Each character on “One Tree Hill” has changed over the show’s nine seasons. They’ve grown older, wiser and more successful. But at the start of season nine, one character was also noticably thicker. Marvin “Mouth” McFadden started this season about 60 pounds heavier than he eneded season eight, thanks to a sudden zeal for food that’s driving a wedge between him and his girlfriend, Millie.
“I never envisioned that’s where my story was going,” says Lee Norris, who has played Mouth since the show’s pilot episode and now performs his scenes buried under prothstetic makeup and extra padding.
I recently chatted with Norris at a CW event in Pasadena about the locally filmed show’s legacy, his North Carolina roots and what his future might hold.
Q: Are you living in California full-time now?
When One Tree Hill returns on Wednesday (8/7c, CW) one character will be virtually unrecognizable.
“Mouth [has] gained about 60 pounds,” Lee Norris tells TVGuide.com. “He’s undergone a physical transformation … but what is really going to interest the audience is why this transformation happened.”
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When we last saw Marvin “Mouth” McFadden, he and girlfriend Millie (Lisa Goldstein) had begun their very own morning show. While the two are still at it when the show returns, they’ll have a lot on their plate.
As a longtime, devoted One Tree Hill fan, the upcoming last season is certainly bittersweet. I’ve been watching this show since I was 16 years old and it definitely helped define a post-Dawson’s Creek generation littered with failing teen dramas. And even though OTH has evolved over the years with character departures, we still run home to watch it. Every. Single. Week. Think about it. This show was not supposed to last past high school graduation. It’s just unheard of on television these days. And nine years later, we’re still one of the most dedicated fan bases out there. The OTH fan family will forever be misunderstood by bullying network favorites and people that never even gave it a chance. And hey, we’re OK with that.
Over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to interview several castmembers and I recently caught up with the ever-sweet Lee Norris who’s played Mouth McFadden since the pilot episode. Not only did Lee shed some light on the final season (sans spoilers!), season finale, Chad Michael Murray’s return and his MAJOR character development, but he was cool enough to talk about Boy Meets World too. Such a pleasure! Check out our interview below!
http://twitvid.com/VCBRA – Lee Norris reminds YOU to WATCH #OTH on Tuesdays on the CW at 8/7c starting September 14!!!