Mischa Barton Says She Felt Pressure to Lose Virginity After Landing The O.C.
"The truth is that sexuality has always been a component of my career," the star said in an essay for Harper's Bazaar published on Friday. "Even from a young age, I was sexualised. My movie debut, 'Lawn Dogs,' explored themes of child molestation, and -- while the crew did everything to ensure that I wasn't exposed to the realities of what all that meant -- when I did press for the film, it became clear that it was very mature content."
Barton added that she found it difficult to process having her characters experiencing things she had yet to experience herself, such as a first kiss or first period that her second movie role in "Pups" portrayed. Making it even more confusing, the movie "blew up" in Asia, where she said she became a "strange sex symbol" at the age of 13.
By the time she landed "The O.C." Barton said she felt like a "fraud" because she was 18 and had not yet lost her virginity.
"Here, I was playing a confident character who was fast and loose and …
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