Mischa Barton says ‘bullying’ from men on the set led to her departure from ‘The O.C.’: ‘I just felt very unprotected’



Mischa Barton starred on

Mischa Barton starred on “The O.C.” from 2003 to 2006. (Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Pictures for MTV)

Fifteen years after Mischa Barton‘s character on The O.C. died in an epic automotive crash, the actress has lastly revealed why she left the present.

“It’s kind of sophisticated,” Barton informed E! in an interview revealed Tuesday. “It began fairly early on as a result of it had lots to do with them including Rachel [Bilson] in final minute as, after the primary season, a sequence common and night out everyone’s pay — and form of normal bullying from among the males on set that sort of felt actually s**tty.”

It did not assist that Barton was concurrently dealing with all the things that got here together with turning into a teen idol. Simply 17 when the present started, O.C. fame was intense for her, although she had appeared in tasks just like the Sixth Sense and Guiding Mild since she was 9. Barton, who performed the starring function of the at all times cool Marissa Cooper, and her co-stars had been in all places. (Bilson performed her finest buddy, Summer season Roberts, whereas Ben McKenzie performed dangerous boy with a coronary heart of gold Ryan Atwood and Adam Brody performed Seth Cohen.) 

“You recognize, I additionally liked the present and needed to construct up my very own partitions and methods of getting round coping with that and the celebrity that was thrust particularly at me,” Barton stated. “Simply coping with like the quantity of invasion I used to be having in my private life, I simply felt very unprotected, I suppose is one of the simplest ways to place it.

Rachel Bilson and Mischa Barton star in the third season episode of The O.C. (Photo: Greg Schwartz/©WB/Courtesy: Everett Collection)

Rachel Bilson and Mischa Barton star within the third season episode of The O.C. (Photograph: Greg Schwartz/©WB/Courtesy: Everett Assortment)

Nonetheless, the actress stayed on for 3 seasons, from 2003 to 2006, although a few of that point was tough.

“So midway via season two, I might say, once we began doubling up on episodes and taking pictures [became] a lot tougher, and once more numerous that was an excessive amount of for me,” Barton defined. “I did not know the place the character was going. I look again on it fairly fondly, however there’s stuff I believe individuals did incorrect and the best way they dealt with it. So, I simply did not really feel I may preserve going.”


Barton stated she was offered with the selection of whether or not she needed Marissa to die or be written off in a method that may permit her to return if she ever needed to. Barton opted to go together with a bang, and former followers of the present proceed to speak to her about that ending. 

Barton remembers that, as she signed off, she felt a number of completely different feelings.

“I used to be actually unhappy I used to be going as a result of that was like my household, however there had additionally been some issues that weren’t so cool and I might be mendacity to say I wasn’t a bit bit relieved that I used to be going to extricate myself from that state of affairs,” she stated. “For no matter causes, years later, sure individuals, once they see me from the present they’re so excited to see me they usually solely bear in mind the great occasions. So it’s kind of of a combined bag how all of us really feel about it. I used to be younger, however I used to be excited to attempt to get to do new stuff, too, and did not know if I may preserve dealing with the stress of that setting that I used to be put in.”

Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to Fox, the present’s community, for remark.

Bilson additionally has been reflecting on her time in the O.C. in her new podcast, Welcome to the O.C., Bitches!, which she co-hosts with one among their former co-stars, Melinda Clarke. Earlier this month, she stated on an episode of Monét X Change At the moment that she’d “love” to have Barton as a visitor. 

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