Troubled actress Mischa Barton, who is best known as one of the stars of the 2000s TV series "The O.C.," is attempting a comeback through a slew of independent movies. In what appears to be part of a publicity campaign to rehabilitate her image, Barton did a confessional interview in a People magazine cover story in the issue that goes on sale on Oct. 18, 2013. People magazine released excerpts from the interview on its website on Oct. 16, 2013.
People recounts Barton's troubles: "In 2007, she was arrested for DUI. Then in 2009, shortly after her parents attempted an intervention, she blacked out under the influence of a sedative and landed in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center psychiatric ward under an involuntary 5150 hold after she threatened to kill herself."
Barton told People in her first public comments about being institutionalized: "It was a full-on breakdown. I was under enormous pressure ... It was terrifying.“Straight out of ‘Girl, Interrupted.’ Story of my life.”
Barton played troubled rich girl Marissa Cooper on "The O.C." a prime-rime drama series that was on the air from 2003 to 2007. Barton left the show in 2006. Barton also starred the short-lived 2009 TV series "The Beautiful Life." Earlier in her career, Barton appeared in several movies and TV shows, including a small but memorable role as the ghost of a murdered girl in 1999's "The Sixth Sense."
Since "The O.C." was cancelled, Barton has starred in mostly low-budget independent films. Her most recently completed films are "Mining for Ruby," "Gutsy Frog," "L.A. Slasher," "Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain," "A Resurrection" and “I Will Follow You Into the Dark."
She has also gone into the fashion business by opening a London boutique and launching her own line of cosmetics.
Barton has also gotten a lot of publicity for her love life. Her ex-boyfriends include oil heir Brandon Davis, musician Cisco Adler and musician Taylor Locke from the band Rooney, which made a guest appearance on "The O.C." in 2004.