Mischa Barton gave up caring what people thought of her a long time ago after admitting if she knew what she does now she would have never set out for teen stardom in The O.C.
The 28-year-old issued a warning to other young Hollywood stars to keep their love lives under cover during an exclusive chat with Metro.
‘Probably not,’ the British-American star mulled on whether she’d take up the role again after her life derailed following fame in The O.C.
‘It’s something I came so close to not doing. I had a really great thing with film. People say be grateful for what you have but it certainly not the kind of thing I was expecting it to be…I’ve kind of seen it all.’
The aftermath saw her arrested for drink-driving and claims she was sectioned in 2009 following a trip to the dentist.
Asked if she cared about her reputation, Barton exclaimed: ‘Clearly not!’
‘That would really do your head in if you were thinking like that. I just like to be seen for the hard-working actress that I am and not for a bunch of extraneous press. In general people are super quick to harbour on the gossipy stuff and less on how much work goes into it.’
She admitted: ‘It’s tough. It’s really tough when you are young in this business. People blow a lot of hot air at you. That’s the main thing. Keep your head on your shoulders – even when you think your head is on your shoulders, sometimes it isn’t!’
‘It’s just one of those things when you are growing under a microscope and changing and that evolution is human. That humanity aspect means flaws – which people don’t want to see. Keep your private life private to the greatest extent that you can,’ she warned. ‘People have this insatiable appetite for it – so how far can you go with that?’
Barton told how it has been hard not to lose her cool over the jibes over her chaotic world.
‘There’s tough balance in being a nice person about it and becoming too closed off and not nice,’ she said.’
The star also insisted she had earned her stripes after spelling out the road to fame is a trudge.
‘People think they are overnight successes even when tonnes of blood, sweat and tears and years of ground work goes into it,’ she explained. ‘Which I find strange about society in general. They think it’s an instant thing where you work really hard for these things.’
Mischa Barton is the lead judge of VAPESTICK Style Icon – a nationwide campaign to find the county’s most stylish e-cig vaper launched by leading e-cigarette brand VAPESTICK®.
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