When Mischa Barton starts talking about complete emotional breakdown it seems shes about to give the lowdown on her admission to a psychiatric hospi- tal. But the star of The OC has made her official statement on the subject -- she was down in the dumps and, er, in pain after terrible wisdom teeth surgery -- and its a no, no, no to any discussion. The 23-year-old actress and model seems on the mend, having thrown herself into a stream of indie flicks including horror film Walled In. This is where the emo- tional breakdown comes in as its Bartons character who suffers at the hands of ghosts and ghoulies. Its a really sick, twisted story, she says with glee. next up is homecoming, in which she plays a psychopath. Is she exorcising her own demons? I dont want to use acting as therapy, but sometimes being able to do the things you cant do in real life is cathartic. One thing you cant do in real life when youre Mischa Barton -- child actress turned Orange County sensation and the face of everything from neutrogena to her own range of headbands and hand- bags -- is misbehave. She learned that in 2007 when she was arrested for driving under the influence. Youre responsible for your own actions. What can I say? Im not perfect. As for being a role model, she shrugs. Its funny because Ive always been like the big sister to all my friends anyway. And what about the pressure to always look glam- orous? I come from a family where law, politics and economics are important and discussed so I try not to worry about that kind of thing. On the other hand, she says: My worst nightmare would be wearing the same thing as somebody else. Bartons quirkiness extends to the roles shes been taking in smaller films, although she also blames laziness. You have to work hard to get studio jobs, she admits, then laughs. I should probably get off my ass and audition for a studio. SIMON BUTTON IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS London Lite Thursday, 1 October 2009 25 IN&OUTTONIGHTA sick, twisted tale for Mischa 14PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonToday Chin up: Mischa says her troubles are behind her Natalie imbruglia THE Neighbours star- turned-singing London society girl, right, previews music from her fourth studio album Come To Life, which is out next year. Heaven, Under The Arches, Craven St WC2 (020 7930 2020), 7pm, 17.50. Tube: Charing Cross Noah aNd the Whale CHARLIE FINK and co, right, play tunes from second album, The First Days Of Spring, born from the break-up of their frontman and fellow folk singer Laura Marling. KoKo, 1a Camden High St NW1 (0870 432 5527), 7pm, returns only. 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Tube: Wimbledon the habit oF art MICHAEL GAMBON, right, stars in Alan Bennetts play about an imagined meeting between Benjamin Britten and WH Auden. 5 Nov-Jan 2010, National Theatre, South Bank SE1 (020 7452 3000, nationaltheatre.org.uk), in rep, times vary, 10- 42.50. Tube: Waterloo moda: loNdoN lauNch RADIO 1s Jaymo and Andy George, left, spin everything from synth-pop to French house, as they bring their Moda party to London. Joining them are Jack Beats, Alex Metric, Tom Starr and Solid Gold. The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton St N1 (020 7749 0600), 9pm, 5, 3 before midnight, free before 10.30pm. Tube: Old St We Fear sileNce DUTCH dubstep producer 2562, left, launches his second album Unbalance alongside sets from Kode 9, Pinch, Shed and Actress. Corsica Studios, Units 4/5 Farrell Court, Elephant Rd SE17 (020 7703 4760), 10pm, 10, 8 adv. 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