Bethany Joy Lenz Biography

Bethany Joy Lenz is an American actress, singer, writer and director. Read this biography to know her birthday, childhood, achievements, family life and other fun facts about her.

Quick Facts

Birthday: April 2, 1981

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 38 Years, 38 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aries

Also Known As: Joie Lenz and Joy Lenz

Born in: Hollywood, Florida

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Michael Galeotti (m. 2005–2012)

father: Robert Lenz

mother: Cathie Lenz

children: Maria Rose Galeotti

U.S. State: Florida

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Bethany Joy Lenz, also referred to as Joy Lenz, is an American actress, singer, songwriter and director. Born with a natural flair for performing arts, Lenz has been acting and singing since her childhood. She began her career as a child model for several brands and also appeared in a few films. However, her professional career took off when she was cast in a main role in the long-running soap opera ‘Guiding Light’ while still in her teens. Interestingly, she was initially cast in a guest role but was made a series regular within her first year on the show. At the same time, she also focused on theatre and performed in many plays. In order to get more opportunities, she moved from Florida to Los Angeles and started auditioning for TV roles. In 2003, she received her breakthrough when she was roped in to play Haley James Scott, a lead character, on the popular show ‘One Tree Hill’. It not only skyrocketed her popularity but also cemented her position as a successful TV actress. Later, she played several roles in TV series, such as ‘Dexter’, ‘CSI’, and ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’. Apart from acting, Lenz is also an accomplished singer and songwriter who has released several albums individually as well as for the former band ‘Everly’. She is currently focusing on her upcoming TV series ‘Pearson’, a political drama, in which she will play the main role.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Bethany Joy Lenz was born on April 2, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida, U.S.A to Cathie and Robert George Lenz. Her father was a history teacher and therapist, while her mother worked as an entrepreneur and personnel manager. She has a stepsister, Candace; and a stepbrother, Sam.
  • Lenz was an early bloomer and started singing professionally at a young age. When she was three, she started singing at Carpenter’s Church in Florida. She also enjoyed acting, and worked in a local production of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ at the age of seven.
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  • Bethany Joy Lenz started her film career when she was just 11, appearing as Shelly Barnes in the 1992 release ‘Psalty’s Salvation Celebration’. She was then seen in the 1996 horror movie ‘Thinner’ as Linda Halleck.
  • Her early days in the show business were marked by a gradual growth in her craft. After starring in a sting of advertisements as a teenager, she started getting meaty roles in television and substantial parts in plays.
  • In 1998, Lenz made her debut on television with ‘Guiding Light’, the longest running American soap opera, in which she played the role of Reva Shayne. She later began playing Michelle Bauer Santos on the show. Interestingly, she was initially cast in a guest role, but was made a series regular within her first year on the show.
  • During her stint with ‘Guiding Light’, Lenz juggled various other roles, including making an appearance in a TV movie and appearing in a New York Cabaret.
  • In 2001, she moved to Los Angeles after realizing that her future lied in Hollywood. Soon after that, she landed an array of guest appearances in many popular TV sitcoms, which gave her portfolio a much-needed burnish.
  • From 2001 to 2003, she appeared in guest roles on many TV series, including ‘Charmed’, ‘Felicity’, ‘Off Centre’, ‘The Legacy’, ‘Maybe It’s Me’, and ‘The Guardian’. She was also seen in the comedy TV film ‘Mary and Rhoda’ as Rose Cronin.
  • Lenz received her big break in 2003 when she was cast as Haley James Scott in the American drama series ‘One Tree Hill’. She starred alongside Hilarie Burton, Paul Johansson, Chad Michael Murray, and James Lafferty, and was among the lead cast of the series.
  • ‘One Tree Hill’ was among the most popular shows on TV in the last decade. The drama about two half-brothers, which appealed to both teenagers and adults alike, vaulted Lenz to overnight stardom.
  • During the nine years of the show's airing, Lenz enjoyed immense popularity and became one of the most recognized faces on US television thanks to her portrayal of Haley James Scott on the show.
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  • She also donned the director’s hat for three episodes of ‘One Tree Hill’ after diligently studying various technicalities involved in filmmaking. Her abilities as a director didn’t go unnoticed and the episodes were positively received.
  • In 2009, after finding fame and success on TV, Lenz shifted her focus to theatre. She adapted the novel ‘The Notebook’ into a musical titled ‘The Notebook Musical’. She acted as its producer and writer. The musical became popular on Broadway and continues to find stages even today.
  • She has since made multiple guest appearances and played recurring roles in shows, such as ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’, ‘Dexter’, ‘Men at Work’, ‘Sock Monkee Therapy’, and ‘Songbyrd’.
  • In 2016, she played the role of Stephanie Malick in the popular series ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ for two episodes. Later, she appeared in three episodes of ‘American Gothic’ as April. In the following year, she was seen in the thriller movie ‘Extortion’ as Julie Riley.
  • In 2017, she played the recurring character of Morgan in the science-fiction drama ‘Colony’, appearing in eight episodes of the show. She also directed an episode of ‘Nasty Habits’ in the same year.
  • Her appearances in 2018 include a guest role in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and the TV films ‘Poinsettias for Christmas’, ‘Royal Matchmaker’, and ‘Bottled with Love’. Towards the end of the year, she was billed as the lead cast in the upcoming political drama series ‘Pearson’, which is a spinoff of ‘Suits’. The show is due for release in 2019.
  • Apart from being a successful actress, Lenz is also an accomplished singer and songwriter, with a few Billboard hits to her name. Her albums ‘Preincarnate’ (2002) and ‘The Starter Kit’ (2006) were well received by music fans. Her other albums include ‘Then Slowly Grows’ (2012) and ‘Your Woman’ (2013).
  • Apart from studio albums, Lenz has released several EPs and singles as well. Her most notable singles include ‘Feel This’ (2008), ‘Please’ (2013), and ‘How About You’ (2017). She has also collaborated with other singers, such as Andrew Walker and Tyler Hilton.
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Major Works
  • Bethany Joy Lenz is most remembered for her work in the TV drama series ‘One Tree Hill’. She played the lead role of Haley James Scott throughout the show’s airing from 2003 to 2012 and became a popular face on TV. Her role fetched her many awards and nominations, in addition to helping her cement her position as a successful TV actress.
Family & Personal Life
  • Bethany Joy Lenz was previously married to Michael Galeotti, a musician. They tied the knot on December 31, 2005 and became parents to a daughter named Maria Rose Galeotti in February 2011. After staying together for six years, they divorced in March 2012. They continue to remain friends with each other. Lenz currently lives with her daughter in Los Angeles.
  • Lenz supports various causes, and passionately speaks about human rights on her social media channels. She is also involved in raising funds for Love146, a not-for-profit organization that aims to end child-trafficking and exploitation. Additionally, she is associated with anti-depression and anti-addiction non-profit ‘To Write Love On Her Arms’ as well as children’s literacy initiative, ‘Reading Is Fundamental’.
  • Bethany Joy Lenz’s favorite bands are U2 and Coldplay, while she also admires the musician Sheryl Crow. Her favorite TV shows include ‘Friends’, ‘Arrested Development’, ‘Alias’, ‘I Love Lucy’, and ‘Lost’.

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