One Tree Hill was one of the most-watched teen dramas of its early days. A big part of their appeal was the on-screen romances that occurred between the show’s characters, but what most people don’t realize is that, just like the roles they played, the actors continued to like each other after the cameras ended .
Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray wed in 2005 after a whirlwind romance, but things seemed to fizzle out quickly when the two called it quits just five months after exchanging vows. “I was a very naive 21-year-old kid, and that’s all,” Bush said of their relationship, according to Glamour. “I think a lot of people do stupid shit before their prefrontal cortex is fully formed, and they aren’t until they’re 26. So do the math on my timeline. I literally didn’t have a whole brain.”
But there were also on-screen couples who didn’t translate in real life, like Bethany Joy Lenz and James Lafferty. On the Drama Queens podcast, Lenz said her co-star was just too young for her. “James and I always got along really well, but he was a lot younger than me,” she shared with E! News. “It just never really occurred to me to have personal, romantic feelings for him.” However, Lafferty continued to date Bush, albeit briefly. Actor Austin Nichols too. In fact, they’ve been on and off for years.
Austin Nichols accepted the One Tree Hill role because of Sophia Bush
Austin Nichols and Sophia Bush began dating in 2010, but before that, Nichols already knew how much chemistry he had with Bush. When he was offered a regular role on “One Tree Hill” in 2009, he told the show’s creator that he would only agree if his character got along with Bush.
“When Mark asked me to come back as a series regular, I told him I would only do it if we could write a really strong love story for Brooke and Julian,” he told examer.com (via MTV). “I wanted him to tell them the greatest love story. I mentioned ‘The Notebook’ to him. I wanted him to tell them that kind of love and story, a wellspring love. And in ‘The Notebook’ even when they fight like it is for Brooke and Julian now it’s fun to watch them fight. it’s sexy It’s inspiring.”
Bush seemed to appreciate Nichols’ decision to appear on a series because of her. “We’ve been going out together on and off for the past four years. We had so many years of history before he came to work on the show,” Bush told E! News in 2010. “And I think having someone take a job and move their life across the country to show you how much they care is about the most romantic gesture a person can make.”
Sophia Bush didn’t think Austin Nichols was right
While Austin Nichols thought he and Sophia Bush had amazing chemistry, it apparently wasn’t enough for the two to make their way down the aisle. After two years of dating, Bush split from Nichols, who ironically played her husband on One Tree Hill after the series finale.
Bush had no reason for the split other than not seeing a future with the actor, according to a source. “She didn’t think he was the one,” an insider close to the star told Us Weekly. “She goes on.”
Nichols is practically the third co-star Bush has dated, but according to the John Tucker Must Die actor, it’s perfectly normal in the industry. She even dated her “Chicago PD” co-star Jesse Lee Soffer in 2014. “You realize that everyone you’ve ever met in this business has been out with everyone else on set and you don’t even come home for eight hours of sleep, like, yeah, I’m not surprised that every 20- year-old on set has dated every other 20-year-old on set,” she said on the Inside of You podcast, per Hollywood Life. “We act like it’s not common and it’s common. Some of our favorite celebrity couples are People who married the fourth costar they dated.”