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Sophia Bush refuses to live in the past.
In an interview with Insider, the 39-year-old actress and activist opened up about the hardships she claimed to have endured earlier on the recordings for her previous TV shows, One Tree Hill and Chicago PD
“I feel it’s incredibly important to have these conversations,” she told the publication. “I also feel that it’s really important to respect myself, my mental health and my own boundaries.”
Before she moved the discussion to focus on her current role in NBC’s medical drama, Good Samsaid Bush: “I have given a lot of advice to women and everyone who is in such a situation.”
“I would so much rather celebrate [Good Sam] than constantly being asked to relive the discomfort of the past, “she added, noting how Good Sam has been “the best experience” of her life.
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Bush has previously starred in all nine seasons of One Tree Hill as Brooke Davis. The series ran on the WB and then the CW from 2003 to 2012.
Since finishing his work on the popular drama, Bush has been vocal about some of the negative aspects of her experience. She was among many former female cast members to sign a letter published in Variety in 2017, author Audrey Wauchope supported when she claimed how series creator Mark Schwahn “psychologically and emotionally” abused women working on the set. (Schwahn has never spoken publicly about any of the allegations.)
Despite this, Bush has teamed up with her OTH costars, Hilarie Burton Morgan and Bethany Joy Lenz, for their Drama Queens podcast where they watch the series again and provide details about behind the scenes from their time on the program.
“Those girls are my family and we spend so much time together, whether it’s on FaceTime or whether we’re filming episodes of ‘Drama Queens,'” Bush told Insider.
“We have forged such a friendship and been able, as a unit, to recycle so much of what was good and pleasing about our first job together while taking the respective waste out,” she continued. “And we’re just more in love with each other than we’ve ever been.”
Bush also left the popular NBC drama, Chicago PD, in 2017, later citing abuse on the series’ set. NBC did not comment on the case.
Good Sam premiered on January 5 and is currently airing its first season on NBC.