Rachel Bilson reacts to claims made about her in Mischa Barton's Interview Over leaving The O.C
Rachel Bilson and Mischa Barton appear not to be agreeing with each other about what really happened on the set of the OC. In case you missed it, in mid-May, Mischa Barton gave her reasons for leaving the show. Speaking to E! News, one of her comments included; “It’s a bit complicated. It started pretty early on because it had a lot to do with them adding Rachel [Bilson] in last minute as, after the first season, a series regular and evening out everybody’s pay—and sort of general bullying from some of the men on set that kind of felt really s–tty.” Responding directly to Mischa Barton’s comments on “Welcome to The O.C. Bitches” podcast, Rachel Bilson says; “In one of her first comments she said that I was added last minute after the first season, which is actually completely false and not what happened. So it’s starting out that way, I was like, ‘Well, that’s misinformation. Where is she going with this and what is she trying to say?’ I would actually like to talk to her and find out what her experience was from her perspective. I saw things a little differently, I guess.” Mischa also commented how she had felt unprotected, saying; “Just dealing with like the amount of invasion I was having in my personal life, I just felt very unprotected, I guess is the best way to put it.” To which Rachel commented, “I’m definitely pretty confused by most of it and I don’t know who she’s referring to,” “I didn’t personally witness any of that, so I don’t know who she’s referring to or what, because I didn’t see it myself.” Melinda who was also on the podcast echoed Rachel’s sentiments adding, “I can tell you about my experience with total honesty and transparency, I cannot speak for somebody else’s experience. We have touched on this, that someone who’s 16, 17, 18, that amount of hours of work, pressure, at such a young age, at best you’re exhausted and at worst, it’s overwhelming and chaotic.” “We knew there was a lot of pressure on her” she added. “But some of the comments were very perplexing to me, so I don’t know what the truth is about that. I do know that, yes, this was an enormous amount of pressure” before adding “that was a little perplexing.” Strange how perception is everything, sounds like a lot of issues stem from her perspective of the situation than what actually happened.