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Mischa Barton Admits She Had A Breakdown, Which Makes Me Optimistic For Her Recovery

Mischa Barton attending LA premiere of I Will Follow You Into The Dark October 2013I feel like it’s been years since Mischa Barton has really been present in the world. She made it big suddenly in 2003 with The O.C. and was able to stick with that for three full seasons, and then she just sort of dropped off the map. She would crop up in our Coachella galleries every year, and one time we thought she stole a baby, but she wasn’t doing a ton of acting projects, persay. It seemed like she was mostly dedicating her time to partying, looking dazed and out of it on red carpets, and answering questions about her fluctuating weight.

Because her rise to fame and subsequent fall were both so quick, I wasn’t sure she was going to be able to make a recovery. She was already pretty far down a scary, Lindsay Lohan-esque path — she got a DUI in 2007 and then in 2009, after a failed intervention by her parents and a suicide threat, she was placed under a 5150 hold. Just like Britney Spears before her, and Amanda Bynes after her. Things weren’t looking good.

“We thought, ‘Work hard, play hard.”

But it must be a good sign that we haven’t seen her in a while, because it seems like Mischa used that time to get focused on her health. And now she’s even ready to talk about that time openly and honestly, which is probably the best sign of all.

“It was a full-on breakdown. I was under enormous pressure.”

Nothing gives me more optimism about a celebrity than when they can be honest about struggles they’ve endured. Particularly because Mischa originally blamed this episode on a ‘terrible’ wisdom tooth surgery, it’s nice to see her taking responsibility and moving forward. But it’s not all great. There are definitely still critics, particularly of Mischa’s weight as she vacillated between taking off and putting on weight while addressing her issues:

“It was always, ‘She’s too skinny, she must be sick. Then it was, ‘She’s too big.’ I was never the right weight.”

That’s definitely tough, but it sounds like it’s strengthened Mischa as a person.

“I’ve learned a lot. I’m stronger now.”

Sounds like you’re on a good track, lady. Admitting you had a problem is the first step. Someone should put that on a poster.

(Image: Ryan / WENN.com)

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  • Olivia Wilson

    Yay for her!

    • daftasanything

      Agreed. I love a good redemption.

    • daftasanything

      Agreed. I love a good redemption.

  • A

    She was not on all four seasons of the OC; her character died at the end of season three.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh thanks for pointing that out!