Bush at the 2012 PaleyFest: Fall TV CBS preview party
July 8, 1982 |
Pasadena, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, director, spokesperson|
|Spouse(s)||Chad Michael Murray (m. 2005–06)|
|Partner(s)||Austin Nichols (2006–2012)|
Sophia Anna Bush (born July 8, 1982) is an American actress, director, and spokesperson. She starred in the CW television series One Tree Hill, where she portrayed Brooke Davis from 2003 to 2012. Bush is additionally known for her film roles in John Tucker Must Die (2006), The Hitcher (2007), and The Narrows (2008).
Bush was born in Pasadena, California. She is the only child of Maureen, a photography studio manager, and Charles William Bush, an advertising and celebrity photographer. Bush has Italian ancestry. She graduated from Westridge School for Girls in 2000 in Pasadena, California, where she was a member of the volleyball team. At Westridge, she was required to participate in the theatre arts program. Bush stated: "Part of my school's requirement was to do a play. I was really irritated because I wanted to play volleyball and I had to go and do this play. But there was a moment after the performance when I realized I had gone and been somebody else. I thought, 'If I could do this for the rest of my life, I am set.' It was like love at first sight."
At the age of 17, Bush was named the Tournament of Roses Parade Queen. She attended the University of Southern California (USC) as a journalism major until her junior year, where she was a member and Social Chair of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Bush made her first big screen appearance in the comedy feature film Van Wilder. Following this, she made appearances in several television shows, such as Nip/Tuck, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Punk'd. She was cast as Kate Brewster in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, but was replaced by Claire Danes because the director thought she was too young for the role.
In 2003, she landed the role of Brooke Davis in the CW television series One Tree Hill. Her character, Brooke Davis, evolved from a trouble-making vixen to a fiercely loyal friend. After Bush gained mainstream fame, she became a spokesperson for high-profile brands. She posed on the cover of several mainstream magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Lucky, Maxim, Glamour, InStyle and Zooey Magazine. She has had several endorsement deals, one of her latest being for Op's fall campaign OPen Campus. Bush and her One Tree Hill co-stars were endorsers for MasterCard, Kmart, Chevy Cobalt and Cingular wireless. She directed three episodes of the series including the penultimate episode of the ninth and final season.
In July 2006, Bush starred in the 20th Century Fox feature film John Tucker Must Die alongside Jesse Metcalfe and Brittany Snow. The film was a commercial success grossing over 60 million worldwide. The same year, she also starred in Buena Vista Pictures' thriller film, Stay Alive alongside Frankie Muniz and Adam Goldberg. The film opened at number 3 in the U.S. box office,.
In 2008, Bush starred in François Velle's independent film The Narrows with Kevin Zegers, Eddie Cahill, and Vincent D'Onofrio. She played the beautiful, intelligent, and self-assured Kathy Popovich. The film is based on Tim McLoughlin's novel Heart of the Old Country and it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008. Her most recently released role is in the 2011 film Chalet Girl.
Bush became engaged to her One Tree Hill co-star Chad Michael Murray in May 2004, and they married on April 16, 2005 in Santa Monica, California. They announced their separation in September 2005, after five months of marriage. In February 2006, Bush filed papers seeking an annulment on the grounds of fraud. Bush's petition was denied, and she and Murray were instead granted a divorce in December 2006. Bush later said, "It devastates me now that I have been reduced to a Hollywood statistic–another joke marriage. I never expected to be married more than once...because I knew what I was getting into and will always believe in love."
On October 27, 2008, Murray confirmed a romance between Bush and fellow One Tree Hill star James Lafferty. "Sophia and I are both professional and mature enough to get through it ... and now it's just easy. We're just friends. And she's got James, and James and I are friends," he stated.
On May 25, 2010, Bush confirmed she had been dating fellow One Tree Hill co-star Austin Nichols on and off for the past four years. It was also revealed that Nichols took a job on One Tree Hill to be with Bush. In February 2012, it was reported the couple had broken up.
On January 8, 2011, Bush's nine-year-old second cousin, Christina-Taylor Green, was fatally shot in the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona. Green was the youngest victim of the massacre, which claimed the lives of six and injured 14.
Bush often uses Twitter, Facebook, and her blog to raise awareness of world events and/or fundraisers in which she takes part. Bush is a part of fundraisers such as F Cancer, Run For the Gulf, and Global Green Gulf Relief.
Bush has been involved in political issues, supporting Barack Obama for president in the 2008 election. In February 2008, she made several appearances in Texas in support of the Obama campaign in the Texas Presidential primary election. She was joined in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Waco by fellow actor Adam Rodríguez. Touring mostly college campuses, they urged young voters to get involved politically.
In April 2009, along with stars including Sarah Chalke, Jason Lewis, Alicia Silverstone, Jane Lynch and Lance Bass, Bush appeared in a video on Funny or Die called "A Gaythering Storm", which parodied a NOM video objecting to same-sex marriage. Bush has stood as a proud gay rights activist and in May 2009, she showed up at a rally in protest of Proposition 8. She carried a sign saying "I Do support the freedom to marry" and a shirt which had the words "Legalize Gay" across it. In an interview in January 2012, Bush said about the 2012 Republican candidates: "I will not vote for a candidate who thinks you can 'pray away the gay,' I will not vote for a candidate who thinks that he has more rights to my uterus than I do, I will not vote for a candidate who thinks that it's okay to dump toxic waste in the ocean. I'm afraid for our country that people like this could even be thought of as the president. I live in a country where I believe all men are created equal, not just wealthy white guys. I believe all men, all women, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic background, you deserve the same rights."
Bush set up a fundraiser intended to help people living in the area of the Gulf of Mexico affected by the environmental disaster of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which occurred on April 20, 2010. The actress has visited Louisiana and testified in interviews the horror she felt when she visited those places. The fundraiser is on the Internet through crowdsourcing website Crowdrise.com. The actress, to support the fundraiser, said that next November she's going to run a half marathon, despite having asthma and a year-old knee injury.
Bush has additionally teamed up with Dosomething.org to raise more environmental awareness among teens. She was chosen as the spokesperson to endorse the launch of eMission, a Facebook game with the social mission to engage America's youth in fighting climate change created through the joint efforts of Do Something and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy Star program.
In 2011, she won the Do Something Twitter Award for having spread the word via her Twitter account on how her followers could help with the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. She was voted "fan favorite" by Facebook users on Dosomething.org. In 2011, Bush also became involved in the Pencils of Promise organisation, that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world.
In December 2011, Bush competed with other stars in the Mozilla Firefox Challenge, a one-month fundraising contest whose winner is granted $25,000 to put toward a favorite cause, and eventually won the contest in January 2012. Bush represented "F Cancer", a Vancouver-based charity dedicated to early detection education. Earlier in the year, she and actor Adrian Grenier took part in a F-Cancer campaign by sharing their awkward sex talk experiences. In April 2013, Bush took part in Global Poverty Project's "Live Below the Line" campaign, which consists in living on $1.50 a day to raise awareness of extreme poverty around the world.
Bush is often spotlighted for her looks. In April 2007, she ranked No. 90 in the British popular men's magazine FHM, in their countdown of 100 Sexiest Women of 2007. Subsequently, she ranked No. 89 in the US edition of the same magazine. In May 2007, Bush ranked high at No. 24 in the Maxim Hot 100 List of 2007. She has also appeared on the cover of the November 2006 edition of Maxim with One Tree Hill co-stars Hilarie Burton and Danneel Harris. In previous years, Bush has ranked No. 3 on Femme Fatales: The 50 Sexiest Women of 2004 and named No. 15 on MuchMusic's 20 Hottest Women of 2004.
|Year||Countdown Name||Rank #|
|2004||Femme Fatales: The 50 Sexiest Women of 2004||3|
|MuchMusic's 20 Hottest Women of 2004||15|
|2007||Maxim's Hot 100 List of 2007||24|
|FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2007||90 UK|
|FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2007||89 US|
|2008||AskMen's Top 99 Women of 2008||86|
|FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2008||24 UK|
|The 50 Hottest Women on Television||33|
|The 2008 AfterEllen.com Hot 100||63|
|Fall TV's Sexiest Primetime Stars||6|
|The Top 15 Hottest Former Sorority Girls||4|
|SWM in SEA's 25 Hottest Women of 2008: Major Win Edition||5|
|The 21 Hottest Italian Women Alive||4|
|TV's 50 Sexiest Women of 2008||4|
|2009||BuddyTV's 50 Most Eligible Bachelorettes of 2009||3|
|2010||BuddyTV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010||77|
|2011||BuddyTV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011||53|
|2002||Van Wilder||Sally||Film debut|
|2006||Stay Alive||October Bantum|
|John Tucker Must Die||Beth McIntyre|
|2007||The Hitcher||Grace Andrews|
|2008||The Narrows||Kathy Popovich|
|2009||Table for Three||Mary||Direct-to-video|
|2002||Point of Origin||Carrie Orr|
|2003||The Flannerys||Katie Flannery||Unaired pilot|
|2003||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Fate Mackenzie||Episode 7.17: "Romance Looming"|
|Nip/Tuck||Ridley Lange||Episode 1.03: "Nanette Babcock"
Episode 1.06: "Megan O'Hara"
Episode 1.07: "Cliff Mantegna"
|2003–2012||One Tree Hill||Brooke Davis||Main cast (seasons 1–9; 186 episodes)
Directed four episodes
|2010||Southern Discomfort||Haley||Unaired pilot|
|2011||Phineas and Ferb||Sara||Voice; episode 2.39b: "Candace Gets Busted"|
|2012||Partners||Ali Landow||Main cast (season 1; 13 episodes)|
|2013||Chicago Fire||Detective Erin Lindsay||Recurring cast|
|2014||Chicago PD||Detective Erin Lindsay||Main cast|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress – Drama||Nominated||One Tree Hill|
|2006||Choice TV Actress – Drama/Action/Adventure||Nominated|
|2007||Choice Movie Actress – Comedy||Won||John Tucker Must Die|
|Choice Movie Actress – Horror/Thriller||Won||The Hitcher|
|Choice Movie Breakout – Female||Won||The Hitcher and John Tucker Must Die|
|Vail Film Festival||Rising Star Award||Won|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress – Drama||Nominated||One Tree Hill|
|Reality Care Achievement Awards||Young Philanthropist Achievement Award||Won||Honored for her Environmental Philanthropy|
|Global Green USA Sustainable Design Awards||Entertainment Design||Won||Honored for her Environmental Philanthropy (Shared with Austin Nichols)|
|2011||VH1 Do Something Awards||Do Something Twitter Award||Won|
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