California-- Mischa Barton, teen queen and star of the hit teen drama The O.C has shocked the nation, after revealing she prostituted herself when she was 13. "My childhood was rough. My parents were always working and leaving my sisters and I in the care of various people and it was so frustrating." Barton said in a recent interview with People magazine.
"I was struggling as an actor and as a teenager at the same time. Unlike most girls my age, I wasn't just given money." She added. "No one wanted to know who i was, so one of my friends told me i could earn money from men for sex."
Barton agreed to do so and recalls her first time prostituting herself as "awkward and disgusting...I scrubbed my body all over and washed my teeth ten's of times".
After selling herself to men for almost three months, Barton's family became suspicious "She had all these new clothes and things...she tried hiding it but we all knew she had it [the new things]. We thought she was a thief...then she confessed", Hania Barton, Mischa's younger sister recalled. "I was very young at the time and didn't fully understand, but now I do. I still don't understand why she [Mischa] would resort to doing such an awful thing".
By the time Mischa was 15 her life had taken a serious turn for the worst. She has confessed to drinking, smoking and having meaningless sex.
"To me, it [prostituting] became my life. I would do it most weekends and I ended up with stacks of money. I thought i was living the high life. It wasn't until..."recalls Mischa,between tears, "..I started feeling sick.I thought the worst. I took a pregnancy test and thankfully it was negative but the thought of what could of happened was enough to make me realise how stupid I was being."
"She confessed to us [her family] but said she'd stopped and a few months later she was back to her bubbly self", Hania revealed. "She got a few adds and her life went on, then she started slipping into her old ways again. Not doing it [prostitution], but still drinking a lot," Mischa's mother added.
"..But she [Mischa] came home one day and was really excited. She told us she was going to audition for a new show called The O.C."
Well, as they say, the rest is history.
Mischa landed the roll of Marissa Cooper on The O.C., which has turned out to be a cultural phenomenon, and Mischa has turned her life around.
"I have a great job, wonderful friends and a wonderful boyfriend and I love my life!" Mischa concluded excitedly.