One Tree Hill
(Weekdays 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. ; Saturdays 7:00 a.m. ; Sunday 10:00a.m., ET)
BETHANY JOY GALEOTTI
Haley James on the SOAPnet's "One Tree Hill"
Actress and musician Bethany Joy Galeotti returns for a fourth season as Haley, the quintessential girl next door and best friend to Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray), on the hit drama "One Tree Hill."
Galeotti began her theatre career at age 7 in Dallas, Texas, as a munchkin in a local production of "The Wizard of Oz." She went on to play Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Baby June in "Gypsy," along with a long string of other Dallas theatre productions. By the time she was 13, Galeotti had moved with her family to New Jersey and begun her transition from stage to screen through a series of national commercials (Eggo, Dr. Pepper, Buick, etc.) and television pilots.
In her sophomore year of high school, Galeotti caught the eye of a casting director, and she was hired to play Linda Halleck in the Stephen King thriller "Thinner." In March of 1998, she landed a nine-episode stint on the daytime drama "Guiding Light," as Reva Shayne's teenaged clone. Galeotti's performance as the spunky and vulnerable clone earned her raves from viewers and critics alike. Soon after, she was offered a contract role playing Michelle Bauer, the proverbial girl next door. In 1999, while still appearing on the show, she won the role of Rose Cronin in "Mary and Rhoda," playing the daughter of Mary Tyler Moore's character in the telefilm based on the popular 1970s television show.
After two successful years on the soap opera, Galeotti headed to the West Coast and into primetime. She booked roles on "Felicity," "Charmed," "The Guardian," the Weitz brothers comedy "Off Centre," "Maybe It's Me" and the pilot "Destiny" for Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Later that year, she starred in the direct-to-DVD comedy "Bring It on Again," a sequel to the feature film.
Galeotti was vocally trained by the director of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. She still considers herself a "musical theatre baby" and spends much of her free time with her guitar or piano, writing music. Her stage credits include working with director Garry Marshall and Carole King on a new musical and with director Arthur Allan Seidelman on a production of "The Outsiders."
Another recent development in Galeotti's career is a recording contract with Sony/Epic Records. Her original music is inspired mostly by artists like Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Fiona Apple and Billy Joel.
Galeotti's hobbies include cooking, horseback riding, knitting, fashion and, of course, music.
BIRTHDATE April 2