Childhood & Early Life
Sophia Bush was born Sophia Anna Bush on July 8, 1982, in Pasadena, California, USA, to Maureen and Charles William Bush. She is the only child of Maureen and Charles. Her mother ran a photography studio, while her father worked as an advertising and beauty photographer.
She studied at ‘Westridge School for Girls.’ According to the rules of her school, it was compulsory for students to participate in the theatre arts program. Though she wasn't pleased by the rule, she took part in the program. Over a period of time, Bush fell in love with acting as she liked the idea of being someone else on stage. At the age of 17, she was named ‘Tournament of Roses Parade Queen.’ She graduated from ‘Westridge School for Girls’ in 2000.
Later, she enrolled at the ‘University of Southern California’ (USC) to pursue a major in journalism. There, she was a member and Social Chair of the ‘Kappa Kappa Gamma’ sorority. She left the university in 2003 without completing her degree.
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Sophia Bush’s debut on the big screen came in 2002 when she played ‘Sally’ in ‘National Lampoon's Van Wilder’ opposite Ryan Reynolds. After this, she was seen in television shows, such as ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch,’ and HBO film ‘Point of Origin.’
In 2002, she landed the role of ‘Kate Brewster’ in ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.’ However, she was replaced by Claire Danes as she seemed too young for the role.
Sophia Bush became a household name when she landed the role of ‘Brooke Davis’ in the WB television series ‘One Tree Hill.’ In the series, she portrayed a trouble-making vixen who eventually becomes a loyal friend. Her character became a huge fan favorite.
The show ‘One Tree Hill’ gave her the much-needed breakthrough. Running for nine seasons, it was appreciated and loved by the audience and critics. Apart from acting, Sophia also directed three episodes of the series, including the penultimate episode of the ninth and final season.
Having gained fame and recognition, Sophia Bush became the face of many brands, such as ‘Ocean Pacific,’ ‘Mastercard,’ ‘Kmart,’ ‘Chevy Cobalt,’ and ‘Cingular Wireless.’ She was also featured in magazines like ‘Entertainment Weekly,’ ‘Lucky,’ ‘Maxim,’ ‘Glamour,’ ‘InStyle,’ and ‘Zooey.’
2006 was a busy year for Sophia. She starred in the ‘20th Century Fox’ comedy ‘John Tucker Must Die.’ The film was a commercial success, earning $ 68.8 million worldwide. Next, she was seen in Buena Vista Pictures' supernatural thriller ‘Stay Alive.’ The film opened at number three in the U.S. box office.
In 2007, she played ‘Grace Andrews’ opposite Sean Bean in the remake of the classic horror film ‘The Hitcher.’ She followed it up with François Velle's independent film ‘The Narrows’ in 2008. Cast alongside Kevin Zegers and Vincent D'Onofrio, she played a beautiful, intelligent, and self-assured ‘Kathy Popovich.’ ‘Kathy’ is an NYU student who catches the attention of ‘Mike Manadoro’ (Kevin Zegers) who has shady connections. The film was based on Tim McLoughlin's novel ‘Heart of the Old Country.’ It premiered at the 2008 ‘Toronto International Film Festival.’
In 2009, Sophia was seen in the independent comedy ‘Table for Three.’ The film focused on tangled relationships between couples and roommates. The film also starred Brandon Routh and Jesse Bradford. In 2011, she starred in the British rom-com ‘Chalet Girl.’
In 2012, she was seen in the CBS sitcom ‘Partners.’ Premiering on September 24, the series was canceled after six episodes. Though unaired in the United States, the remaining seven episodes of the series were aired by various international outlets.
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In 2013, she starred in Passion Pit's music video ‘Carried Away.’ The same year, she landed a prominent role in the television pilot ‘Hatfields & McCoys.’ She then played ‘Det. Erin Lindsay’ in 11 episodes of ‘Chicago Fire.’
In 2014, she starred as ‘Det. Erin Lindsay’ in NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ spin-off ‘Chicago P.D.’ She reprised her role as ‘Lindsay’ in ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.’ She also appeared in the third ‘Chicago’ franchise series, ‘Chicago Med.’ She then appeared in ‘Chicago Justice,’ playing the same role.
In 2018, Bush voiced ‘Karen,’ an aspiring superhero, in ‘Incredibles 2,’ a sequel to the 2004 film ‘The Incredibles.’ The same year, she also played ‘Detective Brooke Baker’ in the movie ‘Acts of Violence.’
Personal Life & Legacy
While working on ‘One Tree Hill,’ Sophia Bush fell in love with her co-star Chad Michael Murray. The two got married in April 2005, but separated just five months later. Their divorce was finalized in 2006.
Sophia Bush has dated a couple of actors like James Lafferty and Austin Nichols. She was also in a relationship with Google program head Dan Fredinburg.
Apart from acting, Bush enjoys horseback riding, boxing, and photography. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her friends.
She is a passionate philanthropist and activist. She is an advocate of ‘Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust’ that preserves the biodiversity in the Maasai tribal lands and helps in educating the tribal community.
She also takes time out to serve children battling serious medical ailments at the ‘Art of Elysium.’ She uses social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog to popularize the events and fundraisers which she patronizes. She has raised money for ‘Fuck Cancer,’ ‘Run for the Gulf,’ and ‘Global Green Gulf Relief’ funds.