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Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke respond to Mischa Barton remarks about her experience on The O.C.

Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke have responded to their previous castmate Mischa Barton’s new record of her troublesome time on The O.C. On the most recent portion of their digital broadcast Welcome to the OC, Bitches!, the entertainers talked about Barton’s most recent meeting with E! News, in which the star said there were a few people who “exceptionally signified” to her on the arrangement of the adolescent dramatization and noticed that she felt some alleviation following her character Marissa Cooper’s passing scene. (Bilson and Clarke’s conversation arrived in a see for a forthcoming discussion with individual podcaster Danny Pellegrino.)
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Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke was born April 24, 1969 in Dana Point, California. She was raised by her ballet dancer mother Patricia and actor father John. At the age of 18 she moved to L.A. and launched her career in acting and modeling. Clarke has appeared on a number of hit shows,...
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‘The O.C.’: Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke Respond to Mischa Barton’s ‘Bullying’ Claims and Address Her Exit

Mischa Barton leaving The O.C. cast was an unforgettable moment in pop culture. She went from being a main character in the show to being completely gone after season 3 when her character, Marissa Cooper, was killed off. At the time, the death of Marissa was shocking to fans, but earlier this year, Barton revealed that she left the show due to being bullied. Now, her former co-stars Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke are addressing Barton’s statement.

Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke react to Mischa Barton comments about her time on The O.C.

Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke have reacted to their former castmate Mischa Barton's recent account of her difficult time on The O.C. On the latest installment of their podcast Welcome to the OC, Bitches!, the actresses discussed Barton's latest interview with E! News, in which the star said there were some folks who "were very mean" to her on the set of the teen drama and noted that she felt some relief following her character Marissa Cooper's death scene. (Bilson and Clarke's discussion came in a preview for an upcoming conversation with fellow podcaster Danny Pellegrino.)

Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke Address Mischa Barton's "Perplexing" Claims About The O.C.

Former The O.C. stars Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke are weighing in on Mischa Barton's recent claims about her experiences while working on the hit show. While appearing as guests on the Everything Iconic podcast, the actresses opened up to host Danny Pellegrino about their reactions once they learned of Mischa's recent interview with E! News. "You know Melinda and I were talking immediately after it [the interview] came out," Rachel, who played Summer on the show, recalled. "And we were just like, 'Wait, what?'" Melinda—who played Julie on the teen drama—explained that...
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How Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke ended up doing a podcast on The O.C. together

Bilson says she was recruited by Kast Media a year ago to do Welcome To The O.C., Bitches, and so she recruited Clarke to join her. "Hopefully, we’re entertaining enough," says Bilson. "For me, I’m basically watching the show for the first time because even if I saw every episode, I don’t remember them at all. I don’t remember storylines. It was a discovery for me." Bilson and Clarke note that there were a lot of scenes that wasn't there for. "When we started, in all honesty, we didn’t know exactly what the format was going to be, even if it’s called a rewatch podcast," says Clarke. As for recruiting O.C. alums, Bilson says she and creator Josh Schwartz are close, so he was easy to book for the first episode. "A lot of it was just sending a text to Kelly Rowan (Kirsten Cohen) or Peter Gallagher (Sandy Cohen) that says 'Hey, let’s chat,' or if we don’t have their phone numbers, we’ve DM’ed them," adds Clarke. "If we really don’t have any contact, we’ve gone through their representatives. We’re talking to writers, too, like Debra J. Fisher who was a staff writer for us at the time and now she’s showrunning Ginny & Georgia. She was a great guest. It was so lovely to reminisce with her, learn about her process, and see what she takes away from The O.C. ’til today as a successful showrunner. One of our editors and directors, Norman Buckley, he was so excited and he said he’s got a lot to share. It’s fun for us to reconnect with everyone. We are true fans, and ultimately that’s what’s being communicated to the listeners." ALSO: Bilson would love to interview Mischa Barton for their podcast.
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Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke Opened Up About Mischa Barton’s Exit on The O.C.

My childhood was highly influenced by pop culture — partly because of an underlying passion for television and movies (that has obviously sustained and informed my career choices), but also … boredom? A fun Saturday in Hood River, Ore., consisted of a walk to the local Safeway to buy and subsequently eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's in the "food court" (read: three tables and a Starbucks). The closest mall was 60 miles away, the local movie theater never seemed to get the movies I actually wanted to see, and most of the shops in town were closed by 5 p.m.
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We Still Owe Melinda Clarke For Bringing Us Julie Cooper On The O.C.

“Jimmy, honey, did you get my froyo? Pistachio. Thanks, sweetie.”. With those 10 words and a sly delivery, Melinda Clarke turned a guest star appearance as a self-described gold-digging Orange County housewife into one of the most compelling series regulars on The O.C. As Julie Cooper (or Julie Cooper Nichol depending on what season you’re on), Clarke wove a complex web of schemes, intrigue, and grifting, creating a character that was sometimes horrible, sometimes endearing, but always — truly, always — interesting.