Marissa Cooper left 'The O.C.' behind back in 2006 when she was killed off the series, but she's since been reincarnated as the "bitchy but sweet" model (and mommy!) Sonja Stone on The CW's new Wednesday night series about beautiful people, "The Beautiful Life." "I like playing a character that's a lot closer to my personality. Marissa was a little more of a stretch," Mischa Barton told MTV News about her return to the small screen.
She also shared how grateful she is to be back working. "It's just nice to do it a second time after the success of 'The O.C.,' which was so crazy. It's just nice to do it and know what's going to come and sit back and relax and enjoy it this time." We're not quite sure how leaving the sunny beaches of SoCal for the hustle and bustle of NYC is more relaxing, but the actress says she embraced the idea of shooting "TBL" in Manhattan. "I grew up in the city, so for me, it's just great to be back and have an apartment here and be near my best friends," she said. "I'm just so happy at work. I love my job. We're having a lot of fun filming, and the stress of the summer is over, which is nice." By stress, we assume she's referring to her hospitalization in Mid-July, so we're happy to hear she's recovered. Press play below to hear more from Mischa.