Grab your UGGs, bitches. Mischa Barton is BACK. The O.C. alum (and likely inspiration behind some of your most epic adolescent rebellions) has been cast in The Hills: New Beginnings, and you probably have some questions. Like, where even is Mischa Barton now? What has she been doing in the years since we used to get chunky blonde highlights on purpose?
MTV hasn’t really provided a reason for casting Barton, Kyle Massey, or Brandon Thomas Lee, but do they even need one? I mean, this is the network that gave us The Hills in the first place, not to mention plenty of other TV treasures that initially sounded extremely questionable. (16 and Pregnant, Jersey Shore, Jackass, the list truly goes on…)
To be fair, Barton was a vital player in the early aughts party scene, and will probably serve as an endless source of juicy entertainment.
Most recently, Barton’s been filming scenes and hanging out with her new Hills cast mates. According to an Us Weekly chat with Spencer Pratt’s sister, Stephanie, “She fits in great. She gets along with everyone.”
Don’t assume that means we’re in for a snoozefest season. Let’s catch ourselves up with the star post-Marissa Cooper, shall we? After a pretty public breakdown in 2009—before all of the buzz about The Hills reboot—the London-born-California-girl has been making headlines for…other reasons. In the past few years, she’s been:
- Involved in a lawsuit with U-Haul after crashing a rental truck into the side of a building.
- Criticized for posting a photo of herself on a yacht to discuss police brutality.
- The victim of a revenge porn scandal, where an ex-boyfriend allegedly tried to sell her sex tape for $ 500,000.
- A cast member on Dancing with the Stars, an experience she later claimed was comparable to entering The Hunger Games.
- Filling her IMDB page with various credits less noteworthy than her three-season reign as Marissa Cooper on The O.C., including an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and a lead role in the 2014 movie, Starcrossed.
It’s been a bit of a rough go for Barton, but hey, the reboot’s called New Beginnings, right? Positive vibes all around!