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Bethany Joy Lenz says her ‘One Tree Hill’ costars tried to ‘rescue’ her from cult – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Bethany Joy Lenz says her ‘One Tree Hill’ costars tried to ‘rescue’ her from cult

“One Tree Hill” actress Bethany Joy Lenz has recounted the moment when her co-stars attempted to “rescue” her from the cult she was involved with for ten years of her life. During an interview with Variety, Lenz revealed that the situation became so serious that her well-known friends, whom she chose not to disclose, made a desperate effort to intervene. “There were whispers behind the scenes, like, ‘You know, she’s in a cult,'” she shared with the publication. “For a period of time, they all tried to save me and help me, which is truly heartwarming and incredible to be cared for in that way.”

Lenz, known for her role as Haley James Scott on “One Tree Hill,” admitted that she was incredibly stubborn. “I was fully committed to what I believed were the best decisions I could make,” she added. Her involvement in the cult resulted in a sense of isolation. “They manipulate you into distrusting everyone around you so that the only individuals you trust are the leaders and, to a lesser extent, the people within the group if the leaders approve of them and are not pitting you against each other, which happens frequently,” she explained.

The actress acknowledged that she had built a deep divide of mistrust between herself and her cast and crew. Despite her love and concern for them, she felt that she couldn’t turn to any of them when she was in pain or suffering. This left her feeling tremendously lonely. Lenz credited the successful show and its filming location in North Carolina for “saving her life.” She spent nine months out of the year there and believed that the physical separation made a significant difference in her awakening.

In a recent episode of her podcast, “Drama Queens,” Lenz expressed her desire to write a revealing book about her time in the cult to assist others. Although she has already written some sections, she admitted that her ADHD has made it challenging to complete the book over the years. Nevertheless, she expressed her dedication to bringing it all together and shared her aspiration to share her experience. However, Lenz mentioned the complications surrounding legal issues and the involvement of certain individuals, which affects the timing and extent to which she can disclose the details.

“One Tree Hill” star Bethany Joy Lenz has recalled the time her co-stars tried to “rescue” her from the cult she was a part of for a decade of her life.

In an interview with Variety, Lenz said things got so serious that her famous pals, whom she chose not to name, made a desperate attempt to intervene.

“It was the whisper behind the scenes, like, ‘You know, she’s in a cult,’” she told the outlet. “For a while, they were all trying to save me and rescue me, which is lovely and so amazing to be cared about in that way.”


Actress Bethany Joy Lenz revealed at one point her "One Tree Hill" co-stars tried to "rescue" her from a cult she had been involved with.
Actress Bethany Joy Lenz revealed at one point her “One Tree Hill” co-stars tried to “rescue” her from a cult she had been involved with.
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“But I was very stubborn,” she added. “I was really committed to what I believed were the best choices I could make.”

Lenz, who played Haley James Scott on “One Tree Hill,” said her involvement in the cult soon led to “isolation.”

“They have to make you distrust everyone around you so that the only people you trust are, first and foremost, the leadership and then, people within the group if the leadership approves of them and isn’t in the middle of pitting you against each other, which happens all the time also,” she shared.

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 Bethany Joy Lenz admitted she used to be "very stubborn" and strongly committed to what she believed in.
Bethany Joy Lenz admitted she used to be “very stubborn” and strongly committed to what she believed in.

“It built a deep wedge of distrust between me and my cast and crew. As much as I loved them and cared about them, there was a fundamental thought: If I’m in pain, if I’m suffering, I can’t go to any of these people. So you feel incredibly lonely.”

The actress credited the hit show, and its filming location, for “saving [her] life.”

“I was there nine months out of the year in North Carolina,” she explained. “I had a lot of flying back and forth, a lot of people visiting and things like that, but my life was really built in North Carolina. And I think that spatial separation made a big difference when it was time for me to wake up.”


"One Tree Hill" star Bethany Joy Lenz said her involvement with the cult she was apart of led her to isolation, she said.
“One Tree Hill” star Bethany Joy Lenz said her involvement with the cult she was apart of led her to isolation, she said.
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Speaking on her “Drama Queens” podcast last month, the Everly frontwoman shared that she hopes to write a tell-all book about her time in a cult to help others.

Lenz, who said she already has some pieces written, added that “her ADHD has made it really difficult over the years” to complete her book.

However, she explained that she is “really commit to putting it all together, I would love to write about my experience.”

“Also, I don’t know how much I can say because there are still people and legal things in place that make it more complicated for the timing of that,” she admitted.

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