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James Lafferty Says He Had a Reality Check After 'One Tree Hill' Ended

James Lafferty is opening up about what life was like for him after the end of One Tree Hill.

Speaking to US Weekly, the 35-year-old actor revealed that after he returned from North Carolina where the show was filmed to Los Angeles, he was hit with reality.

“I can relate to where [my character] Jeremy is in our show from my own experience, just coming off of One Tree Hill and just being so young on that show, and I guess, naïve,” James says while talking of his new show, Everyone Is Doing Great, with Stephen Colletti.

He adds that he “thought that when that show ended, things would be pretty easy for me, that it would be easy to work again in television. Coming out of One Tree Hill, I think it was a real reality check. It was a real wake-up call as to how incredibly competitive it is out there.”

“I probably should have been doing a lot more work earlier in my career while I was doing One Tree Hill [in Wilmington, North Carolina] to build a foundation for myself back in Los Angeles.”

James says that reality hit him hard, saying it was a “slap in the face”.

“I just remember being sort of slapped in the face with that for a few years there and realizing that this is going to be much tougher than I ever gave it credit,” he shared.

Everyone Is Doing Great was recently picked up by Hulu. See how James and Stephen celebrated here…

A New Series with James Lafferty & Stephen Colletti Is Going to Hulu, 'One Tree Hill' Stars Celebrate News!

One Tree Hill stars James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti reunited for a new comedy series that was just acquired by Hulu!

The former co-stars wrote and produced the series, in addition to starring in it. After premiering the first two episodes on the festival circuit in 2018, the rest of the eight half-hour episodes were crowdfunded.

Deadline reports that the series, titled Everyone Is Doing Great, “vaguely parallels the lives of the co-creators as it follows Seth (Colletti) and Jeremy (Lafferty), who enjoyed the success of Eternal, a hit television vampire drama. Five years after their show has ended, they lean on each other as they awkwardly navigate the perils of life and love in a late coming-of-age.”

The Royals actress Alexandra Park stars in the series as Jeremy’s wife who supports him both emotionally and financially.

James and Stephen said in a statement, “Distribution through Hulu was always our dream scenario, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the show’s opportunity to reach their audience. A massive thank you to all the supporters of EDG that helped us climb the crowdfunding mountain, and to the incredibly talented, hard-working cast, crew, producers, family and friends that have gotten us through the various stages of this journey. We feel the road taken to get here is emblematic of the story EDG tells, one that’s rooted in love, friendship and finding humor in the struggle to figure it all out.”

Click inside to read what some One Tree Hill stars are saying about the series… More Here! »

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Patrick J. Adams, Jake McDorman & James Lafferty Mask Up For 'The Right Stuff' Premiere

Patrick J. Adams, Jake McDorman and James Lafferty all step out for the premiere of their new Disney+ series, The Right Stuff, held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Monday (October 5).

The three actors masked up for the event, where they were joined by their co-stars Eloise Mumford, Shannon Lucio, Nora Zehetner, Micah Stock, and Patrick Fischler.

In a recent interview, Patrick opened up about how he almost wrote to Annie Glenn while he was researching to play her husband, John Glenn, in the groundbreaking series. But, he didn’t.

“I wrote, like, about six different letters on my computer but every time it came down to send one I thought, ‘I think it’s best to just leave Annie Glenn,’ to have what ended up being her final year in peace,” he shared with ET Canada. “So I hope we did it justice and I hope somewhere they are looking down and that she looks positively on it, but I thought it best to leave her be.”

Patrick also revealed that while he had hopes of going to space, being an astronaut wasn’t a real dream for him.

“I always dreamed of going to space, but certainly never felt like I had what it took. I didn’t have ‘the right stuff,’ so to speak, to get up there,” he said.

The Right Stuff premieres on Friday, October 9 on Disney+.

If you missed it, James just announced some big news in his personal life!

20+ pictures inside of Patrick J. Adams, Jake McDorman, James Lafferty and more at The Right Stuff premiere…

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One Tree Hill Star James Lafferty Engaged To Girlfriend Alexandra Park!

Congrats are in order for James Lafferty – he just got engaged!

The former One Tree Hill star announced the news on his social media on Instagram.

“She said yeah 🙌🏼,” James simply captioned the cute photo where Alexandra has her arms wrapped around him and is showing off her simple and glittery engagement ring.

Alexandra has yet to post about the engagement on her own Instagram, however, did receive some congratulatory messages on her latest post.

“Congrats to you girl!! Can’t wait to see what this new chapter of your life looks like! So happy that you are happy 🤩❤️” one fan wrote to her.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of James Lafferty

James and Alexandra, who you might recognize from E!’s The Royals, have kept their relationship very low key and were first spotted together in 2018 at the Monte Carlo TV Festival.

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This other longtime couple also just announced their own engagement. See who here!

Nat Geo Releases First Look at 'The Right Stuff' Series; To Debut on Disney+ This Fall

The first look at Nat Geo’s upcoming space series, The Right Stuff, has been released.

The upcoming show is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and stars Patrick J. Adams, Jake McDorman, Colin O’Donoghue, Aaron Staton, James Lafferty, Micah Stock, and Michael Trotter.

Here’s the official summary: At the height of the Cold War in 1959, the Soviet Union dominates the space race. To combat a national sentiment of fear and decline, the U.S. government conceives of NASA’s Project Mercury, igniting a space race with the Soviets and making instant celebrities of a handful of the military’s most accomplished test pilots.

These individuals, who come to be known as the Mercury Seven, are forged into heroes long before they have achieved a single heroic act. The nation’s best engineers estimate they need several decades to make it into outer space. They are given two years.

The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe book of the same name, is set to premiere on Disney+ this fall.

See the first look and images from the series below!

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Hilarie Burton Shares Selfies with Chad Michael Murray & James Lafferty During Epic 'One Tree Hill' Reunion!

The stars of One Tree Hill are together again!

Hilarie Burton took to Instagram to share a ton of selfies from the One Tree Hill Convention on Saturday (February 22) in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Hilarie, who played Peyton Sawyer on the show, shared pics with Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott), James Lafferty (Nathan Scott), Antwon Tanner (Skills Taylor), Robert Buckley (Clay Evans), Michael Trucco (Cooper Lee), and Jana Kramer (Alex Dupre).

“I got a job when I was 20 years old that gave me some of the most important relationships and experiences of my life,” Hilarie wrote along with the photos. “I didn’t take nearly enough pictures this weekend and didn’t get photo evidence of everyone, but I love @raenia23 at @fwbcharityevents for bringing us all together. Thick and thin, our shared history has been a cornerstone in my life. Love you guys. Xxx”

One Tree Hill ran on The CW for nine seasons, from 2003 to 2012.

If you missed it, Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis) recently reunited with two other One Tree Hill co-stars at a 2020 Golden Globes after-party!

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Taylor Kitsch & Melissa Joan Hart Celebrate Monte-Carlo TV Festival 60th Anniversary Party!

Taylor Kitsch is dapper in a suit while hitting the red carpet at the 60th Anniversary Party for The Monte-Carlo TV Festival held at Sunset Tower Hotel on Wednesday (February 5) in West Hollywood.

The 38-year-old actor was joined at the event by Melissa Joan Hart and her sister Mackenzie Hart, Jason Priestley and his wife Naomi Lowde-Priestley, James Lafferty, Cedric the Entertainer, Billy Zane, Jane Seymour, Stephen Colletti and Patrick Duffy.

Taylor Kitsch was also joined by his Shadowplay co-star Tuppence Middleton and director Mans Marlind.

Shadowplay, a Cold War limited series from StudioCanal division Tandem Productions and Bron Studios, will screen the first two episodes June 19, with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the festival’s honorary president, in attendance.

FYI: Melissa is wearing a Shoshana dress.

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