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Where are the core cast of One Tree Hill 15 years after its debut?

“I don’t wana be anything other than what I’ve tryna be lately”.

WAS THERE EVER a more emotional rollercoaster of a show than One Tree Hill?

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When it aired in 2003, One Tree Hill’s melodramatic monologues and declarations of love in the pouring rain fed us the false hope that our own teenage romances would one day be the same.

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Such a casual courtside conversation between two angsty teens.

The eclectic ‘fab five’ friendship group of Lucas, Nathan, Peyton, Brooke and Haley was a tangled web of love triangles and blood ties with non-stop dramas involving car crashes, weddings, pregnancies, school shooting, kidnappings and becoming friends with Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy for three episodes.

Chad Michael Murray a.k.a Lucas Scott

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Noughties dreamboat Chad was originally pegged for the role of Nathan, but Chad fought for the role of Lucas due to his connection with the character’s abandonment issues.

The brooding heart-throb looked like he had a bright future ahead of him, with leading roles in Freaky Friday with Lindsay Lohan, A Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff, and House of Wax with Paris Hilton.

Most recently he’s starred in The Beach House, a made-for-Television film with Minka Kelly and Andie MacDowell.

After a short-lived marriage to co-star Sophia Bush, he’s now married to another of his former co-stars, Sarah Roemer, and the couple have two sons.

However, Chad still hasn’t broken 1 million followers on Insta…how the mighty have fallen.

James Lafferty a.k.a Nathan Scott

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Lafferty was a child actor but was apparently chosen for the role because of his basketball skills more than his acting prowess.

Roles have been few and far between since One Tree Hill with the actor only starring in a handful of small films and in a recurring role in two TV shows.

Sophia Bush a.k.a Brooke Davis

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Sophia Bush, along with Bethany Joy Lenz, remained in her role for the full duration of the nine years that the show ran.

Acting wise she’s been the most successful and active of the ‘fab five’.

She starred in Chicago P.D for 84 episodes as Erin Lindsay, and the role was recurring in chicago Fire and Law & Order: SVU and Chicago Med. She recently had a voice role in Incredibles 2 as Karen/Voyd.

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Sophia has become a hugely energy activist, with a personal interest in campaigning for stricter gun control. In 2011, her 9 year old cousin was killed during the assassination attempt on Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords. The environment is also an especial cause for her along with global poverty.

Hilarie Burton a.k.a Peyton Sawyer

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Hilarie has had several recurring roles in a variety of shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Hostages, and Extant.

Last October the actress made headline news during the #MeToo tsunami of sexual abuse stories from Hollywood. Hilarie had a twitter conversation with writer Shanice Brim about the time that Ben Affleck groped her on live TV.

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Affleck responded to the news on Twitter:

Hilarie Burton married actor Jefferey Dean Morgan  in 2014 and the pair are parents to son Gus and daughter George (sidenote: did they copy Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds who called their daughter James? Is this a trend? Is ‘Fred’ going to be the new name on the block for baby girls?)

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Bethany Joy Lenz a.k.a Haley James Scott

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Bethany Joy Lenz encapsulated the role of the quintessential all-American, good-girl-next-door for all the 9 seasons that the show was on, but since it ended in 2012 she has yet to find her feet in any meaningful acting role. She was a recurring character for five episodes on Dexter in 2013 and for two episodes of Grey’s Anatomy this year and has been in four Television films over the past four years.


In 2014, she created a Kickstarter fundraising page to release an EP but due to legal proceedings with her producer, the project had to be halted. She changed her team and was performing under the name Joy Lenz and the Firepit band but their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2016.

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