Actress Mischa Barton is “Strong and Serene” in an Exclusive Photo Sitting by Benjamin Kanarek

February 2014, Mischa Barton was in Paris, staying at the Luxurious Royal Monceau Hotel for a few days. While in The City of Lights, Mischa sat for a very special full day studio shoot with Canadian Fashion Photographer Benjamin Kanarek in timeless black and white styling chosen by Adèle Cany.

Mischa’s strength, confidence and serenity shone throughout the photo session leaving the team with a long lasting wonderful souvenir / Hair by Raynald, Makeup DIOR by Carole Lasnier, Manicure by Miss Moji.

Mischa Barton wearing a sweater by ACNE , necklace by LIGIA DIAS, earring by GIVENCHY © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a sweater by ACNE, necklace by LIGIA DIAS, earring by GIVENCHY © Benjamin Kanarek

“What a wonderful experience it was, shooting with the multi talented Actress Mischa Barton. I had the opportunity to spend the whole day with her. Her demeanour, intelligence and sense of humour was a delight to experience. She was captivating, outgoing, highly expressive and humble.

She has had an incredible 2013 and 2014 and will have an even better 2015 with over 15 films under her belt and counting.

Go Mischa Go!” Benjamin Kanarek

Stay tuned for more with the behind the scenes video of the photo shoot by Frédérique Renaut

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Mischa Barton wearing pants by GUCCI, shirt by  VERSUS, Bracelet by VERSACE © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing pants by GUCCI, shirt by VERSUS, Bracelet by VERSACE © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a biker jacket by EACH X OTHER, skirt by BRUNELLO CUCINELLI, top by MAISON LABICHE, ring cone and bracelet by EDDIE BORGO, ring by CLEMENTINE HENRION, shoes by BALLY © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a biker jacket by EACH X OTHER, skirt by BRUNELLO CUCINELLI, top by MAISON LABICHE, ring cone and bracelet by EDDIE BORGO, ring by CLEMENTINE HENRION, shoes by BALLY © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a dress by JUUN J, jacket by JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER, earring by LIGIA DIA © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a dress by JUUN J, jacket by JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER, earring by LIGIA DIA © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a jacket by GIVENCHY, earring by GIVENCHY,  bangles by BIJOUX DE FAMILLE © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a jacket by GIVENCHY, earring by GIVENCHY, bangles by BIJOUX DE FAMILLE © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a sweater by ACNE , necklace by LIGIA DIAS, earring by GIVENCHY © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a sweater by ACNE, necklace by LIGIA DIAS, earring by GIVENCHY © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a jacket by DRIES VAN NOTEN , vest by ELIE SAAB, sweater by EDWIN, shades by LESCA © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing a jacket by DRIES VAN NOTEN , vest by ELIE SAAB, sweater by EDWIN, shades by LESCA © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing pants by STELLA MCCARTNEY,  top by LOUIS VUITTON, transparent top by FENDI, earring by JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER © Benjamin Kanarek

Mischa Barton wearing pants by STELLA MCCARTNEY, top by LOUIS VUITTON, transparent top by FENDI, earring by JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER © Benjamin Kanarek

As her Official Fan Site stated…

It has been a while since we’ve had a new shoot from Mischa, but now seeing these photos, its been worth the wait. There are some truly outstanding shots highlighting Mischa’s classic beauty. The beautiful photos are by photographer Benjamin Kanarek.

Born in London and raised in New York. From humble beginnings in New York Theater in 1994 where she trained with such esteemed director/writers as James Lapine (“Twelve Dreams” at Lincoln Center with Donna Murphy), Tony Kushner (“Slavs!” at New York Theater Workshop with Marisa Tomei), and Naomi Wallace (“One Flea Spare” at the Public Theatre with Dianne Wiest), she went on to work side by side with modern-day screen icons including Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant on Notting Hill (1999), Bruce Willis and Toni Collette on The Sixth Sense (1999) and Sam Rockwell in her Sundance critically-lauded feature film debut Lawn Dogs (1997) produced by Duncan Kenworthy in 1998.
Yet, despite this early success in theater and film, what really catapulted Mischa to the next level and made her a household name is her small screen performance as the irrepressible and irresistible “Marisa” on the popular Fox television show, The O.C. (2003) (2003 to 2007). The show fast became a global cult phenomenon and has earned many awards including a Television Critics Association Award nomination for “Outstanding New Program of the Year”.

Established as one of the most sought after young actresses of her generation Mischa was named “It Girl” by Entertainment Weekly, she was also Hollywood Life’s “Breakthrough Actress of the Year”, she won several American Teen Choice Awards for the show, and also Cosmopolitan’s “Fun Fearless Female Award” for “Knockout Ingenue” and Glamour’s “Women of the Year”. She has been ranked as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” for 5 consecutive years. She was awarded the VIPer Award in 2008 for “Style Icon 2007″ by Mr. Karl Lagerfeld. In 2008, she played opposite Shirley MacLaine & Christopher Plummer in Sir Richard Attenborough‘s Closing the Ring (2007), with Hayden Christensen in the Dino De Laurentiis film Medieval pie – Territoires vierges (2007), and starred opposite Bruce Willis in Assassination of a High School President (2008) for the Yari Production Company. In 2007, she filmed Walled In (2009) for the French production company “Canal Plus”, and she starred in and produced the film Homecoming (2009). In 2012 Mischa went back to her Theatrical roots and starred in a production of “Steel Magnolias” at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

Mischa has the following Films slated for release this year, 2013. “Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain” opposite Martin Sheen, “A Resurrection” starring the late Michael Clarke Duncan and Devon Sawa “Apartment 1303 3D” with Rebecca De Mornay, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” opposite Ryan Eggold and “Beauty and the Least: The Misadventures of Ben Banks”. She has just completed “Mining for Ruby” Directed by Zoe Quist, “Beyond Justice” with Danny Trejo and Vinnie Jones and will star opposite Billy Zane in “Elephant’s Graveyard” and with Christopher Plummer and Timothy Hutton in “Butterfly Love” 2014.

She has developed her own Brand, her successful Handbag line having launched in 2008, together with Accessories, Clothing and Beauty products and her Flagship Boutique opened in Fashionable Shoreditch London in 2012.

This commercial and theatrical success has given the young woman an opportunity to take an extremely influential role in the global community. She became the spokesperson for “Climate Star”, an organization that fights global warming through social and legislative activism. She serves as an “Entertainment Industry Foundation” ambassador teaming up with QVC to spread awareness and raise funds for women’s cancer research through the “Fashion Footwear Association” of New York “Shoes on Sale Initiative” and is also involved in the “SAFE” campaign for skin cancer awareness. She is an ambassador for “Save the Children” and the “One Water” campaign which brings water to remote locations in Africa, and is on the board of the “Lupus Research Committee” in Los Angeles. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Mania Inc

The Team

Photographer: Benjamin Kanarek

Photography Direction: Benjamin Kanarek & Frédérique Renaut

Video Direction by Frédérique Renaut

Styling by Adèle Cany

Makeup DIOR by Carole Lasnier

Hair by Raynald at Backstage Agency

Manicure, Miss Moji at Backstage Agency

Photographer Assistants, Paul-Antoine Goutal, Anastasia Rudakova-Aquil

Stylist Assistants, Julie Cristobal, Joan Tran Hieu

Digital, Lara Chrome

Special Thanks to The Royal Monceau, www.leroyalmonceau.com