Early Career and Success on the Small Screen
Sophia Anna Bush was born on July 8, 1982 in Pasadena, California, U.S. She is the only child of Maureen and Charles William Bush. She attended Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena, California where was a member of the volleyball team and graduated in 2000.
She first got involved in acting when she was required to take her school’s theatre arts program. Though she initially disliked the activity, she realized she loved it after participating in the play. In 2000, when she was 17, she was chosen as the Queen of the Tournament of Roses Parade. She then attended the University of Southern California to major in journalism.
In 2002, she made her big screen debut in the comedy film Van Wilder. That same year, she appeared as Carrie Orr in the HBO television film Point of Origin. This was followed by the 2003 movie Learning Curves. Later in 2003, she was cast as Katie Flannery in The Flannerys, although the series was not picked up and the pilot was never aired.
Following this, she made guest appearances in the television shows Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Nip/Tuck before making her breakthrough as Brooke Davis in One Tree Hill. Her character in the show earned her mainstream fame and played the role until its finale in 2012.
For her performance, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress – Drama in 2005 and in 2008. During her stay in One Tree Hill, she managed to act in films, beginning with the 2005 action feature Supercross. She also appeared in an episode of the reality show Punk’d.
She next appeared as October Bantum in Stay Alive. The movie garnered negative reviews but managed to become a commercial success, earning $27,105,095. She then played the role of Beth McIntyre in 2006’s John Tucker Must Die. The film received mixed reviews but was a blockbuster hit, grossing $68,824,526 worldwide.
The following year, she played the female lead in the 2007 remake of the 1986 film The Hitcher, alongside Sean Bean and Zachary Knighton. The film received poor reviews and was only a moderate box office success. Her next movie was in the 2008 independent feature The Narrows, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2009, she was cast in the direct-to-video film Table for Three and appeared in the pilot for the show Southern Discomfort in 2010, although the pilot was not aired and the show was not picked up by its network. In 2011, she lent her voice for the role of Sara in an episode of the animated series Phineas and Ferb.
Other Works and Plastic Surgery
That same year, she starred as Chloe in the British romantic comedy movie Chalet Girl, alongside Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick and Brooke Shields. Critical response to the film was mixed and was also a commercial failure. Bush, then, returned to television in 2012, first starring as Ali Landow in Partners. Due to the show’s negative reception, it was cancelled after six episodes.
In 2013, she was cast as Emma McCoy for the pilot of the show Hatfields & McCoys, but the show failed to be selected for a slot. Later that year, she joined the cast of the NBC series Chicago Fire. In the show, she plays Detective Erin Lindsay. The series is currently in its second season and was just renewed for a third one. She also plays the same role in the Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago P.D.
After stepping into the limelight for her role in One Tree Hill, Bush became a household name, particularly among television viewers. Thus, her slight physical transformation was easily noticed by some after she appeared to have bigger breasts. This instantly led to the assumption that the 31-year-old actress went under the knife for a breast augmentation.
According to some reports, the One Tree Hill actress didn’t opt for large implants, and instead, chose the right size to match her body type. The results are suitable for her body, not making the procedure conspicuous at all. Unlike other actresses who made the wrong decisions of choosing really big implants, making their decisions regrettable, Bush did a good job in preserving her body image by not indulging in plastic surgery that much.