Sadly you did read that correctly and yes, I am talking about Amanda Nikelodeon-star-meets-DUI-hit-and-run-offender Bynes. 'I am retired as an actor,' she confirmed to People magazine. 'I am moving to New York to launch my career.'
Considering all of the controversy surrounding her of late, it was always going to be hard for her to secure serious acting roles (just ask Lindsay Lohan) so I can't say I'm surprised by that she decided to move in a different direction. Am I particularly interested in what she has in store, well no. Even at her peak, Bynes was never someone you would call stylish but maybe she'll shock us and come out with something credible. Who knows?
Mischa Barton has had a hard time over the last few months. After starting the year off well signing on to appear in Ashton Kutcher's model drama, 'The Beautiful Life', things went down hill after the actress was placed under alleged involuntary psychiatric hold at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in July.
In this interview with Time Out New York, Barton breaks her silence.
Time Out: A lot of people are watching you now, speculating you were in rehab back in July. Mischa: Here’s what happened: before the show started, I was travelling abroad for contract stuff and I went through a terrible surgery - a wisdom tooth surgery, all four removed. It was a nightmare. I’ve never had surgery before - it all went wrong and I had to have a second surgery and it almost delayed shooting because it was a nightmare to me, because I couldn’t deal with the thought of not getting there on time. So with the travel, and surgery and prep for the show - it was hell.
Time Out: Is this when you were checked into Cedars? Mischa: Yeah, I went through a tough spot where everything compounded on me, and it was like a perfect storm, like everything was happening to me at once. The show, travel and then this fairly routine surgery that went wrong - it’s still just healing. But I had to get through it without proper painkillers because I couldn’t take those during work. So it’s been a nightmare.
Time Out: How did you end up in a psychiatric hospital? Mischa: I was down in the dumps about everything there for a while. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom about things and have to get the most stressed-out just to feel better again. I got completely stressed-out and couldn’t handle everything, and now I feel really in control.
Ciara and Michelle Borth both opted for red 'dos at the TXT L8TR campaign event hosted by the singer and ELLE magazine. Penelope Cruz also chose the colour for her trouser suit to attend the UK premiere of her new movie, 'Broken Embraces' at Somerset House today.
Last week, the actress was reportedly placed under involuntary hold in a psychiatric ward and rumours today are claiming that CW are already trying to recast Barton's character.
However, CW have since rejected these claims stating that they are actually looking for a new female character but this is not to replace Barton's character, Sonja Stone. Production on the show has been rescheduled from July 22nd to July 31st to facilitate the star's treatment.