Mischa Barton remembers being a “weird sex symbol” at age 13

The opening up about her fiery OC exit was just the beginning. Now Mischa Barton shares every final uncomfortable truth about growing up a child star in the ’90s and early’ 00s.

In a personal essay for Harper’s Bazaar UK, the 35-year-old actress revealed that the past year of quarantine “brought a new perspective on life and made me reflect on the trauma I was so afraid to speak about for many” . Years. “

Above all, the fact that even as a young actress she felt sexualized. “The truth is that sexuality has always been a part of my career,” wrote Barton. “Don’t get me wrong, I loved being an actress and my job on stage. I felt very grown up, proud of my job and really committed to it, but I was just a kid.”

The London-born, New York-raised actress made her acting debut at the age of 9 in a 1995 episode of All My Children. Her film debut, Lawn Dogs, a fantasy drama dealing with the subject of child abuse, was released just two years later.

Barton wrote in her essay that “while the crew went out of their way to make sure I wasn’t facing the realities of what it all meant, when I pushed for the film, it became clear that the content was very mature . “

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