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At Ms. Lenz's request, portions of this interview have been omitted.

We knew Bethany Joy Lenz could act, but who knew she could sing? In a day, where everyone claims to be a actress/songstress (ala Lindsay Lohan), few actually have the goods to back it up. But Bethany is proving critics wrong as she steps off screen and on stage to sing with co-star Tyler Hilton on the One Tree Hill Tour. We caught up with the sitcom’s singing starlet…

Lindzi.com: You guys film in North Carolina. What’s it like being working outside Hollywood?

Bethany Joy Lenz: I can't imagine how it would be if we were in the middle of [Hollywood]. It's nice to be removed from it and be able to have our lives and go to work every day like everyone else does. And do what we love to do.

Lindzi.com: Have you ever been part of that scene?

Bethany Joy Lenz: I had an apartment [in Los Angeles] for a while. My first time I came out I was 14. Or maybe I was 11. I [went] pilot season and got a few commercials. Then, I went back to Texas. Didn't come back out until 3 or 4 years ago. I just gave up my apartment about a month ago.

Lindzi.com: Did you ever do the college thing?

Bethany Joy Lenz: I was working right out of high school.

Lindzi.com: What’s something you’ve learned about yourself in the last year?

Bethany Joy Lenz: I've learned that I love to be home. I'm out a lot. Sometimes you just want family. It's so important to stay grounded and around the familiar. It means more to me now than it ever has.

Lindzi.com: What makes you happy?

Bethany Joy Lenz: When I think about it, if there's anywhere else I could be, I guess I'd want to be sitting at home at the kitchen table. That's what makes me happy. Being quiet and having time to myself.

Lindzi.com: What makes you insecure?

Bethany Joy Lenz: My calves make me insecure. I don't know, I think there's a lot of things that come in and out, but nothing that sticks long enough that it becomes a huge problem. There's not one thing that I consistently battle with. I think insecurity is a battle itself. Wherever it hits you. It comes and goes in different ways, in different circumstances.

Lindzi.com: What drives you insane?

Bethany Joy Lenz: When people say “Expresso” instead of Espresso. Or “expecially” instead of especially. When people chew with their mouth open.

Lindzi.com: Any question that hasn’t been asked that you’d like to answer?

Bethany Joy Lenz: That's funny. I don't know. I'm pretty much an open book. If anybody wanted to know something about me, they could pretty much ask.

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