Why Chad Michael Murray Is ‘Terrified’ To Watch ‘One Tree Hill’ Again

Chad Michael Murray, pictured in 2019, starred in

Chad Michael Murray, pictured in 2019, starred in A tree hill throughout most of his twenties. (Photo: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

Lots of people watching A tree hill fondly remember the show, but that’s not really the case for star Chad Michael Murray. The 41-year-old actor said he thinks watching the show now would be “too hard”.

“It’s part of my life that I’ve removed. A lot of development, a lot of growth as a person, and [I] I just removed so much of it,” Murray said during a panel discussion with former co-star Bethany Joy Lenz at Christmas Con in Edison, NJ, on Saturday, per People. “I think we have hard drives, right? I’m probably like, you know, if you get an iPhone that can hold about 264 gigs: I have a 32 gig phone because of old information, so boot everything. So I think that I’m terrified.”

Murray starred in the teen drama from its debut in 2003 to 2009, then returned for one episode in its ninth and final season. He was 22 when it first aired.

Chad Michael Murray stars in the third season of

Chad Michael Murray stars in the third season of A tree hill in 2005. (Photo: Fred Norris/Warner Bros./Courtesy: Everett Collection)

Not only was the show a big deal professionally, especially since it premiered six weeks after he starred alongside Lindsay Lohan in the hit remake of Crazy Friday – but also personally. Murray met and fell in love with actress Sophia Bush on the show. They started dating in 2003 and got married in April 2005, but separated just five months later. Both have since remarried.

In June 2018, Bush said she had felt pressured to marry Murray.

“Everyone has been 22 and stupid. It wasn’t something I really wanted to do,” she said on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy with Andy Cohen. “Ladies need to learn to take up space in a way that men are taught what they are entitled to!”

She said she wouldn’t have wanted to let people down at work, “when you have bosses telling you that you’re the only one who gets someone to work on time and 200 people see their kids at night or they don’t because our days start on time.”

Bush clarified later, on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside you podcast, that “it’s not a place where I harbor ill will.”

Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush were part of the

Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush were part of the A tree hill form. (Photo: Fred Norris/Warner Bros./Courtesy: Everett Collection)

Despite Murray’s comment about removing the A tree hill part of his life, he said it’s generally a happy experience to see his former co-stars in person.

“It’s one of those things where it’s a family,” he said. “We grew up together in a lot of ways, and so you go into a room like this, and I could see Joy, Hilary [Burton], or someone from across the room, and it’s like “Family!” You can grab each other and feel a little bit safe because it’s your crew.”

Most of the gang reunited last month for the “A Week in Tree Hill 4” charity event. (Bush said she was “unwell” and followed her doctor’s advice to skip it.)

Murray thoroughly enjoyed seeing his old friends.

“It was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time,” he said. “It was really nostalgic about getting together and seeing everyone’s faces, and then walking out and experiencing it with you.”

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