One of the fresh new faces of One Tree Hill season 7 is Shantel VanSanten as Quinn, Haley’s older sister.  Joining the show this late isn’t easy to start with, and gets even more complicated when there’s a complicated family tree to understand.

I spoke to Shantel about how she got prepared for the role, her sisterly bond with Bethany Joy Galeotti, and whether Quinn will hop straight into bed with Clay now that she’s left her husband.

-As Robert Buckley revealed in my interview with him, he and Shantel got together before filming to sit through some One Tree Hill DVDs to try and understand where they were at with the show.

-For Shantel, the job was a bit harder since she’s coming in as Haley’s big sister Quinn, so she needed to catch up on everything with the family, from Taylor’s storyline to their parents.

-Shantel believes her job is made a lot easier by Bethany Joy Galeotti, because the two struck up an instant friendship and hang out off screen, going to dinner or the movies or borrowing each others’ clothes, just like real sisters.

-FAN QUESTION: MiaDOOL_Fan4eva from Twitter wanted to know what is was like pushing Jackson Brundage‘s face into the cake during the season premiere.  Shantel said: “It was a blast.  We ended up all having to go shower afterward, and throughout the day were finding icing in each others’ ears and noses and on different parts of our bodies.”

-Fans hoping that Quinn will rush into a relationship with Clay after leaving her husband might be in for a bit of disappointment.  “We’re going to explore [the David] story.  It’s not as simple as being married to somebody for years and all of the sudden just leaving them.”

-While Quinn will inevitably interact with Clay and possibly have some fun flirting, Shantel believes Quinn’s storyline is more about her character dealing with the break-up of her marriage and not about moving onto the next relationship.  “Quinn’s trying to be noble and really trying to sort out her life.  She’s not the kind of person who all of the sudden forgets that she’s married and jumps in bed with somebody.”

-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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John Kubicek

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.