Why Hilarie Burton hid her feet in the sex scenes of One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill grad Hilarie Burton has fond memories of starring on the hit WB/CW teen show in the 2000s.

But there is one thing that the 39-year-old remembers particularly well.

She revealed this in Monday’s episode “Melodramatic Persons” Podcast that she felt “uncomfortable” filming sex scenes that showed her feet.

Why? Because the former MTV VJ often received prison mail from prison guards obsessed with her toes.

Burton was referring to the 2005 season 2 episode, “Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking,” in which her character Peyton Sawyer has a relationship with her admirer Jake Jagielski (Bryan Greenberg).

“There were a few guys in particular who said, ‘I’m going to cut off your feet and put them in my fridge,'” the ‘Walking Dead’ actress told hosts and ‘OTH’ co-stars Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz.

She added that the letters she received were “very specific,” and she also began receiving these so-called love letters when she started working for MTV in the early 2000s.

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One Tree Hill stars Bethany Joy Lenz, Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton.

She continued, “And I had an issue with my feet on TV. I’ve always tried to hide my feet because I was just like, ‘I don’t want them to think I’m baiting them,’ you know?”

During filming for the episode, Burton said director Billy Dickson wanted to shoot the intimate scene from an angle that showed “our feet and our legs rubbing together” with the camera “panning up our bodies.”

However, Burton felt the direction was “way too mature” for a teen show about high schoolers.

She decided to listen to Dickson and positioned herself for the shoot because “it’s so much harder to say ‘no’ to someone you like and respect than it is to say it to a complete stranger who’s about to be 10 days directing. ”

“It was on film back then and you just had to trust that what was going on on the monitor was what you wanted,” Burton said. She also noted that she begged the crew not to start the scene by recording her feet.

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OTH stars Hilarie Burton as Peyton Sawyer, Chad Michael Murray as Lucas Scott and Sophia Bush as Brooke Davis.

While she was notified that it would be blurred during the editing process, her feet were fully visible in the shot.

One Tree Hill aired from 2003 to 2012. Burton left the show after season six alongside star Chad Michael Murray.

Burton revealed in a 2009 interview with Entertainment Weekly after her exit that her decision to leave drama wasn’t “rash”, describing her friendship with Murray, 40.

“Chad and I are good friends,” she told EW. “I won’t speak for him, but it wasn’t a hasty decision on our part. He is very compassionate towards the show and the fans. It’s not an easy decision, but we have to be adults sometimes.”

For Murray’s part, the Los Angeles Times reported that same year that he was leaving due to contract negotiations.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/30/why-hilarie-burton-hid-feet-in-one-tree-hill-sex-scenes/ Why Hilarie Burton hid her feet in the sex scenes of One Tree Hill

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