The second panel of the weekend followed up the Leyton panel and featured Bethany Joy Lenz (Haley James) and Paul Johansson (Dan Scott). aside from the memories, trinkets, career, that’s what the real take away is, the friendships. [Bethany] do you still have the cracker jack bracelet? (she asked if everyone wants to know the truth about the bracelet, they said yes). There’s a plastic bag in the prop room full of them…
They came on stage giddily, and everyone could see that they were very close — it was pretty adorable. Johansson joked that he took Jamie home, and then he reflected a bit on playing Dan. What was the most meaningful thing you took from the show? we’d give some to people and they’d be so excited but there’s so many of them out there. Lenz said that she thought it was funny when Dan kissed Haley because she had to hit Dan but Johansson was so much stronger and didn’t let go.
The 34-year-old actress and 30-year-old actor, who played Haley James and Nathan Scott, reunited with their onscreen son, Jackson Brundage, now age 15. Lenz and Lafferty spent time with Brundage at Eye Con's second annual convention.
Even to some of the most hardcore fans, it might have come as shock to learn that Lenz and Johnasson are actually quite close in real life. “We talk almost every day and our kids play together.” Lenz went on to say that it was friendships like the one she shares with Paul that are the most meaningful thing she took away from her nine years on the show.
“It’s hard to condense all the great memories into one thing that is the most meaningful,” she said.
When we catch up with her in the premiere, she’s enjoying her growing family and the new/old business she shares with Brooke (Sophia Bush).
“This season Haley has decided to, as we saw at the end of Season 8, reopen Karen’s Caf�.
“Nine years of my life was playing a guy who was honestly just seeking redemption and to love his family even though he didn’t know how to do it,” he said. Like how not to be a dad.” Thanks to Johansson’s hijinks, the panel took on a zany tone that kept the audience laughing from beginning to end.