Mischa Barton as a cast member on The Hills: New Beginnings was a random plant to begin with. She wasn’t part of the original crew, or spouse of an OG Hills cast member. And it was unclear from the start what her connection really was with the rest of the group. She had a friendship with a few of the girls but no intertwining story line. Mischa’s only noteworthy moment was confronting Perez Hilton for his body-shaming campaign against her many years before she joined this show.
So perhaps it comes as no surprise that Mischa is rumored to be replaced by Caroline D’Amore, aka DJ D’Amore. Or simply, a pizza heiress. Mischa denied any firing and threw some shade at Caroline in a spirited IG post. Now, costars Spencer Pratt and Heidi Pratt are coming to Mischa’s defense claiming that she belongs on the show.
I’m not gonna lie. I was pretty confused when I heard Mischa Barton would be on The Hills reboot. I couldn’t make the connection between Mischa and the rest of the cast when I first heard about it and made no sense after watched Season 1 of The Hills: New Beginnings. She brought nothing to the table, other than a sense of nostalgia and my desire to rewatch The OC.
Mischa had no storyline and we pretty much just saw her shopping with the other cast members and sitting in the background during events. With that said, it wasn’t at-all-surprising when rumors started to circulate that Mischa got fired because she was “boring” and “bland.” And quite frankly, this is because Mischa was “boring” and “bland.” Then again, so were a lot of them. The Hills cast members were working overtime on the image crafting. Somehow, the reboot seemed even more manufactured than the original series. No one showed anything remotely real.
I cannot say that I am surprised Mischa Barton (reportedly) got fired from The Hills: New Beginnings. She wasn’t a part of the original Hills run. She had such a forced “connection” to the cast. Oh, and most importantly, she had no storyline. Mischa brought absolutely nothing to the table.
We saw her audition for some acting role that she didn’t get, but that was pretty much it. Other than that, we just saw her shopping with the others and chilling in the background. As an enthusiastic fan of The OC, I was really hoping for a Mischa Barton comeback. But, the truth is, she’s not nearly as interesting as her onscreen counterpart Marissa Cooper.