Public Appearances > 2014 > Sophia visits the Today Show – April 30, 2014
Sophia Bush is opening up about body image and empowering women.
During an appearance on the Today show this week, the actress and outspoken advocate discussed her favorite charity, I Am That Girl, which works to encourage girls to feel strong, secure and beautiful in their own bodies.
“I’ve spent so much time talking to women about, ‘Hey, I may be on TV and I may be photographed for magazines, but I don’t think I’m perfect. I don’t wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and go, ‘Hey, I’m amazing!’ That’s not how it is,” Bush said. “I’m a women and it’s a struggle for all of us.”
She continued, “And it took me until this point in my life at 31 to say, ‘Hey, yeah I’m going to embrace my body and own it for me, not anyone else. And I’m curvy. I’m not some rail-thin, 6-foot-tall runway model who was just born that way. I was born like this. And that’s A-OK.’ And the conversations that have sort of come out of that, the conversations about feeling empowered in our skin rather than comparing ourselves to other women have been a really great byproduct actually of that whole shoot.”
Bush’s beautiful message of self-esteem and empowerment sure resonated with lots of fans. The actress has been getting messages on Twitter all morning, including one user who wrote, “@iamthatgirl and @SophiaBush are kicking butt & empowering all women to LOVE themselves AS THEY ARE! Thx! #LoveYourSelfie.”
A major event is about to rock Chicago — and maybe bring Detective Erin Lindsay and rescuer Kelly Severide even closer together?
In a two-night crossover event airing this week, NBC’s Chicago Fire (Tuesday, 10/9c) and Chicago P.D. (Wednesday, 10/9c) teams are called to action when the city is rocked by a bombing at a hospital. The “heart-wrenching and beautiful” script has echos of the tragic events that took place in Oklahoma City in 1995, says P.D. star Sophia Bush, whose steely Detective Lindsay is thrown off her game.
But it’s Severide who will lean on Lindsay when he goes through an emotional test of his own, reveals the actress below.
TVLINE | You signed up for one show, and you got two jobs.
[Laughs] I did. I actually got three jobs. I played Detective Lindsay on SVU as well. I got more bang for my buck than I expected.
TVLINE | Are you completely exhausted? I imagine it’s a lot for your workload.
I’m really tired. [Laughs] But it’s a good kind of tired.
TVLINE | In the past, you’ve done teen soaps/relationship dramas and comedies. Did you have a desire to play a cop?
I always had a desire to be doing work in the action/adventure space. Whether that was doing a really high-octane show like this that involves a lot of stunts and training or, I’ve said time and time again, when they’re ready for a female Batman, I’m in! That’s actually not even a joke. It’s really the truth, but it goes into the humor that exists on our set and with all our coordinators. The cops that we work with, they’re the real-life Batman. These guys are plain-clothed superheroes that are out, busting their asses every day to keep the rest of us safe, and we don’t know most of what they’re doing.
TVLINE | What’s bringing the two shows together for the big crossover?
The idea was looking at, historically, things that happened that shocked people and that have been difficult for us to handle in our country – [such as] domestic terrorism. Rewind the timeline and look at something like Oklahoma City. All of us, in our generation, we were so personally touched by the events in New York [on Sept. 11, 2001]. What does that mean? And why does that happen? We always expect things to happen in war, far away, and then when they happen in your backyard, what does that mean? Our bosses said, “We want to talk about this. And we really want to honor the first responders” because a lot of us now know these people. They said, “When you see the set, it’s going to remind you of Oklahoma City.” I got the chills, head to toe, and thought, “OK, this is a major thing that we’re talking about here.” They did a heart-wrenching and beautiful job with the script. It’s tough, it’s beautiful and it’s really something.
TVLINE | Lindsay is such a strong, stoic character. Does this event shake her up a little bit?
Absolutely. There’s no way [to see] devastation on a level like that and not be thrown off your game a little bit. One of the things that I love about Lindsay is her Spidey sense. She’s got this sixth sense about her because she grew up in such a rough neighborhood and had a rough life. She’s very attuned to small changes in people’s behavior around her, and it informs the way she does her job. But when you’re getting inundated by so much energy and so much trauma and so much anxiety, it can shut down your ability to sense things in the way that you are used to, and Lindsay goes through that in this episode.
64 ladies. Six rounds of competition. One winner.
Girl on Top 214 is officially underway, y’all! Our annual tournament to find TV’s top leading lady kicks off its first round of competition today and judging from the wide range of nominations submitted by you, our dear readers, this year’s tourney is going to be the toughest yet!
Several newbies are making their Girl on Top debuts, including Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Sleepy Hollow’s Nicole Beharie and The Blacklist’s Megan Boone, while perennial fan favorites such as Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order: SVU and Stana Katic from Castle also found themselves back in the competition, as well as last year’s finalists, Lost Girl’s Zoie Palmer and Anna Silk, with Palmer taking home the (imaginary) trophy.
We’ve also got some costars battling it out for award, including trios from Game of Thrones and The Vampire Diaries, all four of Pretty Little Liars’ leading ladies, and pairs from The Good Wife, The Originals and Glee. (Fingers crossed we don’t cause any tension on set, this is a friendly competition, people!)
Voting for the first round of competition closes Thursday, April 24 at 5 p.m. PT, with 32 ladies advancing to the second round, which will kick off bright and early on Friday Morning.
And remember, you can vote as often and as many times as you like, and can spread the word about the tournament on Twitter using the #GirlonTop hashtag.
OK, enough with the boring stuff. Let’s rock this vote, shall we?!
Sophia Bush’s boyfriend Dan Fredinburg is safe after an avalanche at Mt. Everest killed at least twelve people.
The 31-year-old actress confirmed the good news about the Google program manager on Friday morning. Fredinburg has been hiking the world’s highest peak for almost a month.
“For all concerned, @danfredinburg & team are safe at Camp 1 on #Everest after the avalanche. Please keep the Sherpa’s in your prayers,” the One Tree Hill alum tweeted.
Bush also shared an inspirational message in an Instagram snapshot with the caption, “practice, #gratitude.”
Meanwhile, Fredinburg’s most recent Instagram post from his adventure was on Thursday.
“Day 25: Super hero shot in front of the beautiful icefall. We went in it and came back out more energized than ever. #everestawesome #khumbuicefall,” he added along with the stunning snapshot.
Bush and Fredinburg first confirmed their romance last April and the brunette beauty admitted on Instagram last August that she usually shies away from “personal stuff.”
“I wouldn’t have been the same without this man by my side,” the former Partners star gushed about Fredinburg along with a red carpet photograph of the handsome pair at the Do Something Awards. “Thank you, Dan, for loving my passion and my fight. Thank you for being the spark to my match.”
There are a lot of messages out there we girls hear quite often about how we should present ourselves: Be confident. Be poised. Be (fill in your buzzword of choice). But it’s much rarer to find any direction when it comes to these encouragements. The organization I Am That Girl aims to provide women with these resources, not to fit into a defined box of what is considered “best” by society, but to be the best version of yourself according to you.
“I Am That Girl really is just to allow girls to feel not alone,” organization founder Alexis Jones said.
Jones just recently released her debut novel that is titled with the same slogan as the organization. Her longtime friend, fellow activist and actress Sophia Bush, wrote the forward for the novel.
“You want to create a scene where people are allowed to be their best self, but we’re so often taught that our best is equal to perfect, that our best is only what is right,” Bush told SheKnows. “And we’re at our best when we’re vulnerable, when we are open and open enough to say I’m afraid, I’m having a hard time, I screwed up or I did great at this. Whatever it is. We should look at ourselves as a whole.”
Bush is best known for playing Brooke Davis on The CW’s One Tree Hill, but that role far from defines her. Aside from filming her current show Chicago PD, she is an avid activist who supports multiple organizations in addition to I Am That Girl, including Pencils of Promise and Do Something.
“One of the things that Soph [Bush] does so well is that she engages with her community and that she informs her community, inspires, encourages and challenges her community. …” Jones told us. “It gives permission for girls in our community to follow suit.”
It’s evident that Jones and Bush share a supportive and encouraging friendship. These ladies have had quite the experiences.
“The hashtag should be #rushjunkie,” Bush explained, “because we love to do anything that gives you a rush like speaking onstage to thousands of girls or marching on Washington, whatever!”
The two also have plans to skydive in the near future.
“I’ve actually jumped out of a lot of planes,” Bush said.
Jones agreed, saying, “Of course, this is something that you and I would choose to do.”
The two talk about their plans casually and both agree that speaking onstage is more nerve-racking than skydiving.
“Jumping out of a plane, you literally just have to fall out,” Jones explained. “When you’re onstage, you actually have to look at the statistics and make sense.”
These ladies aren’t slowing down anytime soon either. In fact, Jones has a television show in development. She dished, “I’ve always been really passionate about highlighting different female role models.”
While she isn’t allowed to share specifics about the show, she did clue us in on its key themes. “For me, I was always really passionate about the opportunity of getting to talk about the things my generation are struggling with, which are wonderfully different than the things that Oprah and my mom’s generation struggled with while also bringing in different people who I think are amazing, and they’re going to make it [the show] strong with these inspirational stories of women. It’s going to be a montage of all of that. There’s opportunities to talk about what our generation is doing these days as well as interview people who we think are really bad-a**.”
For Bush, she is busy at work filming her television show Chicago PD. When we asked her what she wanted to improve on in her life, she told us, “It’s nothing new. At the end of the day, I think it’s self-awareness, I think it’s self-acceptance. That’s a lifelong journey for most of us.”
Source: She Knows
Last weekend, actress Sophia Bush took a break from filming—she’s the star of NBC’s new Chicago Fire spin-off, Chicago PD—to give back during Barefoot Wine’s Soles of the Year Event, which this year benefited Trio Animal Foundation. We caught up with Sophia at the event to talk about the show and how she’s been spending her extended time in Chicago while filming.
What were some of the challenges or preparations for your role as Erin Lindsay in Chicago PD?
SOPHIA BUSH: We began preparing for the show with a full week of boot camp with the Chicago [Police Department]; we spent time with intelligence officers, who are working undercover, to learn about their lives and the stresses of the job; we spent time doing tactical training with the SWAT team, as well as drive training. It was a serious process, and also so inspiring. Most of us have no idea how hard these men and women work so that we can sleep soundly at night. I am in awe of them.
Have you discovered any great restaurants here?
SB: I’ve been trying to hit so many restaurants here! Avec (615 W. Randolph St., 312-377-2002), Mott Street (1401 N. Ashland Ave., 773-687-9977), Fat Rice (2957 W. Diversey Ave., 773-661-9170), and Sunda (110 W. Illinois St., 312-644-0500). And I have officially discovered the world’s best turkey sandwich at J.P. Graziano deli (901 W. Randolph St., 312-666-4587). This city is food heaven.
Anything else you’ve enjoyed?
SB: I love how many great museums there are in the city. There is so much art and vibrancy. And of course, hockey games!
Is there anything you haven’t yet done or seen that you hope to while in Chicago?
SB: I’m hoping to make it to more Bulls games.
What do you miss most about LA while being here?
SB: LA is my home, so I always miss it: my family, best friends, and sleeping in my own bed. But Chicago is such a great city, and it’s really become my home away from home. I’m very happy here.
What can viewers expect in the coming episodes/seasons of Chicago PD?
SB: Hold on to your hats, people! The rest of the season has us in for quite a ride. We have a crossover coming up with Law & Order: SVU when we return to air on February 26, and then a big crossover episode with Chicago Fire as well. It’ll be action-packed, and you’ll also learn more and more about our characters and what makes them tick.
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