Jana Kramer, who played the role of Alex Dupre on the infamous CW series One Tree Hill, has now sat down and opened up about her time working on the show in one of the episodes of her iHeartRadio podcast, Whine Down With Jana Kramer. To really amp up the discussion with some perspective on the time spent on the One Tree Hill sets, she invited her colleague and former co-star Bethany Joy Lenz, who played beloved Haley James Scott on the show.
The two sat down on the podcast episode and discussed the cast divisions behind the scenes. Jana Kramer started the discussion by making the statement that:
It was hard for us, because I felt like when we came on the show, just being so honest, it was a very divided set. I feel like everyone already kinda had their places and it was either, are you going to be in the ‘A team’ or the ‘B team?’ It was just tricky.”
Jana Kramer further went on to attribute this division to Mark Schwahn who created the CW series and unfortunately also created an environment of sexual harassment where female cast members felt unsafe. Several women threw sexual harassment allegations at the man in 2017, speaking up about the incidents faced on set.
As Jana Kramer went on to discuss this, Bethany Joy Lenz was in complete agreement on the issues faced. She added further that perhaps the one thing she wished she could have changed about the show back then was this toxic environment.
It would be great to go back and not have it feel like it was divided in any way or when we were going through a rough patch.”
While the two discussed these unfortunate aspects of the show back then, Jana Kramer did go on to say that her role on the show was “really fun and spunky.” Bethany Joy Lenz agreed to this, saying:
You were such a firecracker, you always had such a great energy. I loved being in scenes with you because there was a firecracker in the room and you never knew when it was gonna go off.”
Seeing as several old shows are now having reboots, on the topic of that, the two agreed that the reboot wouldn’t be worth funding a man like Mark Schwahn. The only case in which they would agree to it is if the funds were mitigated from Mark Schwahn.
None of it would have to go to the showrunner. The problem is the creator of the show, on any incarnation of the show… that’s a big issue. And I think that would be the big thing standing in the way. Unless, he was willing to donate it all or something.”