"I've never studied acting or anything because I've been so lucky with MTV. I'm convinced I got the chance to be on ‘One Tree Hill’ because I did a guest thing on ‘Dawson's Creek’ as myself, when the cast appeared at the MTV ‘Beach House.’ And my only scene was with Chad Michael Murray. So, now the Chad and I are reunited. How bizarre is that?" Hilarie Burton.
First hit the small screen as a VJ for the television show "Total Request Live" on MTV, Hilarie Burton, who was not allowed to watch MTV while growing up, landed a star-making role as Peyton Sawyer (2003-Present), a high school cheerleader with an artistic and affinity for punk music on the WB’s teen drama series “One Tree Hill.” On the big screen, she debuted with Our Very Own (2005; opposite Allison Janney and Jason Ritter), a teen drama set in 1978 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Next, she will appear in the upcoming films Normal Adolescent Behavior, Solstice, and The List.
The 5' 8½" tall charismatic blonde with a winning smile (her natural eye color is green), a former captain of her high school cheerleading squad and Homecoming Queen, appeared on cover of the Jan/Feb 2004 issue of American Cheerleader magazine. As of 2006, she is reportedly engaged to Ian Prange, "One Tree Hill" second assistant director.
Childhood and Family:
In Loudoun County, Virginia, Hilarie Ross Burton, nicknamed H- Bomb (she also received nickname “Chicken” from her father), was born on July 1, 1982, to parents Bill Burton, an antiques collector, and Lisa Burton, a real-estate agent. One of five children, Hilarie has three younger brothers: Billy (nickname: Billy Awesome), Johnny (Johnny Kickass) and Conrad (C-Rock).
“I was captain of my cheerleading squad in my high school, and I was president of my class and homecoming queen, but I was also into the dark stuff. I went through a weird stage just like Peyton is going through. I was totally into Boy George and David Bowie was my man. I loved androgyny. For a time, I would only wear men's trousers.” Hilarie Burton.
While a student at Sterling Park’s Park View High School, Hilarie was captain of her cheerleading squad and was also voted Homecoming Queen. Upon graduating from high school, she relocated to New York City and attended both New York University and Fordham University.
“Eat their hearts out! I could reveal many of the names of the girls who used to make fun of me. But I won't. Now I'll just dare them to make fun of me while they watch me on TV!” Hilarie Burton (on mean girls in high school).
Hilarie currently divides her time between New York City and Wilmington, North Carolina, where “One Tree Hill” is filmed. Hilarie, whose worst habit is cussing, has a cat named Poe, named after writer Edgar Allen Poe. Her hobbies are collecting antiques, knitting and crocheting. Her favorite musicians are David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello and Loretta Lynn. She likes to watch the TV show “Freaks and Geeks.”
"Fourth of July. My birthday is July first and my best friend's birthday is July fifth so it's always been a favorite holiday. It's all about having a cooler full of sodas, hot dogs, and just hanging out and shooting off firecrackers, being low-key, watching the fireworks. There's something about a holiday that isn't all about how much money you spend." Hilarie Burton (on her favorite holiday).
One Tree Hill
“Go where the opportunity is. A lot of people want to act or sing or make music, but until you fully commit to it and go where the opportunity is, you're only putting half of your heart into it. You can get some experience acting wherever you are, but it you really want to pursue it you need to go to a bigger city like New York or Los Angeles.” Hilarie Burton (her advice to aspiring performers).
Not allowed to watch MTV while growing up, Hilarie Burton eventually arrived on MTV studio when she was recruited by an MTV rep to be audience members on their wildly popular request show “TRL” (Total Request Live). While participating in a VJ contest during the taping, Burton’s natural on-screen charisma brought her the chance to carry out MTV’s red-carpet interviews at the 2000 “MTV Video Music Awards.” MTV subsequently offered Burton a permanent job as a correspondent on “TRL,” where she often did interviews outside the studio in Times Square. She later served as host of a string of other MTV programs and specials, including “Beat Seekers,” “MTV at the Olympics,” “T.R.L. at the Superbowl” and her own series “Hits.” She also landed her own syndicated college radio show, W.O.B.U.
“My character is a good girl, but she is also kind of (sexually) suggestive. This is definitely not your mom's drama. This is going to be very realistic. This really interesting girl. Her name is Peyton. And she's very contradictory. Yes, she is captain of the cheerleading squad. But she also goes home and listens to punk music. She's into really dark art and probably rips the heads off of Barbie dolls. Basically, she's a train wreck." Hilarie Burton (on her character Peyton Sawyer on “One Tree Hill”).
Burton landed her first acting job with a guest spot as a female VJ in an April 2002 episode of the WB’s teen dram series “Dawson’s Creek.” The next year, the WB recruited her again, this time to play the regular role of the interesting and unusual teen girl Peyton Sawyer (2003-Present), a high school cheerleader with an artistic and affinity for punk music on another teen drama series, “One Tree Hill.” The role later earned her three nominations at the Teen Choice Awards in 2004 and 2005.
“I have no idea what is going to happen to me on this show. Everybody wants to know who I am going to make out with next. For all I know... I could be making out with the coach.” Hilarie Burton (on “One Tree Hill”).
Meanwhile, Burton also continued to serve as part-time host on “TRL,” commuting from Wilmington, North Carolina, where “Dawson’s Creek” was shot, to Manhattan every Friday for the “TRL” live taping. She said: "MTV has been incredibly supportive of my job at The WB. They told me to go for it! So, now I get to do both. I get to do ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘TRL’! It's the best of both worlds."
During her frantic schedule, Burton managed to make her feature film debut in writer-director Cameron Watson's teen drama set in 1978 in Shelbyville, Tennessee, Our Very Own (2005), opposite Allison Janney and Jason Ritter. Recently, she just completed writer-director Beth Schacter's upcoming teen drama film, Normal Adolescent Behavior, alongside Amber Tamblyn, Ashton Holmes and Kelli Garner. She will soon wrap Daniel Myrick's drama-horror film Solstice, with Elisabeth Harnois, Shawn Ashmore, Tyler Hoechlin and Amanda Seyfried, and Gary Wheeler's thriller movie, The List (starring Malcolm McDowell), in which she will play the love interest of Chuck Carrington's character.