Sophia Bush

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Sophia Bush
Sophia Bush 3, 2012.jpg
Bush at the 2012 PaleyFest
Born Sophia Anna Bush
(1982-07-08) July 8, 1982 (age 34)[1]
Pasadena, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • director
  • activist
  • spokesperson
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Chad Michael Murray (m. 2005–06)

Sophia Anna Bush (born July 8, 1982) is an American actress, director, spokesperson, and activist. She starred in The WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill, where she played Brooke Davis from 2003 to 2012. She is known for her film roles in John Tucker Must Die (2006), The Hitcher (2007), and The Narrows (2008). In 2014, she began starring in the NBC police procedural drama series Chicago P.D. as Det. Erin Lindsay.

Early life and education[edit]

Bush was born in Pasadena, California,[2] the only child of Maureen and Charles William Bush.[1] Her mother runs a photography studio,[3] and her father is an advertising and beauty photographer.[4] She graduated from Westridge School for Girls in 2000, 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."[5] At the age of 17, Bush was named the Tournament of Roses Parade Queen.[1][6] 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.[1]


Bush at an autograph signing, September 2006

Bush made her first big screen appearance in the 2002 film National Lampoon's Van Wilder opposite Ryan Reynolds. Following this, she made appearances in several television shows, including Nip/Tuck, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and the HBO film Point of Origin. In 2003, Bush was cast as Kate Brewster in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, though she was replaced by Claire Danes after a week of filming.[7] Jonathan Mostow, the director of the film, stated that he had replaced her as he felt she was too young for the role, but praised her talent as an actress.[8]

In 2003, Bush landed the role of Brooke Davis in the WB television series One Tree Hill. Throughout the series, her character 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 has posed on the cover of several mainstream magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Lucky, Maxim, Glamour, InStyle, and Zooey Magazine. She has also had several endorsement deals, such as for Ocean Pacific clothing.[9] Bush and her One Tree Hill co-stars were endorsers for MasterCard, Kmart, Chevy Cobalt and Cingular Wireless.[10][11][12] She directed three episodes of the series, including the penultimate episode of the ninth and final season.[13]

Bush at the 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards, October 10, 2009

In July 2006, Bush co-starred in the 20th Century Fox comedy film John Tucker Must Die, directed by Betty Thomas, opposite Brittany Snow and Jesse Metcalfe. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $60 million worldwide. That same year, she also starred in Buena Vista Pictures' supernatural thriller Stay Alive alongside Jon Foster, Frankie Muniz, and Adam Goldberg. The film, the first to be released by Hollywood Pictures in five years, opened at number three in the U.S. box office.[14] She played Grace Andrews in the 2007 remake of the classic horror film The Hitcher, starring opposite Sean Bean. In 2008, Bush co-starred alongside Kevin Zegers and Vincent D'Onofrio in François Velle's independent film The Narrows, playing the beautiful, intelligent, and self-assured Kathy Popovich. Based on Tim McLoughlin's novel Heart of the Old Country, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008.[15]

Three years later, she co-starred in the British romantic comedy film Chalet Girl, which was released in February 2011. In February 2012, it was reported that Bush had joined the cast of the upcoming CBS sitcom Partners.[16] Premiering on September 24, 2012, the series ran for a single season until November, when it was announced that the series had been canceled after six episodes.[17] The remaining seven episodes of the series' initial thirteen-episode order remain unaired in the United States, though they were later aired by various international outlets. In 2013, Bush starred in Passion Pit's "Carried Away" music video, which debuted on February 14.[18] That same year, she was cast in a main role in the television pilot Hatfields & McCoys, but the project failed to be picked up to series.[19] In August 2013, it was announced that Bush had joined the cast of NBC's Chicago Fire police spin-off Chicago P.D. as Det. Erin Lindsay.[20] The series premiered on January 8, 2014.[21] Bush also frequently appears on the third Chicago franchise series, Chicago Med.

Personal life[edit]

Bush became engaged to her One Tree Hill co-star Chad Michael Murray in May 2004,[22] and they married on April 16, 2005, in Santa Monica, California.[23] After five months of marriage, Bush and Murray announced their separation in September 2005.[24] In February 2006, Bush filed papers for an annulment, citing fraud;[25] Bush's petition was denied,[26] and she and Murray were instead granted a divorce in December 2006.[27] On her divorce, 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."[28] In a January 2014 episode of Watch What Happens: Live, she stated: "We were two stupid kids who had no business being in a relationship in the first place. To all the other co-stars who've worked it out, more power to you."[29]

From 2008 to 2009, Bush dated her One Tree Hill co-star James Lafferty.[1][30] Bush also dated actor Austin Nichols,[1] confirming in May 2010 that they had been dating on and off for four years.[31] Nichols took the role of Julian Baker on One Tree Hill to be with Bush.[31] They ended their relationship in 2012.[30] Bush began dating Dan Fredinburg, a program manager for Google, in January 2013. They broke up in February 2014, citing the strains of their long-distance relationship as the cause.[29][32][33] Bush and Fredinburg remained friends afterward, and she noted that his 2015 death significantly impacted her.[34]

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 killed six people.[35]


Bush uses Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog to raise awareness of world events and fundraisers in which she takes part. She is a part of fundraisers such as Fuck Cancer, Run For the Gulf, and Global Green Gulf Relief,[36] and has been involved in political issues, including her support for Barack Obama as president in the 2008 election. In February 2008, she made several appearances in Texas in support of the Obama campaign in the Democratic presidential primary election. Bush 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.[37]

Bush at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 5, 2008

In April 2009, along with stars Sarah Chalke, Jason Lewis, Alicia Silverstone, Jane Lynch, and Lance Bass, Bush appeared in the Funny or Die video "A Gaythering Storm", which parodied a National Organization for Marriage video objecting to same-sex marriage.[38] Bush is a staunch supporter of gay rights and, in May 2009, she showed up at a rally in protest of Proposition 8. She carried a sign stating, "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."[39] In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Bush and others told the stories of the people killed there.[40][41]

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 of the horror she felt when she visited those places.[42] The fundraiser is on the Internet through crowdsourcing website The actress, to support the fundraiser, announced that she would be running a half marathon that following November, despite having asthma and a year-old knee injury.[43] Bush has additionally teamed up with Do Something 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.[44]

In 2011, Bush 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.[45][46] She was voted "Fan Favorite" by Facebook users on[47] In 2011, Bush also became involved in the Pencils of Promise organization, which builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world.[48] 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; she won the contest in January 2012.[13][49] 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.[50]

In 2013, Bush hosted a Prizeo campaign to raise funds for one of her favorite causes, I Am that Girl.[51] As part of the campaign, Bush offered donors a grand prize of the opportunity to skydive with her.[52] In 2014, Bush's foreword to Alexis Jones' debut novel I Am that Girl was released and distributed by accessories retailer Claire's.[53]

Public image[edit]

Bush's appearance has often been the subject of media attention. 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 U.S. 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 her 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. She has been featured in People's "Beautiful at Every Age" and "Most Beautiful" lists for several years.[54]

Year Countdown Name Rank #
2004 Femme Fatales: The 50 Sexiest Women of 2004 3[55][56]
MuchMusic's 20 Hottest Women of 2004 15[57]
2007 Maxim's Hot 100 List of 2007 24[58]
FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2007 90 UK[59]
FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2007 89 US[60]
2008 AskMen's Top 99 Women of 2008 86[61]
FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2008 24 UK[62]
The 50 Hottest Women on Television 33[63]
The 2008 Hot 100 63[64]
Fall TV's Sexiest Primetime Stars 6[65]
The Top 15 Hottest Former Sorority Girls 4[66]
The 21 Hottest Italian Women Alive 4[67]
TV's 50 Sexiest Women of 2008 4[68]
2009 BuddyTV's 50 Most Eligible Bachelorettes of 2009 3[69]
2010 BuddyTV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010 77[70]
2011 BuddyTV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 53[71]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 National Lampoon's Van Wilder Sally
2003 Learning Curves Beth
2005 Supercross Zoe Lang
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 Kincaid
2011 Chalet Girl Chloe
Mob Wives Carla Facciolo Short film
2012 Mob Wives 2: The Christening Carla Facciolo Short film
2017 Marshall Jennifer In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Point of Origin Carrie Orr HBO film
2003 The Flannerys Kate Flannery ABC pilot
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Fate Mackenzie Episode: "Romance Looming"
Nip/Tuck Ridley Lange 3 episodes
2003–2012 One Tree Hill Brooke Davis 186 episodes
2009–2011 Phineas and Ferb Sara (voice) 3 episodes
2010 Southern Discomfort Haley Dobson ABC pilot
2012–2013 Partners Ali Landow 13 episodes
2013 Hatfields & McCoys Emma McCoy ABC pilot
2013–2014 Chicago Fire Erin Lindsay 10 episodes
2014 MythBusters Herself / Princess Leia Episode: "Star Wars: Revenge of the Myth"
2014–present Chicago P.D. Erin Lindsay 73 episodes
2014–2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Erin Lindsay 4 episodes
2015 Pickle and Peanut Additional voices Episode: "Greg/Gramma Jail"
2015–2016 Chicago Med Erin Lindsay 5 episodes


Year Title Notes
2009–2012 One Tree Hill 3 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2013 "Carried Away" Passion Pit

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Drama One Tree Hill Nominated
2006 Nominated
2007 Choice Movie Actress – Comedy John Tucker Must Die Won
Choice Movie Actress – Horror/Thriller The Hitcher Won
Choice Movie Female Breakout Star The Hitcher and John Tucker Must Die Won
Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award[72] Won
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Drama One Tree Hill Nominated
2010 Nominated
2011 VH1 Do Something Awards Do Something Twitter Award[45][46] Won
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress[73] Chicago P.D. Nominated


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