In high school, I heard of this show called One Tree Hill. After watching the first few episodes, I was hooked. I felt like every show told the same story, but this show was different. It had a different plot and there were twists and turns that you’d never expect on a teenage TV show. Well, at least, that’s what I thought about it.
I’d watch OTH to escape from life. Not to say my teenage years were bad, but as I watched Haley & Nathan fall in love, it gave me hope that I’d too someday find the same love. I hoped for a guy like Nathan (James Lafferty), who I thought was hot as hell. I hoped for a tall, dark & handsome man that would sweep me off my feet. I hoped for a guy as protective and strong as Nathan. I hoped that he’d take care of me and be my rock - like Nathan was for Haley.
Back in high school, whenever the show came on, my brother and I would gather in his room with a bowl full of popcorn to watch the latest episode. I always looked forward to those nights where I could get lost for a hour and dive into someone else’s life. Though, I hated when it ended because that meant I needed to go back to reality. That’s the thing about watching movies and TV shows. You’re so into the production that you forget about your surroundings and what’s happening in your life, but once it’s over, you’re left feeling sad.
I just remember those days where I’d binge watch an entire season because I had nothing better to do. Until a few years ago, I didn’t know where OTH was filmed. Once I heard it was filmed in Wilmington, NC, I knew one day I wanted to visit that town and scope out all the spots.
When we moved to Greenville, I knew Wilmington was definitely doable, so back in November, we went to Wilmington for the first time and really liked it! I checked out all the spots and heard about a OTH Convention, which took place 2 weeks before we visited!! I was super disappointed, but hoped that maybe I could go to their next one, which was in March.
And, so, this past weekend, we headed to Wilmington, NC to go to the OTH Convention!
I only bought general admission tickets, so I at least was in the same room with my biggest celebrity crush, James Lafferty. I watched as him, Stephen Coletti and Grubbs answered questions from audience members and was jealous that he was presented with this wonderful opportunity to be on a TV show for years, make life-long friendships and be a celebrity that most women drooled over.
And, here’s the thing about celebrities: they’re just like you & me. They eat, sleep, poop & live their lives the same way in which we do. They just get paid more money and get a chance to be someone else in either a movie or TV show. They are not gods.
Am I a huge James Lafferty fan? Hell yeah, but I didn’t want to pay $65 just to talk to him for a nano-second. He won’t ever remember me. He saw so many fans this weekend that unfortunately he probably won’t remember. I’m not putting him or ANY other celebrity down, I’m just saying that they’re also human beings and that’s pretty much it.
All in all, it was a great weekend because I was able to see these actors that I grew up with via screen in real life. I got to see him talk, answer questions, laugh and be humble.
I’ll never forget the experience. I’ll always be able to say that I went to a One Tree Hill convention.