Bethany Joy Lenz
Birth Date:
April 2, 1981
Birth Place:
Hollywood, Florida, USA
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One Tree Hill


“If I ever got married and my husband wanted me to give all this up and follow him wherever he wanted me to go I would. I love acting because it's fun to play and I love music but I will be writing music for the rest of my life, forever. I'd be just as happy doing community-theater as I am doing a TV show. Doesn't much matter to me.” Bethany Joy Lenz

Bethany Joy Lenz, now known as Bethany Joy Galeotti, is an American actress, musician, writer, director and producer. She is recognizable for playing Michelle Bauer Santos on “Guiding Light” (from 1998 to 2000) and Haley James Scott on “One Tree Hill” (since 2003), from which she respectively picked up a Soap Opera Digest nomination and four Teen Choice nominations. Lenz has released two solo albums: “P1reincarnate” (2002) and “Come on Home” (2005), and since 2008, she has been part of the duo group Everly, along with her friend Amber Sweeney. The group's first EP, “Mission Bell” (2008), peaked at No. 1 on the CD Baby chart.

Lenz is married to fellow musician Michael Galeotti, and has one daughter. She and her husband started up a family restaurant in Battle Ground, Washington called “Galeotti's.” Her hobbies include photography, painting, writing, horseback riding, knitting, and making stationery. Lenz has been an active supporter of the international human rights organization.


Childhood and Family:

An only child, Bethany Joy Lenz was born on April 2, 1981, in Hollywood, Florida, to Robert Lenz, a therapist and historian teacher, and Cathie, a personnel manager and entrepreneur. Her grandfather George Lenz was active on the Broadway stage during the 1950s and 1960s, and starred in a number of musicals, including “ Wish You Were Here” and “South Pacific.” At age 3, she followed in the footsteps of her grandpa by initiating singing at The Carpenter's Church in Lakeland, Florida. At age 4, Joy moved with her family to Arlington, Texas. It was there that she began acting, while attending Pope Elementary School. She also took dance, tap, jazz, acting and theater classes at The Creative Arts Theater and School. Her family when on to relocate to New Jersey when she was 13. She enrolled in Hawthorne Christian Academy in NJ for a year and later graduated from Eastern Christian High School in 1999.

On December 31, 2005, Joy was married to musician Michael Galeotti, and subsequently changed her surname from Lenz to Galeotti. The couple welcomed their first, daughter Maria Galeotti, in February 2011.

Bethany Joy Lenz's nicknames are Joypiter, Joiter, and Martha Stewart.

The Guiding Light


While living in Texas, Bethany Joy Lenz made her stage debut at age 7 in a local production of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” in which she played a Munchkin. By age 12, she had been working steadily as an actress. During a trip with her drama school in Los Angeles, Lenz landed her first commercial job for “Swan's Crossings” dolls. She went on to hone her crafts by starring in various stage productions such as “ Gypsy: A Musical Fable, “Annie” and “Cinderella.” After moving to NJ, she worked in television commercials for Dr. Pepper and Eggo waffles, among many others.

In 1996, while in her sophomore year in high school, Lenz (then billed as Joie Lenz) landed the supporting role of Linda Halleck in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's “Thinner,” which starred Joe Mantegna, Robert John Burke and Lucinda Jenney and directed by Tom Holland. Her performance was well received by critics. Also in that same year, she had an uncredited part in the drama/romance film “I Love You, I Love You Not,” directed by Billy Hopkins and written (also the play) by Wendy Kesselman.

Lenz next starred as Scout in the based on novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1997), opposite Evan Nisenson and Brad Bosonac, and worked with James Franco and Ben Foster in an unsold TV series pilot, “1973” (1998). However, she did not gain her first break until she landed a nine episode gig as the teenage clone of Reva Shayne Lewis on the CBS soap opera “The Guiding Light” in March 1998. Lenz's performance as the feisty and undefended clone garnered her positive reviews and acclaim from both audiences and critics, in addition to the show's executives. It was not long before she was recast as Michelle Bauer Santos, the proverbial girl next door of “ Guiding Light,” following the departure of Rebecca Budig in 1998. She left the show in 2000 and was replaced by Nancy St. Alban in the role. For her acting, Lenz was nominated for a 2000 Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Favorite Couple, sharing with Paul Anthony Stewart.

In 2000, while still working on the soap, Lenz portrayed Rose Cronin in the made for television film “Mary and Rhoda,” which reunited Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper as Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern from the 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Between 1999 and 2000, she also appeared in the off Broadway musical “Foxy Ladies Love/Boogie 70's Explosion,” along with Maggie Anderson and Abigail Spencer.

After leaving “The Guiding Light,” Lenz left New York City for Los Angeles, and soon appeared in a stage production of “The Outsiders” (2000), directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. She also started to land guest spots in television series like “Off Centre” (2001, as Heather), “Charmed” (2001, as Lady Julia), “Felicity” (2001, as Gretchen), “ The Legacy” (2002, as Jess) and “Maybe It's Me” (2002, as salesgirl). She portrayed Claire Stasiak in two episodes of the now defunct CBS show “The Guardian” called “What It Means to You” and “My Aim Is True” (both 2003).

Lenz enjoyed another big success on television when she was cast in the main role of Haley James Scott on the Mark Schwahn created drama series “One Tree Hill,” which debuted on the CW Television Network on September 23, 2003. The show went on to enjoy a strong ratings, and in May 2011, it was renewed for a ninth and final season that is set to premiere in January 2012, with Mrs. Galeotti signed on for the season. For her work in “One Tree Hill,” she has received Teen Choice nominations for Choice TV Sidekick, Choice Breakout TV Star – Female (both 2004), Choice TV: Parental Unit and Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer (both 2010). She also directed three episodes: “Screenwriter's Blues” (2009), “At the Bottom of Everything” (2010) and “Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace” (2010). Commenting on her character Haley, she stated, “The interesting thing about Haley is that she feels really awful, but at the same time she doesn't walk around groveling. That would be pathetic. She wants to be forgiven, but she is willing to earn that. I hope the Nathan and Haley fans hang in there because I think they will be very satisfied with the outcome.”

During her tenure on the show, Lenz portrayed Marni in “ Bring It on Again” (2004), a direct to video cheerleading comedy film starring Anne Judson-Yager and Bree Turner, directed by Damon Santostefano and written by Claudia Grazioso, Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn. In 2005, she appeared on stage as Pinky Tuscadero in “Happy Days,” directed by Garry Marshall. Later, in 2010, she made a guest appearance as Haley James Scott in an episode of “Life Unexpected” called “ Music Faced.”

Lenz wrote a musical stage version of Nicolas Sparks' “The Notebook Musical” (2009) with good friend and Grammy nominated producer Ron Aniello. They formed Galeotti & Aniello Productions to present their first ever Live Theatrical Workshop in October 2009.

“Music's something I'll be doing for the rest of my life, whether I'm just playing guitar in my living room or whether I'm playing for 3,000 people.” Bethany Joy Lenz

Along with acting, Lenz is a gifted musician and singer with a four octave range. She released her debut album, “Preincarnate,” a folk rock, independently in October 2002. It featured eight original tracks, all performed and written by Galeotti. The sophomore effort “Come on Home” was released on the “One Tree Hill Tour” in 2005. In 2006, she was to make her full length release debut, “The Starter Kit,” with Epic Record. She, however, was quickly released from the label. Along with her long time friend, Amber Sweeney, Lenz started a folk musical duo called “Everly” in Battle Ground, Washington in 2008. On November 5, 2008, the two released an EP entitled “Mission Bell,” featuring ten original tracks with a bonus track altered specifically for the television series “One Tree Hill.” The EP was released through music outlets, iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. It reached the No. 1 spot on CD Baby and No. 14 on the iTunes Folk Charts. In 2009, the duo released a holiday album, “Fireside.” Everly is signed with Hilasterion Records.


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