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Getting personal with Chad

Published Aug. 24, 2005

Chad Michael Murray hasn't been on the big screen for long _ his film credits date to 2001. But those films include two starring roles with teen queens Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff.

Murray, 23, also is known to television viewers for his work on Dawson's Creek and the Gilmore Girls. But probably his favorite role is as Lucas Scott on the WB show One Tree Hill. He is engaged to One Tree Hill co-star Sophia Bush.

In a recent interview, Murray talked about his character on that show, his social life and who was more fun to work with: Lindsay or Hilary.

Your character just moved away on One Tree Hill. What is up with that show?

I know Lucas is going to resort back to his old ways of being a good guy and get back into his literature. And just rising above things.

Do you like playing that character?

I love it. It is such a good character.

Did you always want to be an actor?

Yes. It has always been in the back of my head, ever since I was little. I used to put on little skits for my folks during the halftime of Buffalo Bills games.

Was it difficult to balance schoolwork and your career?

I graduated from high school before I moved to Los Angeles. So I didn't have to deal with balancing the two things. I am lucky because you see Hilary has to deal with that, and you can see that it is not that easy.

Are you still able to maintain a social life?

I have a really small group of friends, and I keep them very close to me. I have friends that I made when I first moved to Los Angeles. We all started at the same place. I have Sophia (Bush), Jared Padalecki and my roommate. I am kind of a homebody.

Who did you like working with more: Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story or Lindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday?

They are both different. I love working with both of them.

If you could act with any person in the world, who would it be?

Sean Penn. I have so much respect for his work.

Have your friends changed since you became famous?

No. I don't see myself that way, anyway, and they don't either, so it is kind of cool. To me, it is a job. I come to work and make people happy, and that is what I love about it. When I come home, it's just, "Hey, Chad, how are you doing?"

Did you ever get rejected for something you tried out for?

Oh, yeah! Too many times. It just happens, especially when you are just starting out, and you are trying to learn acting. It is tough to learn what to do and how to act natural.

What is the craziest thing a fan has ever done?

I was at Disneyland once. I was waiting in line for the Indiana Jones ride with my friends. A girl came running through the crowd yelling "Tristan! Tristan! Tristan!" (his character from the TV show Gilmore Girls). She jumped on and gave me a kiss and then ran off. Everyone was just staring at me. It was really weird!