Haley James Scott (née Haley Bob James) is a fictional character from the CW television series One Tree Hill, portrayed by Bethany Joy Lenz.
Haley is initially introduced as Lucas Scott's best friend and eventual sister-in-law upon her marriage to Nathan Scott in their junior year of high school.
Her best friend was Lucas Scott, whom she has been friends with since her childhood, all through high school and beyond.
When Lucas joined the Tree Hill Ravens, his half-brother, Nathan Scott, vows to torment Lucas and targets Haley in his plans.
However, Nathan and Haley fall in love with each other; which results in their marriage and Haley losing her virginity to him.
Through Lucas and Nathan, she also becomes close friends with Tree Hill High cheerleaders, Peyton Sawyer and Brooke Davis.
Nathan and Haley struggle against various hardships while trying to realise their personal dreams of basketball and music.
Her dream of being a singer almost destroys their marriage, as she leaves Nathan to go on tour with Chris Keller (Tyler Hilton), a successful rockstar.
When Haley returns; the couple remain separated because Nathan distrusts her and Haley moves in with Brooke, becoming a Tree Hill High cheerleader in the process.
Nathan and Haley soon reconcile and they are married again in a second wedding ceremony.
In her senior year, Haley discovers that she is pregnant with her and Nathan's son, who is later named James Lucas Scott.