Well, tonight at 8pm One Tree Hill will air it’s final episode ever, after 9 seasons. I couldn’t let today go by without paying homage to the show where I grew up, where I learned some of my most important life lessons, where I learned about being part of a team and being a professional, and where I fell in love with a little town and its beautiful people.
I remember my screen test for the character of “Reagan” (later to be changed to “Haley”). During my test I was in a room full of executives while reading the scene with Chad Michael Murray and there were about 4 other girls going for the part, waiting in the hallway. There was a moment about halfway through the reading when I was sitting next to Chad and I playfully knocked the side of his leg with mine. I felt the energy of the whole room shift and I knew at that moment I had gotten the part. As I walked out to my car, Chad chased me down on the WB parking lot and said “Bethany!” I turned and he gave me a big hug, saying, “Congratulations.” I smiled thinking that was very sweet of him but I’d been in this business long enough to know that nothing’s for sure until you see it on screen. Sure enough, a few hours later I got a phone call that I had 7 days to pack up my life and move to Wilmington, North Carolina.
Via : Wish You Were Here.