We have three of you here, but when’s the official One Tree Hill reunion?
Bryan Greenberg: It’s up to this man [points to Mark]. This is the mastermind, you have to talk to him.
James Lafferty: Schwahn’s a very busy man right now. He’s got a lot going on right now with his new show [The Royals]—he’s got a lot to think about!
Mark Schwahn: This is what I love—everybody always pins it on me! [All laugh] They love to pin it on me, but here’s the truth: The cast has been very successful, and if you look around, they’re all doing great things, which I’m incredibly proud of…get ‘em all in one place, and I’ll be there!
Bryan: Never say never! I never say never.
So, Bryan, where is Jake Jagielski now? What’s he up to?
Bryan: Jake Jagielski is on the run, I always feel like. [Laughs] With his six string! He’s like in Mexico. I see him with a really long beard.
James: He’s like a walking Bon Jovi song!
Mark: What I love is he’s probably a grandfather by now.
Wait—how old would his daughter, Jenny, be now?
Mark: Well, let’s see. Jenny, in 2003, was a little baby, so what is now? [All attempt to do the math] She’s only 12, so he’s not a grandfather.
James: This interview is about how bad at math we all are, basically.
Mark: He has a teenage daughter who is going through the same things that those character were going through now. I kind of love that.
Now there’s a spin-off for The CW.
Mark: [Laughs] There it is: Jenny Jagelski’s life in Mexico.
Bryan: I really see him deep in Mexico though, like working in a factory and on the run. I don’t know why!
James: Because you want to. Your soul just went there. You want to explore the plight of the working man.
What do you think would have happened if Peyton and Jake ended up together, instead of Lucas?
Mark: I think they would have been very happy. They were a very soulful couple. They were a couple of artists. And they had great chemistry too—Bryan and Hilarie [Burton] had great chemistry.
Bryan: Yeah, she was good!
Mark: She would have been completely happy. She chose an artist and she chose a writer, but not everybody’s gonna choose the musician, come on!
What’s your favorite memory from filming together?
James: There are so many to sort through.
Bryan: I was on and off, so I don’t have as many as they did, but I just remember it being the closest I’ve ever been to being on a real basketball team. [Laughs] I went to practice, I worked out with the guys, and it made me feel like a real athlete.
James: I think mine are those basketball days that we shot where we were all there and having a great time. We all got to play a game that we loved and feel that we were way better at it than we actually were. They were just amazing days. They were long days, but that was what made it so great—we were working hard, but having the greatest time together.
Mark: James was that good by the way.
Bryan: He could dunk! I was so jealous.
James:Was being the key word.
Are you not still good at basketball?
James: I’m way worse than I used to be!
What are Nathan and Haley up to now—how many kids do they have?
James: 16 kids. They’re just popping ‘em out.
Mark: They live overseas. Nathan was becoming an agent, so I think they travel a lot. I think the family is happy and he balances home and work. Nathan Scott was that guy who was such a wild maverick in the beginning, but it’s the oldest story in the world: The bad boy changes his behavior for the love of a good woman. I think Nathan found Haley, and he was still a bad boy in defense of her, but he’s become a good father, maybe the father he never had. He’s got great kids, she’s a great mom, and it’s the American dream.
James: Jamie’s probably got a sitcom somewhere, and he’s going to be richer than all of us someday! [Laughs]
Do you still keep up with everyone?
Mark: I see James and Stephen Colletti a lot. I’ll see Bryan once in a while. The good thing is that everyone’s gone their separate ways because of work; I’m in London for six months out of the year for The Royals. It’s great because when we see each other, everyone’s happy to see each other. For the most part, we cross paths and everyone catches up and it feels like we’ve just seen each other and that we’ve just been making the show. It’s been a while now, but it feels pretty immediate.
James: And it’s been great to see everyone do so well. It’s like you always hope that when you finish something as prolific as we were doing that everyone can go off and do good things, and everyone really has. I feel like everyone’s living beyond the expectations, which is so awesome to see.
Mark: That’s the absolutely gracious and appropriate answer, but selfishly, I’m still proud that when fans approach them, it’s about One Tree Hill.
Is there anything you’d change about the finale or the show?
Mark: No. It’s a lot like life—you look back and go, “If I went back, it might not be the same, but I am who I am because of the path that we charted.” I think the show turned out exactly how it should have turned out.
Were you surprised to see Sophia become a cop on Chicago PD after playing Brooke for so long?
James: Not at all! That does not surprise me at all. She was tailor-made for that role, and she’s killin’ it.
Mark: She always loved her handguns. [Laughs] But yes, we are all so proud of her.
Mark, would you ever bring any Tree Hill Ravens over to The Royals?
Mark: I would, but I just question their British accents. It might have to be Chris Keller at this point!