Rachel Bilson thinks Mischa Barton sent mixed messages about her exit from The O.C – Daily Mail

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Rachel Bilson thinks Mischa Barton has sent ‘mixed messages’ about her experience working on The O.C and is hoping she’ll come on her podcast to set the record straight.

Barton, 35, spoke about her exit from the hit series in an interview with E! last month, explaining how ‘general bullying from some of the men’ along with Bilson’s ‘last minute’ addition as a series regular prompted her to quit in season three.

Now Bilson, 39, is addressing Mischa’s account, telling former castmate/podcast co-host Melinda Clarke she saw things ‘a little differently’ during the latest episode of their podcast Welcome To The O.C., B*****s.

‘I would actually like to talk to her and find out what her experience was from her perspective,’ she continued. ‘I saw things a little differently, I guess.’ 

Difference of opinions: Rachel Bilson says she remembers her experience on The O.C. a 'little differently' from castmate Mischa Barton (above together in 2005) who recently spoke about her time on the Fox hit with E!

Difference of opinions: Rachel Bilson says she remembers her experience on The O.C. a 'little differently' from castmate Mischa Barton (above together in 2005) who recently spoke about her time on the Fox hit with E!

Difference of opinions: Rachel Bilson says she remembers her experience on The O.C. a ‘little differently’ from castmate Mischa Barton (above together in 2005) who recently spoke about her time on the Fox hit with E!

Rachel and Melinda offered their takes after guest Danny Pellegrino asked if they ‘understood what [Mischa] was trying to say in terms of why she left the show.’ 

Bilson admitted her shock, saying: ‘Melinda and I were talking immediately after it came out, like, “What?”‘

Mischa told E! killing off her character Marissa Cooper during season three of the show ‘had a lot to do with them adding Rachel [Bilson] in last minute as, after the first season, a series regular and evening out everybody’s pay.’

She added that ‘sort of general bullying from some of the men on set that kind of felt really s***ty’ also factored in to the decision, saying while she remembers the show ‘pretty fondly,’ she also said ‘there’s stuff I think people did wrong’ and certain people were ‘very mean’ to the then-17-year-old actress.

But Bilson took issue with Barton’s recollection, telling Clarke certain parts of Mischa’s account was ‘completely false,’ while also making sure to say she respects her former castmate’s personal ‘experience’ and perspective.’

‘In one of her first comments she said that I was added last minute after the first season, which is actually completely false and not what happened,’ Rachel explained.

‘So it’s starting out that way, I was like, “Well, that’s misinformation. Where is she going with this and what is she trying to say?”‘

‘I would actually like to talk to her and find out what her experience was from her perspective,’ she continued. ‘I saw things a little differently, I guess.’

Difference: 'I would actually like to talk to her and find out what her experience was from her perspective,' Bilson told guest Danny Pellegrino and co-host of the Welcome To The O.C. B***** podcast she 'saw things a little differently, I guess'

Difference: 'I would actually like to talk to her and find out what her experience was from her perspective,' Bilson told guest Danny Pellegrino and co-host of the Welcome To The O.C. B***** podcast she 'saw things a little differently, I guess'

Difference: ‘I would actually like to talk to her and find out what her experience was from her perspective,’ Bilson told guest Danny Pellegrino and co-host of the Welcome To The O.C. B***** podcast she ‘saw things a little differently, I guess’

Young and famous: The O.C. aired for four seasons, launching Barton, Bilson and castmates Benjamin McKenzie (far right) and Adam Brody (center left) to stardom when its saucy take on teen life in Orange County debuted in 2003

Young and famous: The O.C. aired for four seasons, launching Barton, Bilson and castmates Benjamin McKenzie (far right) and Adam Brody (center left) to stardom when its saucy take on teen life in Orange County debuted in 2003

Young and famous: The O.C. aired for four seasons, launching Barton, Bilson and castmates Benjamin McKenzie (far right) and Adam Brody (center left) to stardom when its saucy take on teen life in Orange County debuted in 2003

Bilson also said she was ‘confused’ by Barton’s bullying accusations, telling Clarke: ”I don’t know who she’s referring to. I didn’t personally witness any of that, so I don’t know who she’s referring to or what, because I didn’t see it myself.’

Clarke, who played Mischa’s on-screen mom Julie Cooper on the show, was on the same page, saying: ‘I did not either. Like I said, everyone has their own experience and it, to me, I couldn’t wait to get to work. It was like going to musical theater camp, I just loved being there.’ 

Clarke said while she wasn’t denying the pressure the young actors were under, she still found ‘some of [Mischa’s] comments very perplexing.’ 

‘The one thing going into this podcast — and Rachel and I discussed this — I can tell you about my experience with total honestly and transparency, I cannot speak for somebody else’s experience,’ said Clarke. 

‘We have touched on this, that someone who’s 16, 17, 18, that amount of hours of work, pressure, at such a young age, at best you’re exhausted and at worst, it’s overwhelming and chaotic.’

‘It kind of breaks my heart a little to know — we knew there was a lot of pressure on her — but if it was really that bad of an experience, that’s not right for any young person,’ she continued. 

False: Bilson said that Barton's memory of her getting cast as a regular 'last minute' was not true, telling Clarke and Pellegrino 'In one of her first comments she said that I was added last minute after the first season, which is actually completely false and not what happened.' Tate Donovan, Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, Melinda Clarke, Benjamin McKenzie, Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Adam Brody, and Chris Carmack are seen from left to right above

False: Bilson said that Barton's memory of her getting cast as a regular 'last minute' was not true, telling Clarke and Pellegrino 'In one of her first comments she said that I was added last minute after the first season, which is actually completely false and not what happened.' Tate Donovan, Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, Melinda Clarke, Benjamin McKenzie, Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Adam Brody, and Chris Carmack are seen from left to right above

False: Bilson said that Barton’s memory of her getting cast as a regular ‘last minute’ was not true, telling Clarke and Pellegrino ‘In one of her first comments she said that I was added last minute after the first season, which is actually completely false and not what happened.’ Tate Donovan, Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, Melinda Clarke, Benjamin McKenzie, Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Adam Brody, and Chris Carmack are seen from left to right above

What's the deal: Bilson wondered 'So it's starting out that way, I was like, "Well, that's misinformation. Where is she going with this and what is she trying to say?"'

What's the deal: Bilson wondered 'So it's starting out that way, I was like, "Well, that's misinformation. Where is she going with this and what is she trying to say?"'

What’s the deal: Bilson wondered ‘So it’s starting out that way, I was like, “Well, that’s misinformation. Where is she going with this and what is she trying to say?”‘

‘But some of the comments were very perplexing to me, so I don’t know what the truth is about that. I do know that, yes, this was an enormous amount of pressure.’ 

Later on during the show Clarke acknowledged the ‘scrutiny’ the spotlight put on Mischa and her peers, explaining: ‘We all do know that now, in the early 2000s, the scrutiny of the young ladies going out and the Nicole Richies and the Parises and Lindsays and Mischas, there was a lot of attention and just by being out there somehow it got turned against them and we’re finding out it may have been quite a toxic environment.’

She offered Barton an invitation to appear on the podcast and tell her side of the story, saying: ‘Rachel and I both think it’s important, if she wants to come and talk to us and share her story, we would love to explore that. 

‘I think it’s something we’re all becoming aware of and it’s important for us to learn in our culture what can be very damaging to young people.’

‘Hollywood is notorious for doing 18-20 hour days and it’s not for the faint of heart,’ she went on. ‘But being that young, I do think it can be an additional stress.’

While Bilson wondered about Mischa’s ‘mixed message,’ Clarke sympathized with the pressure of fame.

Interesting: Clarke said while she wasn't denying the pressure the young actors were under, she still found 'some of [Mischa's] comments very perplexing'

Interesting: Clarke said while she wasn't denying the pressure the young actors were under, she still found 'some of [Mischa's] comments very perplexing'

Interesting: Clarke said while she wasn’t denying the pressure the young actors were under, she still found ‘some of [Mischa’s] comments very perplexing’

Public eye: Later on during the show Clarke acknowledged the 'scrutiny' the spotlight put on Mischa (above in 2008) and her peers, explaining: 'We all do know that now, in the early 2000s, the scrutiny of the young ladies going out and the Nicole Richies and the Parises and Lindsays and Mischas, there was a lot of attention and just by being out there somehow it got turned against them and we're finding out it may have been quite a toxic environment'

Public eye: Later on during the show Clarke acknowledged the 'scrutiny' the spotlight put on Mischa (above in 2008) and her peers, explaining: 'We all do know that now, in the early 2000s, the scrutiny of the young ladies going out and the Nicole Richies and the Parises and Lindsays and Mischas, there was a lot of attention and just by being out there somehow it got turned against them and we're finding out it may have been quite a toxic environment'

Public eye: Later on during the show Clarke acknowledged the ‘scrutiny’ the spotlight put on Mischa (above in 2008) and her peers, explaining: ‘We all do know that now, in the early 2000s, the scrutiny of the young ladies going out and the Nicole Richies and the Parises and Lindsays and Mischas, there was a lot of attention and just by being out there somehow it got turned against them and we’re finding out it may have been quite a toxic environment’ 

‘…When you literally, a human being, is the star of a show and you are working incredibly long hours and you’re the “It Girl” and everybody wants a piece of you and the paparazzi wants you and you have agents and managers telling you, “You’re getting offered all of these movies and because you’re on this show you can’t take these offers,” what do you do with all of that?” she wondered.

‘How do you process all of that without feeling like you don’t have freedom to do what you want and maybe this show is a grind.’

‘We can only imagine that it was pretty overwhelming and how to navigate these waters at that age,’ she went on.

Though their full conversation with Danny is set for a later episode of Welcome To The O.C., B*****s, Rachel and Melinda released this portion ‘in hopes Mischa would hear us talk about it and would be willing to come join us on the show so we could hear her entire perspective and what she is saying that she experienced.’

The O.C. aired for four seasons, launching Barton, Bilson and castmates Benjamin McKenzie and Adam Brody to stardom when its saucy take on teen life in Orange County debuted in 2003.

Following her departure from The O.C. 2006, Barton has publicly dealt with mental health struggles and substance abuse. 

She appeared on the MTC reality show The Hills: New Beginning in 2019 but opted not to return for season two.

Welcome To The O.C. B****** is available on Spotify and other podcast platforms. 

Since: Following her departure from The O.C. in 2006, Barton has publicly dealt with mental health struggles and substance abuse. She appeared on the MTC reality show The Hills: New Beginning (above) in 2019 but opted not to return for season two

Since: Following her departure from The O.C. in 2006, Barton has publicly dealt with mental health struggles and substance abuse. She appeared on the MTC reality show The Hills: New Beginning (above) in 2019 but opted not to return for season two

Since: Following her departure from The O.C. in 2006, Barton has publicly dealt with mental health struggles and substance abuse. She appeared on the MTC reality show The Hills: New Beginning (above) in 2019 but opted not to return for season two

 

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