Bush at the 2012 PaleyFest
|Born||July 8, 1982|
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Chad Michael Murray
(m. 2005; div. 2006)
Sophia Anna Bush (born July 8, 1982) is an American actress, activist, director, and producer. She starred as Brooke Davis in The WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill (2003–2012), and as Erin Lindsay in the NBC police procedural drama series Chicago P.D. (2014–2017).
Bush has also appeared in films, including John Tucker Must Die (2006),The Hitcher (2007), The Narrows (2008), Chalet Girl (2011), Marshall (2017), Acts of Violence (2018), and Incredibles 2 (2018). She is also known for her philanthropy work and social activism, including her work for the Time's Up movement and DoSomething.org.
Early life and education
Bush was born in Pasadena, California, the only child of Maureen Searson and Charles William Bush. Her mother runs a photography studio, and her father is an advertising and beauty photographer. 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." At age 17, Bush was named the Tournament of Roses Parade Queen. She attended the University of Southern California (USC) as a journalism major and in her junior year, she became the member and Social Chair of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
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 2002, 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. 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.
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. 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 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
In August 2013, Bush joined the cast of NBC's Chicago Fire police spin-off Chicago P.D. as Det. Erin Lindsay. The series premiered on January 8, 2014. She left the series after four seasons. In December 2018, she cited "abusive behavior" as the reason for leaving the show. Bush also frequently appeared on the third Chicago franchise series, Chicago Med.
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. After five months of marriage, Bush and Murray announced their separation in September 2005. In February 2006, Bush filed papers for an annulment, citing fraud. Bush's petition was denied, and she and Murray were instead granted a divorce in December 2006. 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." 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."
From 2008 to 2009, Bush dated her One Tree Hill co-star James Lafferty. Bush also dated actor Austin Nichols, confirming in May 2010 that they had been dating on and off for four years. Nichols took the role of Julian Baker on One Tree Hill to be with Bush. They ended their relationship in 2012. 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. Bush and Fredinburg remained friends afterward, and she noted that his 2015 death significantly impacted her.
On January 8, 2011, Bush's nine-year-old second cousin, Christina-Taylor Green, was fatally shot in the assassination attempt on Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona. Green was the youngest victim of the massacre, during which six people were killed.
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 and has been involved in political issues, including her support for Barack Obama's candidacy for 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.
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. 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." In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting; in the video, Bush and others told the stories of the people killed there.
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. The fundraiser is on the Internet through crowdsourcing website Crowdrise.com. 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. 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.
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. She was voted "Fan Favorite" by Facebook users on DoSomething.org. In 2011, Bush also became involved in the Pencils of Promise organization, which 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; she won the contest in January 2012. 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.
In 2013, Bush hosted a Prizeo campaign to raise funds for one of her favorite causes, I Am that Girl. As part of the campaign, Bush offered donors a grand prize of the opportunity to skydive with her. In 2014, Bush's foreword to Alexis Jones' debut novel I Am that Girl was released and distributed by accessories retailer Claire's. In 2016, Bush was named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders.
Bush is a founding member of the movement Time's Up. Two of her contributions include creating a clothing line benefiting Planned Parenthood and giving a speech at the Women's March on January 20, 2018. Sophia is also constantly using her social media platforms, such as Twitter, encouraging people to participate in the ongoing activism opportunities around the world.
In the 2018 fight over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Bush was supportive of Christine Blasey Ford, and praised her strength throughout the controversy. Bush tweeted, "To everyone saying 'why did they wait? The timing feels suspect,' etc. Just remember Bill Cosby. No one wanted to believe it about him. It was true. And he's going to prison. I'd wager more women victimized by Kavanaugh will come forward. Women feel safety in numbers #TimesUp".
Bush's appearance has often been the subject of media attention. Ranked #3 on Femme Fatales: The 50 Sexiest Women of 2004 and Named #15 on Much Music's 20 Hottest Women of 2004. 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. Ranked #30 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list. She has been featured in People's "Beautiful at Every Age" and "Most Beautiful" lists for several years.
|2002||National Lampoon's Van Wilder||Sally|
|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|
|Mob Wives||Carla Facciolo||Short film|
|2012||Mob Wives 2: The Christening|
|2017||Marshall||Jen at the Bar|
|2018||Acts of Violence||Detective Brooke Baker|
|Incredibles 2||Karen / Voyd||Voice role|
|Hard Luck Love Song||Carla|
|2002||Point of Origin||Carrie Orr||Television film|
|2003||The Flannerys||Kate Flannery||Unsold ABC pilot|
|Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Fate Mackenzie||Episode: "Romance Looming"|
|Nip/Tuck||Ridley Lange||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2003–2012||One Tree Hill||Brooke Davis||Main role; 186 episodes|
|2009–2011||Phineas and Ferb||Sara||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2010||Southern Discomfort||Haley Dobson||Unsold television pilot|
|2012–2013||Partners||Ali Landow||Main role; 13 episodes|
|2013||Hatfields & McCoys||Emma McCoy||Unsold television pilot|
|2013–2017||Chicago Fire||Erin Lindsay||Recurring role; 11 episodes|
|2014||MythBusters||Herself/Princess Leia||Episode: "Star Wars: Revenge of the Myth"|
|2014–2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Erin Lindsay||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|2014–2017||Chicago P.D.||Main role; 84 Episodes|
|2015||Pickle and Peanut||Additional voices||Episode: "Greg/Gramma Jail"|
|2015–2017||Chicago Med||Erin Lindsay||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2017||Chicago Justice||Episode: "Tycoon"|
|2018||Alex, Inc.||Vanessa Stanhope||Episode: "The Cop Car"|
|2019||Jane the Virgin||Julie||Episode: "Chapter Ninety-Three"|
|Easy||Alexandra||Episode: "Spontaneous Combustion"|
|Drunk History||Bonnie Raines||Episode: "Whistleblowers"|
|Surveillance||Maddy Yardley||Unsold CBS pilot; also producer|
|2020||This Is Us||Lizzie||Episode: "Light and Shadows"|
|Love, Victor||Veronica||Recurring role|
|TBA||Good Sam||Sam Griffith||Main role|
|2009–2012||One Tree Hill||Television series; 3 episodes|
|2015||The Thousand Year Journey||Short documentary film; executive producer|
|2018||A Girl Named C||Documentary film; executive producer|
|2018||Mother Truckers||Television documentary series; executive producer|
|2019||Surveillance||Unsold CBS pilot; producer|
|2019||And Especially You||Host|
|2019–present||Work in Progress||Host and producer|
|2020||Hidden in Plain Sight||Narrator|
|2013||"Carried Away"||Woman||Passion Pit|
|2018||LEGO The Incredibles||Karen / Voyd||Voice role|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress – Drama||One Tree Hill||Nominated|||
|2007||Choice Movie Actress – Comedy||John Tucker Must Die||Won|
|Choice Movie Actress – Horror/Thriller||The Hitcher||Won|
|Choice Movie Female Breakout Star||Won|
|Vail Film Festival||Rising Star Award||Herself||Won|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress – Drama||One Tree Hill||Nominated|
|2011||VH1 Do Something Awards||Do Something Twitter Award||Herself||Won|||
|2012||Annual Young Hollywood Awards||Philanthropy Award||Herself||Won|
|2016||Redefine Possible Women's Leadership||N/A||Herself||Won|
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress||Chicago P.D.||Nominated|||
|2018||Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award||N/A||Herself||Won|||
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- Some media attention Bush has received for her appearance:
- "Maxim's Hot 100 List of 2007". May 1, 2007.
- "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2007". FHM. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original on July 17, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "AskMen's Top 99 Women of 2008". FHM. Retrieved June 5, 2011.[permanent dead link]
- "AskMen's Top 99 Women of 2008". Ask Men. February 17, 2011. Archived from the original on August 8, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "The 50 Hottest Women on Television". Ugo. January 24, 2010. Archived from the original on September 22, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- Warn, Sarah (June 1, 2008). "The 2008 AfterEllen.com Hot 100". After Ellen. Archived from the original on February 9, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "Fall TV's Sexiest Primetime Stars". Television.aol.com. Archived from the original on October 17, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
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- "BuddyTV Slideshow – TV's 50 Most Eligible Bachelorettes of 2009". BuddyTV. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
- "Beautiful at Every Age". People. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
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