The O.C. Cast: Then & NowSee how Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson and more have changed since their days in Newport Beach

  • MISCHA BARTON photo | Mischa Barton

Credit: FOX; JB Lacroix/WireImage

Updated: Wednesday Oct 16, 2013 | 02:50 PM EDT By: Alison Schwartz


Then: The girl next door wore Chanel on The O.C., where Barton played SoCal sweetheart-meets-damsel in distress Marissa Cooper until her character's tragic death in season 3.
Now: When It girl Barton left The O.C., her career took a backseat to her partying ways, leading to a 2007 DUI arrest and a 2009 suicide threat. "It was a full-on breakdown," she tells this week's PEOPLE. Today, she's staying positive and focusing on her upcoming roles in the supernatural thriller I Will Follow You Into the Dark and TV pilot Gutsy Frog.

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters