Aussie soap Neighbours has paid a subtle tribute to show star Mischa Barton’s former days on hit show, The OC.
The 37-year-old actress, who recently embarked on a ten-week stint on the popular Amazon soap as the enigmatic Reece Sinclair, found a subtle nod to her past on Ramsay Street during last week's episode. In the noughties, she portrayed Marissa Cooper in the beloved teen drama, which first graced UK screens two decades ago.
Mischa Barton isn't the sole Neighbours star with ties to The OC. Alan Dale, who played Paul Robinson's (Stefan Dennis) father Jim during the initial eight years of the iconic soap, also had a pivotal role in the TV drama. It seems the rebooted soap on Amazon Prime couldn't resist giving a nod to this connection, with Reece Sinclair gazing at a photograph of Jim positioned on Paul's desk.
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It comes weeks after Mischa Barton opened up about the struggles she faces stemming from her early fame on The OC. Her three-year stint as the affluent and glamorous teenager Marissa, starting in 2003, catapulted her to stardom, earning her the title of the “It Girl” of that year by Entertainment Weekly.
However, the relentless media attention she endured during that time led to her suffering from lasting post-traumatic stress disorder. Originally hailing from Hammersmith in London, Mischa now splits her time between Los Angeles and New York.
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In a recent interview with The Times, she shared her thoughts, stating, "You can go to therapy every day for the rest of your life, but there's just a certain amount of trauma from all that I went through, particularly in my early twenties, that just doesn't go away overnight." She left The OC in 2006 amid reports of bullying and exhaustion brought on by grueling 18-hour filming days for each episode.
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Speaking in a new interview with The Times, the star said: “You can go to therapy every day for the rest of your life, but there's just a certain amount of trauma from all that I went through, particularly in my early twenties, that just doesn't go away overnight.” She left the show in 2006 amid claims of bullying and exhaustion from 18-hour filming days for each episode.
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