Bethany Joy Lenz was born on April 2, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida. Her first on-stage role came in 1988 during a stage production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
. She appeared in several other local stage productions before landing her first big-screen role in the 1996 film Thinner
. Bethany landed her first television role in 1998 on the soap Guiding Light
as Michelle Bauer Santos. From there, Bethany guest starred on several series, including Charmed
and The Guardian
. In 2003, she was cast as Haley James Scott on One Tree Hill
, which is also her current role.
Aside from her acting career, Bethany has released two independent records Preincarnate
(2002) and Come On Home
(2005). Her music has been featured on One Tree Hill
and in 2002 she toured with artists Tyler Hilton, The Wreckers, and Gavin DeGraw to promote One Tree Hill
On December 31, 2005, Bethany married musician Michael Galeotti. The two divorced in 2012 and share one child.