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Mischa Barton felt 'attacked' by paps

Mischa Barton claims the paparazzi "attack your psyche".

The actress was charged with Driving Under the Influence in 2007 and for a period was thought to have gone off the rails. In 2009 she was placed under a 5150 psychiatric hold, which she later claimed was linked to her treatment for a tooth infection.

The 26-year-old has now got her life back on track and has attempted to explain why things went wrong for her during that period.

"When you are under watch 24 hours a day, you can't live a normal life. That's life in Hollywood. The paparazzi are always there. Always. They attack your psyche. No one gets out of that safely. It was an escape," she told German newspaper Bild.

"I wish had been prepared better for the fame. But I don't regret anything! That's pointless. Even if it was sometimes harder that I would ever wish on another person. But without my experiences I wouldn't be the person I am today."

The actress would think hard about pursuing her chosen career if she had her time again. She wants other young people to understand movie making isn't as glamorous as they might think.

"Being famous is complicated. I don't understand why so many teenager dream of this life. They don't know what to expect. You give up your life for a little bit of fame," she said.

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