Sophia Bush, who plays Detective Erin Lindsay on NBC’s Chicago P.D., splits her time between her native Los Angeles and the Windy City.
“Chicago is such a cool place,” says Bush, 34, who spends more than nine months of the year camped out in a downtown apartment she’s decorated, salon-style, with her own photographs. Before the fourth season of the show kicks off on Sept. 21, Bush shares her favorite things to do when she’s not on-set.

Best Spot to Celebrate
“The Aviary, chef Grant Achatz’s bar, is the most incredible cocktail spot. My favorite drink there, the Blueberry, arrives in this porthole-shaped vessel with rye, citrus peel, strawberries, and flower petals. It’s really next-level. Then a group of us from the show will pop over to the Soho House and maybe have dinner. It’s such a nice, low-key place.”

Coolest Neighborhood
“Wicker Park. There are a lot of great vintage and record stores. And some of the best restaurants in the city, like Antique Taco on Milwaukee, which is a great walking street.”

Where to Spend a Day Off
“I love to go with friends on architecture boat tours [such as Chicago’s First Lady or Wendella]. I’ve taken all of them! Every trip has a different tour guide, so you have a different experience. I never get tired of going to the Art Institute of Chicago. I just saw an exhibition on David Adjaye, one of my favorite architects.”

Chicest Home Design Store
“Rider on Lake Street in the Loop is a mix of vintage furniture and clothing and beautiful stationery. I’m hunting for a good Mies van der Rohe daybed.”
Top Camera-Snob Shop
“I collect vintage cameras, and I take photographs everywhere, all day, all the time. Central Camera Company, downtown on South Wabash, has been around since 1899. It’s a wonderland in there.”

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Sophia was interviewed by Arielle Vandenberg on Snapchat. Maybe you’ve seen it on Snapchat, otherwise you can watch it on YouTube below!

Sophia attended The Women For Hillary Organizing Event At West LA College last Friday! Check out video and photos in the gallery! Sophia is announced around 20:40 so you can skip if you want to.

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Sophia Bush has made a huge name for herself as an activist. The Chicago P.D. and One Tree Hill actress has built schools in the developing world with Pencils of Promise, raised money for those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, lived on $1.50 a day to raise awareness about global poverty, raised funds and awareness for Fuck Cancer, publicly supported gay marriage, and so much more. Oh, and she’ll be speaking at a SXSW panel this week with Michelle Obama to highlight the importance of secondary education for girls. No big deal.

Bush spoke with SELF on International Women’s Day, celebrating the launch of a new partnership with EcoTools focused on women’s empowerment. They’re encouraging women to post selfies or messages on social media using the hashtag #MyTrueBeauty, and for every person who tags EcoTools in their post, the company will donate a dollar to education nonprofit The Girl Project, up to $100,000 total.

“We want to make sure we’re breaking down the barriers to the things that are keeping [girls] from that education—whether it’s tuition, whether it’s self-esteem building organizations, whether it’s uniforms, anything,” Bush explains. “We support women getting that schooling in 95 different countries, including the United States.”

During a one-on-one conversation, Bush opened up to SELF about choosing empowering roles, how she balances her work with making sure she is feeling her best, and how she is advocating for more diversity in Hollywood.

On how she picks her roles.

“I read a lot of scripts, and either it clicks with me or it doesn’t,” she says. “I don’t want to play someone I don’t want to hang out with, because I have to hang out with that person all day. I think that is probably the reason I gravitate toward women who are strong and capable, and who are also not ashamed of their flaws and who screw up and make mistakes. That’s real life, you know? We’re very multi-faceted. We’re real human beings. And I only want to play people like that.”

On how shows and movies can bring attention to issues like human trafficking and sexual assault.
“There are certain things that are very hard for people to wrap their brains around. You see everyone denying that climate change is happening, and we know scientifically 100 percent proven fact, it’s happening and we’re causing it. We know that. And I understand that it can be hard to quantify, and I know it’s also very hard for people to quantify that there are more slaves on earth today than there were when slavery was a legal trade. No one understands how to process that. They go, “But people don’t do that anymore.” And people do. They just hide it. So when you can bring those issues to light and hopefully inspire people to dedicate themselves to volunteering, to working on all of this stuff, to getting conscious about where their goods come from, who’s producing their clothing. Those are things that we need in order to create change.”

On how she can prioritize wellness when she has so many things going on.
“It’s definitely really hard. I mean, I had 10 minutes for lunch and was sitting in there and ate a club sandwich and a plate of french fries. I’ve never been one who’s about denying myself anything under the guise of being healthy. But what I find is that I really just try to balance. And for me, even just trying to drink enough water every day keeps me healthier. If I can be really great and put some lemon in it and get a little alkalinity going, I feel really good. On Saturday, I was exhausted after a long week, but I made plans with my girlfriends to go to a spin class. If it had just been me, I would’ve stayed in bed. But I’d made plans, so I went. And that felt really good. It’s just about doing what you can. It doesn’t have to be some big crazy regimen. You don’t have to work out six days a week and be macrobiotic to feel like you’re doing it right. I think it’s about making incremental changes when and where you can that make you feel better so you continue to want to make those changes.”

On what she does to make sure she’s mentally feeling her best.
“Headspace is a great way to give yourself a little practice. It’s a meditation app. It’s 10 minutes and it’s guided, and I love that, because it’s something I can do. If it’s something I try to do all by myself, I generally get distracted because there’s too much work to do. Just carving out time for yourself. And likewise, it’s really important to have stillness. I give myself a good HGTV marathon every couple weeks. I will literally spend a day in bed and just watch House Hunters all day, because I love it and because it’s a complete unwind for me. And it inspires me, because I spend most of my time off of work helping my friends decorate their homes. So it gives me a little bit of excitement on that. Lately I’m on Fixer Upper: Chip and Joanna Gaines are the real deal.”

Her advice to young women who are facing obstacles in their careers.
“I don’t think anyone’s ever really felt like they’ve nailed it. Literally the first thing that came to mind when you said that, I wanted to be like, ‘Welcome to the club.’ It’s hard, no matter what. It just is tougher, but I think you can also take solace in knowing that other women have your back because they’ve been where you are. And I think you’ve just gotta be willing to do the work and prove yourself. And also, build up a thick enough skin that when something doesn’t go your way in the workplace, you can take constructive criticism if it is an issue you’re having, and you can also look at it with confidence to say, ‘This is not at all about me, and I’m just going to keep moving forward,’ when you know it isn’t. It takes a lot of courage within yourself I think to go out there and chase your dreams. And you know, you just gotta do it.”

And her thoughts on the problem of diversity in Hollywood.
“It’s up to us. We’ve gotta make the noise, and then we’ve gotta demand the change. Gina Rodriguez is a friend of mine, and I love that she’s saying, ‘As a Latina, I want to highlight people of any ethnic background out there who are killing it in Hollywood.’ I’m like, ‘Yes! Do it!’ Because I look around, and I have a diverse group of friends. I look at all of us and I see all of us nailing it in our fields, and then I’m taken aback when I see the numbers, when I see all the statistics. And then I go, ‘Okay. How do we change this?’”

“It was incredibly inspiring to spend a lot of my awards season talking to Gina and Eva Longoria and Viola Davis. They’re incredible women. And to be catching up with Emilia Clarke. I have girlfriends all across the board of ages and races and shapes and sizes. And when people I care about feel underrepresented, I go, ‘So how do we change that? What do we do about it?’ And I think it helps that people are making noise, but what I love about what Gina’s been saying is that’s also where you have to spend your money. Show up and watch those shows. Show up and go to those movies. And I already see it changing. My girlfriends that aren’t working right now are like, ‘Oh my god. You should see casting breakdowns. Everything’s changing. Everything they’re casting right now is ethnic.’ And I’m like, ‘Great!’ It’s about time. So hopefully the noise that we’re making is actually making a difference. Our voices are our biggest weapon, so we better use them.”

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It was the “Linstead” sigh heard ’round the Interwebs: Despite much enthusiasm from Chicago P.D. creatives and fans, alike, the show’s planned Lindsay/Halstead road-trip hour stalled out of the gate. And now we’re learning why.

Originally slated to air as this season’s 15th episode, the change-of-pace installment was set to sequester the couple in a car as they journey to Green Bay, Wis., for a case. In addition to featuring some serious one-on-one time between the detectives, the outing was also supposed to shed light on both Lindsay and Halstead’s backstories, star Jesse Lee Sofer previously previewed.

“It’s certainly not something we’re going to show this season,” star Sophia Bush told TVLine on Saturday ahead of PaleyFest’s salute to Dick Wolf. “I know that [executive producers/writers] Derek [Haas] and Michael [Brandt] were very excited about it. They [even] wrote a script.”

However, the tone of the episode didn’t jibe with the content of the episode leading into it, which found Lindsay confronting murderous Yates. “It didn’t feel appropriate to have that happen on the heels of it,” Bush explains. “Our show is very often dealing with sensitive material, especially with where we are at the end of our third season. It didn’t work energetically or in a linear way to do a show that felt a little bit like a departure and had so much comedy in it.”

While Bush “would have loved” to take on the atypical installment as an actor, she notes, “We serve the show, first and foremost, before ourselves or anything else.”

That said, fans of “Linstead” can still expect some intimate moments, all while the couple continues to maintain their professionalism in the workplace.

“We try to figure out ways to remind the audience that these characters are in a relationship, but also not have it overshadow the story,” Bush explains. “At the end of the day, they’re two professional people who strap on a gun and a bulletproof vest every day [so] they’re not being incredibly lovey-dovey in the office.

“But we’re also conscious of the fact that people want more moments than they’ve had,” the actress continues, “and I know that we’re trying to give the audience a little bit more of what they want in that respect.”

Chicago P.D. returns with new episodes on Wednesday, March 23 at 10/9c.

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Emma Watson’s nascent feminist book club counts Chicago P.D. star Sophia Bush among its members, and the actress can’t wait to get reading.

“It always excites me when I find like-minded women in this industry who are working to uplift women,” Bush told EW and PEOPLE on Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet. “And I think, in particular, to see Emma trailbazing — she’s so young, and she’s so passionate, and that excites me, that there’s other women who are really jazzed about this.”

16 picks for your feminist book club
“It always excites me when I find like-minded women in this industry who are working to uplift women,” Bush told EW and PEOPLE on Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet. “And I think, in particular, to see Emma trailbazing — she’s so young, and she’s so passionate, and that excites me, that there’s other women who are really jazzed about this.”

Those other women include U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach, singer Kate Voegele, and some 74,000 Goodreads members, who have joined the book club, dubbed “Our Shared Shelf.”

“We all started chatting on Twitter, and you know, I sort of took a moment and thought, ‘I’m talking to Emma Watson and my friend Abby Wambach, and we’re starting a book club, and this is crazy,’” Bush said.

The book club’s first selection, per Watson, is Gloria Steinem’s latest memoir My Life on the Road.

“A lot of people have already started reading it, and Gloria Steinem’s excited, and that’s pretty much the craziest sentence that’s ever come out of my mouth,” Bush said.

Hear more from the actress in the video above. Head here for EW’s top picks for a feminist book club. And see complete Golden Globes coverage here.

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Actor Sophia Bush is well known for her roles on Chicago P.D. and One Tree Hill, but she’s arguably just as recognized for lending her voice to a variety of social causes, from LGBT rights to empowering women in developing countries. This past summer, she focused on the latter, traveling to Uganda to collaborate on design collections with three ethical fashion brands: accessories line Akola, shoe wear company Sseko, and eco-friendly jewelry line 31 Bits. All three companies are based in Uganda and use a direct social impact model that reinvests profits into local women via employment, college scholarships, and community development projects.

Bush, 33, spoke with me about the power of ethical fashion, the products she created for each brand, and why Uganda feels like a second home.

TakePart: You had an immersive trip to Uganda and got to experience a number of communities that Akola, Sseko, and 31 Bits work with, including Jinja, Kampala, and Gulu. What insight did you gain from each region you visited and the communities you met with?

Sophia Bush: One of the things that comes to mind is how incredibly individual each place, company, and group of people is. I think that it can be relatively easy when you’re halfway around the world to say, “Oh, yeah, there’s these brands that work in Africa or these brands that empower women,” but it was so striking to see how each company has created their own sense of community, ethos, morale, and energy from the fact that each of their places is located in such a different part of the country. It was very cool to really feel the identity of each place through the companies and the women that I got to work with there.

TakePart: Akola is a nonprofit and jewelry brand based in Jinja, Uganda, and Dallas that employs women who are facing poverty and sex trafficking. All profits are invested into the women, providing them with fair wages, vocational training, and a holistic academy that includes health, wellness, and finance courses. For your collaboration with Akola in creating the Love necklace, what inspired your design?

Bush: When I got there, their designs were branching out from paper beads to interesting stones. I started laying out different options for stones, paper beads, mixed metals. I used the black paper beads that, when they’re finished, almost look charcoal grey, and these beautiful lava stones, incredible little hammered brass disks, and then I was looking at some really beautiful stones that they were getting from other parts of Africa. Rose quartz is a stone that, if you’re New Age–y at all, you’ve probably heard is supposed to open up your heart, draw in love. Whether you believe in that stuff or not, I actually think it’s interesting that all of these things that come out of the Earth have properties and energies. We actually had rose quartz sourced, and we put three rose beads on because one is for me and the women who actually made the necklace in Uganda, one is for all of the women in Dallas who work with Akola, and then one is for whoever’s hands it winds up in. It’s truly a thing that connects the maker and the packager and the wearer with love.

TakePart: Sseko is a socially conscious shoe wear and accessories brand that employs young women during the gap between high school and university for a nine-month period so they can earn money to attend college in Uganda. You have designed a pair of sandals for them that will be debuting in March 2016. What inspired you to collaborate with Sseko?

Bush: Sseko makes really beautiful shoes, and I actually wore their sandals and their Nomad Booties on my entire trip to Africa. For my collaboration with Sseko, it was such a cool experience going to their factory and watching the women who make them actually work on this heavy machinery. They told me a story about how when the ladies went to a factory in Uganda to train on the machines, all of the men there were laughing and said, “Girls don’t use machines like this. Women don’t do this.” And our ladies were like, “Yeah, OK, well, watch this.” And within two days, the head of Sseko had gotten a phone call from the gentleman running the facility asking if he could keep the ladies longer so they could teach his [male] employees how to use the machines with precision. I was like, “You guys are bending gender roles here. This is major, major stuff that is happening.” The ladies are obviously really excited about it, and I really love the work that they do.

TakePart: 31 Bits produces eco-friendly jewelry and provides economic opportunity for women in Gulu. For that particular collaboration, you created a necklace called The Storyteller. What’s behind the name and the collaboration?

Bush: I was asked on the trip by the ladies why my bio says “foodie, activist, storyteller.” They asked, “Why don’t you say that you’re an actor?” And I said because the whole point of being an actor is to tell stories about real people. For me, I know if I’m doing a scene and I’m aware that I’m acting, then the scene is blown. You have to truly be telling someone’s story in order for that experience to be meaningful, and so it’s sort of a personal choice in how I look at my career. I’m a storyteller, I’m a theater kid, and that wound up evolving into this conversation about how we tell meaningful stories and how we highlight things with our words and our energy that matter. So there I was in Gulu with all of these women, and after those conversations, they said, “Well, obviously that’s the name of your necklace,” and I was really flattered.

TakePart: What surprised you about experiencing Uganda or has forever changed your perspective from the trip?

Bush: It’s a really incredible thing to go that far away from the place that you call home and feel so at home. What strikes me whenever I travel somewhere so distant is that, really, we’re all just the same. Everyone is the same, and we want the same things, we dream in the same ways, we want the same things for our families and our children. It’s such a beautiful thing to be in a place with people that you might otherwise never encounter and realize that you’re all into exactly the same thing, you all like the look of the same sort of creation, and you laugh at all the same jokes. It’s just a really special thing to be reminded that we’re all just one great big collective.

TakePart: What do you wish people knew about Uganda that you don’t think they know or realize?

Bush: The thing that really frightens me most is the number of people who, when they found out I was going to Uganda, would say, “Oh, well aren’t you going to be at risk for Ebola?” And I was like, “Guys, it’s 3,000 miles away. Please keep up on the news story because, thankfully, the doctors working in those regions are doing incredible work and now everything is OK.” I had sort of lovingly said to a couple of people, “If someone in New York had bird flu, would you be afraid to hang out in California?” You sort of realize that when we’re not connected to communities that are far away, they can become jumbled together. They don’t stand out, they don’t have their own identities…being able to shed a little bit of light on the people and the place and the beautiful, incredible, kinetic energy and love and positivity that’s coming out of the region means the world to me.

Bush: For me it’s really, “Find the thing that sets your soul on fire, and then chase that.” Then I think you always know you’re doing the right thing.

TakePart: What is your holiday wish?

Bush: Especially given the current climate with everything that’s happening in the world, my wish, my hope, my prayer is that we do not start looking at one another as “the other.” We don’t need any more divisive energy in the world. We need to remember that we are one great big tribe and that we have to take care of each other. Because the people that are able to convince us that that’s not the case and that we don’t need to do that are the people that are damaging the planet and humanity and carrying out horrific terrorist attacks. Truthfully, the best way to combat that is to look at one another as being the same.

Source: TakePart

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