Mischa Barton, 33, who played resident California cool girl, Marissa Cooper, on Fox's hit drama, The OC will make her return to Orange County but as herself, not the character she's most famous for playing.
Confused as to why Barton's joining the reboot of The Hills ? Wondering what she hopes to accomplish joining the cast? Keep reading to get the answers to those questions and more.
Why is Mischa Barton on 'The Hills: New Beginnings'? -old Whitney Port, talked to hosts, Elizabeth Kott, and Stephanie Simbari, about why Barton joined here and other original cast members of The Hills such as Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Jason, Wahler, and Brody Jenner on the reboot.
"They think she is like the original Lauren [Conrad] because she was the cool girl on The OC," Port said. "She was famous around the same time [and] all of her scandals were around the same time of The Hills scandals so they [the series’ producers] think she has a relable story to tell ̵
Port did admit that's she, like fans of The Hills is a little confused by her addition to the cast.
"I don't know, I can't really explain it fully because it's a little bit confusing to me but that's what they tell me, ”she added.
What does Mischa Barton hope to get out of "The Hills: New Beginnings"?
While living in upstate New York, MTV contacted Barton about participating in The Hills: New Beginnings . She talked with them for three months, Barton customs The New York Times in a May 2019 interview.
To execs working on the show, the offer wasn't a joke. Quite the contrary, they thought Barton would make the perfect addition to the cast.
Barton “was experiencing that sort of life of Hollywood and entering that world at the same age as 'The Hills' cast and going through a lot of the same experiences,” Nina L. Diaz, president of entertainment at MTV, VH1 , CMT, and Logo customs The New York Times .
Eventually, Barton signed on for the role, moving back to California.
The Hills: New Beginnings .
"[I hoped] to situate myself in a different part of my career, make a new friend group and move out of the steel typecasting I had myself into," the actress said of joining the cast.
She added that through the reboot, people will see Barton, not the characters she plays as an actress.
"People seem to have always associated with one thing, and I thought it would be a good opportunity for them to see the real me," she told the publication.
Barton described the reboot as being very real in strong contrast to The Hills . "It's not in any way really scripted at all," she said. Watch Barton on The Hills: New Beginnings Monday nights starting June 24, 2019, on MTV at 10 p.m. EST.