Actress Bethany Pleasure Lenz revealed she was in a “Bible-based cult” your entire time she starred in “One Tree Hill,” and he or she credited her castmates with serving to her get out of the scenario.
Lenz stated she was within the cult your entire time the present aired from 2003-2012, in accordance with a current interview with Selection. She famous she was “very dedicated” to her religion and was simply roped right into a weekly Bible research that shortly took a darkish flip. The extra she talked about her Bible group along with her castmates, the extra involved they turned. Ultimately they stepped in and assisted her in untangling herself from the cult.
“For some time, they had been all attempting to save lots of me and rescue me, which is gorgeous and so superb to be cared about in that means,” she stated.
The well-known actress admitted she by no means felt “consciously scared” inside the cult, however she did expertise “a number of bodily interactions” that made her uneasy. It was these moments that helped her “acknowledge a little bit of what was occurring” and prompted her to start searching for a protected exit from the group.
Lenz famous that the method of leaving wasn’t a easy one. Despite the efforts of her fellow actors, she admitted she “was very cussed” and “dedicated to what I believed had been the very best decisions I might make” inside the group.
The well-known actress stated a part of the cult’s affect concerned them inserting what she referred to as “a deep wedge of mistrust” between her and the remainder of the forged of “One Tree Hill.”
“As a lot as I liked them and cared about them, there was a elementary thought: If I’m in ache, if I’m struggling, I can’t go to any of those folks,” she instructed Selection. “So you are feeling extremely lonely.”
Lenz famous that the affect of the cult led to her turning down numerous profession alternatives.
“Every part I’d skilled for, all my childhood desires had been coming true and I stated no to all of it so I might go reside with this distant, small group of individuals, satisfied I used to be making a noble, religious sacrifice,” she stated.
In the end, spending 9 months out of yearly in North Carolina for the sake of filming “One Tree Hill,” supplied some wholesome distance from the cult, she stated. (RELATED: Police Arrest Former-Actor-Turned-Cult-Chief, Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse)
“I had numerous flying forwards and backwards, lots of people visiting and issues like that, however my life was actually in-built North Carolina,” she stated. “And I feel that spatial separation made a giant distinction when it was time for me to get up.”
Lenz is writing a guide about her expertise and guarantees to disclose the title of the cult inside its pages.
“What good are our painful experiences if we simply lock them away and faux like all the things’s excellent?” she requested. “That’s not doing anyone any good.”
“I simply need to squeeze each ounce of assist out of this expertise. I need this expertise to simply be the fucking largest lemon I ever had. Let me fucking squeeze out all of the juice for everyone else — we’re gonna make some lemonade,” Lenz instructed Selection.