Barton: 'I'm Not Marissa'

Actress Mischa Barton is forced to constantly remind fans she is not really her character Marissa Cooper from teen drama The OC.

The 20-year-old wants to distance herself from Marissa's dramatic storylines featuring lesbian affairs, shootings and suicide attempts, as she pursues a serious film career.

She says, "People assume I'm from Orange County. Marissa hasn't seen much outside her bubble, but I like people to discern that I'm an English-Irish girl who grew up in New York and moved around a lot with her dad's job."

Barton has signed up to study at the Royal Academy for the Dramatic Arts in London this summer and wants to put the successful series behind her.

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