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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!