'Mother' Recast Scoop: 'Tree Hill' Vixen In, 'Summerland' Babe Out!


Sarah Chalke’s getting a new sis on How I Met Your Mother.

Former One Tree Hill bad girl Danneel Harris (the one on the left) has replaced ex-Summerland beauty Sara Paxton (the one on the right) as Stella’s sib Nora, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Although showrunners Craig Thomas and Carter Bays adored Paxton (whose hiring was first reported by my buddy Mitovich over at TVGuide.com), a Mother insider says the duo felt the part called for a slightly older actress. “They want to find another role for [Sara] on the show,” confides my source.

Harris’ episode is slated to air during November sweeps and coincides with the arrival of The Daily Show‘s Jason Jones as Stella’s ex and the father of her kid. Apparently, everyone’s in town for a wedding or something.

In other news, for reasons I can’t get into right now, I’m slowly backing away from my prediction that Stella is Mother‘s infamous mum.

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  • JRose48

    “coincides with the arrival of The Daily Show’s Jason Jones as Stella’s ex and the mother of her kid.”
    Do you mean the father of her kid?

  • JRose48

    nm, you guys changed it.

  • Nicole

    “a Mother insider says the duo felt the part called for a slightly younger actress.” Don’t u mean a slightly older actress? since Harris is older than Paxton. Or am I confused?

  • BA12

    Um… I’m fairly certain that Danneel Harris is far older than Sarah Paxton. She doesn’t even look younger. Maybe you meant the part called for an older actress?

  • BA12

    Oh, someone else just wrote that as I was typing. I guess I should type faster :)

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, not only is Harris nine years older, she looks it too. Surely you meant older actress.

  • Mike

    Maybe Sara Paxton can play Alicia Silverstone’s little sister on the show someday.

  • jb

    Proofreading: a lost art.

  • Jason

    So is the current thinking that Stella’s sis is Mother’s infamous mum?

  • Trazey

    I’ve always thought Sara Paxton was a RINGER for Rory Gilmore, Alexis Bledel!! they’re twins separated at birth LOL

  • brandon hopkins

    so i guess that means rachal wont be on one tree hill this season

  • Lizzo13

    Trazey, I agree. Sara Paxton looks exactly like a blonde Alexis Bledel… I’m kind of glad to see she won’t be playing Stella’s sister.. It’s just hard to imagine her on the show… I’m not sure about this other girl, but I’m sure she’ll be good.. As long as Britney doesn’t really come back! I just really have to agree with NPH though – they need to stop with the stunt casting.. It’s ruining the credibility of the show and is just becoming more and more distracting…

  • Dennis

    Danneel is a great actress. Hopefully she will be back on OTH later this season – I miss me some Rachel.

  • Chris

    Thank God, Stella isn’t the mother! :)

  • JC

    Eh. I wasn’t a big fan of hers on OTH (actually, I don’t even like admitting that I watch that show), maybe she’ll be less grating here?

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