"I've had fellow actors tell me, `You have to throw more tantrums!'" Mischa Barton
British actress Mischa Barton received wide recognition for portraying girl-next-door Marissa Cooper on Fox's hit teen drama The O.C. (2003-present). Winning her first notable big screen role as a rich 10-year-old girl in the film Lawn Dogs (1997), Barton later landed roles in such box office hits as Notting Hill (1999) and The Sixth Sense (1999). She will also appear in the upcoming films The OH in Ohio and The Decameron.
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Mischa Barton, spokeswoman for Neutrogena products, was named "It Girl 2003" on Entertainment Weekly's "It List" for top Creative People in Entertainment. On a more personal front, the 5' 7 inches tall young actress has been romantically linked to actor Brandon Davis (MTV's Undressed, grandson of billionaire Marvin Davis) since April 2004. Recently rumors spread that the couple has split up because Barton thought that Brandon actually did not have his own money. A source mentioned, "They broke up after things began winding down and they started reevaluating their relationship. But it was Mischa who broke it off, for a few reasons. Brandon doesn't have any real money of his own; it's all his family's. She wasn't happy that Brandon didn't have any of his own money, and that he'd have to go to his mother Nancy all the time for money. She thought it was ridiculous that a man would have to go to his mom each month for money."
Childhood and Family:
"I love to draw people's faces. I do that all the time." Mischa Barton In London, England, Mischa Anne Barton was born on January 24, 1986, to a businessman father and a mother named Nuala. The middle child of the family, she has two sisters, Hania Barton (actress; born on February 18, 1988) and Zoe Barton (older, a barrister in London).
When Mischa was four, her father took a job on Wall Street and uprooted the family to New York. It was there that Mischa began working as a child model with the Ford Modeling agency and joined summer camp acting classes.
Half English, half Irish Mischa studied at The Professional Children's School in Manhattan, New York, and finished her final year via a correspondence course. Reportedly a straight A student, Mischa wanted to continue her studies at the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut.
While not busy on the film set, Mischa loves to listen to her favorite artists: the Beatles, the Strokes, Modest Mouse, the Rolling Stones and Good Charlotte. She also likes to read her favorite book titled A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole and others books by her favorite authors: William Shakespeare and George Orwell, as well as watch the movies Say Anything (1989), Almost Famous (2000), The Godfather (1972) and The Graduate (1967). Mischa resides with her family and cat Angelo in Manhattan.
"I don't take myself too seriously on the set. I try to show that I have a spark." Mischa Barton
A former child model with the Ford Modeling agency, Mischa Barton began taking acting lessons when she was 8 years old. After being discovered by a talent scout, Mischa landed her foremost professional acting jobs in New York plays in 1994. She played the leading character of Vodya Domik in an off-Broadway production of Tony Kushner's Slavs! (with Marisa Tomei and Joseph Wiseman), appeared at the famed Lincoln Center in a production of James Lapine's Twelve Dreams (played Emma Hatrick, a child who predicts her own death through dreams). At the New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theatre she starred as a street urchin, opposite Dianne Wiest, in Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare and Where the Truth Lies.
In 1994, Barton stepped on to the small screen in ABC's long-lived soap All My Children, briefly played the young version of character Corvina Lang in flashback episodes and later played the regular role of Jackson Montgomery and Laurel Dillon's autistic daughter Lilly Benton Montgomery (1996). She also appeared on the wide screen by playing a parochial school girl in Polio Water (1995) and an Upper East Side schoolgirl in the rarely seen New York Crossing (1996, alongside Tina Majorino and Karen Black). Audiences could also listen to her voice in the animated series "Kablam!" (as Betty Ann Bongo, 1996-1997). Meanwhile, she also continued to model and has modeled for Calvin Klein campaigns as well as for Gitano and Vogue.
Barton received good reviews for portraying the lead role of Devon Stockard, a rich 10-year-old girl who befriends a lawn boy (played by Sam Rockwell), in John Duigan's Lawn Dogs (1997). She then became Cameron Van Hoy's girlfriend in Ash's Pups (1999). Barton closed the end of the decade with supporting roles in two blockbusters, playing the ghost of a poisoned girl in M Night Shyamalan's thriller The Sixth Sense (starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment) and as a 12-year-old actress in Roger Michell's romantic comedy Notting Hill (starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant).
More acting work arrived in the new millennium, including a role in the 2000 films Paranoid (with Jessica Alba) and the novel-based Skipped Parts (with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Drew Barrymore). During the following years, she played a shy, naive, newcomer to a fancy girls boarding school in Lea Pools' romantic dramatic film, based on the novel "The Wives Of Bath" by Susan Swan, Lost and Delirious (2001, with Jessica Pare and Piper Perabo). She also appeared in Julie Johnson (2001, opposite Lili Taylor and Courtney Love), Tart (2001, with Dominique Swain and Brad Renfro) and Octane (2003, as Madeleine Stowe's daughter who becomes a member of a cult).
On TV, she became Ingrid Uribe's best friend Frankie in the Showtime feature Frankie & Hazel (2000) and starred as 15-year-old Vicky, who befriended dolphins, in the TV movie based on the novel by Madeline L'Engle, Disney's A Ring of Endless Light (2002). She also played the reoccurring role of Katie Singer (2001-2002) on the ABC's popular series "Once and Again."
The portrayal of Benjamin McKenzie's crush, the girl next door Marissa Cooper, in the FOX hit teen show The O.C., was probably Barton's most renowned role. In the sitcom that tells about the lives of troubled teens in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California, Barton costarred with Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson and Peter Gallagher. It also handed her a Teen Choice Award for Female TV Breakout Star. As a model, Barton also appeared on such magazine covers as Lucky, Vogue (Italy), Family Life and Ladies' Home Journal, as well as was showcased in Roadshow, Maxim, Teen People, and Seventeen. Currently the spokeswoman for Neutrogena products, Barton also modeled for the new Enrique Iglesias video "Addicted."
Barton recently was spotted as a guest in the shows The View, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She will soon be seen in Billy Kent's upcoming comedy The OH in Ohio (with Parker Posey, Paul Rudd and Danny DeVito) and in David Leland's adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's novel, The Decameron (opposite Hayden Christensen).
"I do intelligent roles. I don't want to be labeled as doing silly movies. I'm more mature than kids my age because I'm constantly surrounded by adults." Mischa Barton
- Teen Choice: TV Breakout Star - Female, The O.C., 2004