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The O.C.’s Mischa Barton Admits She Still Struggles With “Trauma” From Height of Fame


Mischa Barton is getting vulnerable about the tough times in her life.

The O.C. star reflected on how she is still working through the trauma caused by rising to fame at age 17. While playing the glamorous Marissa Cooper on the Fox show, which aired from 2003-2007, she said issues started to arise in her life.

"You can go to therapy every day for the rest of your life," the Neighbours actress told The Times in an interview published Oct. 8, "but there's just a certain amount of trauma [from] all that I went through, particularly in my early 20s, that just doesn't go away overnight."

As for how Mischa handled the notoriety at such a young age?

"I don't think I was fully prepared for that level of fame," she confessed. "Because it has never been something that I have sought out. I really would much rather be


Mischa, 37, also detailed how she was treated much older than her actual age, which gives her pause to reflect upon.

"You do look back, and you were 18 dating 34-year-olds," she said. "With hindsight, you're like, 'Yeah, that was weird.'"

After being on The O.C. for six seasons, Mischa exited the show, but the paparazzi continued to follow her. She noted, "It was all very Hunger Games."



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