Mischa Barton Reveals Alternate Destiny for The O.C.’s Marissa Cooper

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Mischa Bartonis coming full circle. 

With an upcoming spot on MTV’s The Hills: New Beginnings, the O.C. alum will return to TV on the reboot of a actuality franchise her well-known character helped encourage. 

“To start with, there was an expectation of me to nonetheless stay being Marissa Cooper on this ‘Laguna Seashore’ California world, however it’s not possible on the finish of the day,” she instructed The New York Instances of the Hills sequel. “You’ll see me.”

And whereas actuality TV is a notable shift for the longtime actress, the 33-year-old star instructed the newspaper she hoped to “situate myself in a distinct a part of my profession, make a brand new pal group and transfer out of the stale typecasting I had gotten myself into” with the brand new gig. 

She has since made pals along with her co-stars, notably Audrina Patridge. “Audrina I’ve turn out to be actually shut with, and we hang around as pals,” she instructed the Instances, noting Heidi Montag is “actually chill.”

“I feel what’s actually fascinating is the individuals I used to be most afraid of going into this turned out to be the simplest individuals to cope with, so I discovered that to be actually humorous, and it is an apparent life lesson,” Barton mentioned. 

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Whereas this new venture is underway, the actress acknowledged, “Folks appear to have all the time related me with one factor, and I assumed it will be an excellent alternative for them to get to see the actual me.”

That one factor, in fact, is The O.C., Fox’s hit teen drama sequence on which Barton starred as Cooper for 3 of its 4 seasons from 2003 to 2006. As followers can nicely recall, the character died on the finish of the third season within the arms of Benjamin McKenzie‘s Ryan after a automotive crash. In line with her interview with the Instances, the actress made the selection to go away the present. “I simply had loads in my profession that I needed to do and attain,” she instructed the newspaper. “I felt like issues have been actually closely reliant upon me, and I used to be getting no time to do any of the opposite presents that have been on the market.”

As for the way issues might have ended for the “burnout character,” Barton mentioned she might have been despatched off into the sundown with a potential return in a later season. 

“I fought tooth and nail for that to not occur, as a result of I simply do not assume that is Marissa Cooper,” she instructed the Instances. “I simply do not assume crusing off into the sundown’s the right goodbye.”

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