Bloody Disgusting caught up with Mischa to chat about her upcoming romantic horror I Will Follow You Into the Dark. Personally, this is my most anticipated Mischa feature. Check out the trailer if you’ve not seen it. Or even if you have seen it. There probably should be a spoiler alert associated with the text since it seems to give away a few details that aren’t prevalent in the trailer.
Mark Edwin Robinson’s I Will Follow You Into the Dark (the film’s sales agent, Epic Pictures, is selling it internationally as Into the Dark) is set to come out later this year. The film stars Mischa Barton (“The OC”, The Sixth Sense) as the troubled Sophia Monet. I recently caught up with Barton at her home to discuss the film, her character and some of the more intense moments to shoot on set.
In the film, “A young woman (Mischa Barton) who is severely depressed after the deaths of both her parents retreats within herself, only to be drawn out of her depression by an unexpected romance with a man named Adam (Ryan Eggold). After Adam mysteriously disappears into the depths of a haunted apartment building, she vows to pursue him, even if it means crossing into the world of the supernatural.” Leah Pipes and Ryan Eggold also star.
The movie deals with a lot of grief and loss. What was it like charting your character’s arc through that?
For me, Sophia is one of these people who is making huge revelations about her life quite quickly and is kind of confused about everything. This whole rejecting God thing is a huge deal for her. A lot of people go through life not questioning things and, when they do, it’s a massive overhaul. That’s where her grief comes from. The crux of the story for me was the love story between her and Ryan [Eggold, who plays Adam in the film]. In order for her to go to the depths of what she goes to, the most important thing is that this love was real and palpable and that the audience wouldn’t question it. And then the other side of it was, “would it be scary enough for me?”
Now that I’ve seen it, the film has turned out more ethereal than I expected. Which I like as well. It is more of an Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind life after death kind of curious side of things as opposed to a straight horror. I think Ryan thought it would err more on the side of just being scary, but it’s not. It’s more about life and love and what’s worth it and what your beliefs are.
As far as her grief, I play grief well. I’ve always played these quite complicated, layered, dark, depressed characters. Sophia isn’t someone with a huge backbone when it comes to things. I mean she is, but she isn’t. She’s strong enough to know what she wants but she’s so uncertain about so many things in her life, but what she’s sure about is Adam.
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.
If you’re in the LA area, make sure to grab onto the opportunity of being amongst the first in the world to see Mischa’s romantic thriller I Will Follow You Into the Dark at the ArcLight Cinemas this Saturday night, October 20th at 7pm. Tickets are available for purchase at the ArcLight website.
Facebook: I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Just a quick post to mention that there is now under 24 hours left to enter the I Will Follow You Into the Dark giveaway where you can win a ticket for you and a guest to the world premiere screening during the Hollywood Film Festival. Thanks to those of you who have already entered, I’ll be in contact with the winner shortly after the giveaway ends.
If you’re not entering, it would still be great if you would ‘like’ the I Will Follow You Into the Dark Facebook page just as a way of supporting the movie.
Want to be amongst the first in the world to see Mischa’s new romantic thriller I Will Follow You Into the Dark?
Mischa-B.com is giving away a ticket for you and a guest to attend the world premiere screening of the movie at the Arclight Cinemas Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles on Saturday October 20th, 2012 as part of the Hollywood Film Festival. You’ll also be invited to the private after party (for those of you over 21).
A big thank you goes to writer/director Mark Edwin Robinson for allowing us to run this giveaway for Mischa fans.
How do I get the tickets?
If you also ‘share’ the I Will Follow You Into the Dark page on your Facebook wall, this will count as two entries.
The deadline for entries is October 15th, 2012.
About the movie.
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Sophia is lost and apathetic after the death of her parents until she is awakened by an unexpected romance with Adam. After Adam mysteriously disappears into the depths of a dilapidated high-rise, she vows to pursue him, even if it means walking over the threshold into the realm of death.
Director: Mark Edwin Robinson
Producers: David C. Robinson, Mark Holder, Christine Holder, Danny Roth
Writer: Mark Edwin Robinson
Cast: Mischa Barton, Ryan Eggold, Leah Pipes
Anything else I need to know?
This giveaway is only for the tickets to the event and does not include anything else. It will be your responsibility to arrive and depart the screening in Los Angeles at the appropriate times. This means that residents of Los Angeles should probably be the only people entering – unless you happen to be visiting Hollywood on October 20th, 2012.
Please note that Mischa-B.com’s role in this giveaway is simply to put the winner in contact with the ticket holder. We cannot guarantee any portion of this giveaway.
For more information on the Hollywood Film Festival, visit their website.
What if I want to get my own tickets?
A select number of tickets will be made available for sale to the general public from October 10th, 2012 on the Arclight Cinemas website. As mentioned, the screening of this movie will be part of the Hollywood Film Festival.
Here is the updated sales poster for Mischa’s upcoming film Into the Dark aka I Will Follow You Into the Dark.
I’m kinda disappointed they are going with “Into the Dark” as the title on these sales posters. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” is a lot less generic sounding and is also a Death Cab for Cutie song title which is a little connection to The O.C.
Poster via Epic Pictures Group.
Epic Pictures have uploaded a trailer of Mischa’s upcoming supernatural thriller Into the Dark AKA I Will Follow You Into the Dark. The film also stars Ryan Eggold and Leah Pipes. As we know, this movie just finished filming a few weeks ago so it’s a huge surprise that a trailer is already up and running. Check it out below!
Who would you follow into the dark?
A young woman (Mischa Barton) who is severely depressed after the deaths of both her parents retreats within herself, only to be drawn out of her depression by an unexpected romance with a man named Adam (Ryan Eggold). After Adam mysteriously disappears into the depths of a haunted apartment building, she vows to pursue him, even if it means crossing into the world of the supernatural.
Mark Edwin Robinson
Mischa Barton, Ryan Eggold
Supernatural Thriller, Thriller
This looks really cool, reminds me a little of a recent-ish movie called Insidious (starring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) which I thought was a really effective thriller/horror.
It looks like 2012 could be the year of Mischa Barton’s comeback, and I’ll be the first to say, “Finally!” Ever since I watched Fox’s The O.C., I’ve envied Barton’s ability to wear cute, casual looks without treading into adolescent territory. “When I was younger, I tended to dress much more sophisticated than the average teen since I was fortunate enough to have some of the world’s top designers willing to dress me,” said Barton.“I’ve become a bit more playful in my style as I’ve matured.”
The British-born actress has flown under the radar for the past few years, but little did we know that Barton has been expanding on her eponymous handbag line that she launched last fall. “Accessorizing has always been my favorite means of sprucing up an ensemble, which is one of the reasons I’ve launched my own handbag line,” said Barton. “It’ll culminate in my own boutique in London this spring that also includes clothes and make-up”
Barton is also wrapping up two new films, “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” and “Apartment 1303 3D”, so she admits she hasn’t had time to plan for her 26th birthday this Tuesday. “I haven’t put much thought into how I’ll celebrate, but I imagine it will be with a close-knit party of family and friends. Each year, people approach me with fantastic getaways or Vegas experiences, which can surely be fun,” said Barton. “But for me, it’s more about who I’m celebrating with rather than how or where, so I tend to prefer a low-key dinner at a favorite restaurant.”
While Barton celebrates her birthday, we asked her to share her thoughts on a few outfits from the past nine years. Check out her commentary in the captions, and tell us, which look is your favorite?
Also, make sure to visit the Stylelist page to view the photo gallery of some of Mischa’s looks which also features brief commentary from Mischa herself.