Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton by the producers of “One Tree Hill‘ was so ‘obsessed’ with ‘men’s views’ that they allegedly forced female leads to pose for a men’s magazine.
On Monday’s “Drama Queens” podcast, the two actors recalled the circumstances surrounding a photo shoot for Maxim’s November 2006 cover, which also featured co-star Danneel Ackles.
About 8 minutes into the episode, Bush, Burton, and fellow “One Tree Hill” actress Bethany Joy Lenz argued that the number of men watching WB shows from 2003 to 2012 was said to be “tossing” each time. between scenes were “either violence against women or hypersexualized situations”.
“They saw many young men being drawn towards a violent attack on women and said, ‘We have to do more,’” Bush said of the producers. He added that while he doesn’t believe they are trying to “demand” such audiences, they exhibit a lack of awareness of their actions.
Instead they said, ‘Maybe we should do more’. Maybe we should get the girls to do Maxim and tell them they’re fired if they don’t,” Bush said.
Bush later recalled being pressured by the show when he initially showed a lack of interest in his magazine appearance.
“I was literally told: “If you don’t do this cover with your comrades, we’ll make sure you never go out to any press day, a movie, an event, any charity. We will keep you here forever’” he said in the 13th minute of the episode.
Burton supported Bush’s statements about the pressure around the shooting. He remembers a situation where he was embarrassed and bullied for doing so.
“I remember being drawn into the production office,” Burton said. “I sat on the floor with our boss on the couch and we were given a very friendly, soft tone of voice: ‘Look, every other show has been on the cover of every magazine and nobody wants you guys.. Nobody wants you and you finally have someone who wants you. And are you really going to stick your nose in that? ?’”
Burton continued: “It was just too much: ‘Nobody else wants you. The studio wants to cancel your show. If you don’t start creating some excitement and attracting these male numbers, then we’re dead and all your friends are going to lose their jobs.’”
“It was a very deep threat,” Bush said. She later recalled her conflicting feelings on the day of the shooting.
“I remember being like, ‘I’m looking at my friends who look stunning and look like ’50s poster girls. And that should be hilarious, but it’s miserable because we didn’t choose her.'”
This isn’t the first time Bush, Burton, and Lenz have talked about the “controlling and manipulative” set culture on “One Tree Hill.”
In 2017, they were among a group of nearly 20 women who were publicly accused. Mark Schwahn, creator of physical and emotional manipulation as well as sexual harassment.
HuffPost reached out for comment from TV reps at Warner Bros., who co-produced the series, but did not receive an immediate response.
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