Rachel Bilson Responds To Mischa Barton’s ‘O.C.’ Bullying Claims: ‘Wait, What?’

Mischa Barton raised eyebrows of the non-Peter Gallagher selection final month in an interview with E! Information about her less-than-stellar expertise behind the scenes of the enduring teen cleaning soap “The O.C.”

The actor partly attributed her abrupt exit from the collection (relive your center college heartbreak right here, in the event you dare) to co-star Rachel Bilson being upgraded to a collection common “final minute” after the primary season, which she stated resulted in “night out all people’s pay.”

Barton additionally claimed to be the goal of “bullying” from males on set, which left her “probably not feeling protected by my forged and crew” ― a few of whom she alleged had been “very imply” throughout her time on the present. 

However Bilson remembers issues a bit otherwise, sharing her aspect of the story on her new podcast “Welcome To The O.C., Bitches!” with co-star Melinda Clarke, who famously performed Barton’s character’s mom on the collection. 

“You understand, Melinda and I had been speaking instantly after [the interview] got here out,” Bilson stated. “And we had been identical to, ‘Wait, what?’” 



Rachel Bilson and Mischa Barton throughout The 57th Annual Emmy Awards.

Bilson took explicit concern with Barton’s “fully false” framing of how she was added to the forged.

“That’s misinformation,” she stated. “The place are we going with this and what’s she attempting to say? Which, I’d really like to speak to her and discover out what her expertise was from her perspective as a result of I noticed issues somewhat otherwise.”

Clarke, who additionally began the collection as a recurring participant, went on to make clear that “We had been initially imagined to be collection regulars through the pilot, they usually try this as a result of they see a future for these characters. However then the powers that be stated, ‘No, you’re going to have to attend, you’re going to be visitor stars for the primary 11 episodes,’ and on the again 9 [episodes] we turned collection regulars.”

As for Barton’s bullying claims, each of her former co-stars say they’re at the hours of darkness. 

“I imply, I’m undoubtedly fairly confused by most of it,” Bilson stated. “I don’t know who she’s referring to as a result of I didn’t personally witness any of that.” 

“I didn’t both,” Clarke added. “However, we are able to solely think about that it was fairly, like I stated, overwhelming, and simply the right way to navigate these waters at that age.”

Regardless of the decades-old drama, there doesn’t appear to be a lot dangerous blood between the forged members, with Clarke noting simply how a lot stress Barton was underneath on the time. 

“Somebody who’s 16, 17, 18 — that quantity of hours of labor [and] stress at such a younger age — at finest, you’re exhausted, and at worst, it’s overwhelming and chaotic, so it type of breaks my coronary heart somewhat to know,” she stated.

“We knew there was a whole lot of stress, but when it was actually that dangerous of an expertise, that’s not proper for any younger particular person. However a few of the feedback had been very perplexing to me, so I don’t know what the reality is about that.”

Bilson prolonged an olive department Barton’s manner by inviting her on the podcast “so we may hear her total perspective and what she is saying she skilled.”

Watch the interview under.  

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