Mischa Barton Trades Her 'Beautiful Life' To Play A Prostitute On 'SVU'

By Cara Alwill

Mischa Barton is taking quite a departure from her role as a classy and glamorous model Sonja Stone on the CW series "The Beautiful Life" (which is currently playing on YouTube for those of you looking to catch up). TV Guide reports that the actress will take on the role of a prostitute named Gladys on "Law & Order: SVU." Yikes!

Not many details have been released about the episode, set to air March 3, but we do know that Mischa’s character is hiding a secret that will make things a tad chaotic for Mariska Hargitay’s Detective Olivia Benson.

"SVU" executive producer Neal Baer has taken to his Twitter account to tease the episode with the clues: Bongo, Singer and Austin. What do the clues mean? He told TV Guide those words actually represent three characters Mischa's played in the past. She played Katie Singer on "Once and Again," Betty Ann Bongo on an animated series called "Kablam!", and a character named Vicky Austin in a 2002 TV Movie called "A Ring of Endless Light."

Neal admitted he's excited for Mischa to join the cast. "She’s gone on to do amazing work both on TV and on the stage," says the showrunner, who added that he thought casting Mischa as a prostitute would shock viewers. We can’t wait to be shocked!

What do you think about Mischa appearing on "SVU"?