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So True? So False? Is Mischa Barton Wearing an Engagement Ring?!

Is Mischa Barton ready to say “I do”?! The former The OC star raised eyebrows recently when she stepped out in Dublin sporting what appeared to be some sort of blingy engagement ring. Get your mazel tovs in order, because this one is… Royal connection? Find out what Mischa’s link is to Kate Middleton! So true. Well, kinda. Barton is indeed wearing an engagement ring, but she and current boyfriend Sebastian Knapp (who have been dating since meeting at Revenge’s Ashley Madekwe’s wedding in June) aren’t planning on tying the knot just yet.

A rep for Mischa Barton tells E! News, “Mischa was wearing the ring as wardrobe for the opening night of her play.”

The prop comes in to play with Mischa’s role in Steel Magnolias, a run of the famous theater show-turned-movie taking place in Dublin until the end of September. Mischa plays Shelby Eatenton (made famous by Julia Roberts, of course) who starts her story by swapping blush-and-bashful vows.

And Mischa—who is earning fabulous reviews for her stint on stage—must be really enjoying the role, as she stayed in character (or at least costume) as she attended the after party held at Harry’s Bar. So kudos for returning to work, Barton. And we’ll keep our eyes peeled for a real ring.

10 minutes with Mischa Barton
  • How did you come to appear in Noel Gallagher’s new music video? He thought I’d be a good British representative. I’ve always loved Noel, so I said yes. Oasis played a crucial part in my formative years; it was true love.
  • Are you more into your dogs or men at the moment? I’m never not into my dogs, but I’ve got a boyfriend [actor Sebastian Knapp] and he’s all right, too, so I’m sharing the love.
  • Do you ever borrow his clothes? Yes. Sometimes I’ve been unlucky enough to have a boyfriend who is as skinny as me. Having a boyfriend who can fit into my skinny jeans is quite disturbing.
  • You chose to open your boutique in Spitalfields. Are you East over West? I don’t really associate myself with one or the other. I don’t do the whole neighbourhood snobbery thing.
  • What will you be wearing this autumn? I’ve got a few military coats and some Edwardian jackets and I usually buy a proper winter jacket from Alice Temperley or Matthew Williamson.
  • What’s your most British trait? My sense of humour. It’s the biggest difference between Brits and Americans. My love of English food runs pretty deep, too. I get upset if my house in LA isn’t stocked up with English home comforts.
  • What do you miss about LA? Vegan chocolate pudding from Whole Foods; you can’t get it here.
  • James Middleton came to your opening, are you friends? No, but he showed up and brought customised cupcakes. He is definitely a gentleman.


The Mischa Barton boutique is now open at 53 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields Market, E1 (mischasplace.com)