THE OC star Rachel Bilson has praised co-star Mischa Barton for using her beauty to garner press attention for the hit show.

The 23-year-old actress, who plays SUMMER ROBERTS, insists she is thrilled whenever The OC receives publicity, regardless of which star it's about and she's grateful the teen drama suffers none of the jealous cat fights Desperate Housewives is reportedly plagued with.

She says, "I'm just happy for the exposure anyone gets. Mischa does get a lot of attention, but she's so beautiful and I think that's great.

"I'm just happy for anyone on the show who's achieved success through it. I'm not sure if I have any favourites. But I really look up to Kelly Rowan who plays KIRSTEN. They're all good people."