Exclusive: Meet The MunnRoyds!

1 03 2010

In my Real-Life Relationships series, I wrote how One Tree Hill held the honor of being the only teen drama to ever have married cast members. But they also held the dishonor of being the only show with divorced cast members when that same couple split. I’m happy to say honor has been restored this season with the introduction of Scott Holroyd as David. Holroyd’s recurring role meant he was starring on the very same show his wife, Allison Munn, has been on as Lauren for more than a year now.

Munn and Holroyd haven’t yet had the privilege of sharing scenes together but the excitement of just working on the same set has pleased them both. They were also more than enthusiastic about doing a joint interview and officially introducing everyone to the MunnRoyds.

TeenDramaWhore: Is this your first joint interview?

Munn: This is our first joint interview–except for the man who married us. We had an interview with the man who married us and that was equally as fun.

TDW: I am very honored, then, to be your first professional joint interview.

Munn: It’s very exciting. We’re having some wine and sitting down. This is fun.

Holroyd: You got the exclusive.

TDW: I’m very excited. Allison, we covered a lot of ground in our first interview, but something I forgot to ask you was how you got involved with One Tree Hill in the first place. Was it the typical casting call-audition route?

Munn: It was. The part came down the pipes and I went in. It was cool because I was sitting in the room waiting for everyone and I didn’t know who was actually going to be in the audition but [creator] Mark Schwahn walks in and I had known Mark back when I was on What I Like About You. Mark used to come by our set a lot so I was excited to see him again because he was always so nice. And then my friend Joe Davola walked. He’s one of the producers on One Tree Hill but he was also one of the producers on What I Like About You. So it was just a little mini-reunion and it took a minute to have the actual audition because we had to catch each other up on our lives. So that was fun. Then I auditioned and I think I found out that night that I got the part. It was kind of perfect because the day I flew in, I got into Wilmington at night and it was the show’s Christmas party. I went in and I went straight to the Christmas party and got to meet everyone there, which was a lot of fun.

TDW: That’s a great way to ease the stress of having to meet everyone when you first get on set.

Munn: Oh, yeah. It’s stressful when you guest-star on a show because they’re a tight-knit group and you’re a stranger coming into their world. But these people could not have been more accommodating or nice. It’s truly been a blessing to meet these people.

TDW: Your first episode was when Jamie [Jackson Brundage] asks you out on his little date [Episode 6.16, Screenwriter‘s Blues]. Did you sign on to do just that one episode or did you know there would be more?

Munn: I was only booked for that episode and when I read the scenes, the way they originally read, there was supposed to be a flirtation with Dan [Paul Johansson]. But they were very careful to not make it that way. I don’t know if they had it in their minds that I would go on. I finished that episode and I came home over the holidays and Mark Schwahn called me and pitched me the [storyline] that I would start dating Skills [Antwon Tanner]. That was really exciting. That was a great call to get.

TDW: I’m sure. So, Scott, last year did you visit Allison on set at all?

Holroyd: Yes, actually. I knew Joe from the What I Like About Days. I met Schwahn during Allison’s work on One Tree Hill and Mark was familiar some of the work I had done. I went and visited the Jerry Rice episode [7.01, 4:30 a.m. (Apparently They Were Traveling Abroad)]. I was in North Carolina during that time and Allison texted me and said, “Hey, do you know who Jerry Rice is?”

Munn: No, I think I texted you like, “Hey, have you ever heard of some guy named Jerry Rice?” Clearly I had no idea who he was.

Holroyd: And I was like, “Uh, yes! He’s only the best wide receiver in the history of the NFL.” And she was like “Well, I’m playing football with him right now.” I turned the car around and went to set. That was the first time I was on set and hung out with everybody there.

Munn: The greatest thing also about these people is that we also got to know a lot of them back here [in Los Angeles]. When they’re not in production in North Carolina, we tend to hang out and go to dinner here in Los Angeles. So he had met them socially as well here.

TDW: So then when the part of David came up, did you have a formal audition?

Holroyd: Yeah, I went in and read for Mark. It was a typical audition and then I got the call when I was in North Carolina to visit Allison and visit family. I got the offer when I was there so I ended up not leaving North Carolina and staying for the rest of the summer to shoot [my] first four episodes. It was actually perfect timing and a perfect situation because it’s always nice to work with friends. Mark had become a pal through all of this when Allison was in season 6. We’d hang out, like she said, go out to dinner with he and his wife. It was just a fun situation for us both and it was also fun to be home because Allison and I are both from that area. My mom and dad live in Myrtle Beach, which is 45 minutes away from Wilmington so that whole summer Allison and I were there with both of our dogs and it was the best summer on record for us.

Munn: It really was. We always say there’s very few times in your life when you’re having a wonderful time and you’re aware of how lucky you are and aware of the fact you’re going to look back on this moment in your life and reflect on it and say, “Wow, remember when we got to do that?” We were very aware of how good we had it this past summer. It was wonderful.

Holroyd: Was this the first time you were working on the same project?

Munn: Well, technically no. We were both on That 70’s Show. We were never on set at the same time. Scott did an episode and I think I did the episode after him. So technically we had but not like this.

TDW: On One Tree Hill, Lauren is a much a happier character than David has been. Scott, as someone who is happily married in real life, is it difficult to get into David’s frame of mind or do you embrace the challenge of playing someone so different from you?

Holroyd: You always embrace it. It’s fun. You can kind of empathize and understand. We’ve all had disappointments and adversity in our lives and you grasp onto that to figure out where the character’s coming from. So the challenge was fun.

Munn: Believe it or not, this is one of the nicer characters he’s played. He usually plays like rapists…

Holroyd: Murderers, wife-beaters.

Munn: Wife-beaters. So, yeah, this has been a departure from his normal roles.

Holroyd: Yeah, so when I got the offer from Mark, he was like, “Yeah, this is not like the things you normally play” because he had seen some of my work before. He was like, “Gosh! There is no vigilance in [David]. He’s a nice guy.”

Munn: I think Joe Davola was surprised, too, because Joe knew mostly his work when he on Dirty Sexy Money. I don’t know if you saw his arc on that but he ran the gamut. He hit women–

Holroyd: Pistol-whipped a woman.

Munn: Pistol-whipped a woman, he shot a person, he killed a person. It was a lot for them to wrap their head around, to have Scott be the nice guy for a change. I loved seeing that. I mean, yeah, he was in pain but it was really neat for me to see Scott play that role.

TDW: At what point did you know you’d be coming back for the Taylor [Lindsey McKeon] storyline?

Holroyd: Mark called and he was happy with how things had turned out and the arc of the story. He said there’d be some more stuff coming down the pipe. That’s all I knew. I didn’t know in what way I was going to be used or what way David was going to come back but he said there’d be more stuff for me to do. So when I got the call for the next little bit with Taylor and when I read the script, I was like, “Ohhhkay. Okay.” That’s when you see a little bit of David’s…kind of vindictive side. Maybe vindictive isn’t the right word.

Munn: No, he was kind of vindictive.

TDW: I was going to say vindictive, too.

Holroyd: Yeah, but it wasn’t really honest vindictiveness. It was more…

TDW: It came from a place of hurt.

Holroyd: Yes. It came from hurt. And when he realized it was all a lie, that’s when he kind of bailed on the whole thing because he was really just relying on Taylor. I think Taylor was honest in her approach to her sisters and I think David was just kind of going along with that, like “Okay.” I think David was looking at it as “Quinn hurt me. How can I hurt her back?” Taylor was the way to do that. I think that’s how that all came about. I think David kind of relished the moments, like at the dinner scene. I think David was just relishing watching Quinn [Shantel Van Santen], even though Quinn stayed above it all. But I think he relished it until he found out she didn’t really sleep with Clay [Robert Buckley]. That’s when his world really came crashing down again. David just got–

Munn: He got kicked. He got hammered.

Holroyd: He got kicked on all sides. Even when he tried to be forceful and be a little vindictive, he got hit again. I felt bad for David and I fought for David and I thought he was right in how he approached things. I agreed with him.

Munn: I really loved seeing those flashback scenes with him and Shantel [Episode 7.07, I And Love And You] because it was nice to see David happy and in a good place. That added, for me, a lot of depth to both their characters.

TDW: It did. It gave us the point of view of where David was coming from–what was the marriage he had with Quinn like? You would think anyone would be upset they’re getting divorced but we didn’t know what Quinn was leaving behind.

Munn: Right. And it’s hard because they had such a great thing. I think a lot of people were like, “Why is Quinn leaving this great marriage?” but, being in a relationship that actually works, you do really change a lot as people. If you don’t grow together, the growing apart feels so lonely and I think that’s what Quinn was really haunted by, her loneliness. David wasn’t the man she originally married.

Holroyd: Of course, I’m gonna side with David. I don’t think he necessarily changed.

Munn: I think he grew up.

Holroyd: I think he was thinking ahead and he was growing up and evolving and thinking, “Hey, I have a passion”–which was Quinn’s thing, “Stick to your passion”–“but if the passion doesn’t pay the bills, let’s be honest. You don’t want to be motivated by money but money is to an extent a necessity, so let me get a job that affords us a life that we can live on and grow and have a family.” So I saw where David was coming from. I don’t think he necessarily changed who he was; he just wanted to better his family. That’s my opinion on David but, of course, I’m going to stick up for my man.

TDW: I think the fans saw it from both sides. I think there were people were questioning, “What is Quinn doing?” and they wanted to see more of David. And there were people who accepted she wasn’t happy and wanted a change and to move on. I would also venture to guess a lot of the fans are younger and not married, so it might’ve been hard to understand. Maybe because they’re not married, they think that moving on is an easier thing to do.

Munn: Yeah, that’s intuitive.

Holroyd: A lot of people were asking, “Why?” A lot people were getting frustrated with the Quinn storyline and asking “Why would she want to move on? She has no reason.” And my explanation for the storyline was when you grow, you either grow together or you grow apart and sometimes you grow apart. It’s as simple as that. I think that frustrated people. It’s so simple that it frustrated people. It would’ve been a lot of easier had there been infidelity or something else. But it was just a matter of just growing apart. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.

TDW: I’ve been wondering where Quinn and David lived. I think the implication was that you guys were out of town. But I think people liked David and I know I would’ve liked to see him stick around and I came up with a way to have him stick but I didn’t know if he actually lived in Tree Hill or not.

Munn: I don’t think he does live in Tree Hill.

Holroyd: I don’t think he does either.

Munn: But what’s your way to make him stick? I want to hear it! I like it!

TDW: Well, David was in his own way a filmmaker. I guess documentary was more his style but he liked filmmaking. And you have another filmmaker in Tree Hill–you have Julian [Austin Nichols] making his movie. And I can easily see David trying to get a job on the set to be near Quinn, even though she’s moving on with Clay. You can just extend the length of that triangle, where Quinn has to deal with having her ex-husband living in town with them and working with her sister’s friend’s boyfriend, ‘cause everybody in Tree Hill is connected.

Munn: And Julian needs a good guy friend to hang out with.

TDW: He does.

Munn: And David needs a nice girlfriend who, perhaps, is a schoolteacher.

Holroyd: Named Lauren.

Munn: Named Lauren.

Holroyd: That’s a petition! Petition it! David and Lauren!

TDW: That would be great! Could you imagine if we got that going?

Holroyd: That would be insane.

TDW: I think working on Julian’s film is a totally plausible way to have David stick around and evolve into more than just Quinn’s ex.

Munn: I think you’re right.

Holroyd: Put it out there, Shari! Put it out there!

Munn: It’s up to you! I think you’re right. I think the Julian connection makes a lot of sense.

TDW: With Lauren, in 7.12 [Some Roads Leave Nowhere], that was the last episode before a hiatus for us and we saw Skills go to L.A. and people thought that was it for Skills and that therefore that would be it for Lauren. Did you think that, too, or did you know about the plans to tie her in with Mouth [Lee Norris] later on?

Munn: I didn’t know it was going to be with Mouth. I knew something was going to happen. They had the idea to have Skills come back and I would be dating someone else. I didn’t know it was going to be Mouth. So during those first scenes when I hang out with Mouth [Episode 7.14, Family Affair], I come and clean up the apartment and all that–

Holroyd: CSI-style.

Munn: Yeah, the CSI kind of stuff. We didn’t know we were going to be paired off. What I was told is that the writers watched those scenes and they could see a lot chemistry between the two of us and wrote to that.

TDW: Wow! I never would’ve guessed that it happened in that order!

Munn: I know! Me either. I remember actually talking to Paul Johansson, who directed that episode. I was like, “Look. I’ve been hanging out with this guy all day”–and typically on shows like One Tree Hill when that happens, usually romance springs from it–and I remember saying to him, “Do we need to be really careful to avoid any sort of romantic tension?” And he said, “Don’t play to it and don’t play against it. Just play the scene as it is. You don’t need to think that far ahead.” And I was like, “Okay, fine.” But I still didn’t expect us to end up having any sort of liaison, that’s for sure.

TDW: That’s such a treat to know because people watched those scenes and said, “Oh, I know what’s coming! Mouth and Lauren are getting together!”

Munn: Right! They saw it before us. That’s what some of the writers told me. It’s kind of neat that they do pay attention to that stuff and they write to it. I love that.

TDW: So then you did find out and what was your reaction?

Munn: I felt bad! As Allison, I felt bad because of Millie [Lisa Goldstein]. I didn’t feel bad because of Lauren’s relationship with Skills because of what had come out in some of the scenes. Skills moved. He didn’t ask me to move with him. When I pressured him, he was like “Fine, go with me” but that felt like it was half-hearted so I said no. And then we kept up a phone relationship for a while but then it just petered out, like he stopped calling me. I think it had been from the time Skills left and Lauren started having feelings for Mouth, I think it had been a while. It wasn’t just like a month. I think it was 3-6 months in the way the linear storyline goes. So I think that’s enough time for a relationship to peter out. Lauren kind of knew the relationship was done. We’ll see what happens with Skills. Maybe it wasn’t done on his end.

TDW: I do have a question about that but I want to go to back to something you just said. You as Allison felt bad for Millie?

Munn: Yeah, because I think their relationship has been so sweet. I love Mouth and Millie together. Of course, over the course of this season, she has treated Mouth very, very poorly and I do think Mouth deserves better. I’m pulled in both directions. When I was watching it–it’s funny, because I don’t watch it as the actress; I watch it as a fan. I love the show. So when I was watching the episode when he asked Lauren out, I was rooting for him. I wanted him to ask Lauren out because I cared for Mouth and I feel like right now Lauren is much more stable choice than Millie–however, that being said, I really do like him and Millie together.

TDW: I’m already seeing two fandoms brewing. People who not only think Mouth and Millie are the endgame for Mouth’s character but just have been attached to this couple since season 5. And then there’s other people that are just tired of the drama, tired of the back and forth and also really like Lauren and see potential in the coupling with Mouth.

Munn: Mouth is such a stand-up guy. He’s so good. And so far what we’ve seen from Lauren is that she’s grounded and good as well. I can see why the fans who are really protective of Mouth would be glad that he gravitates towards Lauren now because she seems safe. Millie’s not safe right now.

TDW: In the last episode [Episode 7.18, The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance], we first saw Lauren say, “I’ll be your partner-in-crime but I’m not going to be your rebound.” And at the end of the episode, she kind of says, “Okay, I was kind of lying. I was worried that you were going to be my rebound.” Where do you think she was coming from there?

Munn: Well, actually, in that–Joe Davola was directing that episode and he had a really great note at the beginning of that scene. And what you guys didn’t see because I think it was cut out of the episode was that a lot of us were at the funeral. You didn’t see us all at the funeral for Haley’s [Bethany Joy Galleoti] mom.

TDW: Wow! Thank you for telling me that! Keep going, please!

Munn: There was a moment in the script that was cut out of what you guys saw. Mouth looks over at Millie and Millie smiles at him and I look at that. No, wait, I don’t think Millie’s smiles  at him. It was just a moment where they pan across and they see Millie, they see Mouth and then Mouth sees me. And pretty soon, like I don’t think it’s the next scene but it’s pretty close to that, I come and knock on the door and I say my piece to Mouth. So Joe had a really good note for me. He was like, “Look. You’ve just been to a funeral. You’ve seen that life is short. You’re feeling lonely. Carpe diem.”

TDW: Nothing against the way they do the show or anything but that’s so helpful to know. That would’ve enhanced things, because you two only had two scenes in that episode that aired.

Munn: That’s true.

TDW: You had the first scene where you’re walking in town and the scene when you come to his apartment. It was very little of you two and some people said it felt weird having that second scene mixed in with the trauma of Lydia’s [Bess Armstrong] death and the funeral and what Haley was going through afterward. But there’s such another layer to it when you tell me now that you guys were at the funeral and that kind of motivated Lauren.

Munn: Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. I see what you’re saying. I guess it did help them [in how it aired] because they wanted the audience to be surprised by her actions but you’re right, character-wise, it did seem to come a little bit more out of nowhere.

TDW: Let me just ask you another question about the funeral. Was there any planned dialogue for that or was it always just supposed to be montage-style with a song playing?

Munn: Actually, now that you say that, I remember when we were shooting it the only dialogue was this woman who did the service. It was the typical “ashes to ashes, death to death” speech. It was sort of chilling. I was surprised to see how short that sequence was. But I think the sisters did such a great, great job–Joy and Shantel and Lindsey. They did such a great job. They made me want to cry when I saw that. But I did notice that the “ashes to ashes, death to the death,” that whole speech was taken out. So there was definitely that dialogue and there were other moments. I know you got to see Brooke [Sophia Bush] and Julian. I forget who else they showed at the funeral but they did film me and Millie and Mouth also.

TDW: That’s good to know.

Munn: It made a lot of sense for me when I read it. I hadn’t even thought about that [since] because sometimes when you’re watching the episodes, you forget what you originally said or the original flow. I didn’t even think that that might be a little jarring. That makes a lot of sense now.

TDW: In the promo for the next batch episodes, there’s a really quick scene of Skills punching Mouth. Can you tease a little bit about what gets them to that point?

Munn: Well, I think you can probably guess what might lead to that, as per what we just talked about.

TDW: Well, you mentioned before how to you it seemed the relationship with Skills petered out because he stopped calling. But when he walks in the door in that last episode, he’s back to calling you “baby” and I got the sense that maybe things weren’t so over.

Munn: Yeah, you might be right with that. It’s funny how things can be miscommunicated but from what I knew and what Lauren knew, he had stopped calling. Lauren had called him more and he had quit returning her phone calls. And she had relayed that information to Mouth, not to lead him on but because they were friends. She was confiding in him, like, “We don’t really talk anymore. He doesn’t call me back. I don’t even know how he’s doing.” She was actually finding out more of how he was doing through Mouth than through actually talking to Skills. So when he walks back in the door and he’s like “Hey, baby!” completely casual, I think Lauren was really taken aback by that.

TDW: I think we were, too.  So now I guess you’re going to have these two friends pitted against each other.

Munn: Yeah, and it’s a shame because they have a really solid friendship. I hate that for them.

TDW: And their friendship goes back to the very first episode of the show.

Munn: Yep, the pilot. That’s a shame. Never let a lady come between you, boys!

TDW: Well, if the show lived by that, we would’ve missed out on countless storylines!

Munn: Scott just whispered “bros before hos.” That’s a twist on the “Clothes Over Bros.”

TDW: Well, that’s something Brooke and Peyton [Hilarie Burton] used to say to each other. They used to say, “Hos over bros” and once it became “Hos over psychos” [Episode 4.16, You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love]. Anyway, I know Antwon tweeted that he’s in like three of the last four episodes.

Munn: Yes, I think so. I’m forgetting how many we shot. I know he’s around, definitely. I don’t know that he’s in all of the last ones. I don’t know how much I can say without giving away too much. He’s in–sorry, I’m counting–yep, you’re right. It’s three of the last four, correct.

TDW: Can you say how many more you are in?

Munn: I just wrapped for the season and they have another one to shoot. I don’t think they’ll get mad at me for saying this but I’m not in the last two.

TDW: Oh, you’re not in the last two?

Munn: No, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the story. They’re just wrapping their season and I’m not one of the main characters, you know?

TDW: Okay, so you’re not in 7.21 or 22.

Munn: Right. But that’s not a big spoiler anything. It’s not like I get shot or I drown or anything.

TDW: What are you hearing about a season eight?

Munn: You know, nobody really knows what quite to think yet. I look at the ratings versus the ratings of other shows on the network and I think we stand a pretty good chance.

Holroyd: If you’re asking me as a fan, I think it’s definitely going to get picked up for an eighth season.

Munn: I like that. I like where his head is at! I really hope so.

Holroyd: But that’s me as a fan.

Munn: That’s Scott as fan. Honestly, I talked to the major players this week and nobody really knows for sure. But everyone is very optimistic, if that helps.

TDW: Do you know if you have a future on the show if there’s an eighth season?

Munn: You know, I never know. I would hope so but I never know.

Holroyd: David and Lauren!

Munn: David and Lauren all the way!

TDW: I would totally buy it. You guys already have the chemistry.

Munn: I know. Lauren and David and David and Skills. Oops, sorry, not David and Skills–that would be a whole different show! Who else can David date? Hmm…

Holroyd: David and Haley, what?!

Munn: Aw, no! That would be a disaster!

Holroyd: All the Scott sisters, yes!

Munn: No way!

TDW: Scott, We’ll see you next on Chuck, right?

Holroyd: Yes.

Munn: It’s very exciting. He has a really good arc on Chuck.

Holroyd: Here’s the only problem: it airs Monday nights at 8!

TDW: I know!

Holroyd: So people have to be able to record two shows at once or have two televisions. They have to watch One Tree Hill.

Munn: They have to watch One Tree Hill! If you have to choose, choose One Tree Hill but if you have another option, choose One Tree Hill and Chuck.

Holroyd: Right, there you go. I think my stuff starts in a couple of months, probably mid-April, late April. I don’t know when the season ends for One Tree Hill.

Munn: I don’t know. Shari, you probably have a better idea than I do.

TDW: The show comes back from hiatus April 26 and if it airs the last four episodes in a row, that takes through May 17.

Holroyd: Uht-oh, there’s gonna be an overlap. You need to be able to record two shows at once.

TDW: So right now the next step for you both, besides Chuck, is pilot season.

Munn: Oh, good lord, it’s a nightmare!

Holroyd: Yes.

TDW: Can you tell me a little bit about that nightmare?

Munn: It’s a nightmare in the best way. The networks are buying a lot of pilots this season. So we have been completely inundated with auditions. Sometimes it’s up to three a day and it’s exhausting. It’s one of those where you have a change of clothes in your car and you go to one and you either change in the bathroom of that one or in the car on the way to the next one. It’s been pretty crazy.

TDW: Are any of these for leading roles?

Munn: Oh, yeah. They’re all for leading roles.

TDW: That’s awesome!

Munn: Yeah, it’s great. We’re reading some really good scripts. There’s good stuff out there right now. It’s an exciting time for actors in L.A.

TDW: By chance, any of the same projects?

Munn: No! I wish!

Holroyd: That’s why One Tree Hill was such a blessing. That doesn’t often, if ever.

Munn: The planets really have to be aligned for you to even get a job. So for you to get a job co-starring your husband, it’s pretty close to impossible.

TDW: I sincerely hope it happens. It’s great having you both on One Tree Hill but it would be even better to see you in a scene together.

Munn: It would be really fun to act with Scott. I’m a huge fan of his. It would be a lot of fun. And it would be really fun to continue to get to do interviews this way because we are having a blast!

TDW: I am, too! Are you guys still drinking your wine?

Munn: Yes, we actually just poured more!

Holroyd: Cheers! (glasses clink)

TDW: I heard that! That’s great. I really appreciate your time.

Munn: Absolutely, Shari. I have to say I really respect what you do. I’ve been to your site and I think you have really great interviews. You ask such great questions. You get some really cool interviews and I just have to say I’m super-impressed with you.

TDW: Wow, thank you very much! That means a lot to me. Can I print that?!

Munn: Print it and reproduce it anywhere you want! I’m very much impressed with your journalistic skills.

Holroyd: And we’re excited that this is our first dual interview. You got the exclusive.

Munn: Yeah, you’ve got the MunnRoyds.

TDW: The MunnRoyds! Do people actually call you that?

Munn: Yes!

Holroyd: We do!

Munn: We call ourselves that and we forced our friends to call us that. It could be the title of a sitcom, “Hangin’ With The MunnRoyds.”

Holroyd: There’s Brangelina; we’re the MunnRoyds!

TDW: That works!

Munn: It sounds like a terrible infection you’d get on your foot.

Holroyd: “Oh man, I’ve got a terrible case of the MunnRoyds!”

Munn: But it works for us.

TDW: Allison, have you thought about changing your name professionally?

Munn: I haven’t.

Holroyd: No.

Munn: Holroyd is a pretty difficult name. I’m taking it personally and it’ll be on my driver’s license and all that eventually but professionally, as Scott can tell you–he’s begged me, “Honey, I promise you, you don’t have to take this name!”–it’s a burden sometimes.

Holroyd: She’s worked very hard to make a name for herself as Allison Munn. She’s made a great name for herself. It’s hard enough to have a career in this business but it’s even harder with a name like Holroyd. I’m proud of my name–

Munn: I love your name!

Holroyd: But it doesn’t make things easier.

Munn: You have to spell it about five times with each person.

Holroyd: My name is not Scott Holroyd, it’s “Scott Holroyd, H-O-L-R-O-Y-D.”

Munn: “No, it’s H-O-L-R-O-Y-D. No, not I-D, Y-D. H-O-L-No, yes, H-O-L-R-O-Y-D, yes, that’s the name!”

Holroyd: That’s my goal. I just want people to know my name.

H & M: (singing) “Say my name, say my name”

TDW: Can I make a little request, Scott? Actually to both of you. You both need to tweet a bit more.

Munn: I know! It’s hard. I get nervous. And I know Scott gets even more nervous than I do.

TDW: Why are you nervous?

Munn: Because it goes out there to a lot of people! I get shy, Shari, I get shy!

TDW: I think fans just love it because it’s really unprecedented access. Before this, we were lucky if people had official sites and actually updated them. So this is a great connection. If we don’t interact with you, we’re still hearing from you and the fans just feel closer to you.

Munn: You’re right. It’s true. And I like having that kind of access, where I can write fans back. I usually direct message fans. You feel like you have access but you don’t feel completely accessible, which is nice. I think Twitter’s really great for that.

TDW: There’s actually a fan account on there for you, linked to a fansite, I think.

Munn: Really? I’ll google myself later and find it. Awesome! I’ll do that tonight.

TDW: You guys should start a joint Web site, how about that?

Munn: Babe, we should start a joint Web site and then we could do Flip videos of us hanging out.

Holroyd: That wouldn’t be boring.

Munn: That wouldn’t be boring at all. I think it’s the need to feel creative that’s a little bit stressful.

Holroyd: The need to be witty.

Munn: Yeah, I have to think of something smart and funny to say. That’s where I get stymied a little bit.

TDW: Two suggestions.

Munn: Okay, perfect.

TDW: Mike Grubbs [Grubbs], he has a blog. And he does little blog posts but he also does short little videos from the set or other places in his life. They’re maybe, like, a minute long but they’re funny. And Jana Kramer [Alex] and her fiancé, I guess it’s his Web site but there’s like episodes of their life on there and we actually got to see footage of his marriage proposal.

Munn: I saw some of that and that was incredible! That was so cool to be able to see. I love Jana Kramer. But I haven’t seen all of their videos. I have to check those out.

TDW: I have to admit I haven’t seen all of them either and it’s kind of weird that I don’t actually know them but I saw them get engaged.

Munn: I know, right?

TDW: But, anyway, I think people love to think the characters on their show are together in real life and that can be a blessing and curse but here we have two people who are together and I think people would be interested in seeing more of it if you guys were willing to put it out there.

Munn: That’s a cool idea. Maybe we will. Babe, what do you think?

Holroyd: Shari, you may have a point.

Munn: I forced him to get the Twitter account. He’s been very hesitant to do any of the social media stuff.

TDW: I know it’s hard for some people who worry about it being a big invasion of privacy and the stalking that happens in real life is transferred to online.

Munn: Yes. And I think for people who are in a position to be stalked, like pretty famous people, I can understand why they’d be scared of that stuff. It would stink I think to be a celebrity and say I’m at a certain place for lunch and have people show up. I think that’s where some people should draw the line.

TDW: The whole service is what you make of it. People say, “I don’t want to know when so-and-so is going to the bathroom.” Well, then don’t follow the person who tells you when they’re going to the bathroom.

Munn: Exactly. You’re right. It’s like when people are upset about something that’s on television. Well, then change the channel. You have a choice.

TDW: Right. People forget what is actually in their control.

Munn: Scott is so excited he can follow Conan [O’Brien] now. That was a big day.

Holroyd: He just joined. He tweets once a day. He doesn’t follow anyone. He’s got like 500,000 followers. His first tweet was…

TDW: With his squirrel!

Holroyd: “Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me.”

Munn: I love the fact that in his picture he’s got a full beard.

Holroyd: He’s embracing his unemployment.

TDW: If Conan can tweet once a day, Scott, so can you!

H & M: Oh!!!!

Munn: Way to bring it back, Shari. Shari for the win!

Holroyd: Alright, I got you. I accept your challenge.

TDW: I’m going to hold you to that! I’ll give you tomorrow off because I’m going to publish this Monday night. Monday can start your Twitter Challenge!

Munn: Can it be a week? The Twitter Challenge Week? I’ll force him to do it.

Holroyd: Okay.

TDW: Okay, starting Monday, I’ll see if you do it.

Munn: It’s on, Shari. He just said he accepted.

Holroyd: Yeah, I accept. You throw it down and I will accept it!

Munn: I’ll make sure he follows through.

TDW: Well, thank you guys so much. If nothing else, I’m just honored to be in your history book as your first joint interview.

Holroyd: There you go!

Munn: We’re the ones who are honored. We had a good time. We really did. This was fun.

TDW: Well, thank you so much. Keep drinking your wine, relax, have a good night.

Munn: Thank you so much, Shari. You, too!

TDW: Goodnight guys!

Come back Sunday for another exclusive interview!

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Live-Blog: One Tree Hill 7.14

25 01 2010

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EPISODE 7.14: Family Affair

  • Previously on: Millie gets arrested for DWI, Victoria gives her a job, Julian tells Alex he is funding the movie because he believes in her, Brooke can’t get past him and Alex, Julian breaks up with her saying they need to work on themselves, Taylor and David are dating
  • Haley is making lots of noise to wake up Taylor and David
  • She says she dreamt she found out about them and then killed them.
  • Nathan says he dreamt the same but Haley was mature about it.
  • Q1:  Good morning slut.–Haley to Taylor
  • Taylor is surprised Haley is upset. They banter back and forth.
  • She makes a joke about Nathan already seeing her in skanky pajamas.
  • Q2: “Are you going to say something?” “I love you?”–Haley and Nathan
  • Nathan takes Jamie and leaves. He said something about a videogame shoot, whatever that means.
  • Julian tells his dad he is using LUCAS’ house for the movie he’s making with Alex. They are in it right now!
  • Apparently Lucas is letting him. This is crazy!
  • Alex is in the living room talking to the director.
  • Julian’s dad is concerned about Alex working on the movie.
  • Alex is dressed very skanky, which doesn’t help Julian’s case. Apparently she’s also starring in it.
  • Julian says the person he wanted for costumes didn’t work out.
  • Brooke is moping with a box of Julian’s stuff.
  • She tells Victoria they broke up the night before.
  • Grease 2 is in the box. Love it!
  • Brooke says she wants to bring it to him but she’s nervous and doesn’t want to see Alex.
  • Victoria says she’ll take care of it since…
  • Q3: There’s no need for unnecessary drama.–Victoria
  • Victoria tells Brooke that Millie is working for them again.
  • Can’t tell if Brooke looks surprised or POed.
  • Mouth is looking at the mess in his apartment.
  • Did he sleep on the couch last night? Or maybe in Skills’ room?
  • Millie promises to clean it up.
  • He says he’s just worried about her.
  • She’s says she’s not okay but she’s trying.
  • He asks about rehab and she says she’s thought about going back.
  • He offers to help and she asks how long he’s staying.
  • He’s just here for a day or 2 but will be here when she gets home.
  • Q4: That helps.–Millie
  • Haley tells Taylor her relationship is a sick joke.
  • Taylor says David is a good guy and Quinn couldn’t see it.
  • Haley gives David an attitude, too.
  • Taylor and David plan on cooking dinner for everyone. She says Quinn already agreed to it.
  • Q5: “David, how can you do this to Quinn?” “It’s no different than what she did to me.”–Haley and David
  • Quinn is with Clay and says she told David they slept together. Um, okay.
  • Clay is confused on why she wants him to come to dinner.
  • Quinn explains Taylor has always tried to steal her boyfriends.
  • Clay asks if she’s bothered by all of this, since it’s worse now, but she says she’s not as bothered by that as she is by the girl in a bikini swimming in his pool.
  • I believe it’s Kylie, from the Body Axe commercial.
  • Nathan is playing basketball in an interactive studio. They are putting him in a videogame.
  • This is actually pretty cool. He is in a black catsuit with round things stuck to him.
  • Clay and Jamie are watching.
  • Q6: “You look good covered in balls.” “Now I know how Taylor feels.”–Clay and Nathan
  • Clay says he’s not going to the dinner. He adds that Quinn’s more upset about Kylie.
  • Quinn tells Haley about Kylie.
  • Haley is surprised she isn’t upset about Taylor and David.
  • Quinn says David is right to be upset with her and he deserves to be happy, just like she is with Clay.
  • Alexander is asking Brooke how she’s holding up today.
  • So I guess they did just talk last night.
  • Brooke shows him a sketch. I guess it’s supposed to be Julian.
  • Q7: Clothes over psychos. Coming this fall to prisons everywhere.–Alexander
  • Millie says hi to Brooke but she doesn’t say anything.
  • Alexander introduces himself.
  • Millie asks if she needs anything and Brooke reminds her that she works for Victoria.
  • Millie looks hurt and walks away.
  • Alexander calls Brooke a mean boss. Victoria overhears.
  • Mouth is cleaning up the apartment when Lauren shows up.
  • She says Skills told her he was in town so she came to say hi.
  • She offers to help Mouth clean.
  • Nathan tells Jamie that sometimes friends fight (I guess he and Chuck were fighting; it’s not clear) but then they make up. Like Taylor and mom.
  • Haley then steals all the pots so Taylor can’t cook dinner!
  • Nathan tells Jamie to play upstairs tonight with Chuck.
  • The director asks Julian where Alex is.
  • Q8: Have you checked your hand? It’s usually on her ass?–Julian
  • They are now in the office and it looks a lot like the office Julian and Lucas and Dixon used for their movie.
  • The director says it’s no fun working on a movie with Alex Dupre if you can’t sleep with her.
  • So is this director Dixon version 2.0 or something?! (And if you recall, Dixon had like 3 names: Adam, Reese and Dixon. What was first, last or middle, I still don’t know!)
  • Alexander brings Julian his box of stuff. He apologizes and leaves.
  • Julian looks sad.
  • I wonder if Victoria sent Alexander on purpose, to send Julian a message.
  • Someone on Twitter just said this new director is one of the ones we saw when Julian and Lucas were looking at directors. He was the one who wanted to show Lucas living in a trailer. I recall that happening but I’m not sure if this is the same dude. Maybe it is. Would be kind of clever.
  • Julian comes into CoB and tells Brooke that he doesn’t appreciate her sending his “boy toy” to give him stuff.
  • She says she didn’t appreciate him breaking up with her.
  • Julian says it was needed and Brooke said she just needed space.
  • He says she got what she wanted and leaves.
  • So they break up and we still have the back and forth!
  • Quinn is lounging in Clay’s pool, making a point about Kylie.
  • Clay apologizes to her and says Quinn doesn’t seem to know who he is.
  • She says it’s okay. She knows that was the old version of him.
  • He says she can count on him and he’s coming to dinner.
  • He takes off his jacket and does a cannonball.
  • Haley is snacking to spoil her appetite.
  • Nathan admits dinner is a bad idea.
  • Haley says she only agreed because Taylor and Quinn already agreed so she didn’t really have  a choice.
  • Brooke shows up after Haley throws Taylor’s potatoes in the trash.
  • Q9: I was just feeling a little lost so I thought I’d come visit the most stable couple I know.–Brooke
  • It’s supposed to be funny because they (or at least Haley) aren’t looking so stable right now.
  • Mouth tells Lauren he left town because he thought the distance would help him with Millie.
  • He says she was out of sight but not out of mind.
  • Brooke agrees with Haley that Taylor is wrong.
  • Haley says Julian obviously cares for her because he is staying in Tree Hill when his movie could be made anywhere.
  • She says she and Julian are good together and they’ll work things out.
  • They talk some more and I freakin’ love it. More Baley, please!
  • Brooke makes a joke about Haley being in jail more than anyone she knows. They could call her Jaley. Haley says she hates her name. LOL
  • Q10: Enjoy your last supper, Judas.–Brooke to Taylor
  • The director is yelling at Alex.
  • Julian interrupts and Alex tells him the director is sexually harassing her. She thinks he’s trying to get her off the film.
  • He tells the director to be nicer to her. Alex looks happy.
  • Chuck comes over and he’s eager to see the early copy of Nathan’s videogame.
  • Nathan asks Haley if she’s going to be civil.
  • Q11: We weathered Dan’s crap for years. This should be easy.–Nathan
  • Clay and Quinn arrive.
  • Q12: “You must be Quinn’s boyfriend.” “And you must be her crazy sister.”–Taylor and Clay
  • Alex is doing a reading and the director calls her awful.
  • He tells Alex she can’t do anything right. He sees her scars…
  • Q13: Cut deeper next time.–Peter, the director.
  • Alex runs off crying.
  • Julian punches the director and tells the crew that he’s fired.
  • Wow. That had to be the meanest thing that guy could say, no?
  • Haley joins everyone at dinner and Taylor asks to say grace.
  • Q14: “You’re religious now?” “I have been calling out God’s name a lot lately.”–Haley and Taylor
  • David laughs.
  • Taylor says grace and praises David, including his home theater. A dig at Quinn, if you recall from 7.07.
  • Alex thanks Julian for sticking up for her. She says no one thinks she can do this movie.
  • Julian asks since when she does she care what others think.
  • Um, she’s always cared! That’s how she got to this point!
  • She says she’s worried about screwing up and looks at his scars.
  • Julian says she won’t and she should have faith.
  • Taylor and David are making out during dinner.
  • Quinn asks how they got together.
  • David walked into Taylor’s stripper aerobics class. LOL
  • She gave him a private sessions later.
  • Q15: And the rest, as they say, is sex.–Taylor
  • Quinn says she’s happy for them.
  • Haley calls Taylor and David out for being so insensitive.
  • David says that Quinn is the whore for sleeping with Clay while they were still married.
  • Quinn admits she lied. They never slept together.
  • David walks away and Quinn follows.
  • Q16: “Yes, Nate, I would love another beer.” “Good idea.”–Clay and Nathan
  • David asks how she could lie to him.
  • She said she had to because it’s the only way he would move on.
  • David says she can say whatever she wants about Taylor but at least Taylor is honest.
  • Nathan is surprised Clay hasn’t slept with Quinn yet but he points out he really likes her.
  • Brooke asks Victoria why she sent Alexander to give Julian his stuff and what happened to avoiding unnecessary drama.
  • Victoria says that drama was necessary but now she’ll keep out of it.
  • Victoria changes the subject to Brooke shutting Millie out.
  • She points out Millie was there when Brooke needed her, especially through their mother-daughter problems, and now Millie needs a friend.
  • Brooke says if Millie wants a friend, she has Victoria.
  • Taylor is still making snide comments at dinner. Clay and David aren’t helping, though.
  • Taylor tells makes a joke about Haley eating food and instantly getting fat and Haley says…
  • Q17: Your lip is about to get fat.–Haley
  • Nathan says he can’t take any more and goes upstairs to the kids.
  • Chuck is saying Nathan–in the game–sucks and Nathan is shocked to see how poorly his character is doing.
  • Nathan takes over and does well and Chuck is embarrassed.
  • Julian’s dad comes into the office, saying he heard what happened with the director.
  • He says Julian is moving backwards as a producer and all he has is an unreliable, uninsurable actress.
  • He reminds Julian they invested a lot in the movie and he needs to fix it.
  • Chuck is trying to beat Nathan in the game and is getting frustrated.
  • Nathan is a little over the top but it’s kind of funny.
  • Haley asks when he’s done being mature, if they can talk. LOL
  • Haley asks him to talk to David and help him realize he’s wrong.
  • He says he will.
  • Chuck tells Jamie his family is lame.
  • Clay approaches Quinn outside.
  • She says she shouldn’t have lied to David.
  • He tells her not to beat herself up and everyone does things they regret.
  • Q18: It’s just hard when our past starts swimming in our pools and cooking us dinner.–Quinn
  • Nate asks David if he knows how messed up this is.
  • David starts to say he was trying to show Quinn up but he realizes it is messed up.
  • Nathan admits he doesn’t like how Quinn is handling things either.
  • Cut to Clay telling Quinn she’s handling it better than he would’ve.
  • She thanks him for being there and he says she’s ready to go at any time.
  • Nathan asks if David is serious about Taylor.
  • He says they have fun together and he’s the first person to make him smile in a long time.
  • Q19: Just make sure you’re with her for the right reasons and not because she reminds you of her sister.–Nathan
  • Nathan says they’re cool but if Haley asks, he yelled at him.
  • Mouth thanks Lauren for help cleaning.
  • She admits she’s been lonely.
  • Mouth says he knows what it’s like because he only knows Skills in L.A.
  • He tells Lauren Skills misses her and he knows being alone sucks.
  • Julian is at CoB and they apologize about their fight that morning.
  • Brooke admits she should’ve brought the box to him herself but she knew it would be too hard.
  • He says that’s why it’s difficult for him to ask her to work on the movie but he needs her.
  • Brooke points out they just broke up.
  • He says she’s the only one he trusts and he needs the best for the movie.
  • She says she doesn’t know she can help him.
  • He asks her to think about it.
  • Q20: You don’t even have to look at me if you don’t want to.–Julian
  • Aw, that was cute. He’s still very charming at times.
  • She agrees to think about it.
  • Haley walks outside, still very POed.
  • David apologizes to her and she says say the apology means a lot.
  • Taylor interrupts and says not to apologize because they didn’t do anything wrong.
  • Quinn interrupts and says Taylor has been causing problems their whole life.
  • Q21: When Haley got her first period, you tried to convince her she was dying.–Quinn
  • Quinn names other things Taylor has done wrong to each of them and the family.
  • Taylor points out Haley went after her leftovers first (Nathan).
  • So not the same thing, seeing as Haley didn’t even know about Nathan and Taylor. And it’s not like they really even dated.
  • Haley wants Taylor to admit she’s wrong.
  • They start pushing and shoving and the 3 of them end up fighting in the pool.
  • The O.C. did this in season 1 with Julie and Hailey.
  • Jamie and Chuck are watching from the window.
  • Chuck now says his family is cool and he has 5 bucks on Haley. LOL
  • Now the girls are sitting on the side of the pool and Haley and Taylor continue to fight.
  • Haley says if she kills Taylor, it’s one less person to send a Christmas card to.
  • Taylor says that’s good because she doesn’t need anymore pictures of Jamie dressed as an Elf.
  • LOL. I would love to see that!
  • Quinn yells at them to stop fighting.
  • She says if Taylor is going to keep pretending she likes David, she has to be careful not to hurt him.
  • Taylor points out Quinn hurt him first.
  • Quinn admits that.
  • Taylor says she’s not pretending and Quinn says fine.
  • Haley yells, with tears, saying this is not fine.
  • She is clearly harboring residual resentment from the Nathan stuff and whatever happened when they were kids. It’s hard to understand because we didn’t the latter.
  • Q22: I want you to admit that you’re a bitch.–Haley
  • Taylor starts cry but admits it.
  • Nathan looks outside and says they’re not fighting anymore.
  • Clay says maybe that means they can work through their differences and David says not a chance.
  • Millie comes into the store and Brooke asks how she is.
  • She says Mouth came back and Brooke says that’s great but it must be hard to see him.
  • It’s clear how much Brooke is trying.
  • Q23: It was harder not seeing you.–Millie
  • Was it really? What does that say about her relationship with Mouth?
  • Millie tears up and turns to leave.
  • Brooke asks her to stay and help. Millie says thanks.
  • Quinn asks David if he’s leaving and he says he never should’ve come.
  • She says she never should’ve lied but she just wanted him to be happy.
  • He says he’s getting there and Quinn says she is happy. Well, that probably isn’t going to help David get there any faster!
  • She hands David her engagement ring.
  • Q24: Maybe just don’t give it to Taylor.–Quinn
  • What about the wedding band? Odd to give one back. Or any back, really.
  • She apologizes and David says it’s okay.
  • I feel closure there now between them. Thank god.
  • No closure with the girls, that’s for sure.
  • Millie comes home and sees the clean apartment. She tells Mouth he didn’t have to do it.
  • He says she doesn’t need to live like this—and he’s staying for a while because she shouldn’t have to be alone.
  • Brooke walks on to the film back-lot (clearly their real back-lot).
  • She asks if he really thinks she’s the best at this job.
  • He says she is.
  • She says if that’s true, she has to do it because it wouldn’t be fair otherwise.
  • He says she starts as soon as he hires a director.
  • She jokes about him not having anyone to work on the film but wants her so badly.
  • He explains that he had an issue with the director.
  • She says she knows a great guy who has always wanted to direct his own film.
  • Q25: I’m thinking someone whose names rhymes with Smulian.–Brooke
  • He laughs and says he doesn’t think his dad will go for it.
  • She says if he doesn’t get to direct, she may not do the costumes.
  • Q26: ‘Cause, PS, that’s now the deal.–Brooke
  • Aw, see, she can still be charming, too!
  • She says his people should call her people and leaves.
  • That was too cute.
  • There is still so much there. That makes it worth it.
  • Clay and Quinn get to his house.
  • Someone hands him new keys and he gives Quinn a key, saying she’s the only other person who has one.
  • It’s to show how important she is to him.
  • He says he’s lucky he found a locksmith on such short notice.
  • Q27: “You’re about to get even luckier.” “Finally. Can we tell everyone at the next dinner?”–Quinn and Clay
  • Julian goes to see his dad. His dad says he has a list of directors.
  • Julian says he wants to direct. He knows the movie, he knows Alex and he knows his dad can keep him in line.
  • His dad rips up the list.
  • Q28: You were at the top of the list.–John, his dad
  • That was sweet, too.
  • Haley is getting into bed and says she’s happy the day is over.
  • Nathan says the day was good–the drama wasn’t about them. No psycho girls, no contract issues, no Dan problems.
  • Haley realizes it was indeed a good day for them.
  • Nathan starts laughing as she cuddles up to him.
  • Q29: “Your family is crazy.” “Whatever. What time does Scott-Free come on?” “Oh, nice.”–Nathan and Haley
  • Fade to black. Good ending. Good episode.
  • Preview: Haley tells Julian about a fundraiser dance at Tree Hill High that Haley and Quinn organized. Alex asks Julian who his favorite director is. He says John Hughes. Cheap Trick performs. Nathan and Clay are on the back of a truck. Haley, in a knock-off Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles, says, “I can’t believe they forgot my birthday.”

Those are my thoughts! What’s yours?








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