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Mischa Barton Says She Regrets Going On ‘Dancing With the Stars’

From the very first promo for Dancing With the Stars Season 22, actress Mischa Barton didn’t look particularly thrilled to be a part of the cast. Well, as it turns out, Barton really didn’t want to be there at all.

In an interview with The Ringer, Barton recalled her harsh experience on the show alongside pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev. Although she left in the second week, it seems as though Barton would have been thrilled to leave in the first, as she notes just how much she regrets having agreed to do the show in the first place. Below is an excerpt from the fairly candid interview, which you can read in full by visiting The Ringer:

Mischa Barton Says She Regrets Going On 'Dancing With the Stars'

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“Ugh,” she shudders when I bring up her recent, fairly unsuccessful run on Dancing With the Stars. “I had no idea it would be so bad.”

“I got told off by my dancer. I was supposed to control the costumes, I was told that I could do the design aspect of it, that’s kind of the reason why I agreed to do it,” Barton says. The DWTS team had been making her an offer for years, Barton says, but she held out until she could have more creative control. “That didn’t happen. It wasn’t collaborative like a choreographer on a film set. … I was so confused by it. It was like The Hunger Games. It was all a popularity contest. It was awful. I was so glad to get kicked off.” (ABC did not respond to a request for comment.)

However, she says, she learned more about pop culture from doing it. And she’s been more active on Instagram and Snapchat since the appearance. “I remember the days when you had no voice, and they could make up stories and say whatever they wanted, and now at least they have an insight into your life. People can see what you’re really like. Twitter less so, but Instagram has an artistic side to it, where you can see through that person’s eye, what they creatively choose, what they’re up to and who they are?—?you get a feeling for them. I enjoy it now.”

Ultimately, it seems Barton didn’t trust her instinct that Dancing With the Stars was a bad idea, considering she resisted the offer to do the show for years. I don’t think it’s a surprise to learn that Dancing With the Stars is grueling, and that it’s not probably not the blast it appears to be on TV. In a way, Dancing With the Stars is a machine in itself, so you have to work within the constraints of the show (and all the personal styling, choreography and creative limitations that go along with it) in order to find success — or to even have a good time, it seems. From the looks of it, this was never going to work out for Barton, and that’s a shame. But it sounds like she’s moving on and trying to put the entire experience behind her, which can only be a good thing.

But what do you think about what Mischa Barton had to say about her time on Dancing With the Stars? Sound off in the comments!

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