Sophia Bush opened up on how was it like to work with co-star Chad Michael Murray on the One Tree Hill set after their breakup.
After dating during season 1 of the teen drama, Brooke and Lucas spent the majority of season 2 apart, with Murray’s character confessing his feelings for Brooke in the May 2005 finale. One month before the episode aired, Bush and Murray had wed on April 16, 2005, after meeting on the set of season 1.
Just five months later, they announced their separation — just as Brooke and Lucas finally got back together during season 3.
Bethany Joy Lenz praised Sophia Bush for her performance after her and Chad Michael Murray ‘ separation
“Not for nothing, you were going through a breakup with the person that you were playing a romance opposite of. And regardless of what all those circumstances were, that’s incredibly difficult — emotionally to be able to be vulnerable and be there in that moment,” Lenz told Bush and Hilarie Burton. “There’s lots of actors who have done that — who’ve done movies and TV shows and things, they date their costar or whatever, it doesn’t work out. But the fact that you were able to just be that raw and open and vulnerable, it’s a real credit to you as an artist. You put your art in front of everybody and just were like, ‘Look, this is it. I’m just sharing my heart and here we are.’ I thought it was really beautiful.”
“People can call it whatever they want. They can say it’s strength, they can say it’s pride, they can say its professionalism — you can put a positive or a negative skew on it,” she responded to her former castmates. “But I was always going to put Brooke Davis ahead of everybody and everything else. Nothing mattered to me but being honest for her.”