Sophia

Birth Name: Sophia Anna Bush
Birth Place: Pasadena, California, USA
Date of Birth: July 8, 1982
Height: 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)
Mother:  Maureen E. (Searson) Bush
Father: Charles William Bush
Siblings: None
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Sophia Anna Bush was born and raised in Pasadena, California, as the only child of Maureen and Charles William Bush. She was born on July 8, 1982. Her mother is a photographer who owns her own photography studio, while her father is an advertising and beauty photographer. Sophia always praise her family for all the support they have given her, and claim she had a very happy upbringing. “I was lucky. My family is wonderful. And it’s funny, because most of my best friends come from very large families. So it always felt as if I had lots of siblings, though in the end I had to leave them and go home. I kind of got the best of both worlds as a kid.”

“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.”

Sophia studied at the Westridge School for Girls, a private, independent day school for college-bound girls located in Pasadena. The school enrolls 500 girls, and at the beginning of each school year, all new students, faculty, and staff are initiated in Westridge’s longstanding tradition of either becoming a Greek or a Roman. If a relation of a student attended the school earlier, the student will be placed in whichever group their relation was in. It is a lighthearted rivalry with fun and games at the beginning of the each year in a sorting ceremony. While at school, it was compulsory for students to participate in the theatre arts program. Irritated by the condition, she still complied, and it was after doing the play that Sophia fell in love with the prospect of acting and being someone else on stage. Sophia graduated from Westridge School in 2000. At the age of 17, upon her graduation, she was named Tournament of Roses Parade Queen. The Rose Parade is part of “America’s New Year Celebration” held in Pasadena each year on New Year’s Day. It’s a fierce competition to become the queen of the parade, with around 1,000 young women (and a few men) between the ages of 17 to 21 interviewing for the honor of serving as a member of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses administers a selection process to determine which greater Pasadena-area young women will have the honor of being crowned Queen of the Tournament of Roses, or more commonly known as “Rose Queen.” In addition to one Rose Queen, six Rose Princesses will also be selected to make up the Royal Court.


(Sophia as the Queen of the Tournament of Roses in 1999 and 2000, in Pasadena)
After graduating from Westridge, Sophia 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. She left the university in 2003, without completing her degree, after already gaining parts in big screen productions. Sophia’s big debut on the screen came in 2002 in the film “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” (released internationally as “Van Wilder: Party Liaison”) opposite Ryan Reynolds. Van Wilder was a romantic comedy film directed by Walt Becker, and said to be inspired by the real life experiences of Bert Kreischer. Sophia played Sally, a college freshman who had a huge crush on Ryan, the main character. Although she wasn’t shot in many scenes in the film, she earned immediate notice that led her to the next recruitment in HBO’s TV production titled “Point of Origin” (2002), featuring Ray Liotta. Following her acting debut in 2002, she went on to receive guest spots on some popular television shows in 2003, such as “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” and “Nip/Tuck”. She was also cast as Kate Brewster in Terminator 3, but was eventually replaced by Claire Danes after the first week of filming, as the director felt she was too young for the role.

“Brooke and I share some similarities. We’re both passionate, fiercely loyal people. But she is far more outlandish than I’d ever be, particularly with her body and her sexuality. Brooke has made herself weak for men – she only gained self-confidence from their attention.”

Later in 2003, Sophia landed what would soon become her big break through: the role of Brooke Davis on the WB television show “One Tree Hill”. The show quickly gained a massive fan base, and was much appreciated and loved by both audiences and critics. Brooke started off as a trouble-making vixen in the pilot season, but eventually became a fiercely loyal friend. With her great character development, and the massive loads of charm Sophia brought to the role, Brooke soon became a fan favourite. Sophia was respected with a few prestigious honors like Teen Choice Awards in the category “Choice TV Actress” and Vail Film Festival for her performance. With the mainstream fame “One Tree Hill” gained her, Sophia went on to become a spokeperson for many high-profile brands, and she became a desired cover girl for mainstream magazines – such as Entertainment Weekly, InStyle and Glamour Magazine. Femme Fatales regarded her by posting her in their arrangements of The 50 Sexiest Women of 2004 and she was positioned third in this posting. She was endorser for several brands, including Ocean Pacific clothing, MasterCard, Kmart, Chevy Cobalt and Cingular Wireless. Apart from acting on the show, Sophia also directed three episodes of the series, including the penultimate episode of the ninth and final season. It was while working on the series that Sophia began dating her on-screen love interest, actor Chad Michael Murray. They got married in April 2005, in Santa Monica, California, but split after five months, in September 2005. In December 2006, their divorce became final. 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 the left: Gavin Degraw and Cast Members of One Tree Hill Apear at Planet Hollywood and MTV’s TRL on January 16 in 2004, Sophia covering LA Brides in 2004, One Tree Hill in Inside Magazine 2004, 2nd Annual One Tree Hill Charity Football Game.

We’ve all known a John Tucker. We’ve either known one, dated one or our best friend has dated one. I think a lot of men at one point or another have been a John Tucker.

2006 was a busy year for Sophia, with a long line of projects coming up. She starred in the 20th Century Fox comedy film ‘John Tucker Must Die’, a film which became a commercial success, earning $60 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 in the remake of the classic horror film ‘The Hitcher’ opposite Sean Bean. At the 2007 Teen Choice Awards, Sophia won three awards: in the categories Choice Movie Actress – Comedy for the movie ‘John Tucker Must Die’, Choice Movie Actress – Horror/Thriller for the movie ‘The Hitcher’ and Choice Movie Female Breakout Star for the films ‘John Tucker Must Die’ and ‘The Hitcher’. In Same year, at the Vail Film Festival, she was honoured with the Rising Star Award. Bush followed up the success with the François Velle’s independent film ‘The Narrows’ in 2008. Cast alongside Kevin Zegers and Vincent D’Onofrio, in it, she played a beautiful, intelligent and self-assured character of Kathy Popovich. Kathy is an NYU student who attracts the attention of Mike Manadoro who has shady connections. The film was based on Tim McLoughlin’s novel ‘Heart of the Old Country’. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2009, Sophia was seen in the independent comedy ‘Table for Three’. The film focused on the tangled relationships between couples and roommates. The film co-starred Brandon Routh, Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Bradford. Later in 2011, she starred in the British rom-com ‘Chalet Girl’, alongside many famous actors and actresses – such as Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy and Brooke Shields. In 2012, she was seen in the CBS sitcom ‘Partners’. Premiering on September 24, the series was cancelled after only six episodes. The remaining seven episodes of the series, unaired in the United States, were aired by various international outlets. In 2013, she starred in Passion Pit’s music video ‘Carried Away’.

Same year, she got a leading role in the television pilot ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ and as Det. Erin Lindsay for 11 episodes in ‘Chicago Fire’. In 2014, NBC premiered the Chicago Fire police spin-off ‘Chicago P.D’, in which Sophia continued her role as Det. Erin Lindsay for a total of 84 episodes between 2014 and 2017. In addition to ‘Chicago P.D’ and ‘Chicago Fire’, she reprised her role for ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, and also frequently appeared on the third Chicago franchise series, ‘Chicago Med’ and in the series final episode for the 2017 spin-off ‘Chicago Justice’ (which got cancelled after 13 episodes). On Thursday August 3rd, 2017, the creator of the entire Chicago universe Dick Wolf attended the 2017 Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, where he told reporters that Sophia has in fact left the drama after four seasons — and it was her choice to do so.

Asides from acting, Sophia is a passionate philanthropist whose causes focus on the celebration of arts as well as the environment. She uses her social media accounts to raise awareness of world events, and she is a part of fundraisers such as Fuck Cancer, Run for the Gulf and Global Green Gulf Relief. She’s passionate about politics and political issues, and showed her support for Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

“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 addition, she is an advocate of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, a foundation committed to the preservation of biodiversity within the Maasai tribal lands of East Africa. Funds support conservation, education, and health services within the Maasai community, as well as a host of programs designed to conserve Africa’s legendary wildlife. She also contributes her time and talents to the Art of Elysium, a non-profit that enriches the lives of children battling serious medical conditions by bringing together artists to share their time and talent. She has also worked as an Assignment Editor for Annenberg TV News in her spare time. 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 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.

What’s up next for Sophia? Sophia has two films coming out in 2017; ‘Marshall’, a biography about a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases, and ‘Acts of Violence’, an action film with Bruce Willis in which she plays Detective Brooke Baker. While fans were all extremely sad to see her leave the ‘One Chicago’ universe, it has now left her free to pursue new projects – and we can’t wait to watch what the next chapter of Sophia’s career will look like.

Biography is put together by the Dear Sophia staff, and was last updated October 19, 2017.