‘One Tree Hill’ Star Admits She Spent 10 Years In A Cult — And Another 10 In Recovery

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Bethany Joy Lenz attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Netflix's New Film "Blonde" at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 13, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

“One Tree Hill” actress Bethany Joy Lenz recently came clean about her past, saying that the had spent a decade of her life in a cult – and another ten years after that recovering from the experience.

Lenz, who has recently appeared in several Hallmark Channel movies, made the admission Monday alongside fellow “One Tree Hill” alums Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton Morgan on their “Drama Queens” podcast.

“I would love to write about my experience, you know, I was in a cult for 10 years. That would be a really valuable experience to write about, and the recovery — 10 years of recovery after that,” she said. “So, there’s a lot to tell.”

The “Five Star Christmas” actress said that she had started to write down some of her experiences, but hadn’t really been able to put it all together. “ADHD has made it really difficult over the years,” she added, saying that if she could ever “really commit to putting it all together, I would love to write about my experience.”

She went on to say that the other people she would be writing about could also complicate the process, noting that she wanted to get things exactly right but she also had to be sure to stay within legal boundaries.

“The pressure of getting it right and everything having to be exactly real and all the people that are involved, 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 said.

Lenz and her costars recently came forward with accusations against “One Tree Hill” show runner Mark Schwahn, saying that he threatened Bush and Burton Morgan with loss of their jobs if they refused to do a sexy photo shoot for Maxim. Lenz said that Schwahn informed her she was “too fat” for the shoot.

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