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One Tree Hill newcomer Shantel VanSanten has only worked on the show for a little less than a year (compared with seven years for some of her colleagues), she has already formed strong bonds with the series, her character, the area and her co-workers.
Most of the cast of “One Tree Hill” is used to waiting for The CW to announce whether or not their series will be picked up for another season. But for 24-year-old “Tree Hill” newcomer and former model Shantel VanSanten (“The Final Destination”), who signed on for this past season, the waiting game is a new feeling to deal with. And even though VanSanten has only worked on the show for a little less than a year (compared with seven years for some of her colleagues), she has already formed strong bonds with the series, her character, the area and her co-workers.
We called the actress at her home in Los Angeles, just before she was leaving to take another cast member, 9-year-old Jackson Brundage (Jamie Scott), to a screening of “How To Train Your Dragon.”
She talked about her time on set, how life brought her to Wilmington and what might be next on her list of life accomplishments.
Q: I talked to Robert Buckley (Clay) when he first came aboard “One Tree Hill” and he talked about what an easy transition he had adjusting to the cast and crew. Did you have a pretty easy transition period, too?
A: I did. I was so nervous when we first started. It’s pretty overwhelming to join a cast that has been doing it for six years previous to when you joined. And it wasn’t like we came on as guest stars … But my first day on set was the day we shot all of the cake fight stuff, and I got to put Jackson’s face in the cake and Joy and I got to smash cake in each other’s hair. So it was a really good ice breaker and fun first day to shoot. … And everybody was so welcoming. I think that shooting it in Wilmington helps that. Everybody’s so close, you know. Everybody does dinners together and sees each other.