elcome to Dear Sophia, an exclusive and in-depth fansite dedicated the talented actress Sophia Bush. Through her career, Sophia has captured film and television audiences alike, with her strong performances and diverse characters. She’s probably most known for her roles as Brooke Davies in the long running television series “One Tree Hill”, as Beth in the iconic “John Tucker Must Die” and as Erin Lindsay on “Chicago P.D.”.

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Sara • September 27, 2018 • 0 Comments

Star News Online | ‘The Women of One Tree Hill’ have launched a Florence relief effort that’s raised more than $50,000

WILMINGTON — On Saturday, “One Tree Hill” fans celebrated the 15th anniversary of the locally show’s premiere episode in 2003.

The women of “One Tree Hill” celebrated by calling attention to their relief fund for Wilmington residents recovering from Hurricane Florence. As of Wednesday afternoon, the #CapeFearlessChallenge campaign, created by 13 female cast members and the Random Acts charity organization, had raised more than $50,000 from nearly 1,250 backers.

Among those who rallied was Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Shantel VanSanten, Kate Voegele, Danneel Ackles, Daphne Zuniga and Jana Kramer.

Bush, who played Brooke Davis for the show’s entire nine-season run, said the women are all part of a text message group that sprung into action as soon as the hurricane’s path for the Carolinas became clear.

“As soon as the threat of Florence hit the news, we were all texting like mad to come up with a plan,” she said in an email to the StarNews.

Nearly all of the women have friends or family that still live in the area, and many still visit for bi-annual fan conventions, so the prospect of a devastating storm was personal.

Ackles, who played on the series, had worked on a Hurricane Harvey relief fund with Random Acts, which offered their help, Bush said. Crowdrise built the site page and launched it within 24 hours of their first text conversation.

“We sent four or five ideas between the group, settled on one, and we were off and running,” Bush wrote. “It’s incredible what a group of determined women can do in a day.”

Since the storm hit and recovery efforts began, the group has watched from their respective homes across the country as Wilmington and the region they called home while filming the series rebuilds.

“The video footage is devastating,” Bush wrote. “The water is receding, but still a few feet of water damage can result in entire buildings being condemned because of mold. Luckily, none of our close friends were harmed, but many lost a lot. From precious memories to homes, it’s awful to hear about the after effects.”

The campaign, which the women have been promoting on social media, also sells “To North Carolina With Love” T-shirts, with all proceeds going to the fund.

While she knows words can’t help those in dire need of assistance after Florence, she said the women are happy to be doing what they can as Wilmington recovers.

“Wilmington still means so much to me,” she wrote. “All of us gals love it there. It’ll always be the best home away from home.”

Sara • September 07, 2018 • 0 Comments

Hello everyone! Remember how we reported in October last year that Sophia had signed a talent development deal with 20th Century Fox TV? We finally have news on her first project! She has been cast as the lead in Surveillance, an upcoming spy thriller drama from The Passage and Batman‘s Matt Reeves, writer David C. White (Sons of Liberty), director Patricia Riggen (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) and 20th Century Fox TV, which will co-produce with CBS TV Studios. Sophia shared the following on twitter after the announcement was made: “This what I’ve been up to this year, fam. Developing this project. Getting this character that feels like she already lives in my bones ready for you. I am so excited to finally be able to share this “blockbuster commitment” with all of you!!”. We are so excited, and so proud of Sophia!

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Chicago PD alumna Sophia Bush is returning to television. In one of the biggest sales so far this pitch season, CBS has given a production commitment to Surveillance, a spy thriller drama starring Bush, from The Passage and Batman‘s Matt Reeves, writer David C. White (Sons of Liberty), director Patricia Riggen (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) and 20th Century Fox TV, which will co-produce with CBS TV Studios.

While the deal is for a production commitment, I hear 20th TV is in the process of hiring a casting director, and the intent is to film a pilot later this fall. This marks a big breakthrough in the relationship between CBS and 20th TV — it is the network’s first buy from 20th TV in almost three years, since the 2015-16 development season. It would be the first 20th TV-produced pilot at CBS since Life In Pieces in spring 2015.

Written by White, with Riggen set to direct, Surveillance is described as a complex and timely spy thriller centered around the head of communications for the NSA (Bush), a charming operative who finds her loyalties torn between protecting the government’s secrets and her own. Reeves executive produces via his 6th & Idaho production company alongside Riggen; White co-executive produces.

A different incarnation of the project from White and Reeves was originally set up at Fox last season for development but did not go to pilot. With Terence Carter, who had bought the pitch as head of drama development at Fox last season, moving to 20th TV to head development there, the script was rewritten, and the studio brought Bush and Riggen on board before taking the package out.

Bush’s involvement stems from an exclusive talent holding and development deal she signed with 20th TV last fall. Reeves and his 6th & Idaho also have been under a deal at 20th TV, while Riggen this past season directed the studio’s legal drama pilot Proven Innocent, which went to series at Fox. CBS and 20th TV have a long tradition of doing business together that yielded a number of long-running hits, most recently comedy How I Met Your Mother. As CBS stepped up its efforts to increase ownership in its programming several years go, the relationship between the two companies became strained though the network still ordered Life In Pieces to pilot and then to series during the 2014-15 development season. Renewal negotiations on the family comedy have been difficult and it was on the bubble this past spring but clinched a Season 4 midseason order.

During the 2015-16 season, CBS gave a big put pilot commitment to a 20th TV crime drama from Matt Nix and Amy Holden Jones. It got an informal pilot order which was scrapped as the network and studio could not agree on co-production terms. There had been a dry spell since. While there had been signs of a thaw in the relationship between the two companies following the 2016 dustup, and CBS had been taking 20th TV pitches, there had been no 20th TV sales to CBS the last two seasons, until the blockbuster commitment for Surveillance this week. 20th TV will soon become part of Disney as part of Disney’s pending acquisition of key Fox assets.

Reeves executive produces 20th TV’s high-profile new drama series for Fox The Passage. The Felicity co-creator also wrote and directed War for the Planet of the Apes, directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield and has been working on a Batman movie. He is repped by CAA, 3 Arts, and attorney Karl Austen. Riggen also helmed the USA/Syfy pilot Run For Your Life, multiple episodes of Amazon’s Jack Ryan and the feature Miracles From Heaven. She is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. White also is with CAA.

This marks a return to series television for One Tree Hill and Chicago PD star Bush, who a year ago exited the NBC cop drama after playing Detective Erin Lindsay for four seasons. She had sought major changes on the set of the series, which had been described as a tough environment for a female performer. They are believed to be, at least in part, related to series star Jason Beghe’s “inappropriate behavior,” which NBC later investigated. Before that, Bush starred on the long-running drama series One Tree Hill, which aired for nine seasons on the WB and the CW. Bush recently signed on as a lead in the indie Hard Luck Love Song. Her film credits also include Acts of Violence, Incredibles 2 and the cult hit John Tucker Must Die. She’s repped by CAA, Untitled and Jackoway Austen.

Sara • May 09, 2018 • 0 Comments

(LOS ANGELES) — When former first lady Michelle Obama took the stage at this year’s United State of Women summit in Los Angeles, the crowd erupted in cheers so loud that Tracee Ellis Ross joked from the stage: “Are you gonna be able to hear us if you keep screaming?”

This was the start of a conversation between Obama and Ross, who are friends in real life. It was the start of the most highly anticipated speaking event at the USOW, following a day filled with high profile speakers including Jane Fonda, Valerie Jarrett, Tina Tchen, Aly Raisman and more.


Another incredibly powerful moment at the summit was when four athletes who all confronted disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar in court earlier this year took the stage as “sister survivors.” Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Tiffany Lopez and Jeanette Antolin took the USOW stage side by side after being introduced by Sophia Bush, who said it was “an honor to bear witness to their experience.”

Many of the powerhouse women who spoke at the United State of Women conference told “GMA” that they wanted women to leave the summit feeling not just inspired, but motivated by all of the memorable moments and speeches.

“I hope that women leave with action items,” Sophia Bush said. “Not just inspiration. There’s big inspiration here, but one of the things I’m always so impressed by at this summit is that you walk away knowing what to do next, what the steps are that you can take to activate yourself, to activate your community to create the kind of change you want to create and I really hope that it’s the kind of day that inspires people to walk the walk even further when you walk out of this building.” (WBAL – Read full article)

Sara • April 01, 2018 • 0 Comments

Hello Sophia fans! I’ve been going back and forth about posting this or not, as we are first and foremost a source for news and career related updates. But lately this whole thing have been heavily discussed on social media, and I know many might be confused about what’s going on (I certainly was). I’ve therefore decided to share an article explaining everything that has happened between Hilarie and Sophia and the EyeCon convention, as well as a couple of my own thoughts.

As some of you might know, a lot of the One Tree Hills girls were set to attend an EyeCon-hosted “One Tree Hill” convention later this year. It turns out they weren’t made aware the convention changed the con focus to “Girl Power” / “Empowering Women”, and by that also marketing it as though the girls on the show would talk about their struggles and what went on behind the scenes on the set (read the article below for more information on that if you’re not already aware). The cast never agreed to this, and as she has made it clear already, Hilarie (Burton) isn’t ready to relive what happened to her back then. As the great and supportive friend she is, Sophia came to Hilarie’s defense once everything became very messy and public. Hilarie has been given a lot of hate on social media, partly caused by the convention themselves, and I’m proud of both her and Sophia for sticking up for each other and holding their ground! While the Convention theme might be a good and important one, the cast should have been made aware upfront and asked if they were ready for it. We’ve all been heartbroken to hear what they had to endure during the One Tree Hill filming, and they should be allowed to move on from it now. I know those who hoped to meet them there must be gutted they are now dropping out of it, but please, let us not lose focus of what’s most important! I hope we can all support the girls with their decision – I certainly back them 100%, and I’m once again so proud of them both.

Below you can read E! Entertainment’s full story on the situation, which explains what happened in full. You can also read Sophia’s full statement, where she defends Hilarie and announce that she’s out of the convention as well.

Sophia Bush shall not be messed with.

The 35-year-old actress took to Twitter today, posting a lengthy message in response to those attacking her former co-star, Hilarie Burton, for stating that she will not be attending an upcoming annual One Tree Hill EyeCon convention.

“I’m sorry Mary. I will not be attending any EyeCon events. Ever,” Burton wrote to a fan. “I personally feel exploited by their ‘girl power’ angle, which exists at the expense of some of us who went through a difficult time on that show. They’re using our sisterhood as a sales gimmick. No thanks.”

Following her tweet, multiple members from EyeCon responded to the star on Twitter, which the organization then re-tweeted from their official account.

After seeing the backlash from the EyeCon organization, Bush quickly came to her friend’s defense. “Hilarie Burton is my sister. Don’t f–k with her. Period,” she wrote along with a lengthy supportive message.

As E! News previously reported, One Tree Hill showrunner, Mark Schwahn, was accused of sexual harassment by 18 cast and crew members in an open letter published in November. In addition, cast members including Bush, Burton, Jana Kramer and Bethany Joy Lenz expressed their support for their former colleague Audrey Wauchope who also accused Schwahn of sexual harassment.

Read Bush’s full response in support of Burton below.

“Let’s get real clear, real quick. Hilarie Burton is my sister. She is a big-hearted, brilliant, thoughtful, incredible human. She has had laser sharp, clearly defined integrity running up her spine as long as I have known her.

She is a human being. She has feelings. She is entitled to her OWN OPINIONS. She does not make statements hastily. She didn’t say something about a business situation and the way that it was handled that was ‘based on emotion, not logic.’ And the fact that a ‘business organization’ would DARE to say such a thing has a fire burning in me.

So let’s get brutally honest. You want to throw a ‘women’s empowerment’ event but bash a woman who said that the way it’s been handled doesn’t feel good to her? A woman whose personal victimization took the world’s stage this past fall? Whose sisterhood circled around her, and each other, to see to it that he be stopped from treating other women in such a way? How. Dare. You.

Want to know why Hil said she feels exploited by this ’empowerment’ con? Well add my name to that hat. Because so do I. We told our stories. As a united front. We refused to let it get tabloidy and gross. And then suddenly a convention publicly announced that they want to empower women? Now, that would have been FINE – lovely, even – IF THEY HAD SPOKEN TO US ABOUT THIS. Had they called our reps and said, ‘as fellow victims in our own individual ways, we want to make the next con all about women, and raise money for women’s charities.’ They did not. Let me repeat. They. Did. NOT. They didn’t ask a single one of us if we’d feel okay focusing a convention, which is dedicated to the show on which many of us were harassed or abused behind the scenes, around those very issues and thus offer an expectation to all fans and attendees that we would be discussing these past violations and focusing on issues that none of us want to be forced to relive in meet and greets and photo sessions. They made an announcement without thinking of any of the women of One Tree Hill for a second. And now they are defending themselves by saying that Mark took advantage of them too? That he ruined their ability to watch a show which felt like their safe space. Well it HAPPENED to us.

They are also now saying that because they too have stories from their own lives, they couldn’t have possibly pounced on the business opportunity of capitalizing on our experiences. And my heart breaks for their past pain. But those painful realities are not mutually exclusive from a clear business opportunity. None of those deeply personal experiences of the women behind the scenes of this event will be asked about in Q&As. None of those women will be asked to expand in front of an audience about what MeToo means to them. None of those women will have their past be made fair game fodder without their EXPRESS PERMISSION and CONSENT. Any of us who has spoken about this – in interviews, on panels, at conferences – has been ASKED FIRST. They did not ask us. They announced a deeply personal theme and intention, which revolves in this context, around what all OTH fans know happened to us, without thinking about us at all. And forgive me if it now feels like the claim of charity fundraising is being made to cover this up. (For example, they cited Ian doing a con to raise money for his charity? That didn’t just happen. It was PLANNED. Where was our opportunity to plan any such fundraiser prior to this announcement being made and the expectation that because of the ‘theme’ we would all just be on board?)

Don’t even get me started on the reality – which I know for a FACT – that multiple women reported a male guest at these conventions behaving inappropriately and this ‘organization’ did NOTHING. He was invited back multiple times, until more than one of us women was alerted and then jointly said expressly that we would never do another con if he were present. Again. FACT.

So. Yes. This feels exploitative. Yes, this feels like a violation. And the fact that a ‘business’ would behave in such a childish and offensive manner as to incite the bashing of an actress sharing her personal opinion about her feelings – the fact that they would stoop so low as to retweet hateful messages about her – or pit victims against one another? I’ve seen fans attacking each other over whose abuse is worse?! This is revolting. REVOLTING. To shame a woman and say she’s ’emotional not logical?’ I thought that kind of bullsh-t was reserved for mansplaining. And low and behold it’s being done by women. How dare you. Here’s me being logical, listing out facts and your failures to behave professionally with both your statements and your backend communications with us. Here’s me ALSO expressing my emotions of anger and disgust and saying that I’m out. You won’t be seeing me there. I wasn’t going to attend because I too felt icky about the ‘theme’ given the complete lack of conversation about it. But now? Nah. You came for my sister. That’s the most anti-women-support-women action I’ve seen. So yeah. This is me officially saying I’m out too.”

Sara • February 09, 2018 • 0 Comments

Hello Sophia fans! For those interested in more information about the Talbots line Sophia models for Oprah Winfrey‘s magazine, I’m sharing an article by WWD about the collection. As they write in the introduction, “To date, the O-Talbots tie-up has raised more than $3 million in monetary contributions, collected 60,000 articles of clothing and subsequently helped to impact 60,000 women’s lives.” I love that Sophia support and participate in such great campaigns!

WWD | SUCCESS STORIES: Upping the stakes for its third collaboration with O, The Oprah Magazine to benefit Dress for Success, this time around Talbots will match cash donations up to $250,000.

This year’s launch date for O, The Oprah Magazine Collection for Talbots is Feb. 20 at retail and online. To help get the word out, the activist-leaning Connie Britton, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sophia Bush, Busy Philipps and Tanika Ray are on board as influencers. Talbots senior vice president of marketing Deb Cavanagh said, “We wanted to identify high-profile women of influence who truly cared about our cause and our mission.”

Supporters and shoppers have a few ways to get involved. Cash donations can be made in stores Feb. 20 through April 1. Talbots is also encouraging women to clean out their closets and will accept “nearly new” clothing and accessories in its 435 locations March 1 to 4. Consumers can also pitch in by purchasing items from the O, The Oprah Magazine Collection for Talbots collection. Thirty percent of net proceeds from those purchases will benefit Dress for Success, which helps women return to the workforce.

To date, the O-Talbots tie-up has raised more than $3 million in monetary contributions, collected 60,000 articles of clothing and subsequently helped to impact 60,000 women’s lives.

Cavanagh said, “Women have come together in an unprecedented way to stand beside each other and to stand for not just empowerment but ultimately supporting success. So this campaign really feels so well-timed to fit into the cultural focus and Oprah’s focus.”

The March issue of O magazine has two impact covers — one featuring Britton and the other with Brown and Bush. There is also a three-page spread touting the O, The Oprah Magazine Collection for Talbots. O’s creative director Adam Glassman said, “We wanted people who believed in Dress for Success and believed in our group mission between Talbots and Oprah even if they had their own affiliation with their own cause. We did this before the Time’s Up movement. Everything just felt like perfect timing actually.…The main thing is it’s feel-good product that brings joy into people’s life. By doing so, they’re helping other women.”

He approached the color palette and the concept with a buy-now-wear-now mentality that also transitions into spring and summer. Instead of more time-sensitive florals, there are red, white and blue styles including stripes, a touch of gingham, and a ladybug motif that “really reads like a polka dot,” Glassman said. “One day I was at Oprah’s house, sitting in one of her gardens and I started seeing all these ladybugs. I thought, ‘That’s a cute idea. They kind of look like polka dots.’ They are a symbol of hope and life and love — prosperity — and some cultures actually believe they’re about taking actions on your dreams. I thought how perfect is that for our connection for Dress for Success.”

For the annual style event and shopping party on March 3, Glassman and Gayle King will visit Talbots’ Madison Avenue store. The pair have a satellite media tour planned and are expected to appear on Rachael Ray’s show Feb. 13 to coincide with the March issue landing on newsstands. Revenue for the magazine brand is up 5.4 percent from January through the April issues and its audience has increased 5 percent in the past year, gaining nearly a half million readers for the magazine, according to a Hearst spokeswoman.

Talbots is also in growth mode. With its weeks-old stores in Palm Beach Gardens and Seal Beach up-and-running, the company is gearing up for June openings for stores in Preston Oaks, Tex., and Kenwood, Ohio. In the meantime, it’s true blue spirit can be found in the new collection. Cavanagh said, “The color palette, a deep navy, white and red, feels very appropriate this month going into the Olympics. And it’s just a really modern palette that you can wear with everything.”

And although Winfrey is “a fabulous woman who makes connections, speaks beautifully and understands the world, and really could have everyone’s arms come together from both sides, she’s not looking to be a politician,” Glassman said.

Sara • January 22, 2018 • 0 Comments

Some really exciting news were just dropped; Sophia is set to voice a character in the upcoming sequel to Disney/Pixar‘s 2004 “Incredibles”! It was reveleaded on Disney’s official twitter account just a couple of hours ago, and you can read Deadline’s article about the news below. Stay tuned for more information soon!

Sophia Bush, Jonathan Banks and Isabella Rosselini have been added to the cast of Incredibles 2, Disney/Pixar’s sequel to the 2004 original. They join a voice cast that includes returning Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson in the pic, which has been set for a June 15, 2018 release.

Bush will play Voyd, a young, overeager “wannabe” Super and a mega-fan of Elastigirl (Hunter). Her superpower is the ability to divert and manipulate objects around her by creating voids that allow the objects to appear and disappear, and shift in space. Banks is Rick Dicker, who heads up the official Super Relocation Program, helping the Parr family keep their Super identities secret. Rossellini plays a dignified foreign ambassador committed to the support and legalization of Superheroes.

Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener had already joined the announced cast for the movie, in which Elastigirl is in the spotlight, while Bob (vNelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home. A a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot that only the Incredibles can overcome together.

Brad Bird returns to direct. John Walker and Nicole Grindle are producing. Pixar unveiled character sketches of the main cast this morning.

Sara • October 22, 2017 • 0 Comments

Exciting news, fellow Sophia fans! Our girl has landed a development deal with 20th Century Fox TV, which both lands her a role in an upcoming comedy or drama pilot for the studio, as well as projects she’ll develop and executive produce. The Hollywood Reporter were the ones to break the story, and you can read their article below – we can’t wait to see what this will have in store for Sophia.

The Hollywood Reporter | The former ‘Chicago P.D.’ actress will star in an upcoming pilot produced by the studio. Five months after walking away from her starring role on NBC’s Chicago P.D., Sophia Bush is plotting her TV return.

The actress and activist has inked a talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio announced Thursday. Sources say Bush fielded multiple offers, including from Chicago P.D. producers Universal Television, but ultimately signed with 20th.

Under the pact, Bush will star in an upcoming comedy or drama pilot for the studio as well as develop and executive produce additional projects for the company.

“Now more than ever, vital female voices need to be heard. I’m thrilled to begin developing content that inspires and excites me at 20th Century Fox TV,” said Bush.

In addition to playing a detective for four seasons on Chicago P.D. and her longtime run on The CW’s One Tree Hill, Bush has been vocal as an activist. She campaigned for former President Barack Obama, and has supported gay rights and same-sex marriage on top of environmental issues, among other causes.

“We’ve been great admirers of Sophia for years and after meeting, we knew we wanted to be in business with her,” said Fox TV Group exec vp casting Sharon Klein. “She’s smart, she’s passionate and she brings great ideas and energy to the table. This deal is about developing with her as well as casting her into a comedy or drama this pilot season. She’s a giant TV star and we’re thrilled to have her exclusively at FTG.”

Bush’s credits include features Marshall, John Tucker Must Die and the upcoming Acts of Violence. She is repped by CAA, Untitled and Jackoway Tyerman.

Sara • September 28, 2017 • 0 Comments

New showrunner Rick Eid also discusses Halstead’s struggles in the premiere episode and Voight’s “toughest opponent yet”.[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Wednesday’s season five premiere of Chicago P.D., “Reform.”]

Det. Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) is gone but definitely not forgotten. Chicago P.D. opened its season five premiere with a tribute to the now-former member of the Intelligence Unit, a series of clips showing everything from her recounting when Voight (Jason Beghe) and his late wife took her in off the streets as a troubled teen to her rollercoaster relationship with partner and beau Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) to, finally, her accepting a job with the FBI in New York from the season four finale, just as Halstead was about to propose.

The first new season five footage also hit hard on her exit, first with Halstead going back to her now-empty apartment and finding a picture of the two of them together, and then with Voight telling a stranger about how difficult it was to say goodbye to the woman he thought of as a daughter.

Even as Halstead dealt with the blowout from accidentally shooting a little girl during a bust, he asked Voight if he had heard from Lindsay. The answer? A definitive no. “Look, it was time for her to move on,” Voight told him. “You need to make peace with it.”

And with that, the new Chicago P.D. — after all the season premiere is titled “Reform” — got down to business. The hour set up new tensions between Voight and his boss (Esai Morales) as well as the new independent auditor, his old partner Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson). The premiere also set the stage for Antonio’s (Jon Seda) full-time return to Intelligence (following the cancellation of Chicago Justice) and also began to lay the groundwork for Halstead’s new partnership with Det. Upton (Tracy Spiridakos), even as he struggled to cope with not only Lindsay’s absence but the fact that he accidentally shot and killed a little girl.

There was also some movement on the romantic front, when Burgess (Marina Squerciati) informed ex-fiance Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) that she was seeming someone new despite their kiss midway through season four.

New Chicago P.D. showrunner Rick Eid answered all of THR’s burning questions about Burgess and Ruzek’s “intense romantic connection,” Voight’s “toughest opponent yet,” and to get the behind-the-scenes story on Lindsay’s “meaningful” farewell.

The season five premiere opens with flashbacks of Lindsay’s time on P.D. You could have easily gone the Law & Order route and not made mention of her exit, so why did you think it was best to acknowledge her absence and in this way? Why was this the right way to start the episode?

We knew the unit would feel Lindsay’s absence in a meaningful way. Voight saw her as a surrogate daughter, Halstead wanted to propose to her last season, and she’s been an integral part of Intelligence from the start. So it felt right to acknowledge this new reality in the premiere.

We also see Voight getting emotional when talking with someone about Lindsay leaving Chicago. Can we assume this is some kind of therapy? Will he be going back? What makes him open up in such a way about her leaving?

Voight is a complicated character who has a hard time opening up to friends and colleagues. He’s more likely to open up to a perfect stranger. The woman he meets with in the premiere is more of a surrogate therapist than a professional psychologist. He may visit with this woman again. You’ll have to watch.

(Read Full Article/Interview at The Hollywood Reporter)