9 One Tree Hill Actors You Didn’t Know Appeared on Other WB/CW Shows First
After nine seasons on the air, One Tree Hill became the home of some of our favorite actors. But before stars like Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray took up residence in Tree Hill, they actually dabbled in the worlds of different CW (or WB) shows. Think you can remember any of the early roles (besides Logan on Gilmore Girls, you guys!)? Keep reading and find out!
1. Sophia Bush
Before she was the sassy and lovable Brooke Davis, Sophia played another cheerleader on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. And let us just be clear here for a second — While the first four seasons aired on ABC, Fate Mackenzie (Sophia’s character) appeared during the last season of Sabrina, which was aired on The WB.
2. Lee Norris
We know you remember Lee’s iconic role as Minkus on Boy Meets World, but it turns out he was actually on Dawson’s Creek two years after BMW ended! Wracking your brain to see if you can remember Mouth in Capeside? Seeing as he was credited as ‘Random Student,’ we totally understand if you missed it.
3. Bethany Joy Lenz
We know her as Haley James Scott, but BJL got her start with the network on Charmed as Lady Julia, a 12th century woman who was trapped in a dungeon for years but later freed by Piper and Phoebe. Back then, she was credited as Joie Lenz, but we’d know that smile anywhere!
4. Chad Michael Murray
Out of the entire OTH cast, Chad was the CW/WB king! First, he appeared in 11 episodes of Gilmore Girls as Tristan Dugray, Then, about one year after his first GG episode aired, he joined the Dawson’s Creek cast as Charlie Todd. As it turns out, he and Hilarie Burton (who ended up playing Peyton Sawyer on OTH) actually had a few scenes together, too!
5. Hilarie Burton
You guessed it — before she was Peyton on OTH, Hilarie guest-starred on Dawson’s Creek. But unlike her fellow co-stars, Hil was actually playing herself (VJ Hilarie)! Oh, the good ol’ days when MTV actually played music and needed hosts…
6. Paul Johansson
Paul had already been acting for almost 10 years when he joined the 7th Heaven cast back in 1997. While Dan Scott was OTH’s villain (well, at least in the early seasons), Paul played a priest named Tom Harrison on 7H!
7. Danneel Ackles
After What I Like About You’s Henry learned that Holly had feelings for Vince, he moved on to a girl named Kate, played by Danneel Harris (now Ackles, ’cause she married another CW star). The redheaded actress played that part for four episodes before moving on to join the Charmed cast for one episode in 2005. A few months later, she made her first appearance as the ever hated Rachel Gattina on One Tree Hill.
8. Robert Buckley
Clay might’ve been a late addition to the Tree Hill gang, but Rob actually made his first network appearance a few months earlier alongside Lucy Hale in Privileged.
9. Jana Kramer
A few months before OTH fans first met the famous Alex Dupre, Jana was playing a different kind of star as Portia Ranson on 90210. Potria was a member of The Blendeds, and had drama following her around for the entirety of her time on the show.