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Actors from locally filmed series like ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘Under the Dome’ shared their support for the region on social media
WILMINGTON – The Port City has seen many famous residents over the years as film and TV projects shot in the region and some of them have taken to social media to share their thoughts of the region as Hurricane Florence approaches.
Most of the viral support came from the cast of The CW’s long-running drama “One Tree Hill.”
Chad Michael Murray was one of the first to share his admiration for the area and his concern for its safety.
“I called this place home for years and it always will be in some capacity,” he wrote of Wilmington in an Instagram post. “It carries the finest (people) you’ll meet and the little city has captured the heart of millions. Please evacuate if you’re in Florence’s path. And please pray for ‘the spirit’ that Wilmington is and always will be.”
Along with the post, he shared pictures the Sixth Street Bridge, which was made famous by the opening credits of The CW show; the riverfront; and the former site of the Rivercourt basketball at Battleship Park.
Murray’s co-star, James Lafferty, shared shelter information through his Twitter account, telling his local fans to prepare and stay safe.
Hilarie Burton shared Lafferty’s shelter information and offered her own love for the area on her Instagram, accompanied by a picture of “One Tree Hill’s” former stage on the EUE/Screen Gems Studios lot.
“Sweet sweet Wilmington, I miss you,” she wrote. “I love you. I can’t wait to see you again. So please, evacuate. The years we spent shooting OTH were life-changing. This storm is unlike any of the others we faced while there. Nature has a way of showing us how small we are, but to me, all of you in NC are big and important.”
Tyler Hilton, who performed music and acted on the series, shared his experience of weathering another hurricane in Wilmington.
“It’s looking like this hurricane is gonna hit Wilmington NC pretty hard, please stay safe and help each other,” he wrote Twitter. “(I) was in town for a much smaller hurricane a few years back and it was a scary mess!”
“Under the Dome” actress Rachelle Lefevre also took to her Twitter to share her thoughts with local residents.
“Sending so much love to my friends and former colleagues in #Wilmington, NC and everyone on the East Coast affected by the hurricane,” she wrote.
Her “Dome” co-star Dean Norris singled out Wrightsville Beach in his post about the storm.
“My heart and thoughts go out to friends and people of my adopted summer home #WrightsvilleBeach, please get out and get safe!” he wrote.
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Reporter Hunter Ingram can be reached at 910-343-2327 or Hunter.Ingram@StarNewsOnline.com.