By Leah Greenblatt
August 27, 2009 at 07:33 PM EDT

Actress Mischa Barton, 23, spoke to Time Out New York this week about the involuntary psychiatric hold she was placed under last month in Los Angeles.

Says the star of the CW’s upcoming The Beautiful Life, “Here’s what happened: Before the show started, I was traveling abroad for contract stuff and I went through a terrible surgery—a wisdom tooth surgery, all four removed. It was a nightmare. I’ve never had surgery before—it all went wrong and I had to have a second surgery and it almost delayed shooting because it was a nightmare to me, because I couldn’t deal with the thought of not getting there on time. So with the travel, and surgery and prep for the show—it was hell.”

“I went through a tough spot where everything compounded on me, and it was like a perfect storm, like everything was happening to me at once. The show, travel and then this fairly routine surgery that went wrong,” she continues. “I was down in the dumps about everything there for a while. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom about things and have to get the most stressed-out just to feel better again. I got completely stressed-out and couldn’t handle everything, and now I feel really in control.”

As for The Beautiful Life, for which she’s shot four episodes, Barrton says: “I’m ready to work … The show will speak for itself. It’s a great show.”