Chad Michael Murray drops the ‘Michael’
Chad Michael Murray of ‘One Tree Hill’ has dropped his middle name and will henceforth be known as simply Chad Murray.
Murray is trying to reshape his image by dropping the middle name and going out for more arty movies. He says his dream is to work with Darren Aronofsky, Martin Scorsese or Terry Gillam.
“I love The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” he said. “It’s what film should be about. It’s true imagination where you go anywhere. It was just so beautiful. Definitely one of my top 10 films.”
Chad says that despite the disconnect he feels with One Tree Hill now, he is still happy about the experience he had on the show.
“I’m grateful to have had it. I’m fortunate to have had it. I learned so, so very much from so many people. I was able to kind of grow up and become the man I’m becoming today. I just feel very fortunate to have been in that position, to be in Wilmington, North Carolina, to be in place that’s kind of smaller than Los Angeles. It’s just different. I enjoyed my experience there.”
Though there’s no word yet as to whether he’s returning for the series finale. (We doubt it, since his on-screen wife, Hilarie Burton, has confirmed that she’s not coming back.)
Murray also spent a season in Wilmington before “One Tree Hill” began, when he played Charlie on “Dawson’s Creek.” He still closely follows the work of his former “Creek” co-star, Joshua Jackson. “the one show I haven’t missed an episode of in its three seasons is ‘Fringe.’ Love ‘Fringe.’ I love the cast. It’s fantastic.”