In bed with Mischa
(an experience Jamie Dornan never had, insists Hollywood star)
Published 15/12/2007 | 09:17
Hollywood starlet Mischa Barton last night laughed off rumours that she had enjoyed a romance with Ulster's Jamie Dornan.
The beautiful actress, who was in Belfast for the world premiere of Closing The Ring, said she and the Co Down Calvin Klein model were "good friends " but denied the pair had ever dated.
She also described her departure from the hit US series The OC as a " blessing in disguise" and said it had given her time to reassess her life and her career.
Mischa was speaking to the Belfast Telegraph in the Merchant Hotel, where she was staying this week with her Irish mother Nuala.
The 21-year-old plays one of the main leads in Lord Attenborough's Closing The Ring - a young American woman with whom three airmen are in love.
"Richard (Attenborough) came over to see me and we met in the Beverely Hills Hotel, where we really just clicked," she said.
"He told me that Shirely MacLaine had approved me to play her younger self in the movie and I was delighted to get the chance to work with Richard. He's such a fantastic director, with so much wisdom, and a real gentleman too.
"It was also the first film role I'd been offered after the OC, so I was keen to do it. I really liked the script too, it's very sweet and very emotional. I still cry when I watch it."
Mischa - whose grandfather hailed from Newry - also revealed that she had no problems doing the love scene in the movie, but admitted that hunky co-star Stephen Amell was more embarrassed than she was.
"I've no problems with love or sex scenes," she said.
"I was in the OC for three years and had a different boyfriend every week in the show.
"I'm very good at detaching myself from sex scenes. In the movie my character has to take the initiative. I think I felt a lot more comfortable than Stephen did."
Mischa, who was born in England but moved to the US at the age of four, said she had been to Belfast before but didn't know the city well.
"My family is more from down south, Roscommon and Galway, but we have connections with Sion Mills and my grandfather was from Newry," she said.
And she told of a strange coincidence involving her parents, Nuala and Paul, and Closing The Ring director Lord Attenborough.
"I never came to Belfast to film my scenes for the movie, but while the film was being shot there my parents happened to be visiting," she said.
"They were in the lobby of their hotel when they bumped into Richard. It's such a small world."
The actress, who starred in James Blunt's video Goodbye My Lover, was coy about her private life, but laughed when asked if she'd ever had three suitors at the one time.
"Not that I can think of," she said.
"Anyway, I never talk about my private life."
Mischa, wearing a Mathew Williamson dress flown in by the designer himself, was relaxed and chatty following the Waterfront Hall premiere.
"I had a great night but I'm really looking forward to a break now," she said.
"I've done four movies in a row and I can't wait to get home for Christmas."