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James Lafferty Interview -- Interview

James Lafferty Interview -- Interview

One Tree Hill hunk James Lafferty opens up about his new co-stars Robert Buckley and Shantel VanSanten and what the set is like without Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton.

Don’t forget to tune into a new episode of One Tree Hill, airing TONIGHT (October 19) @ 8PM ET/PT on The CW. In the meantime, here’s what the 24-year-old actor opened up to about:

JJ: Hi, James! How are you, where are you calling from?

JL: I’m calling from my place in L.A. I just actually got in town from Wilmington (North Carolina) yesterday so I’ll be here for a little while. I’m not scheduled to film for a few days, so I just came back here to get some work done.

JJ: How many episodes are you shooting this season?

JL: This season, 24, I think. We were in the middle of filming episode 11. We’re almost halfway. Basically, we’re finishing up our first 13 episodes – we’re trying to finish by Thanksgiving and then after that we’ll continue with the rest of the season.

JJ: What is your character going through at the moment?

JL: Right now, Nathan is through the ceiling – he’s trying to get his professional act back together after going through the entire process with Renee accusing him of infidelity, having his reputation smeared – he’s trying to get that back at this point.

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JJ: What’s the new season like without Chad and Hilarie around?

JL: It’s actually been great – all the new faces on the show have really fit in and they’re really prepared and really, really dedicated. Shantel and Rob have brought a different energy to the show and their commitment to the characters and their work ethic is outstanding. We’ve done a really good job with moving forward and getting the audience to commit to these new characters. That’s a big testament to Rob and Shantel and the work they’ve done.

JJ: You and Rob seem like you would get along really well off-set – do you hang out together?

JL: Yeah! It’s cool – it’s kind of funny, because all the new characters on the show had been sort of trying to tie up all the loose ends of their lives before they got to Wilmington, so whether it’s getting rid of apartments or packing things up and bringing them out here, everybody’s been reading and kicking back a lot. But I’d say that Rob and I are good friends now and it’s a cool dynamic to have someone who has a lot of common interests, so we play a lot of video games and read a lot of graphic novels and just kind of hang out.

JJ: What kinds of video games do you play?

JL: We’ve been on a UFC kick for a while – there’s a UFC fighting video game that’s got us pretty addicted. (Ultimate Fighting Championship is a mixed martial arts organization.)

JJ: What’s been your favorite change on this season of OTH plot-wise?

JL: I think my favorite so far is with Nathan and the Scott family’s new life. It was funny – when we came back, they were building the set for the new Scott house and they hadn’t finished it yet but I went on the stage where the old Scott house used to be and there was actually another set – there was a Tree Hill High School set on that stage as well. But the new Scott house set was so massive when it was being built that it actually took up the entire stage, basically.

The Tree Hill High School stage is gone, the old Nathan and Haley house is gone, and basically it’s a dance studio and the Scott house. And when they finally finished it, I went in there again – we film in there all the time now – but it’s really cool to sit there and kind of soak it in and look at the house that we film in for Nathan and Haley – it’s so big and beautiful and we actually have a pool indoors on the stage we shoot at, so to look at that and then look back at where Nathan and Haley started in their shabby little apartment. It’s cool to let that soak in and see where we’ve taken the characters.

JJ: If the producers asked you to sign on for two more seasons, would you sign up?

JL: I don’t know – I really couldn’t answer that question right now! I’m definitely signed on for one more season after this. And so if they wanted to do an eighth season, I’d be there. Anything after that is up in the air. [Creator] Mark Schwahn has done such a good job of revamping the show time and time again, keeping it relevant and keeping the audience watching. And if there were more stories to tell, it’s always a possibility.

JJ: Do you have an opinion of where Nathan should be by the end of the series?

JL: I think Nathan belongs with his family, I absolutely think so – whether or not there’s another kid involved. Whether or not Nathan stays in the NBA, I think his foundation he’s built for himself is rooted in Haley and Jamie, so I think that’s where he belongs at the end of the show.

JJ: Do you have any other projects you’re working on right now besides OTH?

JL: Yeah, we’re shooting a documentary. I have this sports coordination company called SportsArc I started with my friend Brendan Kirsch and we’re tracking projects to do sports coordination for. (The company bridges the gap between sports and film production.) But also on the side, we’re producing a documentary about a high school football player here in southern California who’s trying to get a scholarship to go to school and start his future in football.

That’s entitled The Hopeful right now and it’s a documentary. so as things go, the story develops and we don’t know how long we’re going to be following him or when the story is going to end. But that’s something that we’re shooting right now and is continuously in development. But on the acting side, I’m focusing on One Tree Hill for right now and trying to keep my options open for when we have our hiatus.


A new episode of One Tree Hill airs TONIGHT (October 19) @ 8PM ET/PT on The CW.

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  • Kiley

    LAME! Just like OTH.

    You mean to tell me that show is still going on, oh wait it’s on the cw network and they thrive off of crappy ratings. GO FIGURE. Makes sense why OTH is still on lmao.

  • lol

    It’s official JJ you are the only site besides oth sites to give a crap about this crappy show.

  • eres

    ….I love him.

  • Joanne

    I can’t believe this show is still on. Crazy long time. I can’t believe Smallville is still on too.

  • Jess

    OTH is my fave show after NCIS and James – YUM! Great interview 2 =)

  • Katelyn

    i love james lafferty!!! hes so damn sexy

  • sus

    love u james!!! and i love one tree hill! :)

  • Andy

    I love James ! i actually meet him in Wilmington,NC he was shooting a basketball scene with his son on the show he is so hot in real life

  • Yas

    His character used to be so much more than it is now. I think the show is just digging itself a bigger grave by continuing to air. It’s really not OTH anymore.

  • kim

    thank you for the interview! good questions and answers.
    james is yummy!

  • cindy

    Could Jared have been any more clueless about the show and the character he was interviewing. To ask if he saw himself married and with a kid by the end of the series, when the character already is married and has a kid.

    James saved it well, but Jared looks like an idiot.

  • wowowow

    james lafferty is one of the best looking guys in hollywood and he seems like a genuinely nice and intelligent person. i hope he’s successful after OTH.

  • julie

    OMG! I love James. He is so handsome and so nice. Always giving Mark shout outs! JARED, why didn’t you ask him about what’s it like to work with Joy, or Sophia or Shantel. It’s okay, I’m just so glad you interviewed him. If I were a film director I would hire him in a minute, he is so frickin hot and talented! He should be the new Superman, or Batman. More James Jared!

  • lmfao

    LMFAO.LMFAO. Jared you would think when interviewing the person of a tv show you would actually try to know what’s going on. Seems like Jared doesn’t know anything about OTH. Who can blame him though oth has gone to crap now.

    I’m sure James thinks that Shantel brings a new energy to the show and her work ethics are outstanding since they are both screwing each other out of work. Who cares though OTH is known for unprofessionalism.

    Anyways this interview is lame.

  • vickee

    The show is confusing. I tried watching it but couldn’t follow.

  • gisselle Diaz

    can you be any ruder if you don’t like the show than don’t watch it DUH!!!

  • jen

    I love James. He seems like such a nice guy and so down to earth. Nathan and Haley are my favorite characters on the show and I’m glad that he loves the couple so much. I LOVE this season without CMM and Hilarie Burton. CMM brought the show down in my opinion and I feel like it’s just gotten so much better without him. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds. I’m glad you did this interview I loved it!

  • Madison

    Nice Interview. I think the show is better without Chad & Hilarie. With those two it was just a whine fest. Thank god they left the show.

  • Brooke

    I love james<3, I think he has gotten so much better as Nathan, he has really grown into the character. Can’t wait to see what happens on the show, it’s so fun to watch!

  • caxposed

    Great interview! JAMES, JOY and SOPHIA are the reasons I enjoy watching the show so as long as they stick around, I’ll keep watching. Hopefully when James feels he needs to part from the show he’ll continue acting because I think he’s a pretty good actor and has potential to be great.

  • gaby

    Please the relationship between the whole cast is a complete JOKE. Everyone wants to blame CH for having a crappy connection between the cast, please STFU, other cast members have hit and quit it that it’s actually pathetic. Everything that goes down behind the scenes is laughable and people think the cast is all friendly now. LIE.

    ” It’s actually been great – all the new faces on the show have really fit in and they’re really prepared and really, really dedicated. Shantel and Rob have brought a different energy to the show and their commitment to the characters and their work ethic is outstanding.”
    Seriously James, did I miss something… words like “prepared, dedication, commitment”- did CH not do OTH for the last six years, do those words not pretain to them because they left? They did there work just like any other oth cast member, so james response was just lame. Next time just don’t comment.

    It’s actually quiet funny how even though CH are no longer on the show, they still end up being brought into the topic.

  • GG

    Other PPL might give u crap JJ but I love all the OTH stuff you put up here!

  • AnnaBanana

    I love James and OTH.
    Been a fan for a long time .. Since season1.

    Thanks JJ for asking my question:) about if he would do more seasons.
    Great Interview:)

  • Tam

    #21 Bitter much.
    James did a great interview. The new cast is awesome and I believe the show is better than ever.

  • AnnaBanana

    @GG: @GG: I agree 100%! :)

  • sarah

    Love the interview, thanks Jared.

    I think OTH is still doing just fine. It still beats GG in the ratings and without Chad and Hilarie I really enjoying the new energy you can also feel while watching. It’s a new dynamic and I hope they stay around for a little bit longer.

  • pippa

    james lafferty on just jared! finally! i love him!

  • *** JAMIE ***


  • Alexa

    What are you guys smoking?! OTH is AWESOME and James is defs a favorite of mine. Great interview Jared.
    The show has been so much better without CMM and Hilarie Burton’s whining.
    Long live OTH!!

  • Ella

    I’m glad you put out an interview with James. I hope he does well after OTH, he’s still young. I actually like the new season, it’s more fresh – even though it’s not my favorite show anymore.

  • natalie


    actually, one tree hill has more viewers then gossip girl you stupid turd

  • elle


  • niki

    is that what OTH fans do to believe there show is actually worth a crap..they compare to Gossip Girl. NEWSFLASH both suck, and you oth fans act like OTH trumps Gossip Girl in rating each week when that is far from the turth..they pretty much are close, but only oth has a FEW more viewers.

  • Kate

    An extra couple thousand(and sometimes even 1,2, or 3 hundred thousand viewers) is NOT a few.

  • ana

    I love youuu James!!!

  • wowowow

    i love james and think he’s really hot, but he needs to cut it out with the protein shakes and weightlifting. he’s getting wayyyyyyyy too big. he looked the best in season 5 after he cut his hair. he was still really muscular but he was lean and clothes looked perfect on him. now i’m always waiting for his bicep to burst out of his t-shirt. plus him being bigger makes him look shorter. so james if you see this, stop working out!!! please!!! go back and rewatch season 5. your body is perfect then.

  • anonymous

    s7 is good but it could easily be “Great” if the get rid of Shantel/Quinn. That girl has only one facial expression and no emotion whatsoever.

  • Jessy

    He has hot body but i don’t like his face.

  • Cindy

    He is with Shantel in real life.

  • anonymous

    @Cindy: ^EW worse actress on the show and she is fugly.

  • Ali

    yeah Shantel got her sugar daddy in Wilmy.

  • Colleen

    Everyone was denying that James and Shantel hooked up. Now the locals know too. They had to stop pretending it wasn’t true.

  • Lucy

    I can see them together. Shantel seems like a street wise girl and not too bright. Pretty sure but James can do better.

  • Dana

    haha Shantel sucks. James has improved with age and his acting is so much better.

  • Katie

    Thank you for interviewing James Lafferty, I have been a die hard fan of OTH since day one and even though I was sad to hear that Peyton and Lucas wouldn’t return I love James Lafferty 10x more and I really love what the show has done this season=) I really like the new characters and the new story line; Thank you for interviewing him, it nice to see him get some attention

  • Annie

    James is awesome. Shantel not so much.

  • Dora

    OTH is so much better this season. James rocks, Sophia, Joy and Austin too. The new characters are good except Quinn, boring actress. Glad to see James.

  • Kristi

    I knew he was doing Shantel. They drink alot in Wilmy with Rob too.

  • Baci

    i thought Shantel was doing Rob?

    Anyhow I love James, I love Nathan. He is not the best actor, especially when it comes to romantic scenes, but he is so hot and seems like a nice guy. I could definitely see him doing directing or other behind the scenes work later on rather than acting in the future. I

  • Stacy

    Shantel is with James for sure. Hilarie moved to Los Angeles because she is pregnant with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s baby. Notice her face is fuller.