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You know her from One Tree Hill — but Hilarie Burton is a lot more than Peyton Sawyer. Burton’s appeared in a variety of film and TV roles since the WB/CW show. She’s currently filming Fox’s Lethal Weapon reboot, and her film Growing Up Smith hits theaters next Friday. Oh, and she’s married to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a.k.a. The Walking Dead‘s Negan — and they own a candy shop upstate with Paul Rudd.
Growing Up Smith tells the story of an Indian family who move to small-town America in 1979. Ten-year-old Smith is fascinated by every detail of the United States, including his neighbors, the Brunner family. Burton plays matriarch Nancy Brunner, a woman who finds her voice amidst chaos in her family life. Refinery29 talked to Burton about the movie and why she thinks One Tree Hill should stay in the past.
Refinery29: What drew you to the role of Nancy? How did you get involved with the film?
Hilarie Burton: “I actually live in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, where the film was shot. And I’m a mom, like Nancy, and my husband’s off working, so I’m bound by some rules as to what jobs I can take and what I can’t. Because I want to take care of my family, much like Nancy. Continue reading