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Mischa Barton: Hate to Say We Told You So

by Shayna Makaron July 21, 2009 5:21 pm

So it turns out that waifish physique and penchant for black eyeliner may have been more than just fashion statements. Yes, it's true -- Mischa Barton has finally gone off the deep end. And I say finally because, really, didn't we all see this one coming? Her performances as the tortured Marissa Cooper on The O.C. were often just a little too good. At some point, acting totally screwed up probably just came too naturally. Who knows, maybe some lazy production assistant forgot to switch those painkillers with Smarties or that vodka with water all those times? I'm not pointing any fingers, but hey, you never know.

Just to prove to you that she might have had an early start, here are a couple clips from two of Mischa's -- I mean Marissa's -- most convincing meltdowns of season one.

After learning of her parent's divorce and Luke's infidelity, Marissa takes a sizable portion of painkillers and washes it down with a shot of Tijuana's finest tequila, resulting in this display of strung-out sloppiness:

At the Chrismukkah party, Marissa smuggles a flask-sized bottle in her purse and makes herself a nice cocktail that looks about one part Coke, four parts vodka. When she returns from her personal bartending escapade in the bathroom, Ryan confronts her for being a big weirdo, and she gets all pissy and destructive. Check it out:

Do you agree that Mischa was doomed from the start, or is it just a silly little coincidence? Got any other favorite Marissa meltdown moments that get you all nostalgic? Hash it out in the comments!

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