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18 Shocking Secrets About One Tree Hill Revealed
On-set romances, cast arguments and a shocking arrest, here are 18 secrets you might not know about beloved teen drama One Tree Hill.
We don’t wanna be anything other than still obsessed with One Tree Hill all these years later.
Even though the drama, which first debuted on The WB in 2003 before moving to The CW ended in 2012, the series’ beloved stars are still providing fans with their dose of nostalgia. The latest tidbit comes courtesy of Hilarie Burton, who turns 39 July 1, revealing husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan was almost her costar.
Along with her former co-stars Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz, Burton, who played Peyton Sawyer for the first six seasons, launched the Drama Queens podcast in June, rewatching the iconic series and dissecting every episode, both on screen and off.
And One Tree Hill definitely had its fair share of drama behind-the-scenes, including secret relationships, cast arguments, a shocking arrest and allegations of sexual harassment made against creator Mark Schwahn.
Despite all of the challenges they faced while filming the series in Wilmington, North Carolina, the cast remained close, with Burton saying she is “so in love with our little family” on a 2020 episode of the Chicks in the Office podcast, adding, “I’d take a bullet for those kids. I love them.”
From on-set romances to which role Burton’s husband Morgan came this close to landing, here are 18 secrets you might not know about One Tree Hill.
1. Creator Mark Schwahn initially wrote the project as a movie called Ravens and it took four years for Warner Bros. TV executives to convince him to turn it into a series.
2. Believing the original name to be too sports-centric, the show’s title came from the U2 song “One Tree Hill” off their Joshua Tree album. Each episode of the series was named after a song from various artists, ranging from Dashboard Confessional to R.E.M.
3. After reading for the part of Ryan on The O.C., Chad Michael Murray turned it down to star as Lucas, the brooding writer and basketball player. Though producers initially envisioned him as Nathan after his bad boy turns on Gilmore Girls and Dawson’s Creek, Murray related to Lucas as his mother left his family when he was young, and pushed to be cast in the role.
4. Bethany Joy Lenz auditioned for Haley and Brooke, but didn’t really want to play the latter, admitting to reading it the same way she read the former. After being the final series regular to be cast, Lenz dyed her blonde hair dark and straightened her natural curls to differentiate her from Hilarie Burton, who played Peyton.
5. James Lafferty, then 17, had more experience playing basketball than acting and knew he had his work cut out for him to land the part of Nathan. “I don’t think I was an initial choice,” Lafferty said in a behind-the-scenes featurette, revealing he had to audition six times. He wasn’t wrong. Noted executive producer Joe Davola, “When James went into casting he was a dark horse to get the job.”
6. While she wasn’t in the pilot, Sophia Bush made her debut as Brooke in the second episode and went on to appear every week after, even stepping behind the camera to direct three times.
7. One year after they met on set, Murray and Bush got engaged in 2004, marrying less than a year later. But five months after that, news broke that they had split. In 2018, Bush opened up about what it was like continuing to work with her ex-husband on an episode of Dax Shepard‘s Armchair Expert podcast.
“There was no space to self-reflect,” Bush said, adding that producers were “really deeply inappropriate” to both her and Murray after their breakup. “They ran, like, TV ads about it, it was really ugly,” she continued. “They made practice of taking advantage of people’s personal lives, and not just for me and for my ex, for other actors on the show who would share as you do when you get close to people. Deeply personal things that were happening in their lives and they would wind up in storylines. It wasn’t OK.”
8. Bush would later date Lafferty in 2008 before striking up a romance with Austin Nichols, who played her husband Julian on OTH. The couple called it quits in 2012, the same year the series ended.
9. There was one successful on-set match: Lisa Goldstein, who played Millie in the later seasons, married Brendan Kirsch, the show’s basketball coordinator, in 2011.