The OC's Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke have addressed co-star Mischa Barton's recent comments regarding her exit.
After three seasons on the US teen drama, Barton's character Marissa Cooper was killed off in a fiery twist, whilst the actress herself said she felt "very unprotected" behind the scenes as her fame skyrocketed.
"I was working so hard, the longest hours probably out of all the characters," she added.
Speaking during the latest episode of the Welcome to The OC, Bitches! podcast, Clarke said: "The one thing going into this podcast – and Rachel and I discussed this – I can tell you about my experience with total honesty and transparency, I cannot speak for somebody else's experience.
"We have touched on this, that someone who's 16, 17, 18, that amount of hours of work, pressure, at such a young age, at best you're exhausted and at worst, it's overwhelming and chaotic."
Clarke, who played Julie Cooper on the show, continued: "It kind of breaks my heart a little to know – we knew there was a lot of pressure on her – but if it was really that bad of an experience, that's not right for any young person.
"But some of the comments were very perplexing to me, so I don't know what the truth is about that. I do know that, yes, this was an enormous amount of pressure."
Responding specifically to Barton's allegations of on-set bullying, Bilson noted: "I'm definitely pretty confused by most of it and I don't know who she's referring to.
"I didn't personally witness any of that, so I don't know who she's referring to or what, because I didn't see it myself."
She added: "I would actually like to talk to her and find out what her experience was from her perspective. I saw things a little differently, I guess."
"I did not either," Clarke added. "Like I said, everyone has their own experience and it, to me, I couldn't wait to get to work. It was like going to musical theater camp, I just loved being there."
WBTV had no comment on Barton's remarks.
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