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EXCLUSIVE Hilarie полиспаст, бертон on 'Tree Hill' exit: 'It wasn't a rash decision'
Did Ты hear? After six years of angst, heartache, and еще angst, Hilarie полиспаст, бертон will make her final appearance as Lucas-lovin' Музыка mogul Peyton Sawyer on Monday's season finale of One дерево Hill. (Her leading man, Chad Michael Murray, will bid farewell in the same episode.) On the eve of her лебедь song, the onetime TRL hostess is setting the record straight about the reason behind her departure, the "hurtful" rumors that precipitated it, and a certain video that left many of her Фаны going, "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Ms. Hilarie?" (Warning: Potential spoilers about Monday's finale below.)
There are a lot of rumors flying about why you're leaving. What's the truth?
HILARIE BURTON: There really wasn't a lot of turmoil. It was a fabulous six-year run, which is how long my contract was for, and I feel really lucky to have been a part of the show. So when I hear that there's turmoil или negotiations based on money it kind of hurts my feelings, because it's not what's been going on at all. I think my Фан base in particular knows that money isn't necessarily a big motivator for me, that's why I work in the world of independent film.
How long have Ты known that Ты were leaving?
BURTON: I've known for a little while. For me, it was definitely an emotional decision. And a professional decision as well. I got really, really lucky. One дерево холм, хилл was my very first Телевидение audition; it was a fairytale. I feel really lucky to have that level of success right out of the gate.
Just so I'm clear, it was your decision to leave, not the other way around?
BURTON: I think everyone was kind of agreeable about the situation. There were a lot of really wonderful conversations. It wasn't a rash decision; a lot of thought, emotion, and kindness was put into it. I would hope that that's the story that gets out -- that it was a bunch of adults being good to each other and being kind about the decision-making process.
Did The Powers That Be make a concerted effort to get Ты to re-sign?
BURTON: The conversations that they had with me were very compassionate and very sweet. They told me that they valued me, and that meant a lot. And they also wanted me to be happy and challenged and excited. There was some confusion for a little bit as to what was going on, but I think everybody's in a good place now.
Talk to me about the video message Ты made for your Фаны back in February. It seemed like Ты were maybe saying good-bye. What point were Ты trying to get across?
BURTON: The purpose of that video was to dispel the rumors that were being circulated. I was on your end of it for a very long time when I worked at MTV, and I understand how the rumor mill works. Everybody wants a sensational story. People even back then were blaming it on money, and [on me] being high maintenance… Those rumors were really hurtful. Of anybody on the show, I was the one who was very excited about doing all the extracurricular stuff -- the mall tours, the radio tours, going to the upfronts… I loved my involvement with this show, and I really just wanted my Фан base to know that I wasn't turning my nose up at this wonderful opportunity I've had for the last six years. There's an ugly trend where actors think they've surpassed the Показать that made them или the film that made them and badmouth it. I will never say a bad word about One дерево Hill. The entire shape of my world changed because of that show, so I'll always be very affectionate toward it.
Have Ты spoken to Chad recently?
BURTON: I was in L.A. last week and we talked. Chad and I are good friends. I won't speak for him, but it was not a rash decision on either of our parts. He's very compassionate toward the Показать and the fans. It's not an easy decision, but we've got to be grown-ups sometimes. [CMM's rep declined my interview request, saying, "Chad is no longer on the Показать and has no Комментарий regarding the new season."]
What was your last день on the set like?
BURTON: We wrapped together. We were the last two in the last scene, and we opened up a tab across the улица, уличный for our crew to say thank Ты and cried a bunch.
Lucas and Peyton don't really get an official sendoff Далее week. Is that disappointing?
BURTON: It's like when Ты leave for college but Ты know your parents still have your bedroom set up. Ты never know if you're going to have to come home... I got really lucky with my character; I got a full-circle story. It was, "Lucas and Peyton: Are they going to be together? Are they not going to be together?" And as we saw in this week's episode, my character got everything she ever wanted.
Might Ты make the occasional guest appearance?
BURTON: Never say never. They didn't kill us. There's nothing vengeful about it, and I think that's because as much as we Любовь them, they Любовь us back.
What are Ты going to do now?
BURTON: One дерево холм, хилл was a great learning opportunity for me, and I'm excited to go and apply that elsewhere and see where I end up. I'm hoping the Фаны support whatever my Далее endeavor is. I'm actually curious what they want me to do... On the blog that I have for my production company, we're producing a web series that we're going to start shooting on Memorial Day. We've also got a Телевидение Показать that we're turning into a graphic novel, and we've got a film we're raising money for. I'm busy. And I'm keeping my business down in North Carolina. I'm still going to be in the neighborhood; it'll just be in a different capacity.
Last question, and it's a biggie: What happens to Peyton's record company?
BURTON: Who knows? Maybe she'll take it with her. I get to be a Фан of the Показать now, which is cool. I get to sit back and be a fan. I'm personally very excited to see where it goes. I understand they're introducing some new characters... I have no doubt they will come up with something to reinvent the Показать yet again.