Style icon Mischa Barton might be known for seamlessly shifting from retro-cool street style and red carpet elegance, but regardless of where she’s headed, Mischa tells PEOPLE.com, “Accessorizing is oddly my favorite part of dressing up.” It comes as no surprise then that the actress has been having fun developing her headband collection with designer Stacey Lapidus. Mischa says that she found inspiration for the hair accessories, which range from $50 to $200, in her jet set lifestyle. “I’ve been working in the likes of India, Milan, Paris, London, Montreal, L.A, and NYC,” she explains. “My style has been somewhat boho chic, which I think is a result of having traveled so extensively throughout the course of the past year.” And she’s about to get even busier! In addition to her headband line and a collection of handbags, Barton is waiting to hear whether her pilot for the CW, A Beautiful Life, will get picked up for a series this fall. “It was a blast to film and though I’ve only seen bits and pieces [of it], I’m proud of the show and hopeful that I’ll get to shoot some more,” she says. “Since I have an obvious passion for fashion, it was also incredible for me to be offered a role that’s immersed in the industry.” Check out Mischa’s collection, available now at staceylapidus.com. – Lisa Ingrassia
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Mischa Barton loves ‘dark’ men.
The former ‘O.C.’ actress – who recently split from Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard – is attracted to intense, brooding types even though they make her feel depressed and claustrophobic. She said: ‘I have always been in very heavy, long-term serious relationships… three in a row. I tend to be attracted to slightly dark men, meaning they have huge lows, which I can too. This is not conducive to being happy and carefree.
‘I have therefore set my mind to dating if I feel like it, but not getting into anything serious. It’s difficult to find the happy medium. I am dating in a general sense… nothing exclusive. I am enjoying myself.’ When it comes to choosing potential lovers, the 23-year-old beauty prides brains over bulging muscles. She added to Britain’s Hello! magazine: ‘I love men to be super-intelligent rather than Greek gods. I love hanging out with the boys, so even after a relationship has ended I like to stay friends.’
Mischa also spoke about her tumultuous past, including her 2007 conviction for driving under the influence and without a valid licence. She said: ‘I have no privacy and therefore I have grown up in the public arena. Not an excuse, just a fact. ‘I should have known better than to drink-drive and I am just very happy nothing worse happened. I have learnt a huge lesson and am now also more wary of my friends and their influence over me. ‘I should never have got in that car, and for that I admit my guilt. Sometimes you need a big shock to shake you up.’
A couple of weeks ago we reported on a new film that Mischa Barton’s set to star in titled “The Science of Cool”. In the film, two teenagers, the biggest science geeks in school, come upon a formula which can transform nerds into studs.
The writer of the film, Eric Goren, dropped us a line offering to answer any questions we may have considering the project.
According to Goren, Barton is playing “one of the female leads, Jane, who is a girl who is teased and picked on for being “too plain”, Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights) who will playing the role of the nerdy Neil Tobbler, who is the leading male character who “by accident” discovers a formula in science class which transforms geeks into studs.”
The scribe also says Masiela Luscha (”The George Lopez Show”), Kiely Williams (”The Cheetah Girls”), and Jessie Cave (”Harry Potter” series), among others, are also in talks.
”We are also in talks with a number of very popular actors and actresses from TV shows such as Gossip Girl and 90210, and many A list actors from the big screen that everyone in the world will recognize. Tamara Tunie, our director, will be possibly acting in The Science of Cool too.”
Eric Goren and Patricia Goren penned this project and Carlucci Weyant and Eric Goren from Double Helix Entertainment producing the picture. A Summer ’09 startdate is planned.
It’s that time of year again! Cast your vote in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World List. Mischa has been part of the list each year since 2005, so let’s see how high up we can get her on the list this year.
Sara Paxton, Ben Hollingsworth, Ashley Madekwe and Nico Tortorella have landed lead roles in the CW drama pilot “Beautiful Life.”
“Beautiful Life,” from CBS Par, revolves around a group of models living together in a co-ed residence in New York.
Hollingsworth, repped by WMA and Magnolia, will play a wholesome model who bonds with a sweet Midwestern girl (Paxton) making a splash as New York’s freshest face.
Also playing models are Madekwe and Tortorella, repped by CESD and Kritzer Levine Wilkins.
Supermodel Elle Macpherson is returning to acting with a recurring role on CW’s drama pilot “Beautiful Life.”
The CBS Par-produced project revolves around a group of models living together in a co-ed residence in New York.
Macpherson will play Claudia, the owner of Focus Models, the top modeling agency in New York. She is an ’80s supermodel who is still in great shape and runs her business with the efficiency and toughness of a dictator.
Like her character, Macpherson was an ’80s supermodel. In fact, together with Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Paulina Porizkova and Cindy Crawford, she became part of the first generation of supermodels.
In the 1990s, she segued into acting. But after appearing in a string of movies, including “The Edge,” “If Lucy Fell” and “Batman & Robin” and recurring on NBC’s “Friends” in the late 1990s, Macpherson left Hollywood to focus on her business empire, whose portfolio of products includes workout videos, calendars, lingerie and beauty products.
Now Macpherson, repped by Fortitude, is making her acting comeback with “Beautiful Life.”
In the pilot, she joins Mischa Barton, Ben Hollingsworth, Sara Paxton, Ashley Madekwe and Nico Tortorella.
So Mischa Barton may not be mixing it up with Ashlee Simpson-Wentz on The CW’s “Melrose Place” this pilot season, but her new project will boast a co-star with a musical background.
The network confirms that “High School Musical”‘s Corbin Bleu (Chad Danforth) has been cast in Ashton Kutcher‘s “A Beautiful Life” as a male model with a Lenny Kravitz-type vibe. Bleu is not signed on as a series regular, but will definitely appear in the pilot.
Other names attached include Sara Paxton (“Summerland”), Benjamin Hollingsworth (“The Cutting Edge 3”), Ashley Madekwe (“Secret Diary of a Call Girl”) and Nico Tortorella.
So, Corbin Bleu. Smart move on The CW’s part, no? How many of you “HSM” fans are into this news? Make you a little more interested in the show?
The latest rumor Mischa Barton would like to debunk is she’s not appearing on the Melrose Place remake. Instead, the former O.C. star will make her return to the small screen with a role on another CW show, A Beautiful Life, produced by Ashton Kutcher.
“Ashton developed it about his life growing up as a model from Iowa, so it’s about the whole fashion world that he was in, and obviously I have a lot of friends in the fashion world, so I’m used to being around a lot of people in that,” Barton tells PEOPLE on Thursday night at a GQ magazine-hosted party to celebrate new men’s fragrance Burberry the Beat.
And Barton, who recently attended the fashion shows in Paris, promises to put the catty in catwalker. “[I play] a bitchy model-type character, like it’s a totally different character for me,” says Barton, who starts shooting as Sonia, a successful model who keeps the competition at bay but also advises the younger ones, at the end of the month.
Aside from modeling experience, the former face of Dooney & Burke has something else in common with Kutcher – a desire to reach out to fans directly. While Kutcher favors Twitter, Barton has recently taken to her own blog to “clear up all the misconceptions.”
Like what? “Like right now I’m supposedly too skinny. I just had to release a comment about how I’m eating enough and I’m healthy,” says Barton, who nibbled on a sweet onion tart with mushroom and a burger during the event. “I’m more concerned for young girls these days … and I think it’s important that you say I’m comfortable and I’m fine and you should to be too because it’s, like, silly … You’re always too skinny or too fat or too something.”
Other things she wants to clear up: “Like places I go, what kind of people I hang out with, what I’m like, if I’m a party girl, if I have issues … my real fans might go there and check out the music I like, the books I read, stuff like that.” Adds Barton, who also just broke the news of her breakup on her official Web site, “It’s just the best way for me to clarify things and show people who I really am.”
“The O.C.” alumna Mischa Barton has been tapped to star in CW’s drama pilot “A Beautiful Life.”
The project, from CBS Par, revolves around a group of models living together in a co-ed residence in New York.
Barton will play Sonja, a supermodel and veteran of the high-fashion circuit who is struggling to keep on top and is in danger of slipping.
Barton can bring personal experience to the role as she has modeled for such companies as Calvin Klein, bebe stores, Aeropostale, Monsoon Accessorize, Dooney & Bourke and JC (Jeans and Clothes).
Barton was originally up for another CW drama pilot, “Melrose Place,” but that casting didn’t materialize.
Best known for her role as Marissa Cooper on “The O.C.,” Barton is repped by Paradigm.
BTW guys, this is The Hollywood Reporter breaking the news so its not some tabloid publication. Looks like we might be seeing Mischa on our screens very soon! We just have to hope that the show gets picked up by The CW.