Mischa Barton Opens Up about Her Breakdown, Recovery and Comeback

October 16, 2013

Mischa Barton speaks out for the first time about her struggles with drugs, body image and the breakdown. She reveals, in her own words what happened to her, as the world witnessed her downward spiral which lead to psychiatric hospitalization. She shares this and more in a People magazine cover story.

The 27-year-old London-born actress — who got her initial start in theater in New York City — suddenly skyrocketed to fame in 2003 when she was just 16 years old, portraying Marissa Cooper in the internationally popular teenage drama series on Fox, “The O.C.” She got the usual accolades that attractive young up-and-coming actresses receive including the “one to watch” kind of magazine coverage, the solid placing on the usual lists; People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” people and so on.

Looking back, Mischa Barton has much to say about what she now is calling a “full-on breakdown” as she speaks out in the aptly titled “My Hollywood nightmare” cover story.

What began as the heights of fame for which she was not, as a teenager, prepared for led — as we have sadly witnessed so many times before — to the partying which led to substance abuse, which led to a 2007 DUI arrest. ‘Work hard, play hard,’” she calls those days in the People magazine interview.

From there, as fodder now for tabloids Mischa Barton wound up in the psychiatric ward of L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center having been put under an involuntary 5150 hold which it was believed that she was suicidal.

She addressed that episode, saying, “I was never suicidal. I was just overworked and depressed. But one slip of the tongue in a heightened moment and you find yourself in that situation.”

She did not go into detail of how she recovered but People magazine notes that she attempted to become more “healthy” and that as she pursued such efforts she found herself — as is so often the case, sadly — bullied over her weight. She said, “It was always, ‘She’s too skinny, she must be sick.’…”Then it was, ‘She’s too big.’ I was never the right weight.”

Mischa Barton has since returned to her native London. Summing up, she tells the publication, “I’ve learned a lot..I’m stronger now.”

Her most recent movie is “I Will Follow You Into The Dark.” She lives with much less fanfare, until, ironically, a cover story article about the previous fanfare that became a “nightmare.” The story has generated a buzz as such a comeback often will.

Pictures: PR Photos

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