Mischa Barton Wishes She'd Never Been On 'The OC'! Well, We Still Think It's Great

By Emma Spedding - 10 December 2014

Deputy Digital Editor

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Marissa Cooper and Ryan Atwood on The OC

Mischa Barton will always be The OC's Marissa Cooper to us - the tall, pretty, designer-wearing rich girl with a history of stashing vodka in her clutch bag, shoplifting nail polishes and trying to rescue brooding Atwood boys. Surely it's the ultimate teen role - after all you'd get to throw furniture in the pool and wear custom Chanel. But in an interview with Metro Mischa has revealed that she sometimes wishes she wasn't ever on the teen drama.

When asked if she would take up the part of Mischa again she said: ‘Probably not. It’s something I came so close to not doing. I had a really great thing with film. People say be grateful for what you have but it certainly not the kind of thing I was expecting it to be…I’ve kind of seen it all.’

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Many other OC-ers have revealed that it wasn't such a happy set. Cam Gigandet who played Volchok said: "Actually Ben McKenzie was kind of mean to me. I hadn't done anything at that point and he was a little bit of an ass." He added: "It was only the third or fourth season. Those kids were f---ing miserable. They were just—they would not remember their lines on purpose. They were young." Oh dear.

Meanwhile, Tate Donovan (aka Jimmy Cooper) told Vulture: "By the time I started to direct, the kids on the show had developed a really bad attitude. They just didn’t want to be doing the show anymore. It was pretty tough; they were very tough to work with. The adults were all fantastic, total pros ... But you know how it is with young actors -- and I know because I was one of them once. When you achieve a certain amount of success, you want to be doing something else. I mean, one of them turned to me and said, 'This show is ruining my film career,' and he had never done a film before. You just can’t help but sort of think that your life and your career are going to go straight up, up, up. So they were very difficult."

Mischa may never want to return to a McMansion, but our lives wouldn't be the same without Seth, Summer, Ryan and Marissa (and Sandy, obvs). So in homeage, here's why we'll forever ♥ The OC...

For what Seth Cohen did to our iPods

For giving us one of the greatest lines in TV history

And the love story of our generation: Marissa x Ryan 4Eva

For making us think we could live on nothing but bagels

And telling us it's ok to be an adult who can't use an oven

Bikram? Whatever. We want to do Yogalates


One word: Chrismukkah

Marissa Cooper for always making us feel better about our own day

Before the Carrie Mathison crying face we had the Marissa Cooper crying face

Then there was the bangin' fashion

TBH we still want Marissa's Chanel prom dress

Who could forget the constant stream of Julie Cooper-isms

They had Paris Hilton. Taking a selfie. On a flip phone.

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