Most people know Hilarie Burton-Morgan from her role as star on Teen Drama. One Tree Hill, or his appearances on Grey’s Anatomy The Walking Dead. But did you know that the actress uses her fame to bring light on unsolved crimes?
Morgan: ‘I Very Much Wanted To Catch Bad Guys’
Morgan, who is a big fan of true crime hosts True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here. The AMC/SundanceTV show follows Morgan as she interviews family, friends, and local officials about small-town crimes that weren’t heavily reported on at the time they occurred.
“I grew up outside of D.C., where everybody’s family either worked for the military or the government,” The actress explained it to Marie Claire. “A lot of parents worked for the State Department, the Secret Service.”
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Morgan’s backup plan for acting was going into psychological forensics. She attended Fordham College and considered law school. “I very much wanted to catch bad guys,”She laughed.
She started asking questions after a local case
Morgan’s acting career took off, but she never let go of her wish to bring down the bad guys. Soon after moving to Rhinebeck in New York, Nikki Addimando was tried. Morgan observed that Addimando was being treated unfairly both by the judge & prosecutors. “distressing.”
“I realized: If that conflict of interest could happen in my small town, it was happening everywhere,” Morgan shared. “So my team put out feelers. Sundance and AMC were really wonderful about, ‘Hey, go out, explore! See if this is happening all over America.’ It was—and it has been incredibly alarming.”
Morgan spoke about the injustices that many behind bars face, from cases that don’t get reexamined when a judge retires to a lack of resources that could help pay for a good lawyer. “In so many of the cases that we cover on our show, what we’re witnessing is a vilification of the victim because, largely, victims don’t have the resources,”The actress elaborated.
Morgan: ‘Our Show Is Really A Call-To-Arms’
Through True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen HereMorgan hopes to inspire others and make them curious about the justice system, as well as question those in power. “We wanted our show to be deeply rooted in advocacy so that it became an easy thing to emulate,”She explained. “That is how you see something wrong in your community and you go out and you make a stink about it.”
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“Our show is really a call-to-arms,”Morgan concluded. “We’re trying to lead by example so other people can be just as rowdy. We have to get rowdy and involved.” It Couldn’t Happen Here Morgan is an excellent way of shedding light on cases that have been forgotten, and many have praised her for her determination to find justice.