Melissa Claire Egan One Tree Hill Young and Restless
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Young and the Restless actress was the first to kiss One Tree Hill heartthrob on the series.

Melissa Claire Egan plays Chelsea Lawson Newman on The Young and the Restless today, but readers may remember she appeared in the One Tree Hill pilot episode in 2003. Egan took to social media to share photos from the episode to mark the hit series 16th anniversary, along with the ‘fun fact’ that she was the first in the series to kiss James Lafferty’s Nathan Scott. She said, “Happy 16 year Anniversary to One Tree Hill! Loved working on (and watching, SO good) that show!! Fun fact, I was the first person to kiss @ThisIsLafferty in the series, opening scene in the pilot, just sayin!!🤷‍♀️🥳💋 Happy BDay OTH!”

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One Tree Hill kicked off in September 2003 and surrounded the kinship and rivalry of half-brothers, Nathan and Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray), and their families and friends in the small town of Tree Hill, North Carolina. Along with Lafferty and Murray, the series regulars included, Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer, Guiding Light; Pearson) as Haley James Scott, Sophia Bush (Chicago Fire) as Brooke Davis, Lee Norris (Girl Meets World) as Marvin ‘Mouth’ McFadden, Hilarie Burton (Grey’s Anatomy, Lethal Weapon) as Peyton Sawyer Scott, and Paul Johansson (Greg Hughes, Santa Barbara, Van Helsing) as Dan Scott.

Other soap opera alums who had notable roles on One Tree Hill include Craig Sheffer (Ian Hayden, One Life to Live) as Keith Scott, Daneel Ackles (Shannon McBain, One Life to Live) as Rachel Scott, Lindsay McKeon (Marah Lewis, Guiding Light) as Taylor James, Scott Holroyd (Paul Ryan, As the World Turns) as David Fletcher, Richard Burgi (Paul Hornsby, General Hospital; Phillip Collier, Days of our Lives, Chad Rollo, All My Children) as Ted Davis, Thomas Ian Griffith (Catlin Ewing, Another World) as Larry Sawyer, and Leven Rambin (Lily Montgomery, All My Children) as Chloe Hall.

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Look back on memories from One Tree Hill in the posts below.