If you could go back in time and spend a day in the life of anyone from history, who would you choose to be? Whose mind would you love to have for a day? Whose experiences would you like to be yours? That’s what I have had the great privilege of asking present and past cast members of One Tree Hill; who each chose interesting people and time periods to re-visit if they could. Some instantly knew who they would be; while others had to take a little more time to ponder it. None the less, each person had a unique answer that I think gives you a little more insight on them as individuals outside of the characters you know them best as. Listening to each actor tell their answer was most definitely a fun experience for me! Some made me laugh, some taught me a little more about their background and influential people in their lives, while others led me to think back to intriguing people from history. Let’s take a trip back in time with the cast of One Tree Hill!
James Lafferty– Author Jack Kerouac. It just seemed like he led a very interesting life. The way he lived was very unorthodox and unique. I’d like to see what he was like.
Bethany Joy Galeotti– I think it would be cool to be just an ordinary person. I don’t know if a famous historical figure would be desirable for me. I like something more along the lines of a grandmother. Or just if you could plop me into the life of any random woman in the 40’s while her husband was off at war and you know, just having to take care of the kids. Something that was very ordinary I think would be really a desirable place to be dropped off.
Sophia Bush– There’s a really incredible photographer [Alfred] Eisenstaedt who shot some of the most iconic photographs in history. The V-J Day photo of the sailor and the nurse kissing in New York City after the war ended, and so many others. Just incredible, incredible images that capture the world developing and changing. And I think if I can be anyone, I would want to be him for a day. To see the world the way he saw it, and to see through his camera lens the way that he did, would be pretty profound.
Austin Nichols– There’s this incredible architect out there that inspires me, Donald Judd. All of his work is in Marfa, TX. It’s a really small town that has kept his work and the buildings that he owned all around it. The town now is really influenced by his style and it’s great.
Just to see what his head was like, by his ideas and uncompromising. When I saw his old space in Marfa, everything was left perfectly the same. Nothing was moved and I can imagine it would have been difficult to live with him from what I learned about him. I just would like to see what he was like. I want to buy a house and build it!
Shantel Van Santen– I think for me I would want to spend a day in the life of my great grandmother. She’s probably the most phenomenal person that I’ve ever had the chance to get to know. She was really like source of inspiration. She lived till she was like 103 and we were always really close. She lived through everything and she experienced everything. I think I was in ninth grade when she passed away, so I felt like I really got to retain the values and the morales she shared with my grandmother who shared with my mom. I feel like so much of her I can see in both of them. I would just love to go back and just live a day in her shoes, cause it wasn’t always easy, and she somehow raised incredible children. And I feel like it’s been passed down to me.
Robert Buckley– I’d have to actually go with my dad, because hands down my dad has had more interesting and fascinating life experiences then both my brother and I combined. I mean there’s no way I could ever match what he’s done or fill his shoes. So I think I would like to spend a day back as my dad back when he was in his 20’s or 30’s and just see what his day was like. I’ve always known my dad to be a hip guy but judging by the stories he’s telling, he’s certainly done and seen a lot, and certainly it would be interesting to get a chance to see that. I think it also might help me learn a lot more about myself. And then I could come back and I can tell my dad, ‘Hey I lived a day as you, so check it out, here are all these bad qualities I have that I actually got from you. They’re not on me. They were yours. Your fault!’ (Laughs)
Jana Kramer– I would say my great grandma. My great grandpa was in Auschwitz, so I’d wanna know how that all was. She, my great grandma, was in a concentration camp in Poland. I wouldn’t wanna relieve it, but I would want to know how she got out.
Stephen Colletti– Well for me I guess it would be two answers because one would probably be personal and one would be more flashy fun. First to come to mind is my grandpa. He was in a pilot in the military and has all kinds of crazy stories about fighting. And fighting up in the air when they started using planes in the military and he was kind of there for the beginning of it all. He has all kinds of stories surviving crashes and rages and to do that for the day would get my heart pumping. My grandpa was a bad ass so I think to put myself in his shoes and be flying one of those planes in the war would be really interesting and probably would get my heart rate up just a little bit.
Other than that, I’m a big history buff too. So I think going back as Madison, Jefferson, Washington; just playing a founding father for a day would be interesting. When the constitution was written, to be in that room, knowing what I know now and where it’s from, and just understanding it would be really interesting to witness that. You have to put two down. (Laughs) There’s justification of why there’s two!
Daphne Zuniga– Buddha. Buddha sat under a tree for 40 days and he became weakened. And I’ve had states of grace when I do long term meditation. But to have that for a day, I just wanna feel if he felt anything different and how he maintained it because I have felt it and then it kind of goes away and then comes back and goes away. And I just want to know just once and for all if Buddha experienced a weakening or nirvana and what that felt like. I would love to know!
Kate Voegele– I am a really big fan of C.S. Lewis. I obviously like all of his Narnia, but I also really like his philosophy. I’m a huge fan of just the way he writes, his work. I love his theology. I’m like a nerd, I’m totally in to all that stuff. I would love to spend a day in the life of that guy because it would be brilliant.
Lee Norris– I actually never got to meet my grandparents from my dad’s side. They actually passed away before I was born and if I could meet with anybody I’d love to meet both of them. I guess this is cheating. I’d love to get to know my family on my dad’s side. That sounds fun. It’s one of those things where you know sometimes you don’t get to know as much about your family as you’d like to and I’d like to. That would be really fun and nice to have. I got to know my grandparents on my mom’s side and they were wonderful people but I’d like to have a better sense of my dad’s family.
Amanda Schull– I have to be them? Or can I shadow them? (Laughs) See If I could shadow somebody I would love to be around the time of Anne Boleyn or Elizabeth I, but Anne Boleyn got decapitated so I don’t think that’d be too exciting. But one day I think might be fun. I’ve read a lot of books about Henry VIII and all of his wives. I just think that would be so intriguing to be a fly on the wall. But I don’t know about being subjects and being one of his mistresses. Maybe being Amelia Earhart? Getting to fly, but then her plane was lost. They’re all interesting people, they just don’t have good endings I guess.(Laughs)
My grandmother led a really fascinating life I would love to just shadow her, too. I think I’m drawn to these people who had such dismal endings. Not my grandmother but you know these other ladies. Because it’s only subject to different people’s documentation of it. It makes it that much more mysterious and intriguing. I would love to be able to see what the gowns were really like, to know what the politics were really like. And just a day in the life I think would be so fascinating to watch.
India de Beaufort -I would like to be Queen Elizabeth I for one day. Just cause she was just an all-mighty wonderful power. Such a perfect idea of a strong woman. Definitely love to walk in her shoes for a day, and also wearing those Elizabethan dresses gowns which were amazing. And the other person is Vivienne Westwood. I would love to go back and spend a day as Vivienne Westwood back on the day when she was setting up her first job on the king’s road and dressing the sex pistols. That would be an amazing world to be a part of.
Michael Grubbs– The first thing that popped into my head was it would be really cool to be Barack Obama on the day that he got elected. He just spoke of such hope and change and wonderful things, I think that for me if I could pick any moment to live that would be it right there. Someone from history, I mean it would be cool to be Beethoven the first. It would be magical.
Allison Munn-I think my grandmother because she came over from Russia at the age of 12 by herself on a boat, and created this amazing life for herself. She started this amazing family. I would really love to go back to her 12-year-old self and feel what she was feeling as she was coming through Ellis Island. Going back to my grandmother. I just can’t imagine the feeling of hope. The fear of being alone on this ship. I just can’t imagine how it must have felt when she was coming over here from Russia. Then another being would be my dog Buster, because he is the most lovable little dog in the entire world and he has the best life ever! I would like to spend one day as my dog Buster. He is an awesome, awesome, awesome being. (Laughs) He knows everything. He’s just the coolest little dude in the whole world. So for me my Grandmother and my dog Buster.
Lindsey McKeon– You know there have been so many incredible people. I would say anybody who is standing for a commitment and a belief that helps to rise human beings and human nature to the next level or the next awareness. So I would say a Lincoln, or a Ghandi, or a Mother Theresa. Anybody who is standing for something in the face of all the fears and all the people telling them no, and sticking firm to their passion and their desire and their commitment. I’d say anyone who’s living like that, I would be interested in walking in their shoes and feeling the feelings that they’ve felt knocked down, and still standing up and still standing for what they believe in. That’s the kind of human being I would be interested in being, feeling, knowing, connecting with.
Joe Manganiello– I always thought I had a Roman Emperor somewhere inside of me. So maybe Julius Ceaser….or Jim Morrison. So either a Roman Emperor or a Rock star.
Maria Menounos– -Lucille Ball. She pioneered so much for women in television. I mean she headed her own TV studio! And back then, that was unheard of. She was the first woman to do something like that. She’s just amazing.
Ashley Rickards– I’d probably pick Albert Einstein. I’m just fascinated by how his mind works. And not because he’s a genius but because of the actual workings of his brain. It’s clear in all the books I’ve read on him that his way of thinking and his interpretation are very rare.
Cullen Moss-I wanna say my grandfather. He was an animal veterinarian. He was born in the late 1800’s, he was in World War I. So that’s interesting.
Laura Izibor-Martin Luther King. You know just to feel. Obviously I can’t imagine, as strong as he appeared there must have been times that he was afraid of the responsibility. But the thrill of fighting for what you believe. Being the face of hope for all these people, for the world. That just must be phenomenal. I can’t imagine.
Leven Rambin-I would probably say my grandfather who was the president of Texaco for 30 years. He was at the time that oil was everything. He was such an influential person in the world because the oil in Texas was so valuable and so cherished. He has momentum from Ronald Regan, hand-written letters. Things like coins from Mumbai, Africa, Presidential momentum from all over the world. I was too young to understand how important that was and what a crazy kind of time that was and how influential he was at the time. When he passed away five years ago I wish I could have understood how groundbreaking he was and how he started out as a farm boy in Louisiana and built his way up to becoming president of Texaco for 30 years. He attended Ronald Regan’s funeral. He just had so much history and I wish I could understand that more.
Quinton Aaron- would say three of my relatives that are no longer here. My great grandfather. My grandma. And my mother. It would be cool to go back to day when I can spend it with all three of them. They were like the most important people in my life growing up. my mom raised me and my brother by herself. She was a single mother. My grandmother was in our lives a lot. I loved her. She was like my second mom. And my great grandfather was like my father. He was like my father figure to me. I spent a lot of time with him growing up.
Who would you be?