Sophia Bush is ready to move on from the ‘inconvenience’ of past TV shows

  • Sophia Bush wants to stop talking about past traumatic experiences on TV sets and focus on the positive.
  • This includes his work on CBS’ “Good Sam” and his partnership with Lenovo’s Work for Humankind.
  • “I would so much rather celebrate,” she told Insider.

Sophia Bush is ready to move on from her past traumatic experiences on network television sets and focus on the many positive aspects of her life.

“I think it’s extremely important to have these conversations,” she told Insider when asked about these experiences in a new interview promoting her partnership with the Work initiative. for Humankind from Lenovo. “I also feel like it’s really important to respect myself, my sanity and my own boundaries.”

In 2017, Bush was one of many former female “One Tree Hill” cast members who signed a letter published in Variety in support of TV writer Audrey Wauchope detailing how women were abused.” psychologically and emotionally” by the creator of the teen drama, Marc Schwahn.

Bush also quit NBC’s crime procedural drama “Chicago PD” that year after four seasons playing Erin Lindsay due to assaults and behavior she described as “abusive” on the “Armchair Expert” podcast. by Dax Shepard in December 2018.

“I’ve given a lot of advice to women and anyone else in a situation like that,” Bush told Insider, redirecting the conversation to her current work on the CBS medical drama “Good Sam.” which she called “the best experience”. of his life.

“I would so much rather celebrate that than continually be asked to relive the unpleasantness of the past,” she added.

Bush recovered “One Tree Hill” with his former co-stars

Bethany Joy Lenz, Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton Morgan

Bethany Joy Lenz, Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton.

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Instead of reliving negative experiences, Bush and bandmates Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz are reclaiming “One Tree Hill” with their recap podcast, “Drama Queens.”

The trio revisit their show, which aired on the WB and then the CW from 2003 to 2012, offering new insight into their characters and behind-the-scenes details. They don’t name names or give too many details about their bad experiences on set. Instead, the focus is on their friendship and lasting bond.

“These girls are my family and we spend so much time together, whether it’s FaceTime or taping episodes of ‘Drama Queens,'” Bush told Insider. “We forged such a friendship and were able, as a unit, to salvage much of what was good and joyful about our first job together while taking out the respective trash.

“And we’re just more in love with each other than we’ve ever been,” she added.

Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz and Sophia Bush on the set of

Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz and Sophia Bush on the set of “Good Sam”.

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The women are also taking steps to ensure that their professional relationship with each other isn’t exclusively defined by “One Tree Hill.” Lenz and Burton recently filmed guest spots on an episode of Bush’s “Good Sam” show in Toronto.

“It was such an out-of-body experience to have these women in this set, but my brain was like, ‘wait, what’s going on,'” Bush told Insider. She remembers dropping a cue while the cameras were rolling because she was so excited to see Burton and Lenz performing together again.

Bush also focuses on his activism and humanitarian work

Sophia Bush laughs

Sophia Bush attends the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles.

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While Bush has spoken openly about her negative television experiences in the past, she has steered her career in recent years toward positively impacting the world beyond Hollywood sets. She’s been a strong advocate for sensible gun control laws, worked with luxury fashion retailer Intermix to encourage voter registration and once auctioned off some of her clothes to help fund a school. in Guatemala.

Bush’s latest endeavor is a partnership with Lenovo’s Work for Humankind initiative.

The program aims to incentivize remote workers to relocate their workplace to Robinson Crusoe Island, located in the South Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Chile. According to Lenovo, the program provides volunteers with the technology they need to work remotely on Robinson Crusoe Island, in exchange for volunteer work that supports the local community and helps prevent local endangered species from becoming extinct.

“Being able to take the idea of ​​working from home and turn it into working for good is something really exciting,” Bush told Insider.

“Good Sam” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

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