By Tanner Stransky
Updated April 10, 2009 at 09:15 PM EDT
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Sure, it’s not Playboy or Penthouse or any other smutty publication, but O.C. alum Mischa Barton took it all off for the current issue of Cosmopolitan UK. And in the style that former teen star and body weight yo-yo Jennifer Love Hewitt has so honed through the years, Barton takes on her detractors about the constant weight rhetoric: “I wouldn’t change my body, and I couldn’t anyway,” she tells the magazine. “The only way to be happy and be a more enjoyable person to be around is to embrace what you’ve got. I feel confident now.”

I’m all about her being confident, whatever. That’s great. Confidence is important. But this story — and accompanying photo shoot — is ludicrous. From starring on one of the hottest American teen shows of all time…to talking about body issues and image? Please. If you don’t want people talking about your weight (she says: “Surely there are more important issues than ifsomeone has cellulite?”), then don’t talk about it yourself. Can you dig?

Which leads me to: Doesn’t she have anything better to talk about? Like, oh, I don’t know, maybe her new pilot, A Beautiful Life, which could possibly show up on The CW this fall? I realize that Cosmopolitan is by no means a hard entertainment outlet, but the six-page feature had no mention of it! Maybe she is on the Jennifer Love Hewitt plan of constantly talking about her body and weight. I suppose that has worked for J. Love, what with her fabulous run on the moderately successful Friday night CBS procedural Ghost Whisperer.

PopWatchers, will Mischa Barton ever be able to rise above being a pop culture punchline? Is it possible that she doesn’t want her career to be taken seriously? Is she the next Jennifer Love Hewitt?

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