After 20 years off the air, Hulu has brought a new generation of One Tree Hill fans to its iconic teen (now 30-something) drama, and the show’s momentum is not slowing down anytime soon.

The WB/CW series One Tree Hill has a few secrets even the most ardent fans don’t know.

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  • One Tree Hill was originally a movie.
  • Hilarie Burton Almost Went Bald Playing Peyton
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  • Chad Michael Murray Was Bad At Basketball
  • When One Tree Hill first came out, it was pitched as a film.
  • No One Appears In All 187 Episodes
  • When Michael Jordan was a kid, he used to play basketball on the same court that Tree Hill High School’s basketball games were filmed on.
  • Sheffer thought the way Keith died was “brilliant.”
  • When An Unkindness of Ravens was first released in the 1980s, it had the same title as Lucas’ work.
  • Schwahn’s album wall in Peyton’s room was inspired by an antique movie poster wall he had seen in a theater.
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  • Johansson filmed Season 1, Episode 12 with pneumonia and was quite high on cough syrup during most of the shots.
  • In contrast, Johansson “hated” the Season 3, Episode 16 script because he was afraid to shoot Sheffer.
  • When Haley’s pregnancy, Lenz was pregnant in real life.
  • Because Bush and Nichols were dating simultaneously, Brooke and Julian (Austin Nichols) had tremendous chemistry on screen.
  • A typical day on set started at 6:30 in the morning.
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  • In season 5, Haley does not learn to drive a car! Peyton, Lucas, Nathan, Skills, and Brooke are her drivers.
  • Because of the “suffering beneath her eyes,” Hilarie Burton was cast as Peyton. In the director’s opinion, Peyton should look like that.
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  • After divorcing Murray, Bush went on to date two more of her cast members. She briefly dated James Lafferty and then Austin Nichols for about four years.
  • Moira Kelly Was Pregnant During Season One
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  • Peyton & Lucas’ Untimely Exits Weren’t Financially Motivated
  • Attention all OTH fans: You can still access Peyton’s website, Punk & Disorderly, online!
  • The series jumped ahead four years to skip the college years so the actors would finally play their real ages.

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