Bethany Joy Lenz (formerly Galeotti) born April 2, 1981) is an American actress, director, producer, and musician, best known for her portrayal of Haley James Scott on the CW television drama One Tree Hill. She has also starred as Michelle Bauer Santos on the CBS Daytime soap opera Guiding Light and is recognized for her music as a solo artist and as a member of the band Everly. Bethany Joy Lenz was born on April 2, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida. Lenz is an only child to Robert George Lenz, a history teacher and therapist, and Catharine Malcolm Holt Shepard , a personnel manager and entrepreneur. She is of Australian(from her paternal side), Scottish, German and Irish descent.