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November 17, 2019

Sophia Bush's Life after Leaving 'Chicago PD'

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Sophia Bush used the impact she has gained from playing detective Erin Lindsay in "Chicago PD" to push for action on a variety of causes.

Bush starred in the hit NBC police procedural drama series "Chicago P.D." from 2014 to 2017.

"I feel the most capable, curious, and badass when I am active in my community, educated about current events, and using my voice."

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The actress and activist now uses her social media accounts and blog to raise awareness of world events and fundraisers in which she participates. 

In an interview with Good Morning America, Bush said:

"It reminds me of how much good we do when we come together and when we advocate for each other."

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She added, "I think that empowerment comes from knowledge, and if there is an issue near and dear to your heart and you want to step in and help, do that."

Bush, who made her first big-screen appearance in the 2002 film "Van Wilder," took part in the 2017 Women's March on Washington. She also attended the Women's March in Los Angeles in 2018.

According to Bush, who grew up in Los Angeles, it was a wonderful experience to rally in her hometown.

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"That moment, it reminds me to hope and it reminds me of how much good we do when we come together," said Bush.

"When I'm searching for the inspiration to continue feeling driven, when I want to continue feeling empowered is to just never give up," she added. "It's the next right thing, do the next right thing."

As reported by InStyle, Bush has raised about $500,000 for charity through her social media accounts.

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"I feel the most capable, curious, and badass when I am active in my community, educated about current events, and using my voice," she said.

Bush considered her new podcast, Work in Progress with Sophia Bush, her most satisfying project to date.

"It is the most fulfilling and fun thing I've done in a long time," she said. "The podcast feels like such a wide-open runway for curiosity, inspiration, and possibility." 

Bush was born in Pasadena, California, in 1982. In 2000, she graduated from Westridge School for Girls.

At 17 years old, she was named the Tournament of Roses Parade Queen. She went to the University of Southern California (USC) as a journalism major.

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