I don’t know about the rest of you One Tree Hill fans, but I almost died waiting to find out if the show got picked up for a season 9 and… Woo hoo! It got picked up for 13 episodes! And after seeing how much you guys responded to my inteview with ShantelVanSanten (Quinn), I knew I just had to talk to her partner-in-crime, Robert Buckley. He’s handsome. He’s funny. And damn, he’s responsible for transitioning Clay from a Tree Hill newbie to an amazing character we all came to adore. That’s not exactly easy for an actor!

Rob and I chatted about the tonight’s finale, next season, his friendship with Shantel, rapping and a whole bunch of other awesome stuff. I dare say it was my favorite interview ever. Not only did he have me cracking up the entire time, but he was super charming and gave great answers!

Note: I interviewed Rob literally an hour before the renewal was announced (seriously, an hour!), so you’ll notice that we are still speculating.

Enjoy! And be sure to tune into the season finale tonight at 8 p.m. on The CW!

Also, check back later this week for my interviews with his costars Kate Voegele and Jackson Brundage!

Hi Rob. How are you?

I’m doing well, how about yourself?

Good. Thank you for talking with me today.

Yeah. It’s my pleasure.

So let’s talk about tonight. What can we expect from the season finale?

Hmm, the killer opening sequence followed by the show’s theme song with a new artist, probably some title credits (laughs). No. They’ve got me pretty tight lipped on how much I can give away. But I have to say, I don’t know how much of it is going to be the episode that I know or if they’re going to change the ending to make it more of a series finale.

Right. And we officially don’t know anything yet as of now? Is that right?

Yes exactly. We’ve heard nothing. So, you know, I’m pretty much in the same boat as a lot of the fans. I don’t know, really what is going to be the ending.

Do you think that fans either way will be happy with Clay and Quinn’s ending?

I do.

OK… You really can’t say anything about it, can you? (laughs)

Well (laughs), it’s also very relative. I’m on Twitter now and a lot of our fans are on Twitter as well and I hear what a lot of people want. Like, some people just want to see Clay and Quinn happy. Like, they won’t be happy until Clay and Quinn have a handful of babies. A clan of ‘Clinns’, if you will. You know, I think it’s a bit relative, but overall I was very satisfied with how they wanted to wrap up the season and I’m a big fan of Clay and Quinn, so I think the fans will be happy.

Great. Yeah, I’ve talked to Shantel and she said the same thing.  She also told us that you guys are best friends. Do you have any good Shantel stories to tell us?

Oh my gosh. Let’s see, what’s appropriate for print (laughs). No, no, I’m kidding. We had a really good time. We got thrown into it together obviously. We started in season 7 and it was not just starting a new job, but joining a show that is already successful, seriously, is like going to a new high school senior year. It’s not even like, am I going to find a prom date? It’s like, am I even going to fit in here? And, so her and I were in the same boat, living in Wilmington. So it was kind of like, we’re either going to sink or swim together so we might as well be, you know, pals. And we ended up having a really good time. Hopefully it comes across on the screen, but I think, for example, this season’s gag reel, I just saw the other day and there’s two really good moments in there of the two of us where you can see we’re complete, just goofballs around each other.

Haha. Cool! So, if the show doesn’t get picked up, do you have any plans? Or are you just sort of waiting?

Yeah, I’ll probably be moving back here to my parents’ basement. There’s a futon with my name on it (laughs). No, I don’t right now, because the truth is, my hope is that the show comes back. I have a great time doing it, so I’m really not trying to hedge my bets, I’m just seeing what happens with the show so if it comes back, great. If it doesnt, look and see what’s out there.

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