Bethany Joy Lenz

Bethany Joy Lenz

 

Photographer Joshua Shultz
Location The Sunset Marquis Hotel

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Bellus magazine (BM):  How long have you been acting?

Bethany Joy Lenz (BJL):  I’ve been acting since I was a kid.  When I was seven I played a munchkin in a stage production of The Wizard of Oz, then followed it up with some regional Dallas theatre as Baby June in Gypsy and Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird.  After that, you couldn’t tear me off stage.  Though I digressed into television, the theatre always feels like my home.
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BM:  What was it like for you joining the cast of Dexter for the final season?

BJL:  I was incredibly nervous.  It was a huge job for me and I was working alongside people I had respected for years.  I was a fan of the show and I couldn’t believe I was there.  Everyone was lovely and it was such a creative, welcoming environment.

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BM:  I hear you have gotten into music.  Can you tell us about that?
BJL:  I’ve been a musician since I was a child as well… Always singing, always writing songs, I’ve been lucky enough to record several albums, several EPs, and I had the extreme fortune of joining Gavin DeGraw, Michelle Branch and Tyler Hilton on a 21 city concert tour while I was on One Tree Hill.  Recently, I’ve been through so much transition in my personal life and all I’ve wanted to do is listen to dance music.  I feel so grateful to be free to be myself, so grateful for feeling revived in my life, for all I have and the hope of the future… I just want to dance it out!
So, I got together with an amazing producer (Dru Decaro- Miguel) at LA’s #Launchpad and we’ve been makin some dance & groove tunes.  Very 80s electronic throwback with some modern organic tones.  The EP out on iTunes right now is a sneak peek of the upcoming album I’m currently recording.  It’s called “Get Back to Gold” and I’m going by JOY with music right now.  A nice portion of proceeds from the EP are going to Stop The Traffick, an organization doing so much to eradicate human trafficking. So please go buy the album! And we’re having an EP release party in Los Angeles on April 2nd!
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BM:  Where is the best place for us to download your music?

BJL:  iTunes and Amazon are the easiest places to buy “Get Back to Gold”

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BM:  Where is the best place for your fans to stay up to date on your journey?

Twitter is great for updates on my projects, but I do have a

Blog more focused on fashion, beauty and lifestyle called Wish You Were Here, named after a Broadway show my grandfather George was in during the 50s.  www.WishYouWereHereLife.com
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BM:  What advice can you give to other aspiring artist out there?

BJL:  Don’t try to be like anyone else.  You are you for a reason.

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BM:  Whats next for you?

I’m producing an independent film with my friend Sid Mallya and working with director Matthew Bissonnette. It’s about a small group of sort of mismatched folks in a small town in Britain.

I’m also writing a couple of pilots.  There’s a serious lack of interesting material for women late 20s/early 30s right now.  So– I’m writing my own.  I’m also looking for more material to produce to create more jobs for women in my industry and lend my voice.
Between the blog and the writing and the music and the being a mother and having a social life… I’m keeping busy 🙂
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