Mischa Barton Compares 'Dancing with the Stars' to 'The Hunger Games'

Does that make Tom Bergeron Effie?

Mischa Barton on Dancing With The Stars
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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 (opens in new tab). "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.

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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.