Actress Mischa Barton had an unremarkable run on the spring cycle of Dancing with the Stars. She and her pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev left season 22 in the second week. Turns out the short lived experience with DWTS was not a good one for the O.C. actress.
Barton tells The Ringer, in a recent interview, that her decision to participate in the competition reality show is one that she regrets:
“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.
Barton was really surprised to learn that the competition reality show she signed up for, you know the one where viewers determine the winner with their votes, is a popularity contest? OK then.