When Shantel Van Santen joined “One Tree Hill” in Season 7, she and co-star Rob Buckley were brought on to fill the spaces formerly occupied by series vets Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray.
She’d never actually met Murray, though, until he arrived on set in September to film his return appearance for tonight’s episode.
Coming in, [Rob and I] weren’t always very well received.I know people thought we were here to replace them. He’s been so much fun to work with.” The interaction between Lucas and Quinn isn’t the focus of his return, of course, but Van Santen tells us that she did consider how the two characters would relate to each other.Though they’ve never been on screen together, there’s an assumption that as Haley’s childhood BFF, Lucas would know her older sister relatively well. It’s a tricky one, and Joy and I try to talk about it for back story,” she says.“I was two years ahead of her in high school, but you never really saw me, even though we’re supposedly really close…We just always said I had my own life, and she had hers, and when we were home, we were sisters.
I know how much [Lucas and Haley] helped each other through life.
It’s a mutual respect, and the way he’s coming back as well, there’s a respect for his character.
They don’t give us a whole lot of development, but it’s there, and you can see the history.” Van Santen thinks that though Murray’s return is brief, fans will be satisfied by their last glimpse of their old favorite.
“Yesterday I was watching a scene between him and Joy, and I felt like a fan! “I’m watching him and his mannerisms, and for the fans, it’s going to be like old Lucas coming back.
The storyline Mark made for him to come back is pretty great…
The show benefits from it, the fans will be so excited.” She also notes that Chad gave her props for what she and Buckley brought to the show after his exit.