GREY’S ANATOMY has added One Tree Hill alum Bethany Joy Lenz in a recurring role for Season 14, Tracking Board has confirmed.
The new casting comes on the heels of series regular Martin Henderson and recurring guest star Abigail Spencer leaving the show abruptly following Thursday night’s episode.
Lenz will play a character named Jenny in multiple episodes, but further details remain under lock and key.
Jenny will come onto the show following the exit of Henderson’s character Nathan, who had been a series regular for two seasons after the actor was brought in to fill the void left when longtime leading man Patrick Dempsey was killed off in Season 11. Nathan was given a happier ending, reuniting with Spencer’s character Megan, getting engaged and moving to LA.
In 14 seasons, Grey’s has always seen cast members come and go, with only Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, Jr. still remaining from the original Season 1 cast. Season 14 series regulars also include Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw, Sarah Drew, Jesse Williams, George, Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary and Giacomo Gianniotti.
This is Lenz’s second Shondaland drama as she had originally been cast as one of the leads in The Catch, before it was significantly reworked and recast before making it to air. She also recently recurred on Season 2 of USA’s sci-fi drama Colony. She’s best known for playing Haley on One Tree Hill for all nine seasons of the drama’s run.