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.”