Hilarie Burton, who played Peyton Sawyer on the hit show, One Tree Hill, reveals all in her new book. Called, The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm, Hilarie opens up about meeting her husband, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, their cozy life together, fertility struggles and One Tree Hill.
Hilarie Burton Opens Up About The Villain On One Tree Hill Set
But one of the most shocking revelations in her book was about OTH show creator, Mark Schwann and his years of abuse. She revealed the truth about him, writing about what he put her and the rest of her female co-stars through. Hilarie admits that landing a role in One Tree Hill was like living a fairytale. However, she said it was not the Disney fairytale but more like a dark, Brothers Grimm-sort of fairy tale.
“In my particular fairy tale there had been a villain who pitted female actors against one another. Pushed us to do gratuitous sex scenes that always left me feeling ill and ashamed. Told young female actors to stick their chests out, put his hands on all of us, and pushed himself on me, forcing unwanted kisses,” she wrote in her book.
And once the #MeToo Movement started gaining speed, Hilarie and her OTH co-star, Sophia Bush wondered what could be done about him. As women who worked both in front of the camera and behind it came out with their own stories. Hilarie realized nothing would happen to him unless intimate details were revealed. She thought she’d never work again once she opens up about the years of harassment and abuse. But she didn’t fear the loss of her career. She sat down with Variety for a five hour interview, laying everything out in the open.
“I looked around at my life and thought, If I never work on another show or film, I’ll be okay,” Hilarie recalls. “My daughter had steeled me. I was a farmer. A shop owner. A soccer mom. A board member at Astor. I was finally a person that I sorta kinda liked, and all the creeps out there could go straight to hell.”