Hilarie Burton is detailing her traumatizing expertise on “One Tree Hill.” Through the newest episode of the “Drama Queens” podcast, Burton, Bethany Pleasure Lenz and Sophia Bush recap “It Will get Worse at Evening,” the Season 4 episode through which the Tree Hill gang goes to Honey Grove to rescue Mouth (Lee Norris) from jail.
Burton, who was certainly one of 18 ladies of the present who accused creator Mark Schwahn of sexual harrassment, detailed the trauma she endured whereas filming this episode of the present. She and Schwahn, who she by no means refers to by identify, solely by the “boss,” needed to journey to Honey Grove, Texas, earlier than filming began to shock the native highschool with information that they’d received a contest to have the CW drama movie there.
“The flight again from that’s when he assaulted me. He assaulted me once more within the automobile on the drive from Raleigh to Wilmington, He went straight to set and he advised Danneel [Ackles] that he and I made out the entire time, and it was enjoyable, and he was making an attempt to make her jealous. So, she confronted me about it and was like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I’m like, ‘What are you speaking about?’” Burton alleged. “So, then we needed to go on this journey with him. And this was actually, like, the final three months the place my blood was boiling. I didn’t know methods to course of it anymore and you may see it within the episode. You possibly can see that I’m not there… I seem like shit, I’m not connecting in anyway.”
Lenz requested Burton about her choice to not report Schwahn on the time.
“Oh, I did. I advised all kinds of individuals. Honey, I advised all people,” Burton replied. “Chad [Michael Murray] walked up and goes, ‘What are you doing?’ He mentioned that to our boss within the bar. He watched our boss seize me in entrance of lots of people, and you realize, Chad didn’t have something to lose as a result of he knew our boss hated him anyway. Lots of people had so much to lose, so that you don’t communicate up when you might have so much to lose. However [our boss] felt so snug that that was not one thing that he had an issue with. [He thought], ‘I can do no matter I need to her in public together with her boyfriend standing there.’”
Bush famous that Murray was “protected” since he was on the prime of the decision sheet. “He had essentially the most energy, so he may come up and shove our boss off you and get in a battle. And I’m glad that he did. I need all people to comply with that lead,” she mentioned. “Thank God, Hilarie, that you simply had that second with Chad, who was already so at odds with our boss.”
The ladies additionally recalled that Ackles’ character, Rachel, had been written out of “One Tree Hill” at this level and was persistently objectified in the course of the episode. In a single scene, Mouth talks about Rachel leaving him for a extra engaging man whereas everybody else feedback on her cosmetic surgery.
“This isn’t Mouth. It’s our boss writing himself because the ‘I’m such a pleasant man and all of the attractive women don’t need to have intercourse with me,’” Bush mentioned. “That is additionally, in actual life, when she started courting her now-husband [Jensen Ackles], who was the beautiful man on the bar that Mouth is speaking about. That’s our boss speaking about how jealous of Danneel’s husband he was… I don’t like that we had been all used on this episode to simply pile on our pal as a result of she mentioned to her grown-up, married boss, ‘Please cease hitting on me and please cease touching me and please cease making an attempt to make out with me at bars. I’m very uncomfortable.’ Like, that ought to simply be the naked fucking minimal!”
Bush, who remained on “One Tree Hill” with Lenz for all 9 seasons (Burton and Murray exited on the finish of their six-year contract in 2009), in contrast the co-star’s expertise to 1 she went by means of years later.
“Folks need to say, ‘Oh, it was a special time.’ Ten years later, in the identical means you had been going by means of this in your set, that is what I used to be coping with on my subsequent set. It was pervasive. It wasn’t then, it was on a regular basis,” she mentioned. “It hit me that precisely what was taking place to you presently in North Carolina, that’s what was taking place to me years later in entrance of rooms stuffed with males… The individuals who had been in cost that I went to mentioned nothing. After I reported my first assault on set, which was witnessed by folks, to my boss who was circulation in from L.A., his response was, ‘Properly, thank God he didn’t attempt to rape you.’”
Schwahn, who was first accused by the “One Tree Hill” solid in 2017, has by no means responded to the allegations.