One Tree Hill first hit television screens in September 2003 and quickly became one of the most talked about American dramas of the early noughties.
It has been a classic teen drama because of its unusual friendships, turbulent relationships and tragic deaths.
It was created by Mark Schwahn. The program ran for an amazing nine years.
The drama about teenage dramas was set in Tree Hill, North Carolina. It followed the lives of Nathan Scott (James Lafferty), and Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray). They struggle to survive in the same high school, town, and basketball team.
2.25 million viewers tuned in to the first series, which had a high audience.
This number then rose expeditiously to 3.3 million in its second week, becoming one of only three shows to rise in their second episode during the 2003–2004 television period.
The CW network renewed One Tree Hill on May 17th 2011 for a ninth season. They also created 13 additional episodes.
Daily Star takes a look back at the cast and their lives to celebrate 18 years of One Tree Hill’s debut.
Chad Michael Murray as Lucas Scott
Heartthrob Chad Michael Murray was a fairly well known actor before he landed the role of Lucas Scott on One Tree Hill.
Before the programme, Chad starred in Gilmore Girls and Dawson’s Creek. Chad made a name as an actor when he joined One Tree Hill six seasons ago. He returned briefly in season 7 and was back again for the final season in 2011!
Chad also gained credits on the show, and was a star in House of Wax with Paris Hilton.
He married Sophia Bush, his co-star on the show in 2005. However, their marriage was short lived and they divorced in 2006.
In 2017, Chad returned to TV and starred in CMT’s Sun Records. He was also featured in Netflix’s Riverdale, third season.
He married Sarah Roemer in 2015. They have two children together.
He had an awkward clash with ex Sophia over social media after she said in an interview that she was “22 and stupid”, and it was “not a thing I actually wanted to do”.
A rep for Chad responded to Sophia’s claim, branding it “ludicrous”, adding: “Chad conducts himself in a completely professional manner and would never marry for any reason but love. Thirteen years since his divorce from Sophia, he has a very happy family life with his wife and children. He has completely moved on and doesn’t feel the need to engage in this type of behavior.”
Chad’s wife Sarah also got involved with the drama, as she shadily wrote on social media: “Wait a second … my producers also made me marry Chad Michael Murray!”
Sophia Bush as Brooke Davis
Actress Sophia Bush played the role of Brooke Davis who was the sexy and confident cheerleader in the programme.
Brooke was ambitious and an aspiring entrepreneur. Brooke had been married to Julian Nichols by the end of the series and was a mother of twins.
Sofia was married to her co-star Chad Michael Murray, but they filed for divorce.
Austin Nichols, her co-star, was also a part of her four year relationship. They split shortly after the series ended.
Sophia clearly enjoyed a work romance. She also dated James Lafferty in 2008. However, the couple never confirmed their relationship.
Sophia was a star in many popular movies like John Tucker Must Die or The Hitcher after the teenage drama ended.
Sophia joined other cast members earlier this year to voice out against Mark Schwahn (the One Tree Hill creator), who was first accused in 2017 of sexual harassment.
Michael Rosenbaum hosts his Inside of You podcast. The actress shared her experiences with Rosenbaum.
She revealed that a total of 18 women on the award-winning show had signed a collective letter against the now-infamous screenwriter.
Sophia claimed: “He was not embarrassed to be handsy, to make inappropriate commentary, to pull people into side rooms for conversations.
“Pictures of us that were taken by the wardrobe supervisor, who was a woman, of us in different versions of underwear and/or lingerie that then had to be approved, picked.
“One would wind up in the show. He would simply keep a log of all these photos. We were like, ‘Wow, that’s super violating.’”
Mark’s allegations against him have remained unanswered as the screenwriter has still not addressed the accusations.
James Lafferty as Nathan Scott
James Lafferty landed the role of Nathan Scott in the show.
James Lafferty continued his acting career and appeared in many films, including Oculus and Waffle Street.
Not only this but the star also turned his hand to directing and was behind the camera on multiple episodes of E!’s The Royals.
James and Stephen Colletti, his One Tree Hill star, wrote the pilot Everyone Is Doing Great in 2017. Hulu premiered the series in 2021.
Previously James told US Weekly about the difficulty he faced after leaving One Tree Hill and said he first thought it would be easy for him career wise.
The actor explained: “I thought that when [One Tree Hill] ended, things would be pretty easy for me, that it would be easy to work in television. Coming out of One Tree Hill, I think it was a reality check.”
“I just remember being sort of slapped in the face with that for a few years there and realising that this is going to be much tougher than I ever gave it credit.”
Hilarie Burton as Peyton Sawyer
Before playing angsty cheerleader Peyton Sawyer in One Tree Hill, actress Hilarie Burton was a familiar face on popular drama Dawson’s Creek.
Hilarie was a popular cast member of One Tree Hill, but she and her co-star Chad Michael Murray left the show in season 6.
Once the show had wrapped up, Hilarie starred in White Collar, Grey’s Anatomy and Lethal Weapon.
The star married Jeffrey Dean Morgan, an American actor, in 2014. They have two children together.
She wrote her first memoir, The Rural Diaries in 2020. In 2021, she started a podcast.
Bethany Joy Lenz as Haley James
Just like some of her co-stars actress Bethany Joy Lenz had previously starred in various American series before appearing on One Tree Hill.
After briefly appearing in Charmed and Felicity, the actress was cast as Haley James (later Scott), on the American teenage drama.
The actress launched her musical career while on the show and has released five albums, ranging from 2002 to 2013.
Bethany is busy as ever and has appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. American Gothic, Colony and Colony.
Each year, she also stars in several Hallmark Channel movies.
Lee Norris as Marvin “Mouth” McFadden
Actor Lee Norris played the character Marvin “Mouth” McFadden in the show who was the smart, sideline reporter, obsessed with Ravens basketball.
Before One Tree Hill, Norris starred in Stuart Minkus’ role on Boy Meets World. This was a role that he played between 1993 and 1994.
After One Tree Hill ended, the actor played Minkus again on Girl Meets World.
Later, he starred in Walking Dead.
The star married Andrea Norris in 2011.
Reflecting on his most favourite episode of One Tree Hill, the actor told TDW: “My favourite episode is still the school shooting episode.
“But I also love any of the scenes where it’s basically the whole cast together,” he added.