I can’t wait to be involved in this world-famous event.”
Mr Burn said the VRC was looking forward to welcoming the international beauty to Flemington for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day. “Ms Barton’s presence emphasises the international appeal of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“We have no doubt her time at Flemington will be one that she fondly remembers,” he said.
Boutros Boutros, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communication, Emirates Airline, said: “We are delighted to host Mischa Barton on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, as we celebrate Dublin, which earlier this year joined Emirates’ ever expanding global network.”
Joining Barton on her trip to Australia will be her boyfriend, London-based actor Sebastian Knapp. The pair will reportedly spend time at Emirates luxurious Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, located in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Mischa Barton feels “lucky” not to have been on the “receiving end” of Karl Lagerfeld’s taunts.
The iconic designer caused a stir earlier this year when he branded British singer Adele “a little too fat” and said that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton “should only show her back.”
Mischa is glad she gets on well with the controversial clothes creator.
“Look, Karl’s always been amazing to me and my career. I have nothing negative to say about him. I think he said once I was the ‘face of a generation’ or something ridiculous,” she told the British edition of OK! magazine. “I’ve flown all around the world to go to different Chanel events.
“But this is not great. You wouldn’t want that said about you, but I’ve been lucky not to be on the receiving end!”
Mischa is full of praise for Prince William’s wife Catherine. The actress – who recently unveiled her own clothing boutique in London – admires the British royal’s chic sense of style.
“I think she’s perfect. I like her style. She always looks put together, cute and pretty. I definitely wouldn’t change her,” she said.
“I think she’s a much more positive role model than most we see in ads and magazines. During the Olympics it’s given people so many more positive role models and she’s been one of the existing ones we look up to who’s positive and healthy and cool.”
Source: Belfast Telegraph
Lifetime Movie Network has moved the premiere of CYPBERSTALKER, starring Mischa Barton, to September 14h at 8p/ET 9p/PT due to the network’s broadcast of “Stand Up to Cancer” on September 7th.
Cyberstalker stars Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”) as Aiden Ashley, a young woman whose world is torn apart after an online stalker locates her address, follows her and murders both her parents. Thirteen years later, living and working under a new identity, Aiden’s stalker is able to locate her once again by means of the most sophisticated computer technology and vows to stop anyone who gets in his way.
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If you’re lucky enough to live in Canada, the movie is already screening on The Movie Network (next airdate is August 29) under its original title Offline.
How did you come to appear in Noel Gallagher’s new music video?
He thought I’d be a good British representative. I’ve always loved Noel, so I said yes. Oasis played a crucial part in my formative years; it was true love.
Are you more into your dogs or men at the moment?
I’m never not into my dogs, but I’ve got a boyfriend [actor Sebastian Knapp] and he’s all right, too, so I’m sharing the love.
Do you ever borrow his clothes?
Yes. Sometimes I’ve been unlucky enough to have a boyfriend who is as skinny as me. Having a boyfriend who can fit into my skinny jeans is quite disturbing.
You chose to open your boutique in Spitalfields. Are you East over West?
I don’t really associate myself with one or the other. I don’t do the whole neighbourhood snobbery thing.
What will you be wearing this autumn?
I’ve got a few military coats and some Edwardian jackets and I usually buy a proper winter jacket from Alice Temperley or Matthew Williamson.
What’s your most British trait?
My sense of humour. It’s the biggest difference between Brits and Americans. My love of English food runs pretty deep, too. I get upset if my house in LA isn’t stocked up with English home comforts.
What do you miss about LA?
Vegan chocolate pudding from Whole Foods; you can’t get it here.
James Middleton came to your opening, are you friends?
No, but he showed up and brought customised cupcakes. He is definitely a gentleman.
The Mischa Barton boutique is now open at 53 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields Market, E1 (mischasplace.com)
Source: Evening Standard
PHOENIX caught up with Mischa Barton to discuss her new life as a fashion designer and becoming a retail entrepreneur.
After nine successful seasons curating her own bag range, Mischa Barton has now launched her own clothing and cosmetics line revealed in her debut London store. With the doors wide open during the maiden voyage of the Spitalfield’s boutique a crowd were beginning to gather in excitement of the presence of Mischa and the possibility of grabbing a picture with her.
The collection reminiscent of 60’s King’s Road, London boutique designs, the British born actress is putting a twist on the style she claims her mother influenced her with from an early age. Joined by her Pomeranian dog Ziggy, Mischa also exhibited her new collection with prices ranging from £25 to £250. The price tags are not as high as one may think as Mischa wanted the collection to be accessible for all her fans, however that touch of exclusivity only a boutique can offer is still available.
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Mischa Barton Boutique, 53 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields Market, London, E1
Source: PHOENIX Magazine UK
I’m a little late posting these pictures due to the amount of photos that were being delivered this time, but here they are finally. And doesn’t Mischa look absolutely stunning!
First up, photos of Mischa at the press launch of Mischa Barton Boutique in Spitalfields.
Next, a photocall of Mischa from the same press launch as above.
Third, and a little later in the day, photos of Mischa at the launch party of Mischa Barton Boutique in Spitalfields. These photos feature a bunch of familiar faces including Mischa’s mum Nuala, sister Zoe, family pets Ziggy & Mycroft (who almost steal the show), and some famous faces including James Middleton.
Finally, I’ve also added some shots of the store itself from the day before opening.
Don’t forget that the store is now open for business and if you’re able to, head on over to Spitalfields from 1pm – 4pm this Saturday (August 11th) where you’ll be able to meet Mischa and receive 10% off your purchase. Click here for more details or visit the Mischa Barton Boutique Facebook.