Mischa Barton joins CW's 'Beautiful Life'

Drama pilot revolves around a group of models in N.Y.

"The O.C." alumna Mischa Barton has been tapped to star in CW's drama pilot "A Beautiful Life."

The project, from CBS Par, revolves around a group of models living together in a co-ed residence in New York.

Barton will play Sonja, a supermodel and veteran of the high-fashion circuit who is struggling to keep on top and is in danger of slipping.

Barton can bring personal experience to the role as she has modeled for such companies as Calvin Klein, bebe stores, Aeropostale, Monsoon Accessorize, Dooney & Bourke and JC (Jeans and Clothes).

Barton was originally up for another CW drama pilot, "Melrose Place," but that casting didn't materialize.

Best known for her role as Marissa Cooper on "The O.C.," Barton is repped by Paradigm.
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