Sophia Bush Recalls Austin Nichols Romance

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Sophia Bush Recalls Austin Nichols Romance While Sharing Ghost Story

Sophia Bush opened up about how her most “interesting paranormal experience” involved ex-boyfriend Austin Nichols and recalls their Romance.

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“Back in the early days of our show [One Tree Hill], all of us were partnered and then I very publicly was not,” Bush, 41, shared on a Thursday, October 26, episode of the “Drama Queens” podcast, seemingly referring to her split with Chad Michael Murray. “The first date I went on was with a very sweet boy named Austin Nichols when I was 23. We dated on and off for years.”

The actress went on to explain to her podcast cohosts Hilarie Burton Morgan and Bethany Joy Lenz that Nichols, 43, joined the cast of One Tree Hill after he told Bush that he’s “not going to let [her] tell him that they can’t date because the long distance was too hard.”

“Bold, gorgeous, romantic gesture,” Bush gushed. “We laugh about it all the time. We’re still good friends.”

Bush then dove into her and Nichols’ spooky experience when they were living together in Wilmington, North Carolina, which is where OTH was filmed.

“When we were properly able to date because we were living in the same city for the first time in a decade. We were sleeping and this was when I had that creepy apartment. I just knew it was haunted,” she shared. “I hear this noise [one night] and it wakes me up … it’s in the floor and I turn the light on and Austin looks at me and goes, ‘What is that noise?’ We both start to make our way over to it. A volleyball size orb pops out of the floor. We both start to scream. The two of us lept up and ran. This thing went from round to tall and then evaporated.”

Although it was a scary situation, Bush was “so happy that one of her friends was with her.”

“We still are like, ‘Wasn’t that so weird?’ It’s nice to know we’re not crazy,” Bush joked.

“They love being together. They love sports and want to do good in the world.”

Sophia Bush claims that she was promised that her character, Brooke, wouldn’t date her on-again, off-again boyfriend Austin Nichols’ character, Julian, when he joined the cast of One Tree Hill for season 6 – only for the characters to walk down the aisle two years later.

“They said he would be there for a time, maybe break [Peyton and Lucas] up,” Bush, 41, told cohost Hilarie Burton Morgan during the Monday, January 29, episode of their “Drama Queens” podcast. “There was a lot of apology from the boss [Mark Schwahn] that was like, ‘I had no idea this overlapped with your real life how weird.’ And I was like, ‘Dude, I’ve dated like three people in 10 years. What do you mean you had no idea? You’re my nightmare.’ And he was like, ‘Promise you’ll barely ever have scenes together but it will certainly never be romantic.’”

While discussing Julian’s first appearance in season 6 episode 8, Bush claimed that the initial intention was to make the character a “bad boy movie producer” and “super cool” guy until Schwahn, 57, allegedly decided it would threaten his status on set.
‘One Tree Hill’ Creator Mark Schwahn Promised Sophia Bush That Brooke Would Never Date Austin Nichols’ Julian
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“When they shifted it and did what they were going to do anyway and Julian of course becomes the person that Brooke marries, the hilarity of it was there were other dynamics at play and our creepy boss didn’t want all of Julian Baker’s cool, hot movie star character friends coming into town,” she continued. “He did not want any more attractive young male cast members on our set to pull attention away from him.”

Bush claimed that  Schwahn ultimately decided to “emotionally castrate” Julian once he began dating Brooke. So much so, that the character became someone who “didn’t know how to high five” and had to ask Nathan (James Lafferty) and Haley’s (Bethany Joy Lenz) 6year-old son, Jamie (Jackson Brundage), to be the best man at his wedding because “he had no friends.”

“We were all like, ‘What is happening?’” Bush quipped while recalling the story line, to which Burton Morgan replied, “Wild.”

Bush and Nichols dated on and off for six years before calling it quits for good in February 2012, just two months before the OTH series finale aired. Bush revealed during an October 2023 episode of “Drama Queens’ that Nichols was her first date after her public divorce from her other costar Murray in 2006.

“Back in the early days of our show [OTH], all of us were partnered and then I very publicly was not,” Bush explained. “The first date I went on was with a very sweet boy named Austin Nichols when I was 23. We dated on and off for years.”

Nichols joined the show after Bush told him dating long-distance was “too hard” to maintain.

“Bold, gorgeous, romantic gesture,” Bush gushed. “We laugh about it all the time. We’re still good friends.”

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