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August 2017
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‘Chicago P.D.’ Star Jon Seda Says Sophia Bush Can’t be Replaced

The new season of Chicago P.D. has a lot of exciting and big changes ahead, and even the stars are feeling the difference.

During an interview with TV Line, Jon Seda, who will be returning to the series this fall as Antonio Dawson, after switching over to Chicago Justice for a season, explained how he’s adjusting to life back on P.D. and the impact of Sophia Bush’s departure from the drama.

“There’s been some changes all around, from the actors to producers and things like that. Sophia Bush is a great talent… when I worked with her, I just had such a great time. She’s going to be missed,” Seda told TV Line’s Vlada Gelman about Bush’s departure from the series, before explaining that her role really can’t be replaced. “I don’t think it’s so much that you even try to fill those shoes. You just kind of take it for what it is. That was a great character she created, and you just focus now on the team that’s there and move forward.”

As Seda prepares to move forward with the show and reprise his role without longtime co-star Bush, he explained that his character, Antonio will also have to learn to get along without Bush’s Detective Erin Lindsay.

“It’s hard. Antonio misses her. But he has to come back and do his job as best he can,” the actor explained before teasing a possible reunion with the character… at least on the phone.

“Maybe they will have scenes where she’s calling and talking on the phone or something. I don’t know,” he continued. “Like I said, you really don’t have time to stop and think about it. You’ve just got to move on.”

We’re trying to move on Jon, but it’s hard! While we’re still not over Bush’s departure from the series (here’s hoping it means a real One Tree Hill reunion can happen as a result), Seda’s return is definitely a cause for celebration.

Chicago P.D. returns for season five on September 27, 2017 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

Source: People’s Choice

August 2017
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Sophia Bush on loving her raspy voice: ‘Why would I want to change it?’

Actress and activist Sophia Bush sat down with TODAY Style to tell us why she loves her voice — both literally and figuratively. As part of her work with the #NoHormonesPlz campaign, which aims to bring awareness about different contraception methods, she also talked about what healthy body image means to her and why women should feel empowered … even when facing internet trolls.

I love my voice. I’ve sounded like this since, I think, second grade. It’s just how I talk. No, I’m not sick. No, I don’t have a cold. I will take your Ricolas, but I don’t particularly need them.

I think that there’s a beauty in self-acceptance and in owning whatever it is you are. And I was made this way. My voice sounds like this. Why would I want to change it?

Source: Today

January 2017
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Voices of the Women’s March: ‘This Is When We Stand Up,’ Says Sophia Bush

The nation is weary after an election season filled with rancor, division and controversy. But actress and activist Sophia Bush insists that now more than ever, it’s time to take a stand against President Donald Trump.

Bush, who was among the estimated 500,000 people at the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, told PEOPLE at the protest that it’s up to all Americans to come together to fight Trump and help protect each other’s rights.

“The election was insidious and I feel like a lot of people sort of threw their hands in the air and said, ‘I don’t want to deal with this.’ And I get it. Donald Trump turned our political system into a circus. It was embarrassing,” she said.

“But at the end of the day, this is where we are now. This is when we double down and we stand up and say, ‘No, you will not destroy our environment to make money for your friends that are already billionaires. No, you will not hit our education system and make life harder for the kids in this country. No, you will not gut our health care system and let people die of cancer and preexisting conditions. No, this isn’t happening.’ ”

Bush — who campaigned for former President Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and for former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 — told reporters Saturday that she was honored to work with the Obama administration and with Michelle Obama, with whom she moderated a 2016 South by Southwest panel discussion on the former first lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative.

Bush added of her participation in the Women’s March, “I’ve always wanted to show up.”

“The day I knew this march was being organized I called the organizers and I said, ‘Tell me how I can help. Tell me what I can do. I’m there. Literally anything you need.’ ”

“For me, this is how we vote,” Bush said. “What companies you support, where you spend your money. What things you are willing to actually activate around. That’s how you show your government and the world what you want.”

Source: People

January 2017
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Sophia Bush Reveals Why She’s No Longer Searching for ‘The One’

Sophia Bush is taking a new look at love.

The Chicago P.D. star wrote an intimate op-ed piece for Cosmopolitan’s February issue, where she takes a look back at her past relationships and reveals why she is no longer searching for “the one.”

“In my 20s, when I was starting out my career as an actor, I wasn’t looking for a relationship, but one found me and became serious, even though I hadn’t planned to settle down until my 30s,” the 34-year-old explained. Bush married her One Tree Hill co-star, Chad Michael Murray in 2005, but their marriage only lasted five months. “But when the person you’re with asks you to marry him, you think: This must be happening because it’s supposed to.”

“But I refuse to let that one relationship define me,” she continued, “which is why I’ve done my best to avoid discussing it for 10 years. The reality is that, yes, it was a massive event in my life. And the trauma of it was amplified by how public it became, which was incredibly foreign and bizarre to a girl who’d been just another college kid 24 months before her life blew up.”

Shortly after her marriage to Murray ended, Bush reveals that one of her platonic relationships became romantic, and ultimately helped her find a deeper understanding of love.

“I came to appreciate that relationships often serve a specific purpose at a certain point in time, for myriad reasons,” she wrote. “Some are meant to heal you, some are meant to teach you how to build yourself up, and some are meant to show you how to trust your own intuition. You call in exactly whom and what you need over the course of your life, as you are learning life’s lessons. And learn them you will. Even if you try to avoid these teachings, they’re coming for you. This reality has taught me that the relationships that don’t lead to lifetime commitments are not failures. Not every love can last forever.”

Bush explains that it took her a while to begin defining success a different way, and that not everything is black-and-white.

“Often in between those two, you find the keys to what you need in partnership: what you’re willing to give, what you want to get, and what things are absolutes that you cannot compromise on,” she explained. “A few months with the right person can be as great an experience as a decade-long union with someone else.”

“When you take the pressure of The One off, you’ll open yourself up to endless possibilities,” she continued. “You’ll learn to have a truly deep, knowing relationship with yourself first. Then the rest will fall into place. Reasons, seasons, and lifetimes. They’re all valid.”

Source: ET Online

November 2016
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Chicago P.D. Stars Sophia Bush and Jesse Lee Soffer Mull ‘Linstead’ Engagement, Preview Fatherly Trouble

Chicago P.D. star Jesse Lee Soffer has a message for fans who think that Erin Lindsay and Jay Halstead shacking up will soon lead to a milestone of the diamond variety.

“People live together for a while. We’re getting a little ahead of ourselves,” the actor warns the engagement hopefuls. “They’re career cops. Hold on a second! Let them focus on their professionalism for a minute!” he adds with a laugh.

Co-star Sophia Bush “definitely” thinks it’s too early in the pair’s relationship to be talking about ring-popping. “I don’t think that’s Erin’s priority in any way,” she explains.
While Jay won’t be putting a rock on his girlfriend’s finger in the near future, the couple’s connection will be strengthened when Erin’s absentee dad Jimmy Sanguinetti (played by Tony Crane) re-enters his daughter’s life and causes plenty of trouble, as Soffer and Bush reveal to TVLine below.

TVLINE | Things are going so swimmingly for Jay and Erin right now. Do you foresee any obstacles coming their way?
SOPHIA BUSH | I never know with that stuff, but what I think is cool is that we’re not making a big deal out of it. It’s two people who’ve been in a relationship a long time, who said, “Alright, let’s give it a try,” and they’re just seeing how it goes. … It’s cool that it’s just sort of working. There doesn’t need to be any drama. We’ve got a lot of drama [and] a lot of entertainment value with the cases. So I’m sure it’ll be nice until the writers decide it doesn’t get to be anymore, and then we’ll see what happens.

JESSE LEE SOFFER | [They are] very domesticated right now. It’s kind of a nice break from all the conflict with Voight [about] “will they or won’t they be able to be together,” and “is he going to put an end to it.” It’s a nice break to just relax and play out some of that relationship dynamic when you come home from work and see these characters deal with the stuff they see at work in their private lives.

TVLINE | Will we be seeing more scenes of them at home? So far, it’s mostly just been about them moving in together.
SOFFER | Absolutely. I’m sure every few episodes, they’ll throw something in for the fans.

TVLINE | What can viewers expect with Erin’s family coming back into the picture?
BUSH | There was a whole storyline last year where Bunny told Erin that her father wanted to meet her, and it just didn’t make it in. The cases were too big and complicated. So they’re saying that they might bring it back in now. All that I know so far is that [Bunny] tells me he’s in Chicago and wants to meet me. I know that a couple of facts that Erin thought she knew about her dad turn out to not be true.

TVLINE | With her father resurfacing, does Erin find herself leaning on Jay?
SOFFER | Yeah, I think more so than ever, she leans on Jay instead of Voight, because they’re closer now than they’ve ever been. She is going to lean on him in that situation. We don’t know what that’s going to be yet. We haven’t seen those scripts yet. We know that it’s going to be a conflict. We know that he’s going to cause a lot of trouble.

Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.

Source: TVLine

September 2016
The 2016 Social Good Summit – September 18, 2016

Sophia spoke at the social good summit in New York City. The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. This year’s theme, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” During the Social Good Summit, global citizens around the world unite to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

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