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Mischa Barton: I ignore harsh criticism

Mischa Barton lets "malicious" criticism "roll off [her] back".

The actress has kept a relatively low-profile over the past few years, but was constantly in the public eye when she appeared as Marissa Cooper in the popular Fox TV series The O.C from 2003 to 2006.

Mischa started her acting career in 1995 when she was just 9 years old on All My Children, and says she is used to seeing negative reports surrounding her personal and professional life.

The 26-year-old star tries to ignore such condemnation.

"As far as criticism is concerned, if it was constructive, I'd take it to heart, but when the intent is solely malicious, I've learned to let it roll of my back," she explained to

"I've been working consistently since my age was in single digits and just celebrated my 26th birthday, so it would be nice to be given credit where credit is due. The important thing is my happiness, and I'm quite content!"

The beauty recently launched her own fashion line and website titled Mischa's Place. Mischa has revealed the inspirations behind her new projects.

"I've been interested and inspired by fashion since I was a young girl," she said of her new clothing collection. "For me, it's the most creative form of self-expression, so to launch my own clothing line was a very fluid and natural transition. The success of my handbag line has enabled me to expand into clothing, accessories, beauty and makeup; all of which is very exciting and can be previewed online at and will eventually be available at my London boutique.

"My inspiration for the collection was varied, but for the most part, I just wanted to design a collection that is fashionable, comfortable, and wearable; items that I'd personally want to incorporate into my own wardrobe."

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