Bethany Joy Galeotti confirms it’s not easy to say goodbye to Wilmington, N.C., but the recent end of filming “One Tree Hill” there made it necessary.
The cast has scattered as the Wednesday, Jan. 11, premiere of the CW drama series’ ninth and final season nears. It promises new dilemmas for Haley James Scott (Galeotti) and her husband Nathan (James Lafferty), thanks in no small part to his ever-scheming father Dan (Paul Johansson).
“I was less emotional than I thought I’d be on the last day,” Galeotti tells Zap2it, “but I think it came out in other ways. I’d be at home doing my laundry and not be able to find something, and I’d burst into tears. It’s hard to see photos from the set and think, ‘I’m never going to be in a room with all the same people again.’
“I’m sure I’ll go back to Wilmington,” adds Galeotti, who also made her debut as a director during the show’s run. “I’m sure I’ll work with some of those guys again, but that particular combination doesn’t exist anymore, and it’s hard to think about that. After you spend nine years of your life seeing the same faces every day, it’s such a change.”
While she’s settling into being more of a full-time wife and mother back home in Battle Ground, Wash. — where she and husband Michael also own and operate a restaurant — Galeotti intends to keep fulfilling the musical yen “One Tree Hill” helped satisfy by sending Haley on a concert tour.
With longtime friend Amber Sweeney, she still performs in the duo Everly, and she’s looking forward to a January concert in Los Angeles where she expects to reunite with “One Tree Hill” co-stars Shawntel Van Santen and Daphne Zuniga. Galeotti adds that Jana Kramer, who also got to merge her acting and her music on the show, also may sing at the event.
“We’ve got another performance coming up for Nicholas Sparks‘ celebrity golf weekend in April in New Bern [N.C.],” Galeotti reports. “I think we’re going to be more of a boutique type of band, not pursuing things full-steam-ahead, not going on tour and being rock stars. We both have our own things we want to keep on the front burner, but this is something we can do to still be able to enjoy doing music.”
Had her life not taken the course it did, Galeotti may well have tried out for FOX’s “American Idol,” NBC’s “The Voice” or another televised music competition. “I think they’re fun,'” she reflects, “Usually if I watch ‘American Idol,’ I’ll pick it up after the audition process. I feel like so much of it is the gimmick of watching a train wreck, and I think it breeds negativity and gossip. I don’t like that.
“I think ‘The Voice’ is a great show,” Galeotti notes. “I really enjoy that, and I also like ‘The Sing-Off,’ though I haven’t seen too much of it. I would definitely encourage any young artist toward those, since everything’s different now. You kind of have to take the opportunities that come to you, so I would say, why not?”