Mischa Barton is ready to bounce back to work after a round of controversial reports surrounding her recent stint at the Los Angeles Ceders-Sinai Medical Center --- the latest of which is that the former O.C. actress checked in for suicidal behavior.
"She tried to kill herself," an insider source told Eonline.com, claiming that the suicide attempt might be linked to higher ups at the CW looking to axe her role on the new series The Beautiful Life, where Barton is set to play a pill-popping supermodel.
Barton's rep has disproved the rumors, asserting that "the network and studio have been supportive of Mischa's casting and subsequent recovery all along."
Now that Barton is back on the set of The Beautiful Life
, her co-stars have nothing but kind words for the troubled actress.
"We had our first read-through [Wednesday] and we're all so very excited to have her back. She's such a great girl," Beautiful Life
co-star Sara Paxton said at Model Home Project's pre-launch celebration for The Power of WE at The Gates in New York on Wednesday.
Cast member Ben Hollingsworth, on the other hand, admits the cast was just as much in the dark about the reason behind Barton's hospitalization as anyone else. However, he believes that Barton's new role may help her deal with everything that's going on in her life.
"We were all worried about her. We didn't really know what was going on, but she's looking great...She's gone through it more than anyone in the cast and her character in the show is very intertwined into that lifestyle. I think she's going to be able to draw on a lot of real-life experiences that she's had to go through with paparazzi, rumors, and invasion of privacy and all that comes in the public eye," he said. The Beautiful Life
premieres September 16 on The CW.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
, NY Daily News(Image courtesy of The CW)