Stephen Colletti Talks ‘One Tree Hill’s Legacy, His New Movie Musical — Exclusive
Fans of Laguna Beach or One Tree Hill may always have an image of Stephen Colletti as the hunky high schooler, but Kristin Cavallari’s ex is all grown up! Can’t picture it? You will once you see him in his latest role!
Wetpaint spoke with Stephen recently about his new movie musical, Summer Forever, which has the 29-year-old playing a music executive offering a record deal to an incoming college freshman, played by YouTube star, Megan Nicole. And seeing as this is a teen comedy, the fact that the actor was oldest in the cast by “five to 10 years” was not lost on him.
“It was the first time that that happened for me,” Stephen admits. “The crew was dealing with me differently than the cast, and they were treating me like an elder. It was also comforting because I’ve been able to withstand being around long enough that I’m the oldest one on set now.”
The music-infused flick, which also stars Step Up star (and girl from the Missy Elliott videos) Alyson Stoner and Scream Queens’ Anna Grace Barlow, boasts some industry heavy-hitters, like Emmy-winning director Roman White and Smash songwriter Sam Hollander, who has also written for One Direction, among others. But don’t expect to see Stephen doing any singing or dancing, which he jokes is “a blessing” for the viewers.
He is, however, a huge music fan — namely, of anything where bands “play instruments, emphasis on instruments.” The former reality star’s passion for ‘80s rock (remember him and Lauren Conrad singing “Don’t Stop Believing” on Laguna?) and Tom Petty, as well as his fascination for the business behind the industry, more than qualified him for this music exec role.
But if you’re still having trouble picturing Stephen as anything but Chase Adams on One Tree Hill, he doesn’t blame you. In fact, he welcomes the enduring fandom The CW drama has, years after it wrapped in 2012.
“There so many different mediums and content now that there’s so much opportunity for people to fall in love with different things,” he muses. “It still kind of takes my breath away that the show is withstanding so many years later. People are still watching it and fans are still active about it. It’s very humbling.”
As for how the series ended — with Chase becoming the owner of Tric nightclub and staying single — Stephen says “his storyline had reached an apex. It was the perfect way to leave it.” But that doesn’t mean he is done working with the OTH cast, particularly good friend and former roommate Robert Buckley (aka sports agent Clay Evans), with whom he hopes to do a multi-cam sitcom someday.
“That kid can make me laugh harder than anybody has in my entire life,” Stephen gushes. “He’s just so funny. I think the opportunity to do something in comedy with him would be a treat.”
Summer Forever is available now on iTunes, and you can download it here!