The Stars of 'One Tree Hill': Where Are They Now?

2:02 PM 9/23/2018

by Katherine Schaffstall

It's been 15 years since Lucas and Nathan Scott went head to head on the River Court for the first time.

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It's been 15 years since One Tree Hill premiered on The WB on Sept. 23, 2003.

The show, which aired on The CW starting with its fourth season, followed estranged half-brothers Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty) as they are forced to work together when Lucas joins the Tree Hill Ravens basketball team. While the first four seasons took place at Tree Hill High School, the final five followed the characters as they navigated adulthood.

The series was set in the fictional town of Tree Hill, North Carolina and was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The ensemble cast also included Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Paul Johansson, Sophia Bush, Barry Corbin, Craig Sheffer, Moira Kelly, Barbara Alyn Woods, Lee Norris, Antwon Tanner, Danneel Harris Ackles, Jackson Brundage, Lisa Goldstein Kirsch, Austin Nichols, Robert Buckley, Shantel VanSanten, Jana Kramer, Stephen Colletti and Tyler Hilton.

The series made headlines again in November 2017 when a number of cast and crew members came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against creator Mark Schwahn.

One Tree Hill concluded its ninth and final season on April 4, 2012.

Read on to see what the show's alumni have been up to since that final season.

  • Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott)

    Murray portrayed Lucas Scott, the aspiring basketball player that eventually joins his high school's team after years of practicing at the River Court. Prior to his role as Lucas Scott, the actor had recurring roles on Gilmore Girls and Dawson's Creek. Following his departure from One Tree Hill at the end of the sixth season, Murray starred on Crackle's Chosen from 2013-2016. He also appeared on History Channel's 2015 miniseries Texas Rising and on ABC's Agent Carter from 2015-2016. Murray starred as Sam Phillips on CMT's Sun Records in 2017. The actor's film roles include Freaky Friday, A Cinderella Story, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, A Madea Christmas, Left Behind, Outlaws and Angels and Camp Cold Brook. He also has published two novels: Everlast was released in 2011, while American Drifter: An Exhilarating Tale of Love and Murder, which was co-authored by Heather Graham, bowed in 2017.


  • James Lafferty (Nathan Scott)

    Lafferty played Nathan Scott, who was introduced as the bad boy star of the basketball team but quickly turned into the athlete with a heart of gold. Nathan begins a romance with Lucas' best friend Haley (Bethany Joy Lenz) to get revenge on his half-brother, though the two quickly realize that they have undeniable chemistry and elope at the end of the first season. Since One Tree Hill's conclusion, Lafferty has had recurring roles on NBC's Crisis and WGN America's Underground. His film roles include Lost on Purpose, Oculus, Waffle Street and Small Town Crime. Lafferty has also taken on the role of director for the E! series The Royals. The actor recently teamed up with fellow One Tree Hill alum Stephen Colletti for the episodic comedy project Everyone Is Doing Great. While the two shot the pilot in 2017, they recently campaigned to raise funds to shoot a complete season. The series follows the stars of a hit television show as they struggle to maintain a successful career five years after the show is canceled.

  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer)

    Burton portrayed not-so-preppy cheerleader Peyton Sawyer. While initially introduced as Nathan's girlfriend, Peyton quickly entered into a love triangle with Lucas and Brooke (Sophia Bush). Music was an important part of the series, and Peyton served as Tree Hill's music expert and eventually opened her own record label. Burton left the series at the end of the sixth season alongside her onscreen husband Murray. She has since portrayed Sara Ellis on USA Network's White Collar from 2010-2013 and has had recurring roles on Grey's Anatomy, Hostages, Forever, Extant and Lethal Weapon. The actress has appeared in a number of made-for-television Christmas movies, including Lifetime's Christmas on the Bayou and Last Chance for Christmas, as well as Hallmark's Naughty or Nice. Burton will next appear in the Lifetime Christmas movie The Christmas Contract alongside her One Tree Hill co-stars Buckley, Tanner and Ackles. She is married to actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The couple share son Augustus "Gus" Morgan and daughter George Virginia Morgan.

  • Bethany Joy Lenz (Haley James Scott)

    Lenz portrayed Haley James Scott, who was introduced as Lucas' best friend and quickly became Nathan's girlfriend and wife. Haley was her high school's valedictorian and had careers as a singer and a teacher. Since One Tree Hill's final season, Lenz has had recurring roles on Dexter, Agents of SHIELD, American Gothic, Colony and Grey's Anatomy. The actress appeared in the Hallmark movies The Christmas Secret and Royal Matchmaker, as well as the Lifetime movie Snowed-Inn Christmas and the upcoming film Poinsettias for Christmas. She also appeared in the 2017 film Extortion. Similar to Haley, Lenz is also a musician. She released her first album, Preincarnate, in 2002, followed by Come on Home in 2005 and The Starter Kit in 2006. Lenz created the folk musical duo Everly with Amber Sweeney in 2008. The duo released four EPs between 2008 and 2010 before splitting up in 2012. Lenz went on to release the studio album Then Slowly Grows in 2012, which was followed by Your Woman in 2013. She then released the EPs Get Back to Gold in 2014 and It's Christmas in 2015. Many of Lenz's songs were featured on One Tree Hill. She will next appear on the Suits spinoff as Keri Allen, a driven attorney who acts as the unofficial right hand to the mayor.

  • Paul Johansson (Dan Scott)

    Johansson starred as Dan Scott, the father of Nathan and Lucas. After impregnating both his high school sweetheart Karen (Kelly) and college girlfriend Deb (Woods) within a matter of months, he chose to raise Nathan and abandon his older son, Lucas. Since Dan's death at the end of One Tree Hill's ninth season, Johansson has guest starred on shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Beauty and the Beat, Bones and Once Upon a Time. He played the recurring role of Ferg Donnelly on Mad Men from 2014-2015. The actor currently stars as Dmitri on Syfy's dark fantasy-horror drama Van Helsing. Johansson has also appeared in the Lifetime television movies House of Secrets, A Daughter's Nightmare and The Stepchild.

  • Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis)

    Bush is responsible for bringing Brooke Davis to life. Brooke was originally introduced in One Tree Hill's second episode as an immature cheerleader who likes to party. Over the course of the series, she matured and eventually started her own clothing line called Clothes Over Bros. While most of her storylines in the earlier seasons revolved around a love triangle with her boyfriend Lucas and best friend Peyton, Brooke later dealt with more serious issues like mending a broken relationship with her mother, taking in a foster child and infertility. Bush has kept busy since the conclusion of One Tree Hill. She starred on the short-lived CBS comedy Partners in 2012, and was then cast as Detective Erin Lindsay on Chicago PD in 2013 before leaving the series in 2017. Bush inked a talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox Television in October 2017 that ensures she will star in a television comedy or drama, as well as gives her the freedom to develop and executive produce other projects. It was announced in September that Bush will next star in the spy thriller drama Surveillance as the head of communications for the NSA. Her film roles include Marshall, Acts of Violence and most recently the voice role of Voyd in Incredibles 2. In addition to her career as an actress, Bush is also an activist and uses her social media presence to raise awareness for the causes she supports.

  • Barry Corbin (Coach Whitey Durham)

    Corbin played Whitey Durham, the beloved coach of the Tree Hill Ravens basketball team. While he sometimes came off as tough, his vulnerabilities appeared when having heart-to-heart talks with his team and when discussing his late wife, Camilla. Corbin left the show as a main character at the end of the fourth season, but came back for guest appearances in the fifth and sixth seasons. He has more than 100 acting credits under his belt. Since leaving One Tree Hill, Corbin starred on the digital sports comedy Suit Up from 2012-2013 and on the FX comedy Anger Management from 2012-2014. He also has had recurring roles on The Closer, Modern Family, Blood & Oil and The Ranch. Corbin's recent film roles include parts in The Horseman, Beyond the Farthest Star, Last Man Club, At the Edge of Time, The Valley, All Saints and Windsor.

  • Craig Sheffer (Keith Scott)

    Sheffer played Keith Scott, the brother of Dan and uncle of Lucas and Nathan. Keith served as a father figure in Lucas' life following the abandonment of his father. He had a crush on Karen since high school and the two finally got engaged before he was murdered by Dan in the third season. Following Keith's death, Sheffer made guest appearances throughout the remainder of the series in dream sequences. After Keith's departure as a main character from the series, Sheffer went on to make guest appearances on Psych, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The actor has appeared in the movies Love Lies Bleeding, While She Was Out, The Mark and its 2013 sequel The Mark 2: Redemption. Sheffer's most recent acting credit was in the 2016 film Code of Honor.

  • Moira Kelly (Karen Roe)

    Kelly portrayed Karen Roe, Lucas' mother. Karen had Lucas at a young age and raised him by herself. She owned Karen's Café and Tric Nightclub, two local hangout spots frequently visited by Lucas and his friends. Kelly left the show at the conclusion of the fourth season but returned to make guest appearances in later seasons. Prior to her role as Karen, the actress starred in the 1992 film The Cutting Edge as Kate Moseley and in the Lion King franchise as Adult Nala. Since leaving One Tree Hill, Kelly has made guest appearances on Numb3rs and Drop Dead Diva. She also starred in the made-for-television movies A Smile as Big as the Moon, Taken Back: Finding Haley, Deadly Sorority and Girl in the Bunker.

  • Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott)

    Woods played Deb, Nathan's mother and Dan's wife until their divorce in the third season. Woods' Deb was billed as a main character for the first four seasons, as well as the sixth. The actress appeared as a guest star in the other seasons. Since the conclusion of One Tree Hill, Woods has appeared in the 2014 Lifetime movie Death Clique. She also guest-starred on a 2014 episode of The Goldbergs. Her only film credit since the show's ending is the role of Mrs. Rosen in 2012's Taste It: A Comedy About Recession.

  • Lee Norris (Marvin "Mouth" McFadden)

    Norris portrayed Mouth, who was one of Lucas' oldest friends and became friends with the other characters when Lucas joined the high school's basketball team. While he didn't play basketball, he served as the announcer for both recreational games at the River Court and for Ravens games. He turned his passion for announcing into a career as a sports broadcast journalist in the later seasons. Since One Tree Hill ended, Norris reprised his Boy Meets World character Stuart Minkus for a recurring role on the Disney Channel spinoff Girl Meets World from 2014-2017. He also appeared as Todd on two episodes of The Walking Dead in 2017. Norris made an appearance in the 2014 blockbuster hit Gone Girl as a police officer. He is also set to appear in the upcoming war film Greyhound.

  • Antwon Tanner (Antwon "Skills" Taylor)

    Tanner played Skills, who was another recreational basketball player who could often be found at the River Court. After being introduced as one of Lucas' childhood friends, he eventually joined the Ravens basketball team and befriended the other characters. Following the conclusion of the series, Tanner appeared in the films Percentage, 7 Faces of Jack the Ripper, Who Can I Run to, The Perfect Wife, Two Faced and Prey Before You Eat Divided We Fall. He has guest-starred on Rizzoli & Isles, The Carmichael Show and Rosewood, as well as played the recurring role of Lyle on Get Shorty. Tanner currently stars on the Adult Swim comedy Black Jesus as Jason. The actor will next appear in the Lifetime movie The Christmas Contract.

  • Danneel Ackles (Rachel Gatina)

    The actress, formerly billed as Danneel Harris, played Rachel Gatina. Also a member of the cheerleading squad, Rachel often rubbed her peers the wrong way but built strong friendships with Brooke and Mouth. Ackles left the series as a regular character at the end of the fourth season, though she returned for guest spots in the fifth and seventh seasons. Since leaving One Tree Hill behind, the actress married Supernatural star Jensen Ackles. The couple has three children. Ackles starred as Sara Maxwell on the short-lived NBC romantic comedy Friends With Benefits from 2010-2011. She has guest-starred on Retired at 35, How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) and played the recurring role of Sister Jo/Anael on the thirteenth season on Supernatural. Ackles teamed with Burton for the 2012 Hallmark movie Naughty or Nice and will once again act with her former One Tree Hill co-star in The Christmas Contract. Her film credits include The Back-Up Plan, The Roommate, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and Mardi Gras: Spring Break.

  • Jackson Brundage (Jamie Scott)

    Jamie Scott was introduced at the end of the fourth season as Nathan and Haley's son, and Brundage's portrayal began at the beginning of the fifth season following the show's four-year time jump. The character had strong relationships with many of his parents' friends and brought a youthful energy to the show as the main characters navigate adulthood. Since the end of One Tree Hill, Brundage starred as Joe Hobbs on Nick at Nite's See Dad Run from 2012-2015. He also lent his voice for the role of Foo on eight episodes of Nickelodeon's Harvey Breaks in 2015, though he was replaced by Tom Robinson for the remainder of the series.

  • Lisa Goldstein Kirsch (Millicent "Millie" Huxtable)

    Goldstein Kirsch's Millie was first introduced as Brooke's quirky assistant during the fifth season. The actress was originally only hired to appear in one episode, but the writers were impressed enough to promote her to a main character. When Brooke moves back to Tree Hill from New York City, Millie falls in love with the North Carolina town and decides to stay. She also starts a romance with Mouth, which influences her to briefly move to Omaha, Nebraska, to be with him in the sixth season before they move back to Tree Hill. Following the One Tree Hill series finale, Goldstein Kirsch guest-starred on a 2013 episode of Drop Dead Diva. She has since retired from acting. Goldstein Kirsch met her husband Brendan Kirsch on the set of The CW series, where he worked as a basketball coordinator. The couple married in 2011 and had their first child in 2014.

  • Austin Nichols (Julian Baker)

    Julian Baker was introduced in the sixth season as Peyton's ex-boyfriend from her time in Los Angeles. He moved to Tree Hill to adapt Lucas' novel An Unkindness of Ravens into a film. While he originally planned to win Peyton back, he eventually developed feelings for Brooke and permanently relocated to Tree Hill. After an on-again-off-again relationship with Brooke, the two got married and had twin boys. Nichols' Julian was promoted to a main character in the seventh season. Since saying goodbye to One Tree Hill, Nichols has had recurring roles on The Mob Doctor, Ray Donovan and Bates Motel. The actor played the role of Spencer Monroe on AMC's The Walking Dead from 2015 until the character's death in the seventh season. His film credits include LOL, Parkland and The Iron Orchard. Nichols was set to star in the upcoming CW series In the Dark, but his role was recast following the pilot.

  • Robert Buckley (Clay Evans)

    Robert Buckley was cast as Clay Evans following Murray and Burton's exit from the show. Clay was Nathan's sports agent and friend from the seventh season until the end of the series. Originally introduced as a playboy, Clay started a relationship with Quinn (Shantel VanSanten); they eventually got married and adopted Clay's estranged son from his previous marriage during the series finale. Buckley went on to star as Brian Leonard on ABC's supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue in 2012, though the series was canceled after one season. The actor currently stars as Major Lilywhite on the CW series iZombie. The show debuted in 2015, and its fifth and final season is set to air in early 2019. Buckley has had recurring roles on Hart of Dixie and Play It Again, Dick, as well as guest-starring appearances on NBC's short-lived superhero sitcom Powerless and Hulu's anthology series Dimension 404. He will next be seen alongside some of his former One Tree Hill castmates in Lifetime's The Christmas Contract.


  • Shantel VanSanten (Quinn James)

    Quinn James was introduced in the seventh season as Haley's free-spirited older sister who moves back to her hometown of Tree Hill following her divorce. Quinn eventually falls for Clay and the two begin an epic romance that leads to their marriage. VanSanten has since made guest appearances on Beauty & The Beast, The Glades, The Night Shift, Rush Hour, Timeless and Scorpion. She starred on the Fox drama Gang Related in 2014 and on the CW drama The Messengers from 2014-2015. The actress played the recurring role of Patty Spivot on The Flash from 2015-2016 and played Julie Swagger on USA Network's Shooter, which was canceled after a three-season run. She also starred in the 2017 Hallmark movie Love Blossoms. In addition to her work as an actress, VanSanten has joined forces with the American Lung Association's Lung Force, an initiative dedicated to ending lung cancer, which she became involved with following her grandmother's death from the disease.

  • Jana Kramer (Alex Dupre)

    Actress Alex Dupre moved to Tree Hill in the seventh season when she was hired as the new face of Brooke's clothing line. Alex had a reputation for having a wild lifestyle, but mellowed out following a suicide attempt. After fracturing Brooke and Julian's relationship, Alex began dating Chase Adams (Colletti). While the relationship didn't last, it gave her enough inspiration to start songwriting and begin a career as a country singer. Since leaving One Tree Hill, Kramer followed her character's footsteps and began her own country music career. She released a self-titled album in 2012, followed by Thirty One in 2015. Kramer's film credits include Heart of Country and Support the Girls. She has appeared in the television films Country Crush, Love at First Bark and Christmas in Mississippi. Kramer competed on season 23 of Dancing With the Stars and came in fourth place. The actress-singer currently hosts the iHeartRadio podcast Whine Down.

  • Stephen Colletti (Chase Adams)

    Chase Adams was first introduced in the fourth season as a student at Tree Hill High School. The character's status as a member of the Clean Teens — the school's club dedicated to staying celibate — put a strain on his relationship with the sexually liberated Brooke. Chase appeared as a recurring character until Colletti was promoted to a series regular in the eighth season. Prior to his role as Chase, Colletti starred on the first two seasons of the MTV reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. After One Tree Hill, the realty star turned actor played the recurring role of Teddy Reynolds on VH1's Hit the Floor. Colletti has starred in the television films All About Christmas Eve, Status: Unknown, The Suicide Note and Did I Kill My Mother? He is currently working with former One Tree Hill co-star Lafferty on the series Everyone Is Doing Great, which the two wrote and star in.

  • Tyler Hilton (Chris Keller)

    Hilton played Chris Keller, an arrogant musician who regularly referred to himself in the third person. He went on tour with Haley during the second season, which caused a rift in her marriage to Nathan. Hilton made guest appearances as Chris in the third and fourth seasons and returned as a series regular in the ninth season. In the final season, Chris managed Peyton's former record label Red Bedroom Records. Since the series finale, Hilton has had recurring roles on CBS' Extant and Fox's Pitch. He also starred alongside Burton in Lifetime's Christmas on the Bayou. Hilton is a musician and regularly tours with recurring One Tree Hill castmember Kate Voegle. Hilton's albums include 2012's Forget the Storm and 2014's Indian Summer. Many of his songs have been featured on One Tree Hill. He is set to make a musical appearance in the upcoming Lifetime holiday film The Christmas Contract, which stars a number of his former One Tree Hill castmates.