Bethany Joy Lenz starred in One Tree Hill. She also spent 10 years in a cult.

Bethany Joy Lenz has big plans to one day put pen to paper and recount her days in a cult.

The One Tree Hill actor has shared that she was previously involved with a cult for a decade, during an episode of her Drama Queens podcast with former co-stars Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton. 

Lenz said she's been revisiting her experiences and hopes to release a book one day.

"I was in a cult for 10 years," Lenz said. "That would be a really valuable experience to write about, and the recovery –  10 years of recovery after that. So there's a lot to tell."

She did not share any details about the cult, but said she'd been privately writing about it despite feeling "pressure" to get the story right.

"And 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 explained. "But I do write. I write all the time."

Lenz, who starred as Haley in One Tree Hill from 2003-2012, did not share any further details, but she previously called out a billboard for Los Angeles' Mosaic Church and claimed the organisation's structure was like "textbook 101 of cults".

"I went to Mosaic on and off for two years. The level of control displayed, particularly by [lead pastor Erwin] McManus, was deeply characteristic to me of a high-demand group and was disturbing to me and to many other people who have left Mosaic for that very reason," she wrote on Instagram.

"I don't call people in my community out publicly, EVER, but this billboard made me sick and angry that so many people are being misled in the name of a God I love and cherish, I feel I have a responsibility to speak up for anyone willing to hear it. The hierarchy in this 'church', the level of abuse that I've consistently heard goes on behind the scenes and how everything centres around the Leader is textbook 101 of cults."


In 2016, Smallville actor Allison Mack tweeted Lenz information about the NXIVM cult.

"You would love this woman's movement I'm part of," Mack tweeted Lenz in 2016. 


Two years later, after a New York Times exposé revealed the truth about NXIVM, Lenz shared a since-deleted reply: "sorry love, already was in a cult once. But LMK when you're on the other side and we'll talk. Honestly, that's rough stuff :("

Mack was released from prison in July 2023, after pleading guilty to racketeering in 2019.

Feature image: Getty.

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