Each character on “One Tree Hill” has changed over the show’s nine seasons. They’ve grown older, wiser and more successful. But at the start of season nine, one character was also noticably thicker. Marvin “Mouth” McFadden started this season about 60 pounds heavier than he eneded season eight, thanks to a sudden zeal for food that’s driving a wedge between him and his girlfriend, Millie.
“I never envisioned that’s where my story was going,” says Lee Norris, who has played Mouth since the show’s pilot episode and now performs his scenes buried under prothstetic makeup and extra padding.
I recently chatted with Norris at a CW event in Pasadena about the locally filmed show’s legacy, his North Carolina roots and what his future might hold.
Q: Are you living in California full-time now?