Bethany Joy Lenz Had ‘Romantic’ Dreams About James Lafferty

  • Bethany Joy Lenz says she had “romantic” dreams about James Lafferty while filming “One Tree Hill.” 
  • She said the pair never got together in real life and that kept the “chemistry alive.”  
  • Lenz and Lafferty costarred as high-school sweethearts in all nine seasons of “One Tree Hill.” 

Bethany Joy Lenz revealed on Monday’s episode of “Drama Queens” podcast that she had “romantic” dreams about her “One Tree Hill” costar and on-screen love James Lafferty while they were filming the show’s intimate scenes.

The pair played high-school sweethearts Haley James Scott and Nathan Scott for all nine seasons of the hit teen drama, and their characters were married for almost the entirety of the series.

Lenz, who cohosts “Drama Queens” with former costars Hilarie Burton Morgan and Sophia Bush, was candid about the fact that spending so much time faking a relationship with Lafferty influenced her on a “subconscious” level. She also acknowledged how that can make boundaries “confusing” for some actors. 

“As the show went on, the more time we spent together, I mean, I would totally have a romantic dream about him and wake up and be like, ‘oh wow, that was interesting,'” she said on the podcast.

Lenz was clear that because of the four-year age difference between them (Lafferty was about 17 while filming the pilot and Lenz was about 21) it “didn’t occur” to her to intentionally have “personal romantic feelings for him.”

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Lenz’s and Lafferty’s characters were married on the show.

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But the “Grey’s Anatomy” actress feels like the dreams she had about Lafferty were inevitable. “We’re kissing all day [on set]. We’re like making out and we’re like being all lovey-dovey,” she said. “Of course it’s going to work its way into your subconscious.”

She and Lafferty “never, ever” got together when the cameras weren’t rolling, according to Lenz, “and that’s honestly probably what kept the chemistry alive on-screen for so long, too.” 

The series finale of “One Tree Hill,” which aired in 2012, ended with Nathan and Haley (or “Naley” as they were affectionately referred to on the internet) as the happily married parents of two kids.


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