Sophia featured in Splash Magazine: ‘Sophia Bush: Protect & Serve’

Sophia Bush talks joining the force on ‘Chicago P.D.,’ her global charity work and her own brushes with the law.

In the realm of TV crime dramas, it seems like every show is created in accordance with a strict set of laws: Choose a city, give your head detective a wild idiosyncrasy, then watch the drama unfold as they fight clearly contrived crimes. The last step is to pick clever name — if it’s a pun, even better.

But when Sophia Bush came across the script of “Chicago P.D.,” she knew she had her hands on something different. “It’s a new kind of show,” says Bush, who recalls the entire cast leaning back in awe after they viewed the first three episodes. “[‘Chicago P.D.’] isn’t wrapped up in a bow every week. It’s not pretty.”

In the “Chicago Fire” spinoff, which premieres Jan. 8 on WMAQ-Channel 5, Bush plays Detective Erin Lindsay, an undercover intelligence officer who lives by a firm set of moral laws. The series centers on Sgt. Hank Voight (played by Jason Beghe), who goes from dirty cop to head of the undercover intelligence unit. Bush’s Detective Lindsay shares Voight’s by-any-means-necessary views on crime fighting.

“The show’s whole existence is based around the notion of, ‘How do we take care of people? How do we protect people? And what lengths will we go to do that?’ ” explains Bush. Her character’s unorthodox approach often clashes with Chicago’s legal system, creating the show’s tense drama. “What I enjoy about playing Erin is that she’s not above saying ‘I don’t care if I’m not supposed to do that. I will stop this person, I will stop this from happening,’ ” says Bush. “For her, right and wrong is a very case-by-case evaluation. For her, the greater good is the point of everything.”

The same could be said for Bush, 31. Though she rose to fame as wild-child Brooke Davis on the teen drama “One Tree Hill,” the nearly decade-long role wasn’t particularly reflective of Bush. Off camera, she’s an activist who supports a wide range of charitable causes, such as Pencils of Promise (promoting global education) and Invisible Children (which fights human rights atrocities). And when Bush supports a cause, she dives in headfirst, sometimes literally: The actress has gone as far as skydiving to raise money for women’s rights group I Am That Girl. “I believe in what’s right in the center of my bones,” she says. “It matters to me more than anything.”

When Bush talks, it’s sort of like a brush fire: A small spark gets her on the subject of charity work and before long, she’s fully ablaze and articulating her views on solving global issues. For example: A simple question about her past roles gets her talking about her study of social history, which she seamlessly segues into her thoughts on combating gang violence and promoting education. “It comes with great responsibility to have a megaphone.” she says. “Life is very short. We should have conversations that matter. Conversations that service us and that service the world around us.”

That burning passion is part of what drew Bush to “Chicago P.D.” — playing the role of Detective Lindsay allows her to pursue social justice on screen. “I’m a fighter. I will fight to the death for people who matter to me and defend the people who deserve it. To be doing that at work all day feels very appropriate,” she says. On the show, that no-holds-barred approach leads Bush’s character into a lot of difficult, morally ambiguous situations. But in real life, Bush’s fearless nature is anything but a hindrance — she’s warm, approachable and unguarded. “At the end of the day, I’m an open book,” she says.

To that end, she’s willing to publicly admit her own mistakes — even when it comes to her love life. “I’ve dated a couple of the wrong guys, but I’ve also had great love in my life,” says Bush, who had a five-month marriage to “One Tree Hill” costar Chad Michael Murray in 2005. “I think every woman on Earth has dated the wrong guy at some point.”

Luckily, the actress has come a long way since then. At this point in her life, both professionally and personally, Bush knows exactly who she is and what she wants. “If I were looking at myself objectively, [I’d say] I’m a strong person and that can translate into a strong personality,” she says. “I’ll give all the space in the world to fairness, but I don’t have any room for intolerance. Similarly to Erin, I have a ferocious understanding of right and wrong and I don’t tolerate the wrong.” For Bush, that means continuing to live on the right side of history, being proactive about social change and using her fame as a platform to inspire goodness. “I have a lot of passion for society and how we should be treating each other,” she says. She pauses, then shrugs. “I’m a sucker for heroism.”

Sophia’s crime sprees

She might play a cop on TV, but sometimes even the lovely Miss Bush finds herself on the wrong side of the law. Here are a few of her violations:

Fists of Fury: “I had a guy in a bar in North Carolina just walk up behind me and just grope me. I turned around and smacked him in the face. He was so shocked. On what planet do you think it’s appropriate to grab a woman so aggressively? I don’t think so, bro.”

Pounding grape: “Who didn’t drink before they were 21? I’m Italian, I grew up having wine with my parents,” she says, then laughs, ”[At least] I’m not a shoplifter, although I have an admitted shopping problem.”

Walk the walk: “I jaywalk all the time — my mom is a New Yorker for god’s sake. But I don’t think I’ve broken the law. I’ve marched on Washington and I’m certainly not afraid to jump into the fray, but I don’t think any of that has forced me to break the law … yet.”

Source: Splash

Sophia Bush: ‘I’ve Dated The Wrong Guys’

Sophia Bush never remarried following the demise of her five-month-long union with her One Tree Hill costar, Chad Michael Murray, almost a decade ago, and she still has mixed feelings about it.

“I’ve dated a couple of the wrong guys, but I’ve also had great love in my life,” the actress tells this Sunday’s issue of the Chicago Sun-Times’ magazine,

“I think every woman on Earth has dated the wrong guy at some point.”

She didn’t mention him by name but Bush also dated her OTH costar Austin Nichols on and off for four years after her divorce from Murray.

Now the TV vixen is returning to the small screen in a decidedly different type of role, playing a tough cop in Chicago P.D., premiering January 8.

“It’s a new kind of show, Bush says. “[Every episode] isn’t wrapped up in a bow every week. It’s not pretty.”

But Bush certainly is exactly that. And she showed it off with plenty of sexy attitude in a glamorous photo shoot that she took with SPLASH.

“I’m a strong person and that can translate into a strong personality,” she says.

Source: a target=”_blank” href=”http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/01/sophia-bush-i-have-dated-wrong-guys/”>Radar Online

One Tree Hill Day

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This is the beautiful message Sophia posted on her twitter and instagram:

What a wild feeling. 10 years since OTH premiered. And B. Davis began in episode 101, a week from today. It’s crazy to think that by the end of the show, she’d been in more episodes than any other character. 186 out if 187. It’s hard to wrap my head around it. All those hours, all those lessons. All of the laughter and tears and heart. It was a journey. For you guys. For me. For Brooke. And it was beautiful. I’m not sad that it’s over. I’m so grateful that it happened. I’m so happy that we all had a place to call home. Somewhere to be vulnerable. To be imperfect. To learn to be better. On this monumental #OTHday, I send you all love from the biggest heart I know, Brooke’s. xx

Sophia Bush To Host Annual Pencils Of Promise Gala

Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit organization working to increase access to quality education for children in the developing world, will host its annual Gala at Gustavino’s in New York City on Thursday, October 24th, 2013.

The Gala is the biggest celebration of the year for Pencils of Promise. The night will honor exceptional Pencils of Promise ambassadors and leading figures in international education. This year’s honorees include international education icon Malala Yousafzai, Mayor Cory Booker, and The Cahill Family, long-time PoP supporters. The evening will be hosted by actress and PoP Ambassador, Sophia Bush.

Launched by Adam Braun, Pencils of Promise, “PoP” was started with just a $25 deposit, and has blossomed into an organization making significant impact on access to education for youth. PoP has successfully completed over 120 schools in some of the poorest regions in the developing world – Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Ghana, with hundreds of additional schools planned. PoP also offers ongoing education programs to each community, comprehensive staff development and leadership training, and student scholarships to prevent school dropouts. PoP schools are built with high-quality materials to ensure long lasting structures, and require a community contribution of materials and labor ensuring a community commitment to each project. Pencils of Promise is a registered nonprofit organization in the US.

For more information, please visit www.pencilsofpromise.org

WHERE: Gustavino’s | 409 East 59th Street | New York City

WHEN: Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | 7:00PM

Source: Look to the Stars

Sophia Bush Joins NBC’s Chicago Fire Spin-Off

One Tree Hill vet Sophia Bush has snagged a series regular role in NBC’s cop-focused Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago PD, TVLine has learned.

Additionally, Patrick Flueger (The 4400) is joining the offshoot as a regular.

Bush, who is coming off of CBS’ quickly-cancelled Partners, will portray Erin Lindsay, a member of the CPD investigative team who has an unexpected past.

Flueger, meanwhile, will play Kyle Ruzek, a hotheaded rookie plucked by Voight (Jason Beghe) from the Academy for dangerous, delicate undercover work for the Intelligence unit.

Fun fact: Bush and Flueger co-starred in NBC’s ill-fated Hatfields & McCoys pilot.

Chicago PD is slated to bow at midseason.

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Sophia Bush Raises Awareness About Need for Safe Drinking Water in Ethiopia

Actress Sophia Bush got back to basics during a recent charity trip to Ethiopia after spending her travels “off the grid”.

In the accompanying caption, she writes, These kids now have clean water thanks to charitywater
The philanthropist and former One Tree Hill star headed to Africa to raise awareness about the need to provide safe drinking water for residents in the poverty-stricken country as part of her work with the Charity Water non-profit organization.

She returned to her native U.S. this week (ends10May13) and logged back on to her Twitter.com blog on Friday (10May13) to share a photo of the children she had spent time with.

In the accompanying caption, she writes, “These kids now have clean water thanks to charitywater. I just spent the last week off the grid in Ethiopia visiting with them, and many more communities. Water changes everything”.

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Sophia Bush Dating Dan Fredinburg, Google Program Manager

When Sophia Bush began dating Dan Fredinburg a few months ago, friends say the actress knew the 31-year-old Google program manager was a keeper. “They’re both so passionate about the world,” a Bush confidant tells Us Weekly exclusively in its May 6 issue. “It’s for real!”

Fredinburg, who has photographed some of the planet’s tallest peaks for Google Maps, “is super intelligent,” says the insider, “and she really likes him.”

The former Partners star bonds with her beau over social activism, and Bush is already gushing to friends about their future together. “She’s mentioned wanting to marry him,” an insider reveals, “and I won’t be surprised if she gets engaged!”

Bush, who was briefly married to her One Tree Hill costar Chad Michael Murray in 2005, was previously in an on-and-off relationship with costar Austin Nichols. Following their 2012 split, the Hatfields & McCoys actress told Us she was taking the time to get to know herself.

“I don’t think you can really, truly be the partner you want to be until you know on an absolute level that you are a complete person on your own. I think that’s something all women deserve to know,” the 30-year-old brunette said in August 2012. “So many fairytales we read as children — and the love stories we watch on TV when we’re older — tell us that we’re not enough unless we have man. And it’s like, ‘No, homie! You can be a bonus when I have time for you in my life.’”

Source: Us Weekly.

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