“Fuck, I can’t do it,” Rachel Bilson said through tears as she and Melinda Clarke caught up with Barton.
Mischa Barton returned to “The OC” on Tuesday, reuniting with her former co-stars Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke on the rewatch podcast of the couple’s show.
After much demand from listeners, Barton appeared on “Welcome to The OC, Bitches” this week to go over some of her character Marissa Cooper’s most memorable moments… including, of course, her epic death scene.
“It’s heavy. What I remember about it is the sight of playing it, not seeing it. In fact, I think I’ve only seen it once in my life,” he shared, surprising both Bilson and Clarke.
He then recalled asking for “more blood” after his character was fatally injured in a car accident.
“It was going to be on the verge of being a TV death and I wanted it to be super dramatic and as realistic as possible for The ‘he OC’, like it’s going to come out with a bang,” he continued. “I remember being under that car, on the ground and [Benjamin McKenzie’s Ryan Atwood] have pulled it out with difficulty. I feel like if you’re going to kill off a character…it had to be a stuff after everything that’s happened.”
With that, Bilson displayed footage of the moment for everyone to see together. “I don’t particularly want to, but I will,” Barton said, before the clip began rolling.
“Poor Marissa, she really goes through it,” Barton said as they watched. “I don’t remember the fire, I guess because I’m playing dead. I’m not aware of what’s going on here.”
Bilson began to break down, sobbing as Ryan pulled Marissa out of the burning car before carrying her down the street to where she would succumb to her injuries. “F—. I can’t do it! It’s so intense. It really hurts,” he exclaimed.
“I’m getting really sad too. You can’t cry, Rachel!” Mischa added, before saying that she couldn’t see McKenzie getting “excited,” declaring, “I’m done.” After she finished the clip, she told them both, “That was more intense than I thought it would be.”
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Elsewhere in the full episode, Barton explained that it was “impossible” for her to watch the show when it originally aired, blaming the packed production schedule. Looking back, she said she wishes she had, so she could have a “clearer picture” of where fans were on the show while watching it live. “It was a lot,” she added of what an eventful time in her life it was.
Before getting into more of her memorable moments, Barton also recalled the audition process, which, she said, was not “smooth sailing.” He said he was first told to come to Los Angeles to audition for a role in “Fast Lane,” and told “he’s not just interested in you for this.” Initially, she didn’t want to go, because she wanted to finish high school and celebrate her birthday in New York… but she made the trip anyway.
“That was kind of wild. It wasn’t like a quiet thing. I remember when I first sat in that office…they told me, the reason we want you for this is because you’re kind of English and a New Yorker.” said the British-American actress. “McG said, I think that’s why you’re going to work for this role, but he said, we’re going to have to accept you and fight for it. I went through several rounds in the studio. It was McG who really championed it, to the point where who got the film, shot me himself, and paid for it.”
“It really wasn’t like their first choice, in terms of those test readings,” he added.
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After reminiscing about his first scenes with McKenzie and the infamous Tijuana overdose, he opened up about his craze for flipping furniture in season 2.
“What I remember from that is that I was very frustrated with the writing of some characters and I didn’t know how to play it at the time,” she admitted. “I thought, what can we do here to make this an interesting scene instead of yelling at his mom again? That yelling is all my frustration at the time because I was taken out and I didn’t know what to do with some of the writing.” , to be honest, or the scene in general.”
“It’s hard to replay a scene when you’re just yelling in someone’s face. There’s that frustration you feel as a young person that’s hard to replicate back on camera,” he added. “That’s what I remember about throwing the furniture in the pool. I got a lot out of that scream, it was cathartic.”
He also admitted he was unaware that “Saturday Night Live” had mocked the moment he shot Ryan’s brother, Try a “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heep, said he felt his romance with Olivia Wilde’s Alex was “interrupted.” and revealed that he was told to watch scenes of Kate Hudson in “Almost Famous” over and over again to prepare for the role.
“I love you so much,” Bilson said as the episode ended. “I know we haven’t seen each other for a long time, but I always love you from afar and support you. We are so happy you came.”
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