This Is What Mischa Barton Is Struggling with Before Her ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Debut

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Mischa Barton has some big (dancing) shoes to fill.

The former The O.C. actress is making her big Dancing with the Stars debut tonight (Mar. 21, 2016) and there are plenty of nerves to go around. According to her professional dance partner, Artem Chigvintsev, the 30-year-old still has a few things to work on as the premiere of the 22nd season of the dance competition approaches.

As someone who has never danced live, Barton will have to adjust to doing everything in one go.

“We’re rehearsing everyday for the maximum hour we’re allowed to. There’s all this technical process but it is exciting. It is really exciting because she’s never danced live in her life, so she’s really excited to go inside the studio and see the stage,” Chigvintsev tells Celebuzz. “Everything is new [for her]. Normally for actors, you have a lot of takes. You can always take another take if something went wrong. But on a show like Dancing with the Stars, because it is a live show, there are no second takes. It’s all about giving your best shot because it’s all in one shot.”

He continues, “We’re just trying to take this week by week to see how it goes. I’m literally bombarding her with all the technicalities of the dance myself.”

The duo who will be performing the tango as their first dance, are both battling nerves, according to Chigvintsev.

Who wouldn’t be nervous on Monday night? She’s never danced before and it’s going live, which is making it more stressful because you can’t get a second take,” he tells us. “It’s not easy for someone who isn’t a natural dancer. It is very challenging.”

So, what’s the biggest hurdle the two are facing? For Chigvintsev, it has nothing to do with actually dancing.

The thing we struggle the most is forgetting to eat because we’re rehearsing,” he says, explaining that the two of them rehearse for six hours a day before spending the rest of the night watching dance videos to strengthen their technique. “I’m hoping to change that so mind and body works on the same level.”

“I’m just hoping she’s going to be confident about herself because I think confidence plays a massive role on this show,” he adds about Barton. “It is difficult. It is challenging.”

“I think if she has a good attitude, she’ll go far.”