Mischa Barton wouldn't take 'The O.C.' role if she could do it all over

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mischa-barton-regrets-the-oc-getty.jpgMischa Barton, whose life famously derailed after she shot to stardom on FOX's drama "The O.C.," tells Metro UK that if she had it to do all over, she "probably" wouldn't take the role.

"It's something I came so close to not doing," says Barton. "I had a really great thing with film. People say be grateful for what you have, but it certainly was not the kind of thing I was expecting it to be ... I've kind of seen it all."

Barton then offers some advice to young people in show business.

"It's really tough when you are young in this business. People blow a lot of hot air at you. That's the main thing. Keep your head on your shoulders -- even when you think your head is on your shoulders, sometimes it isn't!" says Barton. "It's just one of those things when you are growing under a microscope and changing and that evolution is human. ... Keep your private life private to the greatest extent that you can."

She adds, "I just like to be seen for the hard-working actress that I am and not for a bunch of extraneous press. In general people are super quick to harbour on the gossipy stuff and less on how much work goes into it."
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