Hilary Burton, Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lane are opening up about their extra experiences on “One Tree Hill,” especially the “Maxim” storyline season 4. On Monday’s “Drama Queens” podcast, they recap the fourth episode. This season, Brooke (Bush) takes photos of Rachel (Daniel Ackles) for Maxim magazine.
The show aired in October 2006, a month before Bush, Burton and Ackles landed their own Maxim magazine cover — but they didn’t really want to. At the time, they explained that the show was trying to attract more male viewers by bringing in an abusive man (played by “Psycho Derek” Matt Barr) and putting the women in their underwear.
“I know they’re not trying to question basement bullies on the Internet, but a lot of young men see violence against women and go, ‘We’ve got to do more.’ Not, ‘Uh-oh, pick up the phone,'” Bush said. !Maybe we can tell the girls to do Maxim and get kicked out if they don’t.’
She continued, “Because Brooke was so sexualized on this ‘hometown hottie’ and the whole idea of Rachel’s story, I was like, ‘Look, if the women want to do it, that’s great.’ i won’t. I went to war to make Brooke less of what she tried to force me to do. I don’t want to do it.’ I was literally told: ‘If you don’t go on this cover with your co-stars, we guarantee you will never be released for a press day, a movie, an event, whatever your charity is. We will keep you here forever.’
Burton recalls that they walked into the production office, and creator Mark Schwahn told them, “Look, how everyone else is on the cover of every magazine and nobody wants you.” Nobody wants you and you finally have someone who wants you and you turn your nose up at that?”
“No one else wants you, the studio wants to cancel your show,” she added. “You don’t start making some noise and pulling these guy numbers, we’re dead and all your friends are going to lose their jobs.”
Bush said she felt she had no choice after that. not at all To distribute the magazine.
“At that point, I said, ‘No, I don’t want to do this,’ and I was told I had to do it,” she said. “It was a big risk and a risk to be able to – in fact, even if I had the ability to get away for the weekend, at this stage, at this stage, I would have given up every opportunity I had. I would have gone to work, I would have done my job. [scenes] And I wanted out. I wanted to go home, I wanted to be with my family. I wanted to be with my friends. I didn’t want to be on our set, it wasn’t a safe place for me. This was a security concern.
The women also claimed that Schwan attended a taping of Maxim and gifted her with an iPod filled with songs they thought she would like – a move he did in front of Ackles and Bush. “He wanted Sofia to see him, to put her on the spot and for Daniel to see him, because he was trying to make her jealous,” Burton explained. “I was so embarrassed.”
As the women had previously said, they then went into detail about how they were constantly fighting each other. During the podcast, Lenz revealed that she was told her co-workers were going to fire Maxim and that she had been “replaced” by Ackles.
“They told me they wouldn’t come to me because I was too fat,” Lenz said. “I wasn’t the hottest girl on the show anymore.”
Burton and Bush shared that they were shocked by Lenz’s statement it was He asked and I did not do it.
“When I said I didn’t want to do it, I was like, ‘But Joey, you’re not going to do it! She said no. Why does she say no?’ They go, ‘Well she said no, so you have to say yes. At first she said no. Bush said. “You beat the three of us to tell you that we can’t say no… We’re not mad at you, but we are mad at this.”
Lenz explained that this was the beginning of being seen differently by her superiors. In one episode, Ackles’ character, Rachel, calls Lenz’s character, Haley, “a fat lady with a small head.”
“I remember reading that in the paper and I was like, ‘That’s so random. That must be his view of me,'” Lens said. “Sometimes someone says something to you and you’re like, ‘I’ve never seen myself like that.’ No, ‘Am I fat? I guess I have a small head? Is that bad? Isn’t that attractive?’ It’s so stupid, but it stuck in my mind for a long time. From then on, I was like, ‘Just put Joy in the middle-aged mom category. We’re going to do erotic things with someone else. There’s nothing exciting about Joy because she’s married and obviously fat and boring. I thought. That was it. I was replaced by Daniel – who I love. It’s amazing.”
Five years after “One Tree Hill” wrapped, 18 women who worked on the show (including the four actors named above) came forward in a letter. Difference, accusing Schwan of sexual harassment. Schwah has not responded to the allegations.