Actress & Activist
Sophia Bush is an American actress, activist, entrepreneur, and global education access advocate.
Bush is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has starred in various independent projects, shows and movies such as the hit comedy John Tucker Must Die, Incredibles 2, The CW’s hit drama One Tree Hill, and starred as "Detective Erin Lindsay" for 4 seasons on Dick Wolf’s Chicago PD. Sophia recently appeared in NBC’s drama This is Us and the Hulu show, Love, Victor.
Bush has earned multiple Teen Choice Awards in the categories of "Choice Movie Actress: Comedy," "Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller" and "Choice Movie: Breakout Female."
Named one of the most charitable celebrities by CNN, Sophia devotes her free time to bettering girl’s education and the environment. She inspires millions as she uses her personal platform and social media influence to raise awareness and funds for great causes. Since taking to social media to share her passion for change, Bush has inspired young people to join her in raising nearly half a million dollars for charity, built three primary schools in Guatemala and Laos, and now serves as a global ambassador for Glamour's The Girl Project. Her focus, with The Girl Project, is to break down the barriers the girls face to secondary school education. They are currently working in 96 countries around the world.
Sophia also co-founded and sits on the board for “I am a voter” where she campaigns and promotes awareness of registration tools while also encouraging all to use their resources to participate in the voting process.
In 2019, Sophia launched her podcast, Work in Progress. She features frank, funny, personal, professional, and sometimes even political conversations with people who inspire Sophia about how they’ve gotten to where they are, and where they think they’re still going. These discussions stem from her "aha" moment of realizing you are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.
In her years of activism, Sophia has followed her passions from environmentalism to education, and everything in between. She’s founded voting rights organizations and has been a powerful voice for racial justice and pay equity. Along the way, advisers, family members, and friends have said, “C’mon, pick a lane!” These days, Sophia has a firm response to this: “WelI, I do care about everything, and you should too.” In this talk, Sophia outlines her philosophy that activism and volunteerism is not a part of your life, it’s a way of doing life. In a TED-style manifesto, she advocates for a holistic view of the world, one that acknowledges the interconnectivity of various issues and no longer demands that young people pick a lane. Drawing from her own experiences, Sophia invites audiences to dare to care about everything.
Ever wonder how to fix traffic in your neighborhood? Update your public school’s curriculum? Get new park benches? There’s a vote for that! Almost every aspect of our communities’ well-being ladders back out to local elections—and Sophia wants to make sure that Americans are harnessing the full potential of that power. After campaigning for dozens of local candidates, going on the road with the Obamas, and joining Hillary Clinton’s campaign, she founded the voter registration organization I Am a Voter to get every American to recognize their responsibility to engage with all levels of elections, and more importantly, recognize voting as an act of agency and hope. This speech is a rallying cry to every American to use our voices to make the communities and country we want.