THEN AND NOW: The cast of ‘One Tree Hill’ 17 years later

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When “One Tree Hill” first premiered in September 2003, viewers were introduced to a high school crew they would grow to love for nine full seasons. 

Lucas, Haley, Brooke, Peyton, and Nathan were a complicated bunch who went from rivals to friends to couples, despite all the issues that came between them. And even when Lucas and Peyton left the series during season six, the show still continued for another three seasons, adding new characters for fans to adore. 

The teen drama also helped launch the careers of stars like Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush.

Here’s what the cast of “One Tree Hill” has been up to since the show ended in April 2012. 

Anjelica Oswald contributed to a previous version of this article. 

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Chad Michael Murray played Lucas Scott, a high school basketball star and writer who was Haley’s best friend and Nathan’s half-brother. Lucas eventually married Peyton, and they had a daughter.

Murray had small recurring roles on “Gilmore Girls” and “Dawson’s Creek” and was in “Freaky Friday” before he broke out on “One Tree Hill.” He left the series after the sixth season.  

Murray appeared as a cult leader named Edgar Evernever on The CW’s “Riverdale.”

Murray’s credits include “Fruitvale Station,” “Left Behind,” “Scream Queens,” and “Agent Carter.” He landed roles on “Star” and “Sun Records.” 

More recently, he starred in two holiday movies called “Write Before Christmas” and “Love in Winterland” and a film titled “Survive the Night.”

He was married to his “One Tree Hill” costar Sophia Bush for five months in 2005. He’s now married to his “Chosen” costar Sarah Roemer and they have two kids: a son born in 2015 and a daughter born in 2017.   

Hilarie Burton played Peyton Sawyer, an artist, music lover, and cheerleader. She was best friends with Brooke and dated Nathan off and on before marrying Lucas and having a daughter.

Burton started her career as a video DJ for MTV’s “Total Request Live” before she was cast on “One Tree Hill.” 

Burton teamed up with a bunch of “OTH” stars for two recent holiday films: “The Christmas Contract” (2018) and “A Christmas Wish” (2019).

After leaving “One Tree Hill” at the end of the sixth season, Burton went on to star on “White Collar,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Extant,” and “Lethal Weapon.” 

She has been with “The Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan since 2009, and the couple got married “for real” in 2019 in a ceremony that was officiated by “TWD” costar Norman Reedus.

Burton and Morgan have two children together: a son named Agustus and a daughter named Georgia. 

In 2017, Burton and 17 other women from the “One Tree Hill” cast and crew signed a letter accusing series creator Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment. 

Burton released a book called “The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm” in 2020.

Sophia Bush starred as Brooke Davis, a high school cheerleader, party girl, and Peyton’s best friend. Brooke later launched her own clothing line and married Julian Baker.

Bush made her screen debut in 2002 when she starred in “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.” She debuted on “One Tree Hill” just a year later.

Bush stars as Victoria on Hulu’s “Love, Victor,” a series that was inspired by the 2018 movie “Love, Simon.”

Bush also guest-starred on “This Is Us” and “Jane the Virgin.”

Her other recent credits include “Marshall” and a starring role on “Chicago PD” before she left the series after season four. In addition, Bush voiced Voyd in Disney/Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.”

Bush is politically active and often takes to her social media to promote gun control, women’s rights, and more. 

James Lafferty played Nathan Scott, Lucas’ half-brother. He continued playing basketball after high school and eventually became an agent. He married Hailey and they had two kids.

Lafferty started his career with small parts on “Get Real,” “Boston Public,” and “Once and Again.” 

Lafferty and “One Tree Hill” costar Stephen Colletti wrote and starred in a 2018 short film called “Everyone Is Doing Great.”

After “OTH,” Lafferty landed roles on “Crisis” and “Underground.” He also played Ryan on season one of Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House.”

In September 2020, Lafferty revealed that he’s engaged to “The Royals” star Alexandra Park. 

Bethany Joy Lenz took on the role of Haley James Scott, Lucas’ best friend who met and fell for Nathan after becoming his tutor.

Joy Lenz was known for starring on “Guiding Light” years before she was on “One Tree Hill.” She also released an album in 2002. 

She recently starred in a few Lifetime and Hallmark movies.

Lenz has starred in TV movies like “Snowed-Inn Christmas,” “Bottled With Love,” and “Just My Type.” She also had roles on shows like “Dexter” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

She’s continued to make and release music, too. 

Lenz has one daughter with ex-husband Michael Galeotti. 

Lee Norris played Marvin “Mouth” McFadden, Lucas’ friend and an aspiring sports anchor.

One of Norris’ earliest roles was playing Minkus on “Boy Meets World.” 

He returned to play Minkus for the “Boy Meets World” spin-off “Girl Meets World.”

He was also on two episodes of season eight of “The Walking Dead” and starred in the movie “A Christmas Wish” with some of his “OTH” castmates. 

Antwon Tanner played Skills Tanner, Lucas’ friend from the River Court.

Tanner was known for starring on “Moesha” and “Boston Public” before landing the part on “One Tree Hill.” 

Tanner costarred in “The Christmas Contract” and “A Christmas Wish,” with plenty of familiar faces from “OTH.”

Tanner had roles in “Coach Carter” and “Black Jesus.” He also guest-starred on “The Carmichael Show,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “Lucifer.”


Paul Johansson played Dan Scott, Nathan and Lucas’ father and the villain for much of the series.

His early TV roles included “Santa Barbara,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” and “Lonesome Dove.” 

Johansson starred on “Van Helsing” following his role on “OTH.”

He was also on “Mad Men,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “NCIS.”

Craig Sheffer played Keith Scott, Dan’s brother who had a relationship with Lucas’ mom, for three full seasons. He returned for a few special appearances throughout the series.

He made his TV debut on “One Life To Live” and lent his voice to the animated series “Teen Wolf.” 

Sheffer starred in a 2019 horror movie called “Widow’s Point.”

He also had small parts on “CSI” and “Major Crimes” and starred alongside Steven Seagal in 2016’s “Code of Honor.”

Moira Kelly played Karen Roe, Lucas’ mom. Karen eventually had a daughter with Keith and left during season four to travel the world with her boyfriend, Andy.

Kelly played Donna Hayward on “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and “The West Wing.” As for movie roles, she voiced Nala in “The Lion King” and appeared in “Chaplin.”

She was recently on Fox’s “The Resident” as Annie.

Kelly also starred in TV movies like “Christmas in Louisiana” and “Girl in the Bunker.”

She has two children with her husband Steve Hewitt. 

Barbara Alyn Woods played Deb Scott, Nathan’s mother and Dan’s ex-wife.

Before “One Tree Hill,” Woods was known for roles in “Eden,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” and “Striptease.” 

Woods’ most recent role was in the TV movie “A Christmas Wish.”

She was on two episodes of “The Goldbergs” in 2014. 

Bryan Greenberg played the lovable Jake Jagielski, a high school basketball player and single father, for three seasons.

Greenberg had a few small roles on shows including “The Sopranos” and “Boston Public” before landing a role on “One Tree Hill.” 

Greenberg starred in the 2019 TV movie “Same Time, Next Christmas.”

He also appeared on shows like “The Mindy Project,” “The Tick,” and “God Friended Me.”

Greenberg has been married to actress Jamie Chung since 2015. 

Tyler Hilton played Chris Keller, an egotistical musician, for multiple seasons.

He played a folk singer on “American Dreams” and released an album before starring on “One Tree Hill.” 

Hilton played Elvis in “Walk the Line” and was on “Extant.”

Hilton also starred in “The Christmas Contract” and “A Christmas Wish.”

He has released multiple albums and married actress Megan Park in 2015. The couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Winnie, in 2020. 

Danneel Ackles (formerly Harris) joined the cast on season three as Rachel Gatina, a mean girl and rival to Brooke.

Before “One Tree Hill,” she was on “One Life to Live.”

Ackles is set to reprise her “Supernatural” role for the show’s final season.

The show stars Jensen Ackles, whom she married in 2010. They have three kids named Justice, Zeppelin, and Arrow. 

Stephen Colletti was introduced during season four as Chase Adams, a “clean teen” who befriended Brooke and dated her for a while.

Colletti was best known from the reality show “Laguna Beach” before he began his acting career. 

Colletti cowrote and starred in a short film called “Everyone Is Doing Great” with Lafferty.

He was also on “Hit the Floor.” 

Jackson Brundage joined the cast during season five as Nathan and Hailey’s adorable son Jamie.

Brundage was only seven when he joined the cast. 

Brundage is now 19.

He posts about his life on Instagram. 

Austin Nichols became part of the cast during season six as Julian Baker, a movie producer and director who dated Peyton and later married Brooke.

Nichols’ early credits include “Holiday In the Sun,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “Glory Road,” and “Deadwood.” 

He played Tommy Wheeler on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

He also portrayed Sam Loomis on “Bates Motel” and appeared on “The Walking Dead” as Spencer Monroe.

Robert Buckley became a main cast member in seven as Clay Evans, Nathan’s sports agent and friend. He later married Haley’s sister Quinn.

Prior to his role on “OTH,” Buckley started his on-screen career with parts in “When a Killer Calls” and on “Ghost Whisperer” and “Lipstick Jungle.” 

He is another “One Tree Hill” cast member who starred in “The Christmas Contract.”

He also starred on The CW’s “iZombie.” 

Buckley has been married to actress Jenny Wade since 2018. 

Shantel VanSanten was introduced as Haley’s sister, Quinn, during the show’s seventh season.

She was on an episode of “CSI: NY” and in ‘The Final Destination.” 

She stars as Becca Butcher on Amazon Prime Video’s “The Boys.”

She also had a recurring role on “The Flash” and appeared on shows like “Scorpion” and “For All Mankind.”

Jana Kramer played Alex Dupre, an actress who Brooke hired to be the face of Clothes Over Bros, starting on season seven.

She was in “Click” and on “Friday Night Lights” and “902010.”

Kramer has released two country albums and still acts.

She was recently in “Support the Girls” and “Christmas in Louisiana.” She competed on season 23 of “Dancing With the Stars” and finished in fourth place. 

In 2020, Kramer and husband Michael Caussin released a book that they cowrote titled: “The Good Fight: Wanting to Leave, Choosing to Stay, and the Powerful Practice for Loving Faithfully.”


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