Bethany Joy Lenz, best known for her role as Haley James Scott on One Tree Hill, is returning to TV after a year-long hiatus. When One Tree Hill ended in mid-2012, Joy took a break from acting to spend time with her daughter.
The legal debate around her divorce put her career on hold, but when everything subsided, she was able to get back into the groove of things.
One Tree Hill lasted nine seasons, which required Joy to dedicate several years of her life to The CW drama. During her “comeback” Joy decided to concentrate on projects that were “strategically designed to move her career in a direction that was not quite the same thing as she was doing on One Tree Hill.”
Auditions for the show came up and Joy told her manager she wanted to jump into sitcom work and get her feet wet so that she could see if she still enjoyed it. “Lucky me, I won the job” she said in an interview with CraveYouTV. Cue her first comedy sitcom role in about eleven years.
Joy appeared on Men at Work, starring Danny Masterson of That 70’s Show. The episode, The Pioneer, aired on May 9, 2013, and Joy played Meg, a single mother and love interest for Tyler (played by Michael Cassidy).
“The first three days, the first two and a half days, were really difficult for me because I haven’t done comedy in a really long time.” In addition, Joy had to face the difficulty of appearing on an unfamiliar set as a guest star.
“Walking back onto a completely new set which didn’t feel like home and I didn’t feel the comforts that you feel after you’ve been on a series for ten years and you know everyone there. I was walking on a brand new set desperately hoping to contribute something to this great show that I really respected”
What did help Joy during the filming? “All the cute guys,” she joked. In reality, she admitted it was all about loosening up and finding energy from the audience.
“I have a tendency to hold back a little at first, to be respectful to the environment and figure out where I fit in. Maybe I should talk to my therapist about that. Maybe I need to be more present and bring more to the table. ”
One of Joy’s weaknesses as an artist is comedy improv, she admitted. “I could do drama improv with no problem. When people expect me to be funny, and their looking at me like boom make a joke! I kind of freeze up like Ah, I can’t handle the pressure. So that was challenging for me, which is another reason I really wanted to do it.”
Joy admits that on the set of OTH there wasn’t much improv, but she joked that the writers would probably disagree with her as she never stuck to the script and was always changing the lines. “I was probably the bane of their existence for ten years.”
At first, the situation was stressful but then Joy admitted that feeling the audience’s energy and hearing the immediate laugh was really helpful. Just like anyone else, Joy recalls coaching herself through the process. “Thank God they like me. I was funny. Oh good. It’s working,” Joy exclaimed.
She might be trying to break through the noise, but that doesn’t mean she’s changing her career to comedy. After her appearance on Men At Work, Joy will continue honing her drama skills in the final season (8) of Dexter. She explains the decision to be on the show was a very rash but obvious one.
“Will you be on Dexter?” they asked, to which Joy replied, “Uh yes, I will.”
One Tree Hill: Where Are They Now?
Teen drama One Tree Hill ended its nine-season run in 2012, and there hasn’t been a show quite like it since.
Many of the actors catapulted into stardom thanks to the series and are now killing it on both the big and small screen. Meanwhile, others have removed themselves from the spotlight completely.
However, nothing bonds a group of strangers quite like a TV show. Their bond has remained strong, and they continue to hang out and keep in touch with fans at conventions which have also kept the legacy of the series alive for new and old fans alike.
There are even talks of a possible revival in the near-future.
So, let’s return to Tree Hill and see what your basketball-loving, small-town actors have been up to since the series wrapped.
1. Chad Michael Murray – Lucas Scott
Chad Michael Murray Adresses Rumblings of “One Tree Hill” Revival at Chicago Convention
In the spirit of revivals, fans were eager to find out if a season 10 of the hit show “One Tree Hill” is in the works.
“We were just talking about this actually,” Stephen Colleti (bar manager Chase) said at the EyeCon convention this weekend.
“I’ll do it,” Antwon Tanner (Skills) added.
The story goes, Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott) approached James Lafferty (Nathan) after he heard “rumblings” of a possible One Tree Hill reunion/revival.
James, who is close to OTH creator Mark Schwahn, had not heard anything “official” but said he could “see it happening.”
“We haven’t heard anything substantial but we can agree with you guys, it’s worthy” Stephen added to a room full of ecstatic fans.
There Was Huge “One Tree Hill” Reunion This Weekend!
Is it too early to ask about a One Tree Hill revival?
The cast of our fave show reunited over the weekend in Wilmington, North Carolina for the first ever OTH themed convention.
For 3 days, many of the stars from the show hung out with the OTH fandom and relived the time well spent in Tree Hill.
The best part – the cast still hangs out with each other and they are all BFFs.
NALEY is stronger than ever:
See all the reunion pics RIGHT HERE! (Trust us, there’s a lot)
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