Almost eight years since the series finale of teen drama One Tree Hill, longtime ensemble lead Sophia Bush is once again speaking out against the show that helped launch the trajectory of her career.
Bush, now 37, started her OTH journey in 2003 as the series did. Although her role as the feisty, rebellious, fun-loving, and sorta lost Brooke Davis gained her much mainstream (and longterm) success, she's been very open about the not-so-pretty moments that happened behind the scenes.
In November 2017, Bush stepped forward with more than a dozen One Tree Hill cast and crew mates in a letter accusing series creator Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment. This group of 18 women included the likes of series lead Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer) and Danneel Harris-Ackles (Rachel Gatina) and was a result of a series of tweets posted by former show Audrey Wauchope.
“He's a man in a position of power who was allowed to run a television show for years where this behavior continuously went on," Wauchope wrote at the time.
The letter was later received by Variety.
"All of the female cast members of One Tree Hill have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another," the letter began. It continued to recollect the culture of silence they felt during filming, describing Schwahn's behavior as something of an "open secret."
Bush recently sat down with Ashley Graham's a part of the model's Pretty Big Deal podcast, where she again reflected on her time playing "the girl behind the red door."
"There was this sort of really weird thing...you look back at it, at the time I didn't realize how inappropriate it was, but again, this is a long time ago. I remember my boss kept writing scenes for me to be in my underwear...and I was like, 'I'm not doing this, this is inappropriate.' Like, I don't think this is what we should be teaching 16-year-old girls to be doing, and to be seeking validation this way."
Sophia also recollects being shut down as her boss "reminded" her that she was not 16 (Bush was in her early 20s at the time).
Although she never gives a name to said "boss," it's probably safe to assume she is still speaking of M*rk Schawhn. And although OTH was a huge springboard for the actress, it was just the beginning. Bush left her leading role on Chicago P.D. at the end of 2018 but has excited fans once again with her appearance on This Is Us.
(It's worth noting that she hasn't aged a bit.)