In a surprisingly apt analogy, Mischa Barton has likened appearing on Dancing with the Stars to being conscripted to fight for one's life in a sadistic gladiatorial competition—but with children!—to atone for some long-ago rebellion AKA The Hunger Games. Sounds about right.
Really capturing the pageantry and public-participation aspects of it, the OC actress said she "was so glad to get kicked off."
"Ugh, I had no idea it would be so bad. I got told off by my dancer," she said in an interview with the Ringer. "I was supposed to control the costumes, I was told that I could do the design aspect of it, that's kind of the reason why I agreed to do it."
But as you might know, Barton's personality didn't translate well on the "popularity contest" that is network television, and after three painful episodes, she and partner Artem Chigvintsev were eliminated. Still better than being stung to death by killer bees or blown up, though.