Mischa Barton believes “really old people” make the best dates.

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The 21-year-old actress – who plays former head girl JJ French in the new remake of St Trinian’s – loves hanging out with elderly people, because they have more interesting things to say.

She said: “I just really love hanging out with really old people. They’re the best dinner dates you could ever have. All that life experience and understanding.”

The O.C. star – who returned to her birth town of London last year to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) – also revealed she is considering moving from Los Angeles to London permanently, because she loves a “good English pub”.

She added: “I feel very at home in London for some reason. It feels like I should move there soon and spend some time there. I love a good pub, but there are no good pubs in Los Angeles.”

Mischa also confessed she becomes a recluse when she is in Los Angeles and much prefers the anonymity that comes with being in New York.

She added to The Independent: “It’s nice to be in New York more and more these days because you get a bit more anonymity and it’s not an issue. You can just live a normal life. In Los Angeles, you can’t avoid the paparazzi – they’re everywhere.

“I still go back there all the time. I just go out less and stay at my house.”