What has Lucas been up to? Where is Peyton? And why does Lucas look so much like little Jamie? Chad tells all!
Chad Michael Murray returns to One Tree Hill on the Feb. 22 episode; and while his hair is questionable, his motives are pure. HollywoodLife.com was lucky enough to be on the show’s North Carolina set for Lucas’ epic return, so of course I had to grill the triple-named wonder about what Lucas has planned for his visit to Tree Hill — and what he heck he’s been up to since driving off into the sunset with Peyton (Hilarie Burton) at the end of season six.
First thing’s first: Chad informed us that Lucas has been “over in New Zealand,” far away from the drama of Tree Hill. Also, “he thinks the kiwis are quite nice.”
But while Chad was happy to fill us in on all things Lucas, he said Peyton’s whereabouts will — sadly — remain the most mysterious of mysteries.
“I don’t want to give you all the spoilers, but no, I don’t think we find anything out,” he told us.
And as for those letters Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) sent Lucas last season — like, at the beginning every single episode — it turns out they were all pretty one-sided.
“I decided that, yes, he did [answer her letters],” Chad said. “But we discover [in this episode] that I haven’t. So I guess I haven’t.”
Though Chad admitted that reprising his role as Lucas presented a slight “challenge,” he was more excited than anything else — especially to be working with Bethany.
“I love Joy,” he told us. “She’s just so f—ing gifted, excuse my langage. When you say someone’s good and how much talent they really truly possess, sometimes an expletive is the only way to say it.”
“I have always said, ‘Dude, that’s my kid,'” Chad told us. “Where the hell was I 10 years ago?”
(Doing the nasty with Haley, apparently.)
So One Tree Hill fans, are you excited for Lucas’ return on this week’s episode? Hit the comments section and tell me your favorite — or least favorite — memory of Lucas. I’ve got a few to share myself!