Mischa Barton is featured on the latest cover of People magazine and inside we learn the truth about what exactly happened during her breakdown. As you may recall,
Mischa rose to fame as the star of the TV show The O.C., but she grew even more famous because of her party girl lifestyle.
Of that time, she said, “We thought, ‘Work hard, play hard.'”
In 2007, she was arrested for DUI. Then in 2009, shortly after her parents attempted an intervention, she blacked out under the influence of a sedative and landed in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center psychiatric ward under an involuntary 5150 hold after she threatened to kill herself.
“It was a full-on breakdown,” she tells PEOPLE, speaking about the events in detail for the first time in this week’s cover story. “I was under enormous pressure.”
The terrifying episode forced the actress to slow down and finally focus on getting healthy. But even that led to criticism when body bullies attacked her for gaining weight. When she first shot to stardom, “It was always, ‘She’s too skinny, she must be sick,'” says Barton, now 27. “Then it was, ‘She’s too big.’ I was never the right weight.”
Now, she is back on track and focusing on more positive things. She added, “I’ve learned a lot. I’m stronger now.”
Kudos to her for finding her way back to a healthy lifestyle. We’re looking forward to seeing her in I Will Follow You Into The Dark.