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Chad Michael Murray
Chad Michael Murray stars on The WB's hit drama, One Tree Hill, as Lucas Scott, a brooding intellectual who is struggling to find his place in Tree Hill in The WB's hit drama One Tree Hill. Murray's previous television roles included playing the love interest to both Joey (Katie Holmes) and Jen (Michelle Williams) on Dawson's Creek. He also appeared in a recurring roll as Rory's (Alexis Bledel) overconfident classmate, Tristan, on Gilmore Girls. Other television credits include Aftermath, with Meredith Baxter Birney and Robert Ulrich and the title role in The WB's The Lone Ranger. On the big screen, Murray recently starred as Prince Charming in Warner Bros' A Cinderella Story, opposite Hilary Duff. Additionally, he will star as the lead in Joel Silver's remake of House Of Wax, opposite Elisha Cuthbert. House of Wax is scheduled to be released in Spring/Summer 2005. He also co-starred in Disney's critically acclaimed remake of Freaky Friday, opposite Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. Murray was born on August 24, 1981, in Buffalo, NY, where he was raised and attended college on scholarship. He currently resides in Los Angeles. Chad Michael Murray is an anti-drug role model for kids and he is active in charities for children and teens.
Chad Michael Murray: Over the Hill...Never!
Chad Michael Murray is shy. Who knew? The One Tree Hill star walked the carpet sandwiched between his costar and missus-to-be, Sophia Bush, and Hilarie Burton, who plays Peyton Sawyer on the show. Chad barely said a peep, especially when the conversation turned a bit personal. When asked how the wedding's coming, Chad looked away, leaving the bride to answer. "We're not really talking about it," she said politely. "But the planning is going well."
Same goes for the show, which just keeps building its core audience. "Our fans just plain rock," Hilarie said. "And I think we show the networks out there that sometimes even if you don't have the ratings right away, it doesn't matter. They gave us time."
Murray interjected, "And no promotion."
Burton continued, "And we became this little show that could."
As for what's coming up on the show, Sophia said, "All our love lives are heating up, and the triangles get even more complex...You never know what's going to happen on this show with all of us, the stuff coming up is a little crazy."
Chad Michael Murray's jealous fiancee
Lindsay Lohan and her engaged "Freaky Friday" costar, Chad Michael Murray, are still in close contact, much to the chagrin of his fiancee, fellow "One Tree Hill" star Sophia Bush.
Lohan and her partner in crime, Paris Hilton, apparently call Murray "all the time," said a source.
"They call him and giggle and flirt," said a friend.
"Then Lindsay will say, ‘Oh!’ Tell Sophia I say hi.’ But it’s just because she knows it will annoy her."
The friend says that Bush is not happy about Lohan’s relationship with her man, but she puts up a brave front.
"She’s annoyed, but she will laugh and joke about it to her friends. Sophie’s not like Paris and Lindsay. She’s a nice girl, not a party girl."
Murray and Bush are set to marry in the spring of 2005.
Chad Michael Murray is the Man behind the Prince
In this modern-day twist on the Cinderella fable, high-school senior Sam Montgomery (Hilary Duff) is the Cinderella character, living at the beck and call of her selfish stepmother, Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge), and wicked stepsisters. Sam finds her drab life enlivened when she meets her Prince Charming online — but when he turns out to be her high school's dreamboat quarterback Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray), Sam makes a mad dash back to reality, leaving her cell phone behind just before the clock strikes midnight. Fearing rejection if her secret is revealed, Sam dodges Austin's efforts to discover the identity of his princess. (We'll let you figure out the ending.)
Chances are you'll be seeing a lot of this Prince Charming in the coming months. MTV's Kelly Marino caught up with Chad during some rare downtime.
MTV: Can you elaborate a little bit on your character? He seems to be a prince who has everything but isn't really content with anything.
Chad Michael Murray: The great thing about this [film] was, when we originally got the script, Austin was the guy that wasn't happy in his so-called perfect world, but we really didn't get to explain it. So we sat down with the producers and the directors and talked about how we could grow that story. So we really enlarged the father, the negative influence that the father puts on Austin, the pressures that he gets from his friends, his girlfriends, and everyone else that wants him to be this guy — and yet, he just wants to be a writer and go to Princeton, but he feels pressure to not do that. And I feel like that's a great example to set in this film, because I think kids deal with these pressures on a daily basis. So we explained in the best way possible: We give it a happy ending.
MTV: Is that something you can relate to? In high school, did you have a hard time finding yourself?
Murray: Oh yeah, I was more of the Sam [character], to be honest. I didn't have a lot of friends, but that's just because I decided not to conform to society. I didn't live in the bubble that everyone in my high school lived in. Everyone looked the same, they wore the same clothes, it was like a little clone group. And I was white T-shirt and jeans with Payless shoes.
MTV: You played football when you were younger, correct? Was that something that you wanted to continue or did you want to dip into acting?
Murray: I love football. I'm addicted. On Sundays, I put a little note on the fridge that says "sorry" to my girl, my friends, my family, but my life is on hold Sundays 'cause I'm in front of the TV 24/7. Football is something that I definitely wanted to do — but I got a chance to do this. I got a chance to be creative and grow with this art. So I said I'd give myself a year to see what happens, and it panned out, and I learned so much and I learned to love it. And now I'm here, and I'm not satisfied, so I have a lot of work to do.
MTV: You've done a lot in television and now you're dipping into movies as well. How do you balance such a hectic schedule?
Murray: [He laughs.] Um, you don't really find time. For the past year straight, I've been going pretty steadily. I did "A Cinderella Story." The day after I wrapped, I flew to Wilmington and started "One Tree Hill." And the day I wrapped on "One Tree Hill," I flew to Australia and did "House of Wax" for the last three months, finished "House of Wax" and came back and went to the premiere, had this [press] stuff this week, and then go back to "One Tree Hill." But in no way am I complaining. It's a wonderful thing, because I really get to keep my tools sharpened and do different things. It's great being able to go from film to TV, because you get to create a person.
MTV: What's it like to work with Hilary? She is so young and yet she has accomplished so much. I heard that the kissing scene was shot when you guys had first met.
Murray: Yeah, it was one of the first scenes we shot. She's a sweetheart. She glows, she really does: She gets there in the morning and she just has this thing about her, it's amazing. It's what makes Hilary Hilary. She is just so incredibly appealing. We got to the kissing scene and it was like, "I'm Chad, how are ya?" The director had us do a little practice session in his trailer, which was a little weird but that's OK. And, you know, we just worked through it. She's just so cool. She's still my friend today.
MTV: Tell us a little bit about "House of Wax."
Murray: It's horror. It's something we haven't seen before. It's a remake of the 1954 "House of Wax" with Vincent Price; we basically took that concept and really changed it. We contemporized it, we brought in a bunch of youthful kids and we have a great cast and an incredible director, this director Jaume Serra. He's a badass — he has a mohawk. He's so cool, but I got to collaborate with him on a lot of different levels for this character. I just want to make this character stand alone, which is not something you see a lot in horror movies. I just want the character to stand alone even without the gore and the horror — for people to be interested in what was going on inside his head. And so I tried to create a character who was strong because of his insecurities.
''One Tree Hill'' stars Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush engaged
Let's just say that you're Chad Michael Murray, a WB stock player who's sent hearts aflutter with pensive, eye-crinkling turns on Dawson's Creek and Gilmore Girls. It's the third week of September 2003. You've finally graduated to leading -man status with the role of high school basketball star Lucas Scott on the network's new drama One Tree Hill -a role you took in lieu of playing Ryan Atwood on on Fox's same season teen gamble The O.C. You've made no secret of the fact that you want a career just like critically beloved antihero Sean Penn's -and you're willing to star in films opposite, oh, Hillary Duff (in the execrable A Cinderella Story) and Paris Hilton (in an upcoming remake of House of Wax) to get there. By the way, you've just seen the ratings for Hill's premiere episode. Your show debuted at No.95. Only 2.5 million people tuned in.
And as for that all-important 18-34 viewer demographic your network so covets? You were beaten by a sitcom called The Mullets.
Nearly a year later, Murary kicks back -three large, needy dogs in tow- inside a cramped trailer on Hill's Wilmington, N.C., set. He's sneaking a Marlboro Light while fiancée and costar Sophia Bush, who plays gold-hearted slut Broke Davis, relaxes outside. His desk is littered with scripts -the wannabe screenwriter says he's working on six- and the air smells like dog food. He's gently reminded that he could have had Benjamin McKenzie's life.
Laughter ensues. "Look, um, here's the thing: I'm not going to start any bad blood," says the 23-year-old Murray with a smile. "Let's just say that I'm happy to be here. I was given a choice and I made it. And I have no regrets."
As well he shouldn't. While The O.C. tops Hill in ratings - and grabs a larger share of the hype- it's structured like a classic ensemble series. Murray, however, has quietly emerged as Hill's confident, capable lead. The show, which tells the far-fetched story of two basketball teammates, Lucas (Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty), who discover that they shared the same father, shone in an otherwise dim year for The WB. By the time its season finale aired last May (and The Mullets was just a footnote on Loni Anderson's resume), Hill nabbed 4.5 million viewers and won it's time slot among teens.
With the cast regrouping in the sticky Wilmington heat, there's a rising sense that the show could be at the cusp of a breakout season. "Nobody wants to phone it in," says Bethany Joy Lenz, who plays Haley, Lucas's best friend (and Nathan's wife). "But it's the writers in L.A. who have the most pressure because they have to keep coming up with good ideas. We just get to stay here in North Carolina and play dress-up!"
The way series creator Mark Schwahn originally envisioned Hill was less dress-up and more dribbling. Stranded on the Vancouver set of director (and producing partner) Brian Robbins' test-takers-gone-wild thriller The Perfect Score, Schwahn shared his pitch for a basketball movie called Ravens. Robbins expressed interest , but movie studios didn't. The duo revised the concept for TV and approached Fox, NBC and ABC before shooting a slam dunk at The WB, where even the slowest-starting dramas are often allowed to grow. (Except for, like Tarzan.) "We didn't have a doctor, lawyer, or a cop hook," sys Schwahn, "but I knew that we would still get a chance to find an audience.
First he had to deal with a highly stressful reality. Originally scheduled for midseason, Hill was abruptly sent into production after The WB pulled the Rachel Leigh Cook psychodrama Fearless from it's fall schedule. The crew toiled through sleepless, 80-hour weeks while a number of variables complicated the launch: dreadful ratings, scorching reviews, a suddenly blossoming romance between Murray and Bush - who announced their engagement in July. "I felt like an oblivious ass when I found out!" squeals part-time MTV VJ Hilarie Burton, who plays pouty cheerleader Peyton Sawyer. "I felt like I was standing in the path of a dump truck whenever I was around them. You know, it's backing up and instead of a siren, it's beeping 'Third wheel! Third wheel!" The couple seems unfazed by suggestion that their union will overshadow the coming season. "If our show's not successful because I'm engaged, then we've got bigger problems," says Murray.
For instance, the constant on-set rumblings that his behavior may have contributed to early cast friction. Say Moira Kelly, who play Lucas' self-sacrificing mother Karen, "When you're starting a new show, everybody's pretty tightly wound. This year there doesn't seem to be as much dram...within the cast and crew." Paul Johansson, so brilliantly infuriating as paterfamilias Dan Scott that he was actually smacked in the face with a purse by an angry fan last winter adds: "None of us knew Chad. It took people a while to get his sense of humor. He's a fun-loving guy, and sometimes that can be misread. He's not doing that as much this year."
Maybe it's because laughs are finally occurring on the other side of the camera. The most potent criticism leveled at Hill is that each episode is mopier than your average Avril Lavigne song. "You'd leave every day totally drained," says Lafferty. "Nobody wants to watch a show that makes you want to slit your wrists." (Take heed- the poor lad was on Emeril!) Schwahn and the network are aware of the show's desperate need for levity, though each side tells a different tale when asked who noticed first. "We did ask for more humor and more fun," says The WB's exec VP of drama development Carolyn Bernstein. "You'll see a huge amount in the first several episodes of the season." Replies Schwahn, "When I went out of my way to hire more comedic writers, the network and studio were concerned. I disagree that it was a directive from the network. We went to them."
They can duke it out when they read this; in any case, the joke patter is finally there. Schwahn vows to address Nathan and Haley's abrupt cliff-hanger marriage without cueing the violins: "They are still kids who can do young, goofy things. Just because they have rings on their fingers doesn't change that." Music lover Peyton will break new bands on her radio show (shades of The O.C.?) and watch for My So-Called Life's Bess Armstrong and 80s rocker Huey Lewis as Haley's parents. Schwahn will also introduce two Latino characters (Felix and Anna), who are more than just hired help. "We've been a very white show and people don't believe this, but the [original] pilot had an African-American family that was very front and center," he says. "But because Lucas was a primary story and he was white, there was a ripple effect." Like their Newport Beach counterparts, the adults in Tree Hill will also be getting their own lives. The attraction between Karen and longtime compadre Keith (Craig Sheffer) gets thornier with the arrival of new love interests. And don't expect Dan's season-ending heart attack to change him much. "If we redeem this character," says Schwahn, "people may not want to watch."
So, pressure's on...right, Chad? "Yeah, by the way, you guys shunned us last year, dammit!" (So we called it Inbreeding Creek.) "I don't find the need to stress about those types of things." Sounds like he's got the antihero thing down.
Chad Michael Murray loves smart women
Talk To Me: "Someone once gave me the best advice about women. He said always choose a woman who is smarter than you. It worked. I never wanted to be that guy with a bimbo on each arm. That's not me."
I Did It My Way: "I was such a nerd in high school. Man, I had no friends. I didn't have a lot of money so I couldn't get all the cool clothes like everybody else. I did my own thing. That didn't go over so well. "
What's Up Doc?: "I was discovered by my nurse. I was in the hospital when I was 15 years old and my nurse, who was also a model, suggested I get into modeling. One thing led to another and by the time I was 18, I was living in Los Angeles and working as an actor."
What I'm Doing On My Summer Vacation: "I have a movie coming out called Freaky Friday [out now]. It's a quirky comedy about a mother and daughter who switch souls. I get to be the love interest for both of them. It's a great movie. The funniest part is a scene where I have to sing. People are going to realize what I've known all along... I can't hit a single note.
Chad Michael is not a jerk as everyone thinks
Chad Michael Murray (formerly known as Tristan on Gilmore Girls and Charlie on Dawson's Creek) is not a cocky jerk and wants you to know it. He's a fun-loving, nice guy who cares about kids and coffee. He's also ambitious, considering he's already nabbed yet another gig on The WB as Lucas, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks in One Tree Hill.
The trait I admire most in a friend is:
My friends can count on me to:
Get coffee, and to be there for them emotionally when they need caffeine.
People would be really amazed to discover that I am:
A nice guy. Everyone thinks I am a cocky jerk but I'm not.
The line that best describes my life so far is:
There's no such thing as competition.
If I could be the President for one day, the first thing I would do is:
Have more programs and charities for disadvantaged children. I think we should do everything we possibly can to give kids a chance in life.
Growing up I swore I would never:
When I'm on the dance floor I look like a cross between:
That's a horrible question!
If you peeked in my fridge, you'd find:
Old food, IBC rootbeers and bags of frozen French Fries
For Chad Michael love in high school is such a pain in the ass
On his next big screen gig: "House of Wax is a remake of a 1953 Vincent Price movie. We took a lot of liberties. We did a lot of things you've never seen before. Our director, Jaume (Serra), is total a badass! My character is a rebel. He could have accomplished anything in life, but because of his insecurities, he chooses to take another path."
On getting the the heart of things: "We are dealing with real problems [on the show]. Parents putting pressure on their kids, divorce, abandonment and um, love. Love in high school is such a pain in the ass. I hated high school with such a passion...it is great to be able to tell the truth with the character of Lucas."
On finding the love of his life: "Sophia is perfect for me. When we first met we were friends, straight up. That was it. Through that, we realized that we just have this uncanny understanding for each other. I am so happy, it's not even funny."
On getting buzzed: "I prefer to keep my hair short, very short. I'm also like having a good amount of facial hair, but, unfortunately Lucas cannot have a beard. At the end of the season, hacking off the hair is my ritual...it all goes!"
On being goal oriented: "I once wrote a One Tree Hill spec script for The Simpsons. One of my main goals in life is to be a character on that show. I just think it is so awesome I would do just about anything to be on it. I wouldn't care what they did to me. If they wanted to make fun of me the whole damn episode it would be so worth it."
On life in the spotlight: "I'm not in this for the fame. I love telling stories. Basically, I am a hermit. I don't go out and, so, people don't know that much about me. It's not like I am trying to hide anything. I'm not. I just do my own thing which is basically about staying at home and playing with my dogs."
Chad Michael Murray is a rising star
A young actor whose performances have earned praise from critics and audiences alike, Chad Michael Murray is a talent on the rise. Murray is currently starring as the lead on The WB's hit drama, "One Tree Hill".
Murray stars as Lucas Scott, a brooding intellectual whose skills on the basketball court are matched only by his growing attraction to the beautiful girlfriend of his half-brother. Aside from a love for hoops, it would seem that Lucas (Chad Michael Murray, "Dawson's Creek," "Gilmore Girls") and Nathan (James Lafferty, "Emeril") are two young men with little in common, but they are bound by the dark secret that they share the same father.
Arrogant and assured, Nathan is the star of the high school basketball team and hails from a wealthy family. Quiet and driven, Lucas is the only child of a single working mom. He is also a legendary playground basketball player. After growing up on opposite sides of the tracks in the same small town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, the two boys' lives suddenly collide when a twist of fate puts Lucas on Nathan's high school basketball team and the half-brothers compete, not only for control of the court, but also for the heart of Nathan's beautiful girlfriend Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton, "MTV's TRL").
Lucas' transition into Nathan's world creates an instant love triangle. Peyton is an intensely private and sensitive girl. She is a gifted artist, but for now, she keeps her art hidden from the world. Although she is Nathan's girlfriend, she quickly feels a connection to Lucas. Peyton lost her mother at a young age and, like Lucas, she knows the pain of growing up without a parent. She and Lucas both see the world from an outsider's point of view. Dan's actions have had a ripple effect on many people in the town. While Karen struggled to raise Lucas without a father, she remained friends with Dan's older brother Keith (Craig Sheffer, "A River Runs Through It").
Keith is Lucas' biological uncle and has served as his surrogate father over the years. His connection to Lucas is complicated by his attraction to Karen, and he is haunted by the possibility that he and Karen might have ended up together – and the hope that they still could. Karen's entire adult life has been focused on her son, but now that he's taking his first steps into a new world, she knows she can't protect him anymore.
Chad Michael Murray as prince charming in the classic love story
Cinderella Story is a modern uptake on the classic love story set in an obscure American high school. While doing away with supernatural stuff, it nevertheless sticks to standard romantic stereotypes. The film also carries overtones of the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan starrer You’ve Got Mail, what with the protagonists Sam (Hilary Duff) and Austin (Chad Michael Murray) exchanging mails on the internet using pseudonyms without realising that they are classmates.
Sam is made to slave in her late father’s diner by her cruel stepmother and is constantly harassed by her stepsisters. Her only dream in life is to win a seat at the prestigious Princeton University. Austin too is tired of being the football captain and the heir-in-waiting to his father’s automobile showroom and carwash. He too yearns to study at Princeton. The only person who understands and shares his woes is his internet pal. They decide to meet at the homecoming costume ball. While Sam recognises Austin, he doesn’t. They dance for a while and bond. As the hour strucks 12, Sam rushes home leaving her cellphone behind...Whether Austin learns the true identity of his Cinderella and would they live happily ever after forms the crux of the story.
While Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murray are aptly cast, they haven’t put an ounce of extra effort and hence appear one-dimensional. The supporting cast resort to slapstick to raise guffaws but get repetitive after a while. See the film as a campus romance and you won’t be disappointed. However, those who wanted a Harry Potter like extravaganza are sure to rue the loss of their time and money.