“One Tree Hill” stars Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton Morgan and Bethany Joy Lenz are taking followers down reminiscence lane with their new iHeartRadio podcast “Drama Queens,” which recaps the entire onscreen drama from the present’s 187 episodes and supplies behind-the-scenes perception from the ladies behind the characters of Brooke Davis, Peyton Sawyer and Haley James Scott.
However for the “Drama Queens’” subsequent episode, the trio will add considered one of Tree Hill’s most interesting to the dialog.
“Lee Norris joins us first to speak about what it was prefer to actually be the tentpole of basketball on our present, Marvin McFadden,” Bush tells Selection completely.
“We really couldn’t have imagined having anybody else come on first,” she explains. “He was just like the second individual we referred to as after talking to one another. So, we’re so, so excited. It’s so enjoyable to reminisce with him and to sort of get the gang again collectively; it feels actually good.”
Norris appeared as Marvin ‘Mouth’ McFadden in 171 episodes of the teenager drama’s nine-season run, and joins the podcast as the celebrities unpack “One Tree Hill’s” third episode, titled “Are You True?” which initially aired in Oct. 2003.
Burton Morgan agrees that having Norris as their first visitor was a “no brainer.”
“Lee has been a real blue buddy to nearly everybody in our forged, and has been there since day one of many pilot,” Burton Morgan says. “On high of that, he has labored with so many people on different initiatives, so he’s actually the tie that binds all of us. As an actual North Carolina boy, Lee in all probability greatest embodied what the Tree Hill children had been representing. And he’s dangerously enjoyable. Like… pee your pants laughing on a lodge flooring at 2 a.m. kinda enjoyable.”
Plus, Lenz notes that having considered one of their male forged mates on the podcast introduced an vital view of the filming expertise.
“It was helpful for us to get a perspective from somebody who additionally was part of ‘One Tree Hill’ from day one, had been in Hollywood from childhood and knew the traps and cliches we’d all fall into, and in addition, as a younger male, would have skilled his time on the present in another way,” Lenz says.
In an unique clip from the episode — which debuts on Monday at midnight — Norris, Bush, Burton Morgan and Lenz reminisce about their favourite reminiscences from filming the collection in Wilmington, N.C. Burton Morgan explains that Mouth represented a vital a part of the viewers watching the present — these viewers who weren’t the captain of the basketball group or cheerleading squad. However, it’s vital to notice that the character had sport when it got here to the women.
Whereas recounting Mouth’s romantic experiences on the present, the trio talk about the revelation that Mouth was additionally a very good dancer — which got here from the truth that Norris was recognized for displaying off his strikes on nights out.
“I’ve heard you discuss this on the sooner episodes, we noticed items of ourselves begin to be labored into the characters,” Norris explains.
The trio then reminisce about nights out on the golf equipment in Wilmington and the way Norris and Bush bonded over their love for “Get Low,” from Lil Jon and the East Aspect Boys (feat. Ying Yang Twins).
“We’d be like throughout the like bar or no matter, and if this music would come on,” Norris begins, as Bush cuts in. “It was just like the Purple Sea would half, as a result of Lee and I might be screaming, operating towards one another, like some bizarre drunken model of a slow-mo love second in an 80s film. And we simply hit the center of the ground and like we’d get the entire bar dancing.”
The story is precisely the kind of cute anecdote “One Tree Hill” followers have come to count on from “Drama Queens,” the place Bush, Burton Morgan and Lenz dish on what was really occurring behind the scenes of the present. The trio launched the podcast on June 21 and it has been an instantaneous hit, with greater than 2.5 million downloads of its first three episodes.
“I’m deeply grateful that every one our followers have turned up the best way they’ve,” Lenz says. “I believed we’d do properly inside our fan base, however I by no means dreamed we’d be at No. 1 all around the world for weeks on finish. It’s a dream come true once more. And we don’t take a second of it without any consideration.”
However the podcast isn’t just for die-hard Ravens followers, with a format designed to incorporate the brand new audiences who’re discovering the present for the primary time on streaming platforms like Hulu.
“We’re working onerous to maintain the love and respect of our followers and to earn it from a brand new viewers as properly,” Lenz provides. “Everyone knows how uncommon that is.”
Actually, the podcast has additionally afforded its hosts — who admit they haven’t watched the present in years — a chance to view their expertise in a brand new mild.
“I anticipated to have enjoyable however largely I believed I’d be cringing the entire time,” Lenz explains. “The expertise reminiscence in my physique from filming that present was based mostly on so many insecurities and private trauma and immaturity. So, I believed I’d be preventing plenty of disgrace whereas rewatching.”
“To my nice delight, nevertheless, it’s fairly the other,” she continues. “Now that I’m a mom and older and wiser, I simply love my younger self and I forgive her for all her flaws and I simply see a younger woman attempting her greatest. I’m happy with myself and that has been extremely therapeutic. That dynamic is at play in our trio’s friendship as properly, and it’s simply such a present.
The “Drama Queens” podcast is obtainable on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.