Sophia Bush, the dazzling actress who played the character of Brooke Davis Baker on the hit show One Tree Hill, recently opened up about her time on the show and the incessant inappropriate treatment that she received from people working on the set and the creator.
She also shared that she and former costar, Hilarie Burton, were constantly sexually harassed. While Bush has moved on to bigger and better things since the show ended, including This Is Us and Chicago P.D., it still bothers her how they were treated.
One Tree Hill Creator, Mark Schwann, Habitually Made Sexual Advancements
Years after One Tree Hill had ended, Bush recalled all the inappropriate sexual advances that the creator of the show, Mark Schwann, made on her. Specifically, Bush recalled a time on the Andy Cohen Show that Schwann physically groped her.
"Yeah, look, my mom is a crazy Italian lady from New Jersey,” the actress revealed. “The first time Mark Schwahn grabbed my a** I hit him in front of six other producers and I hit him f*cking hard." But for Schwann, this wasn't an isolated incident.
"We knew about things he’d say to people, we knew about the late-night texts, we knew when he was super-obsessed with one girl on our show that he started trying to bang down her hotel room door in the middle of the night."
Bush Reveals She Had to Fight Underwear Scenes
Bush's costar, Hilarie Burton, also had a long laundry list of complaints towards Schwann. She claimed that not only did he try to dramatically sexualize her character, but he also forced himself on her, non-consentingly, and at one point, kissed her on the mouth.
Bush also opened up about her fight to avoid being in scenes that depicted her in her underwear, but due to her lack of knowledge of the power dynamics in play, she often time would lose out on those battles. "I was sort of unaware of the power dynamics at play and I would just say things,” she admitted. “I’d be like, ‘I’m not doing this."
To Bush It was Inappropriate to Depict 16-Year-Old Girl In That Manner
For Bush, the whole idea of being portrayed in her underwear for the role of a 16-year-old girl was just simply inappropriate.
"At the time I didn’t realize how inappropriate it was, but again, this is a long time ago,” she said. “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, to be seeking validation this way."
"And he was like, ‘Well, you’re not 16.’ And I said, ‘But I’m playing 16, and if you want somebody to do it so badly, like, get somebody else to do it,’” she continued before adding, “And he literally said to me, ‘Well, you’re the one with the big f*cking rack everybody wants to see.’ And I was like, ‘What? Well, I’m not doing it!’"
Bush Fights Back by Wearing Turtlenecks to Set
The supervisor that she battled with was never revealed, but Bush shared that from that moment on, she showed up to the set in turtlenecks and threatened to continue dressing in that manner if they didn't stop writing highly-revealing scenes, which she deemed inappropriate.
The Chicago P.D. actress didn't offer any specific timelines that these transgressions occurred, but it's safe to say they probably happened throughout the time she was on the show. Sadly, this practice likely occurs more than we know it. We're just glad Bush got out of it and is on to more professional projects.