Mischa Barton Is ‘More Than Willing’ to Take Part in a Reboot of ‘The O.C.’

California, here we come. Mischa Barton who is best known for playing Marissa Cooper on Fox’s drama, The O.C., recently expressed an interest in reprising the role. Warning: There are spoilers about the iconic show of the early aughts ahead. 

Barton’s character had an especially turbulent life, which she dealt with by doing various types of self-destructive behavior but as we’ve said before, can you blame her?

She went through so much on the show, coming out on the other side as a well-rounded person seemed unrealistic and near impossible for her character. 

Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) and Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) meet in the pilot episode of The O.C. | YouTube

Fans of the series remember her dramatic exit from The O.C. at the end of Season 3. Famously, Marissa Cooper died in a car accident in the finale episode of the season. Upon leaving the successful show, Barton said she didn’t see what else could happen to her character. 

Why Mischa Barton wanted to leave ‘The O.C.’

In an interview, Barton explained writers explored various ways for Marissa Cooper to leave the show, with one possibility having her move away. But Barton didn’t think a happy ending was in the cards for her character.

“I fought tooth and nail for that to not happen, because I just don’t think that’s Marissa Cooper. I just don’t think sailing off into the sunset’s the proper goodbye. She’s one of those burnout characters where I don’t know how much more we could have done with her anyway,” Barton said. 

So, why did the now 33-year-old actress want to leave the show in the first place?  

The cast of 'The OC.'
Cast members (L to R) Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Melinda Clarke, Peter Gallagher, Rachel Bilson, Kelly Rowan, Benjamin McKenzie, and Samaire Armstrong pose at a viewing party for Fox TV’s The O.C. at Sharkeez Resturant on September 9, 2003, in Hermosa Beach, California. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

“I just had a lot in my career that I wanted to do and accomplish. I felt like things were really heavily reliant upon me, and I was getting no time to do any of the other offers that were out there,” Barton, who began the show as a teen, said. 

“Making the show was a lot towards the end. I really feel like everything sort of worked out in the way it was probably supposed to,” she added. 

Leave it to Marissa Cooper to come back from the dead. If a reboot does happen and the character is brought back to life, it may be a fitting series of events seeing as Barton is making a go of TV once again since joining the cast of The Hills: New Beginnings. MTV’s reboot of The Hills, only exists because The O.C. inspired MTV to create Laguna Beach, the reality TV version of The O.C.

Mischa Barton is ‘more than willing to resurrect Marissa’

In a recent interview with InStyle, Barton said she’d become Marissa Cooper once again. 

“Yeah, sure. I’m more than willing to resurrect Marissa and make that happen,” Barton said when asked if she’d be open to a reboot. 

The cast of The O.C. | Instagram

But how does Barton suggest her character return to the show? 

“Maybe she fakes the whole thing,” she said with a laugh. The idea could work. After all, fans didn’t see her character’s funeral as the publication pointed out, which gave Barton an idea for her character’s return. “What if she just shows up to her own funeral? I could so see it. It would be a Marissa Cooper kind of move,” Barton said. 

With Barton up for a reboot, undoubtedly her fellow co-stars in The O.C. — Adam Brody, Ben McKenzie, Rachel Bilson who played Seth Cohen, Ryan Atwood, and Summer Roberts, among others — will be asked how they feel about reprising their roles.