New Cast Member Robert Buckley Gives Us His Two Cents About 'One Tree Hill'
One Tree Hill surprised fans everywhere with its 7th season return to the CW this
September. Direct from the set in Wilmington, North Carolina, newcomer Robert Buckley
is dishing the dirt on his character, Clay. The CW just announced it has picked up
One Tree Hill for a full season.
Starpulse: So you have joined the cast of One Tree Hill after six seasons. What has
it been like for a newbie on the set? Working with the cast?
Rob Buckley: I was pretty nervous joining a show with so much success after six years.
I think I put enough pressure on myself. Luckily this is a group that get along really
well and they put Shantel(who plays Quinn) and myself at ease right from day one
which freed us up to have fun, so it's been a great time. My only quasi gripe has
been the humidity down here, which has nothing to do with One Tree Hill.
OTH films in Wilmington North Carolina and fans have always been reported to follow
the cast and storm the set in the small southern town. What is their reaction to
you and the new character?
They have been so sweet and supportive. I was surprised by their presence because
I have never worked on a show where fans would literally hang around set for 12 hours
just to get pictures or say hi!
You are playing Nathan Scott's sports agent Clay, Now the last time I saw you, you
were getting active at the Longines Center Court for Kids charity event in NYC playing
tennis. Are you a sports fan in real life or did you have to study up for this one?
I am a real sports fan. I don't know how much tennis you may have seen me playing,
(chuckles) but I am nothing to write home about. Sports in general yes, I have always
enjoyed watching sports so it wasn't too much of a stretch for me. (With basketball)
you sort of have to dive into that world. Some of the terminology I had to learn
on the fly, especially with negotiating contracts but other than that I was ok.
So you could basically negotiate an NBA draft like a pro now? (Laughs)
Yeah I guess I could!
Can you tell me a little about your character? It was foreshadowed that Clay has
a bit of a sorted past. Is it safe to say that this is why he is down on love?
His past comes to find him in Tree Hill. It will slowly be revealed in the coming
episodes. You will get to see the people involved and what it was that landed Clay
in Tree Hill and sort of emotionally distant from all of these women he meets.
Fans have started to speculate that Quinn, Haley's sister might change your opinion?
(Laughs) I have noticed as we filmed episodes that I do oogle her. I make silly eyes
at her so I can see why fans are saying that.
Most of America got to know you as Kirby in Lipstick Jungle. It is only the beginning
of the season and Clay is already in the center of controversy with Nathan's basketball
career and his relationship with Haley on the line and the pregnancy! As an actor
do you gravitate to somewhat juicy roles?
Yes absolutely. I like the fact that (Clay) doesn't have it all figured out and he
is messy. He has his problems that he is still working through and some of them he
isn't doing a great job at. I like that. I think the more layers you add to it the
more fun it is to play as an actor and it's more compelling to watch as a viewer.
I would much rather watch someone go through human emotion as opposed to always being
under control. What you will start to see in Clay is that there are moments when
he is not that cool, calm, and collected guy. Part of it is who he will be when he
is not on.
Clay is not the only one who is controversial; One Tree Hill is pretty famous for
being complicated and messy in seasons past, any details?
Well, we don't shy away from it is all I can say. Even in the beginning of the season
you won't be disappointed.
What's up next for you? Any movie plans?
Right now it is full time One Tree Hill. All I do is exercise, sleep and eat. Ask
me again when I get a break!
Well we are excited to see what unfolds in season 7 and the female fans are definitely
excited about all the exercise!
One Tree Hill airs Monday nights at 8pm on the CW
Story by Rebecca Kristen of StarPulse
One Tree Hill Petition
More than 22,000 fans have signed an online petition urging the CW to renew One Tree
Hill for an eighth season. Buckley said he and some of the cast members "started
a pretty helpful support group" as they await word on the fate of the show.
Robert Buckley and cast await word on season 8 pick-up
Robert Buckley, who plays Clay Evans on the CW drama One Tree Hill, says he isn't
sure he will have a job next week as he and the rest of the cast await word on whether
the show, now in its seventh season, will be renewed for 2011.
"We won't know until Monday, I think," Buckley said. "I'm waiting to find out if
I have a job. I've been going ... to and fro to the unemployment office. So if I
get the call on Monday, Daddy's going on the dole." Check out the interview!
Buckley made his comments to On The Red Carpet's Rachel Smith at a recent launch
party of Capcom's 'Lost Planet 2' video game at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
He said One Tree Hill's seventh season finale, set to air on May 17, would feature
"stalkers, sex, maybe lifelong commitments, maybe people losing their lives."