Speaking with her former OTH co-stars Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton Morgan on their Drama Queens podcast, Lenz opened up about one of the most difficult periods of her life.
“I was in a cult for 10 years. That would be a really valuable experience to write about. And the recovery — 10 years of recovery after that. So, there’s a lot to tell,” Lenz said, noting that while she’s methodically writing her story, “the pressure of getting [the account] right and everything having to be exactly real, and all the people that are involved” is challenging.
“I don’t know how much I can say because there are still people and legal things in place that make it more complicated for the timing of that,” the 42-year-old actress added.
Living with ADHD, a disorder that has made her feel “misunderstood” all her life, has also kept her from writing of the experience in a more thoughtful way, Lenz explained.
“I write all the time. I have lots of essays and lots of chapters and things, but to really commit to putting it all together [is a struggle], because I would love to write about my experience.”
Although Lenz declined to identify which cult she was part of while talking with her former cast mates, she has not shied away in the past from calling out such groups and recruiters for cult-like organizations.