Bethany Joy Lenz is an American actress and musician probably best known for her role on “One Tree Hill.” She is set to guest star on CSI’s 300th episode. She most recently finished a multi-episode arc on “Dexter.” Her first full-length album “Your Woman” is due in 2013.
Bethany Joy Lenz described herself on Facebook as “Proud mom and total weirdo in a scrappy-bohemian-wanderlust sort of way.” She goes by her middle name Joy, and she is an only child. She is a mix of Scottish, German and Irish descent. She was born in Hollywood, Florida.
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Bethany Joy spent most of her early career on the stage and called musical theatre her passion. She actually began singing when she was about three years old. She has performed in a variety of productions, including “Annie,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Gypsy” and “Cinderella.” In TV, she appeared on “Guiding Light,” “Charmed,” “Felicity” and “The Guardian.”
She spent nine years on “One Tree Hill,” a project she landed when she was 22. She also directed a couple episodes. “That was really hard…but I love new challenges. I love trying new things. I’ll try anything once so it was great.” Aside from acting, she is a musician and released a limited CD “Preincarnate” in 2002. She was also part of the band Everly.
Bethany Joy is the mother of Maria Rose Galeotti from her relationship with Michael Galeotti. She changed her name when she got married, but went back to her maiden name when she got divorced. As for being a working mother, she said, “It is not an easy task.”
When she has time, she likes to paint, write, horseback ride and create stationary. She said, “I don’t party. I’m a total homebody” and “I am not a people person. It’s not that I am shy, but I am more comfortable in an atmosphere of one-on-one. I hate crowds and parties.”
Bethany Joy Lenz resides in Los Angeles.