Most of the teen stars on “One Tree Hill” were in their 20s when they were cast as juniors in high school.
James Lafferty (who played Nathan Scott) was closest in age to his character as he was 17 when he landed the role, but his fellow cast members were all 20 or older. The series jumped ahead four years during its fifth season and featured a number of other time jumps throughout its nine seasons, which did ultimately get the cast closer in age to their characters.
Keep reading to see how each of the teenage characters on “One Tree Hill” differed in age from the actors who played them.
During the fifth season, the series jumped ahead four years, aging Lucas up to 22. Murray was 26 at the time. He left the show before the seventh season, which jumped ahead 14 months. Both the eighth and ninth seasons featured time jumps of a year, and Murray briefly returned for the ninth and final season.
Like Murray, Burton left the series before the seventh season. She was 26 at the time of her final appearance.
Lafferty stayed on the series for all nine seasons and aged in line with his character.
Lenz starred on the series for all nine seasons and was 30 when the show ended while her character was in her late 20s.
Bush was 29 during the show’s final season, roughly the same age as her character after the forward time jumps.
Norris was 30 by the show’s end.
Tanner was 36 when the show finished.