Mischa Barton Recalls Being a “Strange Sex Symbol” at 13 Years Old

Opening up about her fiery O.C.

exit was only the beginning.

Now Mischa Barton is sharing every last uncomfortable truth about growing up as a child star in the '90s and early '00s.

In a personal essay for Harper's Bazaar U.K., the 35-year-old actress revealed that the past year of quarantine, "has brought a fresh life perspective and prompted me to reflect upon the trauma I have been so scared to speak out about for many years." Chief among them, the fact that she felt sexualized even as a young actress.

"The truth is that sexuality has always been a component of my career," Barton wrote.

"Don't get me wrong, I loved being an actress and my work on stage.

I felt very grown-up,...

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