How ‘One Tree Hill’ harassment scandal created positive change for stars’ new show

How ‘One Tree Hill’ harassment scandal created positive change for stars’ new show

Seven months after popping out in help of their feminine “One Tree Hill” co-stars’ sexual harassment allegations towards showrunner Mark Schwahn, James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti stated they’re utilizing what they discovered to create a protected surroundings on their new present, “Everyone seems to be Doing Nice.”

“I feel it was necessary for us as males to verbalize our help for the ladies that went by means of it, our solid mates and pals that went by means of it,” Lafferty, who performed Nathan Scott on the sequence, instructed Web page Six on the ATX TV Competition. “I feel everybody knew it was the suitable factor to do, after which from there it was actually about closing the ranks and speaking about it privately, determining easy methods to make it possible for one thing like that doesn’t occur once more on anybody’s watch. So these conversations had been had and it was painful, awkward, horrible. It felt like three days was a month. It’s not what anyone actually loves to speak about, nevertheless it occurred and I feel the necessary factor is that we caught collectively by means of it … It makes the business a safer place and all of us really feel that. It’s like this factor has been lifted and now we will all get to work collectively.”

Colletti, who performed Chase Adams, added, “The nice factor is that issues are shifting ahead … I feel the top of final yr was necessary for society. We would have liked it. It’s given everybody a chance to take a second, look within the mirror and say, ‘What have I been doing and may I be higher?’”

Lafferty, 32, and Colletti, additionally 32, are at the moment elevating funds by way of IndieGoGo to finish the primary season of “Everyone seems to be Doing Nice,” which they co-wrote, directed and star in.

Trying ahead, Lafferty says he and Colletti carefully monitor who they bring about onto their workforce.

“We’ve obtained a workforce of people that belief one another, that like to work collectively and have related sensibilities when it comes to the artwork they need to make and I feel one other factor that must be on that checklist that’s all the time preserved and watched out for is that we’re all working on the identical ethical panorama,” he instructed us. “It doesn’t take a lot on this world to search out out what ethical panorama somebody is working on. All you gotta do is both go to their social media or simply discuss to some individuals who know them and that’s on us to do shifting ahead.”

Lafferty and Colletti’s new present follows two actors struggling to reclaim the highlight 5 years after their profitable run on a teen vampire present referred to as “Everlasting,” all of the whereas making an attempt to not let their previous roles outline them.

The pair tells us that whereas there are just a few similarities between them and their characters, together with the truth that they got here from well-liked teen reveals (each starring on “One Tree Hill,” and Colletti getting his begin on “Laguna Seashore”), it was necessary to make the characters distinct from their very own personas.

When requested if he ever really feel like he’s making an attempt to shake his teen-show picture, Lafferty instructed us, “Now and again I feel so. There are specific casting administrators who will inform your reps, ‘We’re not seeing any CW actors and that’s simply it.’ That’s simply the top of the dialog. So, in that regard, I feel that it might probably work towards you a bit, however I don’t ever really feel like my id and my profession post-‘OTH’ has been actually wrapped up in ‘OTH.’”

However Colletti went on to say that he carried MTV’s actuality present “Laguna Seashore” with him in all places he went.

“I knew going into … rooms, you possibly can really feel it, happening to units there’s simply an power the place you’re outlined by that present and I completely get it. I completely get it,” he instructed us. “It took years for me to really feel assured in myself. Fortunately, a pair folks gave me a shot and obtained to know me, not the man that was on ‘Laguna Seashore.’ I feel from there as my confidence grew and as I obtained older I type of left it prior to now. I don’t remorse something that I did on ‘Laguna Seashore.’ I might return and do it once more. It’s only for me discovering confidence in feeling like I belong.”

Lafferty and Colletti have raised over $75,000 for his or her present with a month left on their marketing campaign.

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