HOLLYWOOD stars Mischa Barton and Rose Byrne were among the VIPs who made a bigger splash on Melbourne Cup day than the rain.
Barton was the “headline” act among the Hollywood identities who shimmied in the Birdcage area on Tuesday, while Byrne was the biggest home-grown star on the scene.
The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills cast member Taylor Armstrong and sassy Revenge siren Ashley Madekwe also partied with local celebrities in the VIP compound at Flemington.
Barton was the first to make her mark by arriving early, catching photographers off-guard and wowing the guests in the Emirates marquee.
She took time to walk through the marquee, stopping to have chats with several Seven Network hosts, including gushing entertainment reporter James Tobin.
The star of The OC was taken with the laid-back nature of the event, which she said was in stark contrast to her visits to the races in England.
“It’s more laid back than I thought it would be and it’s easier here,” Barton told reporters.
“England is quite a big production and I really like it here … it’s nice.
“This experience has been generally pretty laid back … everyone wants to have fun and have a nice day.”
Barton was a guest of the Victoria Racing Club and its major sponsor Emirates.
Source: The Australian
Continuing her promotional duties in Australia, Mischa called into the Kyle and Jackie O radio show. Visit their website to download the podcast (dated 05.11.12). Mischa talks about The OC, dealing with fame, her childhood celebrity crushes and hints at several upcoming movie
A LUXURY weekend in the Blue Mountains has helped Mischa Barton prepare for the Melbourne Cup.
Barton, who shot to stardom as Marissa Cooper in The O.C., relaxed at the secluded conservation-based Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa after slipping into Australia over the weekend.
She spent time exploring the 4000-acre property and its views, sampling local and regional produce and indulging in a spa treatment.
“Wolgan Valley is absolutely stunning and a thoroughly relaxing experience,” Barton said.
“From the private villas to its commitment to caring for its wildlife and environment, the resort is spectacular in so many ways.
“I was especially thrilled to see so many kangaroos roaming freely on the land.”
The resort was the first carbon-neutral hotel in the world, and borders the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Barton will be a special guest of Emirates at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.Source: News.com.au
Mischa’s been all over Australian newspapers this morning ahead of her appearance at the Melbourne Cup. She appeared in several more publications but the photos were the same so I’ve just selected the three newspapers with different shots.
Mischa wears a dress by designer Toni Maticevski and a hat by renowned milliner Philip Treacy in the photos.
Mischa Barton along for the ride
STAR Mischa Barton caused a stir in the city when she met 2000 Melbourne Cup winner Brew by the Yarra.
The stunning actor, who shot to fame in the hit TV series The OC and has her own fashion label, arrived in town yesterday to attend the 152nd running of the Cup as a special guest of the VRC and Emirates.
“He was a sweet horse, really well behaved considering all the crowds,” Barton said.
Brew will join Might and Power, Doriemus, Rogan Josh, Saintly and Subzero at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade down Swanston St today.
“I’ve been to the Derby and Ascot, but I hear this (the Melbourne Cup) is even bigger,” Barton said.
She hopes to meet Prince Charles and Camilla who will also be special guests on Cup day.
Barton will wear a custom-made dress by an Australian designer and a headpiece by good friend and renowned milliner Philip Treacy for Cup Day.
Source: Herald Sun
Static Multimedia has uploaded a fairly lengthy interview with Mischa.
Reformed Hollywood wild child and fashionsita Mischa Barton on growing up, stripping off and learning to deal with the paparazzi.
Visit their website for the full article.
Additionally, a small article appeared in the Belfast Telegraph last week.
Mischa Barton felt ‘attacked’ by paps
Mischa Barton claims the paparazzi “attack your psyche”.
“When you are under watch 24 hours a day, you can’t live a normal life. That’s life in Hollywood. The paparazzi are always there. Always. They attack your psyche. No one gets out of that safely. It was an escape,” she told German newspaper Bild.”I wish had been prepared better for the fame. But I don’t regret anything! That’s pointless. Even if it was sometimes harder that I would ever wish on another person. But without my experiences I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”
The actress would think hard about pursuing her chosen career if she had her time again. She wants other young people to understand movie making isn’t as glamorous as they might think.
“Being famous is complicated. I don’t understand why so many teenager dream of this life. They don’t know what to expect. You give up your life for a little bit of fame,” she said.Source: Belfast Telegraph
Both articles could have done with some editing as there are seemingly obvious errors with certain portions of the text. Oh well.
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.
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The following is an article from the Mayo Advertiser by Kernan Andrews.
While she is best known as a television and film actress, particularly for her role in the iconic noughties’ TV series The OC, Mischa Barton finds the most challenging and rewarding parts to play are in the theatre.
Mischa Barton will be in Castlebar next week where she will star in Solar Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias which will take to the stage in the Royal Theatre. In many ways, this production, which has been running since September, is a return to her roots, as her career began in theatre, off-Broadway, in the mid-1990s.
With Steel Magnolias about to begin its Mayo run, how did Mischa become involved in the production? “It was a bit last minute really,” Mischa tells me during our Monday afternoon conversation, “but the fact Ben Barnes was directing it swayed me as he is a great director, and the cast is terrific.”
While Mischa is the most high profile cast member, her co-stars will be familiar faces from TV – Anne Charleston (Ouiser Boudreaux in the play) was Madge in Neighbours and more recently Lily Butterfield in Emmerdale; Barbara Brennan, (M’Lynn) has appeared in The Tudors and Veronica Guerin; and Gillian Hanna whose credits include Casualty, Drop The Dead Donkey, Poirot, Brookside, and Mr Nice.
“It was luck that everybody happened to be available as after this we’re all working on other things,” says Mischa, “and we might not get another chance to do this.”
Working with an all-female cast, Mischa admits, is an unusual situation to find herself in. “There are usually some men there to break it up,” she says. “Ben I think was terrified directing an all-female cast. I would have thought they would have had a woman direct it. So it was very brave of him as it’s a lot for a man to take on.”
The following is an article from the Belfast Telegraph by Maureen Coleman.
Hollywood star Mischa Barton talks about her Ulster heritage, why she loves the stage and how she’s never been happier.
Mischa Barton is one difficult lady to pin down. Hollywood’s golden girl, who arrived in Dublin for her Irish stage debut several weeks ago, has managed to give me the slip since then. First she was in rehearsals for her role of Shelby Eatenton in Robert Harling’s bitter-sweet play Steel Magnolias, then came almost two weeks of shows at the Gaiety Theatre.
Just as I’ve given up on the elusive star of The Sixth Sense and The OC, she calls me up, late one evening. She’s just arrived in Cork, where the play is running until tonight, and is exhausted, hungry but eager to chat. The fact that her mother Nuala hails from Northern Ireland has contributed to her agreeing to this interview. It also helped that the last time Mischa was here, the Belfast Telegraph splashed her across the front page, when she rocked up at the premiere of Closing The Ring, dressed head to toe in Northern Irish fashion.
“You’ve interviewed me before, right?” she asks me immediately. I tell her I have, back in 2007. She was in Belfast to promote Richard Attenborough’s wartime romance, Closing The Ring, in which she co-starred alongside legendary actress Shirley MacLaine.
“And I was on the front page of the Belfast Telegraph too,” she laughs. “My family would have been so proud of that.”
Hollywood starlet Mischa Barton speaks of strong women and Irish roots ahead of Millennium Forum performance
HOLLYWOOD starlet Mischa Barton will be in town next week when she stars in a production of Steel Magnolias at the Millennium Forum.
The star of Hollywood blockbuster The Sixth Sense and US show The OC, Michsa will be joined by actress Anne Charleston – who played Madge Bishop in the Austraiian soap Neighbours for decades – in the hit play when it tours Ireland.
Directed by Ben Barnes, Steel Magnolias tells the heart-warming story we came to love on film. An enduring tale of love, loss and friendship, we follow the lives of six Southern women who come together in Truvy’s exclusive Beauty Parlour. Packed with 1980s nostalgia and memorable one-liners, Steel Magnolias is the funniest play ever to make you cry.
Ahead of her appearance Mischa, whose grandfather was a professor at Queens University in Belfast, told Newswire she could not wait to see the sights of the northwest and looking up any Derry connections she might have.
How are you finding stage acting as opposed to screen? Which do you prefer?
Theatre is a refreshing change. It is a great muscle to exercise that keeps you feeling sharp and alive.
Stage work can be gruelling, how do you cope with the stresses. How do you relax?
I go to the gym – a lot! I read – I’m currently reading The Dubliners by James Joyce and I just finished Inzanesville by Jo Anne Beard. Music – people don’t know it but I play three instruments.
What drew you to the character of Shelby in Steel Magnolias? Are you anything like her?
She is one of my favourite female leads of all time. She makes you laugh, she makes you cry and she genuinely likes pink. Need I say more?! She has a beautiful heart though and having been sick her whole life has a genuine understanding of how lucky she is and just wants to help and care for other people. I’m a sensitive person, so I can relate to that.
Do you believe women can be as delicate as flowers and as tough as steel?
Of course I do! And it’s true, isn’t it?
Your Mum was Irish, do you feel at home here?
Home for me is London and LA but I certainly feel at home here
And your Grandfather taught in Queens University, have you spent any time in the north of Ireland?
Not since I arrived to do Steel Magnolias – we have been so busy with rehearsals and getting into production. I’m really looking forward to visiting the North.
Have you been to Derry before? Any family connections here?
No, not that I’m aware of – but this is Ireland, so you never know!
You looking forward to seeing the sights around Derry and Donegal? Where will you go?
I’m not sure yet, it depends on how busy I am with the show, but the Donegal beaches are beautiful.
Steel Magnolias runs at the Millennium Forum from Monday 1 October to Wednesday 3 October. For further information and ticket booking please click onto….
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.