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Throughout the past nine years, the hit television series One Tree Hill has taken millions of viewers through a roller-coaster coming-of-age trip following the lives of high schoolers in a quaint town in North Carolina. On April 4, that journey—spanning 187 episodes and uncountable moments of drama—came to an end.
The series finale lasted two hours, with the first hour incorporating clips of the cast and crew answering questions and reminiscing over highlights of their nine highly melodramatic, emotion-filled seasons.
Creator Mark Schwahn discussed the show’s multipurpose aims: to relate to struggling students nationwide by tackling difficult issues, to create a platform for talented up-and-coming musicians and to create a cast of characters with whom viewers can become “pseudo-friends.”
Whether an episode dealt with topics of school shootings, drugs or eating disorders, lead actor James Lafferty notes, “The show has helped [fans] through tough periods in their lives, and I think that’s a testament to where the heart of our show is.”
How awesome is this news? Season 9 just ended and the DVDs are already available for purchase on Amazon for $24.99. I know what I’m ordering this afternoon. Happy shopping!
When we first met Shantel VanSanten’s character on “One Tree Hill”, she was introduced to us as Haley’s sister; but it didn’t take long for her role of Quinn James to become a pivotal part of the veteran series- as we saw her go through a roller-coaster journey these past three seasons. One that led viewers to discover the many sides of Quinn in the various chapters that can be opened in the book of life. The many elements and layers of her character is something VanSanten says she is grateful she got to experience as an actress with her time on “One Tree Hill”. And it was just one of many things VanSanten expressed her gratitude for as we reflected back on her years with the CW drama, which is set to air its series finale on April 4. A finale she says will be an emotional yet fulfilling experience for the fans who have stood by the show through-out its nine-year run.
And while the fans have stood by the show, VanSanten has stood by her fans. As the Ambassador to Team True Beauty, the young actress has been like a teacher of hope and healing to girls. So much so that her off-screen and on-screen work collided when a fan wrote VanSanten’s poignant Team True Beauty advice: “You are beautiful, You are capable, You are loved,” on the most sacred Tree Hill landmark-the rivercourt-and sent photos of it throughout Twitter! In our first interview upon her debut to Tree Hill, I wrote how clear it was to see that VanSanten “is dedicated to being someone young women everywhere can relate to.” I still strongly stand by those words today as I have gotten to know her and can say that her candor, her strength, and her genuine compassion for others all make her a role model of what it means to be a true inspiration. After this week we may no longer be seeing her role of Quinn on our television screens; but knowing Shantel VanSanten, the role she continues to play in positively impacting the lives of others will know no ending.
For “One Tree Hill” star VanSanten, who’s an ambassador for the organization True Beauty, which promotes self-esteem, it was a natural progression to become involved with Drawing Hope, especially when she met the honoree to whom she was presenting: Pranaadhika Sinha, a rape survivor who crusades on behalf of abuse victims in India, where sex education is not taught. “So many victims of rape and molestation struggle with identity crises to the point of dealing with eating disorders and things like that,” she said.
On April 4, the CW will air the “One Tree Hill” two-hour series finale, which VanSanten calls “very quiet, simple and meaningful.” Saying goodbye was “bittersweet” for her, “but the more I’ve had time to sit with it, the happier I am with it,” she said. She misses the “small town mentality” of Wilmington, N.C., where the show was shot, but is glad to be back in L.A., where she’s auditioning for TV and film roles. If she had her choice, she’d love to do a period piece, perhaps a war film. As for her green practices, “I always recycle and refill water bottles. It’s the little things we can do — it doesn’t have to be buying hybrid cars or putting solar panels on the roof.”
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This is a very touching video so you might want to have your tissues handy if you are as easily moved to tears as I am.
Thanks to Rebecca for sharing her lovely video.
AnnaLynne McCord (90210), Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), Laura Slade Wiggins (Shameless), Amy Paffrath (E! News) and Aisha Dee (I Hate My Teenage Daughter) and many celebrities came out last night in Los Angeles, CA, to support survivors at the Drawing Hope International Masquerade Gala Dinner. With courage and conviction, stars addressed the very tough topics of rape and sexual abuse on the red carpet, and many were honored with special awards. Shantel VanSanten was a presenter, and shared, “I feel so strongly about this Cause because there isn’t a cure. It’s just something that the more people that get involved and the more stories that are told, the more lives that can be saved.”
Shantel VanSanten felt honored to present the Point of Faith Award to Pranaadhika Sinha Devburman who started a foundation called Elaan at only 11 years old. Shantel described Pranaadhika’s story, “She’s an amazing woman who’s fighting on a crusade in her country of India. She’s working to educate young children on sexual awareness. And it’s actually illegal there to educate any children under the age of 18….I’m here on behalf of Drawing Hope and also on behalf of a charity that I am an Ambassador to called Team True Beauty. We thought the two kind of go hand in hand because so many people who’ve struggled through molestation, abuse and rape also struggle with identity and finding beauty in their own lives and in themselves.”
Shantel VanSanten Exclusive Interview by maximotv
When Shantel VanSanten 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.
Zap2it was on set when Murray and VanSanten shot their scenes, which involve Lucas (Scott) meeting Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) and Quinn (VanSanten) at the airport to take Haley’s kids out of Tree Hill while she handles the horrifying reality of Nathan’s kidnapping.
Sitting down with us between scenes, VanSanten admitted that she was a little bit nervous about meeting Murray. “I never knew what to think,” she says. “I know he was such a big staple on the show and everyone was devastated when Peyton and Lucas left the show. Coming in, [Rob and I] weren’t always very well received. I know people thought we were here to replace them. But I think [Chad] is really great. He’s been so much fun to work with.”
Shantel will be speaking at and presenting an award to Pranaadhika Sinah Devburman at the 2012 Drawing Hope Masquerade Gala Dinner on March 18, 2012. Click on the image below for full details and how to buy tickets for the event.
9320 W. Pico Blvd.
6:30 – 7:00pm | Reception and Red Carpet (for VIP ticket holders)
7:00 – 8:00pm | General Reception
8:00 – 10:00pm | Dinner and Program