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It’s the beginning of the end for One Tree Hill, and it’s really official now that the last season is under way. No more denying it; soon we’ll have no more OTH in our lives.

Lucky for you guys, we were on set while they filmed the final season last year, so we made sure to squeeze every last bit of scoop and nostalgia out of the cast. Here’s part one of our exclusive sit-down with the stars of OTH where they talk about saying goodbye to Tree Hill and what’s ahead for their characters…

Austin Nichols and Shantel VanSanten may be relative OTH newbies, but that doesn’t mean season nine will put them on the sidelines. After all, one managed to marry the one and only Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush) and the other is part of what we hear is a very intriguing storyline. We’re talking about Clay (Robert Buckley) and Quinn, of course.

“I think that we’ve presented our characters with a lot of challenges in these 13 episodes,” Shantel tells us. “I think that we have the strength to make it through these challenges that we’re presented, but you never know where life leads you. And I think obviously the end goal that we both have in mind is that we don’t see our life ending without each other. We see it being forever, but you just never know.”

With OTH, you really never know. And creator Mark Schwahn told us recently that some couples may not be together at the end of the season. Could Clay and Quinn be in danger? Not if Shantel were in charge! “It would be awesome to get a wedding ring and I also love to see how creative people come up with proposals,” she tells us. “I think that there is a happy ending for everybody and it’s going to be up to everybody’s own opinions. Some people may not think it’s a happy ending or some people may not be happy with what they thought it was going to be or what they anticipated it to be, but Mark never disappoints.”

Yikes, not exactly the unicorns and rainbows we’d expect for Clay and Quinn. Check out our full interview with Shantel below to hear her final thoughts on Quinn, the other character, and saying goodbye to One Tree Hill.

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Screen Captures from Rob’s short film ‘Z’ directed by Jared Drake are NOW in the GALLERY

One Tree Hill stars Rob Buckley and Shantel VanSanten have hinted that Clay and Quinn could face some problems in their relationship in the final season.

Buckley joked that Clay always has “issues” and teased that his romance will be tested in upcoming episodes.

“You’re going to get a good chance to see if we’ve got what it takes to go the distance,” he told TV Guide.

Meanwhile, VanSanten added: “This season really tests Clay and [Quinn’s] relationship and not in a way that we’re in comas or it’s life-threatening, but it really tests the strength of our love for [one] another and the foundation that we started our relationship from.”

One Tree Hill star Bethany Joy Galeotti has also claimed that her character Haley will be “challenged” in the show, while Buckley has hinted that some characters could leave before the end of the season.

One Tree Hill returns for its final season tonight on The CW.

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When the ninth and final season of “One Tree Hill” premieres on Wednesday, the series will wrap up the lives of 15 characters the audience has grown to know and love.

Behind those characters are the actors who have called the Wilmington area home, some for a significant fraction of their adulthood.

Jackson Brundage

Character name: Jamie Scott

Time on show: Seasons 5-9

Season nine: Using one word “without giving anything away,” 10-year-old Brundage coyly alluded to a season without the humor Jamie usually displays: “emotional.”

Wilmington: When asked if he gets a lot of attention around town, Brundage exclaims, “Oh, do I? I get recognized at the movies, at stores, when I’m eating ice cream.”

What’s next: “It’s been awesome getting a job at 5,” Brundage said, but he added he’s ready to go back to school and hang out with his friends like a regular kid.

Tidbit: With characters Julian and Brooke becoming parents of twins, there were lots of infants on the set during season 9. “I love the babies,” Brundage said. “I guess I would call myself a baby magnet.”

Robert Buckley

Character name: Clay Evans

Time on show: Seasons 7-9

Season nine: “Have we ever seen Clay not have issues?” Buckley said. “It gets challenging. If we’re gonna do another season, we gotta have conflict.”

What’s next: “Pray for a season 10,” he joked.

Tidbit: Always full of humor, Buckley derided his image on the cover of the eight-season DVD.

“Why am I smiling like I’m demented?” he said. “That picture is straight off the Craigslist personals.”

Twitter: @RobEBuckley

Sophia Bush

Character name: Brooke Davis

Time on show: Seasons 1-9

Season nine: Bush’s one-word description of it was “juggle.”

Wilmington: “This place is a family,” Bush said. “I’ve spent my entire 20s here.”

What’s next: Bush dabbled in some directing during “One Tree Hill” and prides herself on being a multifaceted person. “I have fun on all of it, honestly,” she said.

Tidbit: Bush discussed the concept of moving on. “We’ve all been through things that are almost unspeakable. All of us,” she said. “But you do because life matters and being a good person matters.”

Twitter: @SophiaBush

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Working on a TV series produced in Wilmington, “One Tree Hill” cast members have settled into routines and cultivated favorite places like any other Port City resident.

Local clothing stores, coffee shops and restaurants are among the places the stars of the series have popped up over the years.

“I don’t know what I’m going to be without Tower 7,” Sophia Bush said.

Ditto for Austin Nichols, who is dating Bush in real life. He also frequents Flaming Amy’s, Brasserie du Soleil, Lovey’s and Tidal Creek.

Bush said she’ll miss the personal service from places such as Lighthouse Beer & Wine.

“They know to call me when they get certain obscure beers in,” she said. “I’ll miss things like that. It’s a very special town.”

Chad Michael Murray, back in town for one episode of season nine but a frequent visitor to the area with fiancee Kenzie Dalton, whose family lives here, had just one top pick for a favorite place: Flaming Amy’s.

Robert Buckley named Mayfaire, the movie theaters and Wrightsville Beach among his favorite places but expressed fondness for the city overall.

“I really do enjoy Wilmington, especially when the humidity’s gone and it gets cool,” he said.

Buckley, however, who lived in downtown Wilmington for two years, compared the city’s center to “an episode of ‘Cops’ at 2 a.m.”

More than specific places, Bethany Joy Galeotti said she’d miss the overall feeling of calling this area home.

“I love the people,” she said. “The southern hospitality is very comforting to me, as is the southern food.”

Shantel VanSanten said Lovey’s and clothing stores Beanie & Cecil and Torri/Bell were among her favorite stops, and she’d even been invited to the wedding of the owner of one of her favorite places.

“I think I’ll definitely come back,” VanSanten said. “There’s a place in my heart for this town now.”

Source: starnewsonline.com

Cast and crew members of the locally filmed drama series “One Tree Hill” gathered with about 200 fans of the series to watch a special screening of the ninth (and final) season premiere Thursday, Jan. 5, at the ArcLight movie theater in Hollywood.

After the screening, the stars stuck around for a Q&A moderated by TVLine.com’s Meg Masters and to take questions from the audience. It was similar to an event held in October at the University of North Carolina Wilmington just before the show wrapped production.

In attendance at the ArcLight were series creator Mark Schwahn and actors Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Paul Johansson, Shantel VanSanten, Rob Buckley, Jackson Brundage, Tyler Hilton, Lee Norris and Stephen Colletti.

The cast teased a bit of what will happen in the ninth season, which Schwahn called his favorite yet. Returning to the show full time this season is Hilton, who plays bad boy musician Chris Keller, who has not appeared regularly since season two.

“It was like going back to high school five years later,” Hilton said of rejoining the show.

Much of the night was spent reminiscing about their favorite scenes, moments and episodes. Schwahn gave a shout out to the Tower 7 restaurant in Wrightsville Beach at one point as he recalled pitching ideas for an especially emotional episode to some cast members over a meal there.

Schwahn also took a moment to reflect on the show’s legacy as a guilty pleasure and critics’ punching bag despite its passionately loyal fan base.

“After 187 epsiodes, whoever is still hating on the show is losing the battle,” Schwahn said.

The ninth season of “One Tree Hill” premieres at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 on The CW.

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