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Mischa Barton Compares Time on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ to ‘The Hunger Games': ‘It Was Awful’

Actress starred on season 22 with pro dancer Artem Chigvintsev

Mischa Barton’s time on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” was nothing glamorous, the actress recently revealed.

“I got told off by my dancer. I was supposed to control the costumes, I was told that I could do the design aspect of it, that’s kind of the reason why I agreed to do it,” Barton told The Ringer on Tuesday, adding that the “DWTS” team made her an offer for years but she wanted to hold off until she had a more creative role.

That didn’t happen. It wasn’t collaborative like a choreographer on a film set,” she added. “I was so confused by it. It was like ‘The Hunger Games.’ It was all a popularity contest. It was awful. I was so glad to get kicked off.”

Barton starred on the show’s 22nd season with her partner Artem Chigvintsev, but was eliminated in week three after a samba performance to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”

However, she did add that she learned more about pop culture and social media from her time on the show.

“I remember the days when you had no voice, and [the meida] could make up stories and say whatever they wanted, and now at least [fans] have an insight into your life,” “The O.C.” actress said. “People can see what you’re really like. Twitter less so, but Instagram has an artistic side to it, where you can see through that person’s eye, what they creatively choose, what they’re up to and who they are – you get a feeling for them. I enjoy it now.”

ABC has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.