If Mischa Barton could go back to the beginning of The OC and re-live it all again she wouldn’t, she says.
It was staple TV viewing for those of us in school or sixth form during its tenure as one of the most popular teen dramas in the mid-Noughties. And it catapulted Barton to a household name.
However, playing well-to-do protagonist Marissa Cooper wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, Barton has said.
She told Metro that she almost didn’t accept the role after having some success with the movie industry, suggesting that a glittering Hollywood career was disrupted by her time on the Fox series.
“It’s something I came so close to not doing. I had a really great thing with film.
26 Netflix shows you need to watch
26 Netflix shows you need to watch
1/6 Breaking Bad / Talking Bad
If 37 of your friends haven't convinced you to watch this masterpiece by now, I'm not going to be able to. If not the best TV series of all time then certainly the most entertaining, Breaking Bad tells the story of a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who throws his hand in and decides to cook crystal meth instead. If you're a devout fan and missing the series, its sister discussion show Talking Bad is also on Netflix and may be worth checking out, if just to reminisce on the weekly theorising that gripped us.
2/6 Orange is the New Black
Taylor Schilling plays a middle class woman who is forced to trade her comfortable New York apartment and Mad Men boxsets for a tough, tyrannically-run women's prison, but it’s the supporting cast you'll stick around for. As well as being very funny, OITNB packs an emotional punch as you learn how the rest of the Litchfield inmates came to be incarcerated, challenging your preconceptions of them. Season 1 is up now, and season 2 is right around the corner (arrives 6 June).
3/6 Trailer Park Boys
A seven season micro-budget mockumentary might sound like hard work, but actually you'll find yourself chomping your way through this hidden gem in no time. It centres on the recidivists and down and outs of a Canadian trailer park, whose daily struggles include scraping enough money together to buy smokes, repelling cats who piss on their weed plants and trying not to pass out drunk in the street. You'll instantly feel bonded to protagonists Julian and Ricky, while their neighbour Bubbles is comedy gold. Each episode is only 20 minutes, get binging.
4/6 Louie (US only)
Start by watching Louis C.K's stand-up Live at the Beacon Theater (also on Netflix) then plough on into this series. It sees the comedian play a semi-autobiographical version of himself gigging, raising his two kids and trying to cope with the world of dating far later in life than he expected to. It doesn't pack a high laughs-per-minute ratio, but that's not really what he's going for in this series. It's more Woody Allen territory really (indeed he went on to star in Blue Jasmine last year), and has a surprising emotional depth. Season 2 is shaky, but worth sticking through for season 3 which is brilliant and incredibly thoughtful.
5/6 House of Cards
For too long US political dramas were all flags slowly unfurling in the wind to bugle calls and overblown final-hour speeches, but this Netflix original takes a much dimmer view of Washington. Kevin Spacey plays conniving congressman Frank Underwood, who will walk over anyone's dead body (maybe literally?) to get into power. Season 2 is even better than the first and watching it is like sitting down to eat a 16oz steak, so dense is the political plotting.
6/6 Arrested Development
Living in a pre-fab show house with his shallow, avaricious family, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) is surrounded by fakery. When patriarch George goes to prison Michael must take charge of the family business, which turns out to be something of a poisoned chalice. Very funny and very innovative, though the latest season, a half-Netflix original, may be too meta and ambitious for its own good.
“People say be grateful for what you have but it [was] certainly not the kind of thing I was expecting it to be… I’ve kind of seen it all.”
Prior to The OC, she had parts in 1999 classics Notting Hill and Sixth Sense.
When asked if she would take up the role of Marissa again, she said: “Probably not.”
Barton, 28, ran into some turbulent times after her three-series stint on The OC.
“It’s tough. It’s really tough when you are young in this business. People blow a lot of hot air at you,” she explained.
“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.”
She then warns young, ambitious thespians: “Keep your private life private to the greatest extent that you can. People have this insatiable appetite for it – so how far can you go with that?”Reuse content