The cast of “Everwood” reunited at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the beloved drama, which aired on the now-defunct WB network.
The entire cast (including stars Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp and more) were on hand for the reunion, held during The CW’s portion of the press tour — with the exception of the star’s most famous alum: Chris Pratt, who played teenager Bright Abbott.
Nevertheless, the cast were happy to share their memories of working with the young actor, who had a passion to learn (and, apparently, for food).
“I taught Chris how to play tennis and golf while we were there. We hung out quite a bit. And I told him that he was going to be a star. And he had all of the qualities, great personality. He was a good‑looking white boy,” said star John Beasley.
“I said, ‘You are going to be a star, Chris.’ I had no idea he was going to be Chris Pratt,” he added, “but he’s just a great guy, and he deserves everything he gets.”
“I just remember him in the beginning saying, ‘I’m Chris.’ He’s, like, ‘I’m learning how to act, and I hope you don’t mind if I hang out and watch what you’re doing,'” noted actress Stephanie Niznik. “He always made it clear that he was looking to learn from everybody, and that really impressed me. I think it paid off for him. He’s so good.”
Emily VanCamp (“Revenge”), who played the sister of Pratt’s character, described his hearty appetite, recalling how he once ate “a steak for four – and he had already had dinner… we made a bet with him that he couldn’t eat the whole thing.”
That also held true during filming when Pratt’s character was required to chow down during scenes. “He would sit down and do a take, and he would eat,” recalled Tom Amandes, who played Pratt’s onscreen father. “And we’d call cut, and he would still be eating… He’s like, ‘This is just so good. It’s amazing. What is this? Apple cake?'”
The session took an emotional turn when cast member Vivien Cardone described how her “Everwood” co-stars became her “second family” on the Utah-filmed series.
“I’ll never forget, when I first went there, it was tough because my father had to stay in New York because he had his business there and I couldn’t see him a lot, and it was very, very difficult,” she explained.
“And Treat came up to me, and he said, ‘Listen, I know that it’s been hard. Your dad is away, and I’ll make a deal with you. My family is not with me either. So if you promise to be my temporary daughter, I’ll be your temporary father.’ And that bond has stayed ever since.”
Williams, who sat next to her onstage, wiped away tears before the two shared a hug.
“Seeing each other today was like we shot yesterday afternoon and we’re back on set again,” Williams explained. “It’s amazing how easy we are with one another.”