One Tree Hill Cast's Real-life Couples

Bettina Dizon
Mar 11, 2021
04:49 A.M.

“One Tree Hill” is among the television shows that captivated its viewers’ hearts for the many relatable stories and romances. Here’s a look at the cast’s real-life partners.


It has been almost 17 years since we started following the two estranged brothers' bromance on "One Tree Hill," and the cast members' lives have changed drastically since.

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Lee Norris as Marvin "Mouth" McFadden

We can't believe that Lee is already 38! Even though he hasn't changed much over the 16 years and still can portray young characters, he chooses more grown-up roles. In the recent spinoff of the "Girls Meets World" - the "Boy Meets World" counterpart, he portrayed the role of a teenager's father.

Noris also managed to make an appearance in the hit movie "Gone Girl," where he portrayed an officer and appeared in a few episodes of "The Walking Dead."

The actor often tries to keep his private life out of the spotlight, but it is known that he's been married to a girl named Andrea for eight years. Norris stays friends with all the cast members and occasionally sees each other in person.

Well, of course, ten years of being together almost 24/7 has made the cast practically family. His latest movie - "A Christmas Wish" premiered in November 2019 on Lifetime. Norris' colleagues, Tyler Hilton and Hilarie Burton, also starred alongside the actor in the film.


Hilarie Burton as Peyton Sawyer

Wilmington Star described the character of Hilarie as having "blown away every stereotype the media has placed on cheerleaders" and that's exactly what we liked about her.

Moreover, this show helped her to find her love with 16-years-older actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Well, not exactly the show, but her co-star Danneel Ackles who played Rachel Gatina. You probably know her as the wife of the "Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles, and it was her who introduced Hilarie and Jeffrey.

Despite the age difference, they are madly in love and are raising two children: their son Augustus, born in March 2010, and daughter, George, born in February 2018. Just before Burton gave birth to baby George, Jeffrey Dean Morgan opened up about parenthood.

The couple has been together for a decade, with Morgan already referring to Burton as his wife in several interviews, even before officially tying the knot on October 5th, 2019.


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Their wedding ceremony was hosted by none other than Jensen Ackles and Norman Reedus – both Morgan's long-term co-stars on "Supernatural" and "The Walking Dead," all great friends in real life.

Burton announced their wedding on Instagram, revealing that the ceremony was everything she imagined, private and magical. On the other hand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan added in his own post, calling it the best day of his life.

Besides "One Tree Hill," Hilarie appeared in other TV shows as "White Collar," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Forever." Among her latest projects - Christmas movies - "The Christmas Contract" and "A Christmas Wish."

Paul Johansson as Dan Scott

Starting from his first role in 1989 up until now, Paul is still full of energy and starring in plenty of movies and TV shows.


He's made an appearance on "Criminal Minds," "Mad Men," "Bones," "Once Upon a Time," and "Van Helsing." His latest projects are the family movie "Secret Agent Dingledorf," "His Trusty Dog Splat," and "Q," which will premiere in 2020.

Johansson met his wife Romanian actress Gabriella Oltean on the set of "John Q" and later tied the knot. Sadly, they divorced during the shooting of "One Tree Hill's" second season.

After, he started dating Mercedes Connor, with whom he has a 7-year-old son Quinn. Because of the fight with the son's mother, who reportedly gave their child sleeping pills to make him sleep through the night and paid no attention to a severe allergy, Paul got full custody.

The 55-year-old actor is crazy about his son and posts plenty of pictures with him on social media. The show helped Johansson find a friend in Bethany Joy Lenz. Although not confirmed, their intimate and cozy pictures together hint at them being in a relationship.


Currently, Paul is dating a woman named Stephanie Ann. Since October, the actor has shared pictures with her on his Instagram alongside sweet captions.

James Lafferty as Nathan Scott

Lafferty landed the role of our favorite Nathan back at the age of 18. After filming, he started experimenting with genres, starring in dramas, horrors, comedies, and even tried himself as the director of a few episodes of "The Royals."

James supports the idea of a possible spin-off. The actor revealed he wants to see Nathan take a dark turn -- like father, like Scott, full-on Dan Scott dark.

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Off the screen, Lafferty dated the former UNC-Wilmington football goalie Rachel Wilson, "One Tree Hill" co-star Shantel VanSanten and Irish actress Eve Hewson, who you might have seen in "Robin Hood."

Bethany Joy Lenz as Haley James Scott

Bethany hasn't wasted a minute! She had recurring roles in such shows as "Dexter," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Pearson."


The actress is also lucky to be able to combine her successful career with motherhood. Lenz married former Enation keyboardist Michael Galeotti during the first few seasons of "One Tree Hill" and was pregnant during season 8.

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Unfortunately, Lenz and Galeotti decided to divorce when their daughter was just a year old. The actress revealed it in a statement on her page, as told by IMDB:

"I'm sorry to say that Michael and I have decided to divorce. We remain friendly and dedicated to raising our beautiful girl in love, and we appreciate your prayers and support during this difficult time."

Now she proudly shares pics with her eight-year-old daughter Maria Rose Galeotti. A year ago, there were rumors about her dating the "One Life to Live" star Josh Kelly, but there had been no official confirmation.

Sophia Bush as Brooke Davis

After "One Tree Hill," Bush got into the "Chicago" franchise, where she had the leading role of the police detective Erin Lindsay. Now the actress has joined the cast of NBC hit "This Is Us," drama "Surveillance," and "False Positive" movie with A-listed stars are coming out.


Although Bush starred in plenty of roles after "One Tree Hill," she also experienced several failures in her private life. In one of her interviews, Sophia openly talked about her unsuccessful experience of being married.

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"In my 20s, when I was starting out my career as an actor, I wasn't looking for a relationship, but one found me and became serious, even though I hadn't planned to settle down until my 30s." she shared.

Bush was referring to her ex-husband, Chad Michael Murray, who she tied the knot with in 2005 when season 2 aired. Sadly, their marriage only lasted five months before getting a divorce.

Even though we don't know the official reasons for their split, speculations pointed to Murray's infidelity. Despite their situation, the pair showed professionalism and kept acting together until the end.

Her ex-husband Murrey also confirmed. "I think [Sophia and I] are both professional and mature enough to get through it," he said. "And now it's just easy. We're just friends. And she's got James, and James and I are friends. It's just a little tight group in Wilmington."


Afterward, Sophia was linked with her "Stay Alive" co-star Jon Foster before James Lafferty and later, Austin Nichols.

Bush also dated the Google program manager Dan Fredinburg, but they broke up after ten months of being together. A year after, he tragically died during an avalanche on the mountain Everest.

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In 2014, she secretly dated her "Chicago P.D." co-star Jesse Lee Soffer but broke up the same year. The couple got back together for a little bit, but soon they broke up again -- this time for good. Recently Bush revealed that she's been single for a few years now and likes it.

Chad Michael Murray as Lucas Scott

Chad already was a successful actor back when he landed the role of Lucas, and the show has only added to his popularity. At first, the showrunners wanted to see him portraying Nathan, but the actor insisted on a more exciting role for him due to his connection with the character, our favorite Lucas Scott.

After the show, he actively acted in movies and even got the main role in Marvel's "Agent Carter." Recently he's starred in "Riverdale" as Edgar Evernever and two Hallmark movies - "Write Before Christmas" and "Alice in Winterland."


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Murray, just like his co-stars, decided to develop in different spheres, authoring two books, "Everlast" and "American Drifter: An Exhilarating Tale of Love and Murder."

His personal life has been great, too. He dated the actress Kenzie Dalton and got engaged to her when Kenzie turned 18, but after an impressive seven-year engagement, they broke up.

Murray began dating his Chosen co-star Sarah Roemer, and a year after, they got married and surprised everyone with the news that they were expecting a baby. They welcomed their son in 2015 and their daughter in 2017. Now he looks over the moon to be a husband and dad of two!

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