Two new videos taken of Mischa Barton at a Harrods store opening in London on June 27th — just weeks before her very public meltdown that led authorities to place her under an involuntary psychiatric hold — show the troubled actress looking very different from her waif-like appearance when she starred on Fox’s The OC just a few years ago.
Barton — wearing very heavy eye shadow — appeared somewhat bloated and at times fidgety while being interviewed by two fashion reporters at the event.
In one interview, Barton appears somewhat incoherent, stammering to answer questions with a husky, scratchy, garbled voice. When the interviewer asked her about her shoes, the glassy-eyed actress looks down without an answer.
When a second reporter asked Barton to describe her new show for the CW network called The Beautiful Life, the actress described it as “Sex and The City meets Entourage – about fashion.”
The show was scheduled to begin production in New York Wednesday, July 22, but the show’s producers have pushed back the start date by a week, claiming the show’s sets are not fully built.
Barton — who started acting young ( she appeared as a ghost in the movie The Sixth Sense when she was just 12 years old ) — was also asked about her childhood. Barton responded: “I think I’m really lucky. I mean, I definitely grew up fast.. I wouldn’t have it any other way… I’m probably regressing now.”
Barton has a history that indicates some substance abuse, having a drunk driving arrest and rehab stint under her belt in the past two years.