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Austin Nichols: One Tree Hill is 'Better Than Any Season Before'

Austin Nichols: One Tree Hill is 'Better Than Any Season Before'

Austin Nichols is proud to be a One Tree Hill cast member!

The 29-year-old actor, who’s dating his co-star Sophia Bush, recently sat down with Examiner.com to talk what’s next for the show, his newest interest and finally being a One Tree Hill regular…

On being a recurring character on the show: “It’s great. It’s exciting. It’s different from being a guest. You feel more responsible for the show as a whole, for the final in product, as a regular. But it’s been fun. As far as I can tell, this season there has been really great material and better than any season before it so it’s been really cool.”

On what he hopes happens on the show with Sophia: “When Mark (Schwahn, the show’s creator) asked me to come back as a series regular I told him I only would if we could make a really powerful love story for Brooke and Julian. I wanted him to give them the greatest love story. I mentioned The Notebook to him. I wanted him to give them that kind of love and story, a fountainhead love.

“And in The Notebook even when they fight, it’s how it is now for Brooke and Julian, it’s fun to watch them fight. It’s sexy. It’s inspiring.”

On what he likes to do off-screen: “I’ve really been interested in architecture lately. I really want to buy a house and fix it up. There’s this incredible artist out there that inspires me, Donald Judd. All of his work is in Marfa, TX. It’s a really small town that has kept his work and the buildings that he owned all around it. The town now is really influenced by his style and it’s great.”

For more from Austin, check out Examiner.com.

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  • nothing-to-say

    this show will never be the same without Peyton or Lucas

  • lol

    Austin please STFU…c’mon dude comparing you and Sophia Bush characters to the “The Notebook” is laughable. This season is a JOKE..def. not the best. Nothing can top the original s1 OTH, sorry buddy.

  • just some info

    LOL..

    Perhaps you should read the article or what he said before you make certain comments. He never said that the storyline he shares with Sophia on OTH equal to the notebook. What he said is that when he was asked to sign on as a regular, one of the things he request was that Julia & Brooke get a good love storyline, something with dept, something like the notebook. That even if the characters are apart of fighting you still see the connection.

    Again … read the article… I think any actor working wishes for a quality storyline for their character, what’s wrong with reaching for the highest.

    The guy never said he thinks the Brooke & Julian storyline is = to the notebook. He said he hoped that mark would write a storyline for them that mirrored the notebook in a way.

    Peyton & Lucas were boring last season, especially Peyton.
    I rather watch this season and some of the new characters brought on.

  • just some info

    LOL..

    Perhaps you should read the article or what he said before you make certain comments. He never said that the storyline he shares with Sophia on OTH equal to the notebook. What he said is that when he was asked to sign on as a regular, one of the things he request was that Julia & Brooke get a good love storyline, something with dept, something like the notebook. That even if the characters are apart of fighting you still see the connection.

    Again … read the article… I think any actor working wishes for a quality storyline for their character, what’s wrong with reaching for the highest.

    The guy never said he thinks the Brooke & Julian storyline is = to the notebook. He said he hoped that mark would write a storyline for them that mirrored the notebook in a way.

    Peyton & Lucas were boring last season, especially Peyton.
    I rather watch this season and some of the new characters brought on.

  • Realme2008

    I really want to like Austin, but him stating that this is better then any OTH season before really makes me want to slap him! He probably never watched season 1-3, but they were clearly much better. He came in season six, so he really shouldn’t be saying anything about the quality of other seasons. It actually makes him sound unprofessional, because we all know he’s dating Sophia Bush. I’m sure making out with Sophia everyday is better then any OTH season. lol

  • Jenny

    I miss Peyton! I really don’t care about Quinn & Clay. Let’s keep it real Julian is Brooke’s sidekick this season. He’s become boring. I want Peyton!!!

  • just some info

    Some more corrections.. Austin is a regular cast member, not recurring. He was signed as a regular with a two year contract at the start of this season. Last season he was recurring.

    This is what he said about the show….”As far as I can tell”
    So he isn’t stating this as fact, he is just giving his opinion.

    This is your first full season on ‘One Tree Hill’, how has that been like for you?

    A-It’s great. It’s exciting. It’s different from being a guest. You feel more responsible for the show as a whole, for the final in product, as a regular. But it’s been fun. As far as I can tell, this season there has been really great material and better than any season before it so it’s been really cool.

  • BBoy

    Toothy Tile’s loverboy.

  • tush

    Yeah, I thought Austin and Jake G. were a couple. So Austin’s got a beard too?

  • Khristi

    I don’t give a shite about the shoe, but Austin is absolutely gorgeous

  • sam

    One of the worse seasons by far.

  • just some info

    Oh no the Toothy’s have invaded the blog.
    Here they come with all the Jake & Austin fantasy.
    They have been posting this for year, to bad posting it won’t make it true, it’s still the same made up blind it by ted on e that it has always been. I wonder what happened to the baby he said they were having a couple of years ago…

    Austin isn’t gay. He and Jake were friends, they are still friends but hardly run in the same circle or see each other much these days .

  • Cassie

    Haha this guy probably never watched 1-3. Funny. And he can’t act for god’s sake. People are talking about him because of Sophia and his buddy Jake.

  • Megan

    @just some info:

    We don’t need a recap. I think we are all pretty capable of reading what’s in front of are faces.

  • LMAO

    @Cassie:
    LOL you’re like some lawyer to Sophia and Austin or what ? You don’t know the real facts so shut up, please.

  • Jake

    Bearding worked wonders for my career! I’m the laughing stock of every gossip site on the internet. I think Austin should aspire to the same thing!

  • Sydney

    I’m sorry Austin, but this is not OTH’s best season. The beginning seasons were so much better. It’s an improvement from 6 though I will give him that. His material with Brooke really isn’t all that great. I liked his character more last season. Now just just feels like Brooke’s sidekick.

  • brookies

    hes cute ;)
    I Love OTH with him :)

  • Sarah

    WOW it’s kinda funny. Like he thinks this is the best season because of him but it’s actually pretty boring season. All shits about Brooke and Julian are so stupid. Even if i find Leyton boring i prefer them to Brulian. The only thing they do is making out there’s no emotional.

  • http://www.interracialloversmatch.com Cristina Bridal

    Glad to see he got over the break-up with Jake. Just as long as he doesn’t sleep with Paris, Sophia will keep him, lol.

  • funderpants

    I honestly like this season of One Tree. Clay is sick hot and has a cool storyline, we’re finally rid of He-of-the-douchey-squints, and the Rachel/Dan pairing is funny. I got sick of Peyton, I will never understand how she could have Jake and remotely like a wishy washy (douche) guy like Lucas. The beginning seasons were better since everyone interacted, now it’s too compartmentalized by storyline. Austin is a good fit for the show, he’s not a Nate worshipper like all the other males on the show, and he does funny and romantic nicely.

  • Lola

    This is NOT the best season! It’s boring and It’s not the same One Tree Hill. I miss Lucas and Peyton a lot!

  • just some info

    The entire cast is liking these season, they like that their characters have been aged so that they are no longer playing teens, currently the actors are closer in age to the characters than in past, so it give them something new to do, allows them to deal with different topics.

    I like .. Haley this year.
    Nathan is pretty much the same for me.
    Like Clay
    Don’t think the actress playing Quinn is upto the task.
    Liked Clay’s dead wife and I like Quinn’s ex.
    Love the addition of Alex.
    Don’t like what they have done to Millie, she is better as the clumsy moral figure..
    Love Brooke & Julian, but I’m not crazy about the direction their storyline is going, hoping something major happens to advance things past insecure Brooke.
    Love Dan and love who his wife is now.
    Liking the last two episodes reconnect of Brook & Haley’s friendship

    Granted .. the show isn’t as good as the first few years, but it is much better than the past couple of years. Peyton & Lucas were really boring in recent years and their wasn’t much left to write for them.
    I think bringing Haleys family back and giving Nathan’s career a storyline has been a good move.

  • ania

    YES! this is not the best season … but is really really good :)
    I Love OTH with Austin and Sophia and Joy and James and Jackson and Lee and Lisa and Jana and Rob and Antwon and Alison and Poul and Daneel and Stephen and Kate and even Shantel … i just don’t like Peyton and Lucas (especially together)…

  • Jessica

    That’s definitly NOT the best OTH’s season. It pissed me of that the writers are making Julian like Lucas. It’s really so dump. And the things between him and Brooke were too fast. This show is not the same. The best seasons were 1,2,3 maybe and 5.

  • CSlove

    I wonder if Austin ever watched OTH Season 1 – 3 ? Obviously not!!! If he thinks he’ll ever replace Chad he is mistaken! Mark is so use to stuffing his viewers with sloppy seconds, it’s sickening. As for Austin, if he thinks playing Sophia’s puppy is Notebook -like he needs to go rewatch the Notebook aswell as OTH!

  • Kate

    Hi Austin!

  • UV

    That’s a great picture of Austin :)

  • Anna

    I’m not crazy about the Bruilan storyline but they do make a cute couple. Austin is a good addition to the show.

  • http://kiddshow.com COBRA

    Well good thing that nigger skills is leaving.

  • http://kiddshow.com COBRA

    the ****** is “N,I,G,G,E,R”

  • Chica

    Jared, stop calling Austin Sophia’s boyfriend. Everyone knows he’s Jake’s boyfriend. Sophia is just a friend.

  • http://kiddshow.com COBRA

    jared is a FU.CK.ING QU.EE.R GO.OK

  • jen

    I’m loving this season but it’s definitely not the best. Seasons 1-3 were the best but this is the best season since season 3. I thought Austin was a good addition to the cast last year but it does seem as though they’re trying to make him the new Lucas. As for Brooke and Julian..HATE THEM! I like them seperately as their own individual characters but i can’t stand them together as a couple. THey have no chemistry with each other and both Austin and Sophia’s acting seems to be lacking a lot when they’re in scenes with each other. I definitely don’t compare them to the classic Notebook story. But as i said..this season has been my favorite since season 3 and I think Austin has been a refreshing addition to the show.

  • lili

    This guy is just sooooooooooo hot for his own good !!!!
    Love him <333

  • Alex

    @CSlove:
    Agree with you.

  • Robert

    WOW that was unprofessional of him. I bet he never watched Season 1-3. Just because he’s Sophia’s new boytoy that doesn’t make him the big star. His character was better last season.

  • :(

    I like Austin but him saying that this is one of the best seasons is crap. I’ve watched One Tree Hill from the very start and the show has just taken a turn for the worst. :(. …Dan and Rachel…WTF?! Alex old school Brooke…Clay bores me he’s got to many problems. Quinn seems like they just threw her in. It just seems like the show is trying to hard. It doesn’t flow the same w/o Lucas and Peyton. They were two core charcaters who you can’t just write out. I almost feel like OTH is headed down the same path The O.C took after they killed off Marissa.

  • omg

    Enough with the Lucas/Peyton talk they are gone. You fans are making it possible to hate them by keep bringing them up in every post about OTH. Give it a rest OTH Season 7 is still going strong but comparing past with the present is totally ridiculous.

  • Janet

    Well if you guys read whole interview you would know that he didn’t watch the show before he signed on so he’s probably talking about last season and this one. This season is so much better but nothing will compare to glory days of s1-3.

    Gay comments are hilarious especially since they are posted in a row,people are not that stupid and if you are still hang up on Jake and Austin,go write some gay fics.

  • Sassie

    @omg:
    Omg, STFU!

  • omg

    @Sassie: I know the truth hurts.

  • natalie

    umm NO sorry Austin but nothing can touch seasons 1-4……..

  • ashley

    this guy is an idiot.. Brooke and Julian will never be like the notebook and this season is NOTHING compared to earlier seasons.

  • Cristina

    Austin is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOTT.

    He’s got the most gorgeous smile and grin and he is incredibly good-looking from head to toes.

    I agree with the people who said that Seasons 1,2, and 3 were the best. Those were the good old days.

    However, after season 3, the show began to majorly suck. This season, however, is good so far, although certain characters like Quinn and Millie are annoying the crap out me.

  • dumb

    So this season is better because HE’s in it right? how conceited of him, and that bit about the Notebook…..ridiculous. btw, he looks like Butthead….

  • Kelly

    He didn’t say the season was better because he’s in it. If you want to jump on that bandwagon than you might as well get on the case of every actor and actress who star on OTH.
    Because from every interview I’ve read so far this season given by all the castmembers, they all seem to be having a great time and are enjoying themselves a lot this season. Even James gave an interview 2/3 weeks ago saying how this season was amazing. So I guess if you want to go that way, you might as well say that they’re all conceited.
    Let them be. They’re enjoying filming the show and each of them have certain hopes for there characters. All Austin said was that he hopes the Brulian relationship will be written like Allie and Noah’s in The Notebook. He never compared the Brulian relationship to Allie and Noah….just that he HOPES that’s the way Mark will write them.
    The rest is all in Mark’s hands.
    Although I doubt Mark will do it because he’s not all that great when it comes to writing epic love stories and Noah and Allie were definitely epic.

  • sbo

    LOVE LOVE LOVE brooke and julian together, hes smokin hot and adorable, i find him, way better then lucas and peyton, they got all boring lucas was in love every 6 seconds to a diff girl , he never knew what he wanted it was f r u s t e r a t i n g but i find one tree hill is always interesting and will def continue to watch. considering its 7th season im suprised they still have such good material!

  • brit

    Best season’s were 1-3. Love Brooke, hate her with Julian. This season is waaaaayyyy better than the crap that was season 6 though. Quinn is as entertaining as a stick and she should not be paired with Clay. Watching Quinn and Clay is like watching Lucas and Peyton’s “epic” love story all over again…

  • Ashley

    Season 3 was my favorite and this season definitely doesn’t compare to that season but it is definitely better than last season. I am sorry to say but ever since Brooke and Lucas broke up in the beginning of season 4 the show had been boring. I HATE Peyton and Lucas (not as characters but as a couple). Their whining (well more hers than his) was so annoying! I like Chad and Hilarie but I am not sad to see them gone! AS long as my girl Sophia is still on there I will be happy. I like Brulian, although they do not compare to Brucas. Although I wish they would stop putting Brooke in a love triangle. Why does every girl have to like the guy that Brooke loves? I want Brooke to be happy for once!!!!!

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