‘The Hills: New Beginnings’: Mischa Barton Calls Filming With Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt ‘Jarring’

Mischa Barton doesn’t enjoy filming scenes for The Hills: New Beginnings with Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt

Unlike her fellow cast members who appeared on The Hills, Barton is a newcomer to the reboot along with Brandon Thomas Lee, the son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. 

Mischa Barton finds filming with Heidi and Spencer ‘jarring’ 

Barton described filming scenes for The Hills: New Beginnings opposite Montag and Spencer, or “Speidi,” who have been married since 2008 and share a son together, as “jarring” to Buzzfeed News.

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“I definitely got thrown in the deep end,” Barton said. “I feel like it is a little jarring for me because, for instance, Spencer and Heidi would be the first to admit ‘Make Speidi famous again’ is a thing, and I do shy away from that. I don’t want to attract a ton of attention.”

Pratt is credited for being the driving force behind the reboot of The Hills

Spencer Pratt wants Mischa Barton to bring ‘TMZ energy’ to the show

During an interview with Cosmopolitan, Pratt expressed what he hoped Barton would bring to the show as a new cast member. 

Spencer Pratt, Gunner Pratt, and Heidi Montag.
Spencer Pratt, Gunner Pratt, and Heidi Montag attend the premiere of MTV’s “The Hills: New Beginnings” at Liaison on June 19, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage

“I’m really hoping she brings more of that TMZ energy to this show. It can’t be all eating fruit and hummus on the beach,” he said referring to the tabloid news site, TMZ, and possibly, Barton’s past incidents with drugs and alcohol.

The 35-year-old along with the rest of the cast quickly learned Barton needed time to adjust to being on reality TV. 

Cast members called Barton ‘sheltered’ and ‘timid’

The Hills alum, Jason Wahler, shared his first impression of the former star of The O.C. with Us Weekly

“She was very sheltered in the beginning. Very sheltered and shy and I think as I’ve gotten to know her … she was definitely…” Wahler said.

Ashley Wahler, Jason’s wife, finished his sentence, saying Barton was “misunderstood.”

“I feel like she’s, like, a little timid and not as, like, open as the rest of us, but then as soon as you hang out with her she becomes more real and raw,” she explained. 

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Frankie Delgado, another veteran of The Hills, shared that Barton had to adjust to life as a reality TV star being different from her past film and TV roles.

“What we do is really hard to do and I think that she kind of proved it right,” he said. “Like, she was like, ‘Yo, listen, this is the hardest thing I’ve done.’”

“You gotta put yourself out there,” he added, saying as a reality TV star you have to be 100% real on camera because “people can spot that fakeness.”

Barton described herself as ‘a scared cat in the corner’

Of filming a reality series after being in film and TV, Barton explained what she learned on The Hills: New Beginnings

“It is a lot to step into, but I think you really just have to have fun with it. That’s the thing you learn once you get in with this group after a minute,” she said. 

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Barton’s the first to admit having fun didn’t happen right away but her prior life experiences became valuable while filming.

“I was a bit like a scared cat in the corner for a second, but the thing I know about myself is that having lived so many different lives already in my short life, I can see when drama’s going to start,” she said. 

Watch Barton, Pratt, Montag, Delgado and the rest of the cast of The Hills: New Beginnings on MTV at 10 p.m. EST every Monday night.