English-American film, television and stage actress Mischa Barton was born January 24, 1986 in London, but moved to New York while she was five years old. By the time she was nine, she had signed with Ford Models and was playing lead roles in New York Theatre. She graduated from the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan in 2004, and has also attended classes at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2006.
Mischa Barton began acting when she was eight, when she obtained a role in the off-Broadway production Slavs! The Tony Kushner-penned play allowed her to gain the experience she needed, and she later landed roles in other projects. She was seen as the lead character in James Lapine’s Twelve Dreams, which premiered at the Lincoln Center. Barton’s breakthrough in film came when she was cast on Lawn Dogs, which earned rave reviews, as well as international awards. Her first television appearance was in 1996, when she landed a short-term role on the soap opera All My Children. She was also seen in a modern remake of Bonnie and Clyde, and was a guest star on the series Once and Again.
In August 2003, Mischa Barton rose to fame when the FOX series, The O.C. premiered. She was cast in the role of Marissa Cooper, earning her a huge teenage following. She left the show in May 2006, during the series’ third season finale. She later became a guest host in the British comedy/variety show, The Friday Night Project. Some of her other film credits include roles in The Sixth Sense, Notting Hill, St. Trinians and in a nude scene in The Closing Ring. In 2008, she signed on to play roles in the international film produced by the Russian band t.A.T.u, titled You and I.
Barton also got a part in Assassination of a High School President, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and co-stars Bruce Willis. In 2009, she was cast as Sonja Stone, a model who is desperately trying to regain her spot at the top of the fashion world, in The CW's new drama The Beautiful Life.
Mischa has 2 sisters; Hanniah & Zoe
Her favorite foods are sushi & chocolate
Her mom is Irish and her dad is British
The film Pups was released only two days before the tragic killing spree at Columbine High School, and failed to earn much in the way of distribution
Mischa has had two movies premiere the Sundance Film Festival (Julie Johnson and Lost and Delirious), which is a huge honor
Her sister, Hania, appeared along with her in the film Paranoid
She was named It Girl according to Entertainment Weekly's It List 2003 for top Creative People in Entertainment
The name Mischa is Russian/Polish for Michael and is genrally used as a boys name, but her parents liked the name
Mischa is in her senior year of high school in a Manhattan school which she attends when she is in New York. She has a tutor when she is in LA on set
Mischa was number 15 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties 2004
Mischa has been ranked as number 6 of Maxim Magazine's 100 Sexiest Women
Mischa was one of People's Most Beautiful People in 2004
She was also listed as one of Teen People's Hottest 25 Under 25 in 2004 along with Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson
Decameron: Angels & Virgins (2006) .... Pampinea
The OH in Ohio (2005) .... Kristen Seip
Octane (2003).... Natasha 'Nat' Wilson
The O.C. (2003).... Marissa Cooper
A Ring of Endless Light (2002).... Vicky
Once and Again (2001-2002).... Katie Singer
Tart (2001).... Grace Bailey
Julie Johnson (2001).... Lisa Johnson
Lost and Delirious (2001).... Mary 'Mouse' Bradford
Frankie & Hazel (2000).... Frankie
Skipped Parts (2000).... Maurey Pierce
Paranoid (2000).... Theresa
The Sixth Sense (1999).... Kyra Collins
Notting Hill (1999).... American Starlet
Pups (1999).... Rocky
Lawn Dogs (1997).... Devon Stockard
New York Crossing (1996).... Drummond
Kablam (1996).... Bettyann Bongo
Polio Water (1995).... Diane
All My Children (1994).... Lilly Benton Montgomery #1 / Corvina Lang
"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."
"I don't know Russell Crowe, he just doesn't do anything for me. People say he's good looking but I don't see it." Marissa to Ryan on The O.C.
"I don't take myself too seriously on the set. I try to show that I have a spark."
"I've had fellow actors tell me... You have to throw more tantrums!"