July 24, 2009 / 9:44 PM / 10 years ago

Kutcher says Mischa Barton is "doing great"

Mischa Barton arrives for the screening of Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles' film entry "Blindness" on the opening night of the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 14, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Ashton Kutcher said on Friday that Mischa Barton, “The O.C.” star who was hospitalized last week for psychiatric observation, is “doing great” and headed for New York to join the cast of a TV show.

Kutcher talked briefly about Barton at a technology conference in Pasadena, which the actor and producer attended to discuss his use of the social networking website Twitter.

“I can tell you right now Mischa Barton is doing great,” said Kutcher, who is the creator of a television show called “The Beautiful Life” that features Barton.

The show, which airs on The CW network in the fall, is about a group of models, and Barton plays a beauty with a pill-popping habit.

Barton was reportedly hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation, after police were called to her home on July 15.

In a statement, Barton spokesman Craig Schneider said the actress is “improving each day” and hopes to resume production on the show next week.

Aside from starring in TV show “The O.C.” from 2003 to 2006, the British-born Barton has also worked as a model.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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