Sophia Bush revealed that working on “Chicago P.D.” made her feel like “a work horse.” On Monday, December 10, the “One Tree Hill” alum sat down with Dax Shepard for an episode of his “Armchair Expert” podcast, and got candid about the reason why she quit the NBC police procedural series.
Back in May 2017, the 36-year-old actress, who portrayed Detective Erin Lindsay, abruptly left the series at end of season 4. She didn’t offer fans any explanation, except for a short reply to a fan on Instagram five months later that read, “because I wanted to. End of story.”
More than a year later, Bush was finally ready to give an explanation. “I quit because, what I’ve learned is I’ve been so programmed to be a good girl and to be a work horse and be a tug boat that I have always prioritized tugging the ship for the crew, for the show, for the group, ahead of my own health. The reality was that my body was, like, falling apart, because I was really, really unhappy,” she spilled.
In her confession, the ex-wife of Chad Michael Murray also admitted, “I realized that as I was thinking I was like being the tough guy, doing the thing, showing up to work, I programmed myself to tolerate the intolerable.” She noted that she came to the conclusion after attending therapeutic Onsite workshop.
While insisting that she’s not a difficult person to work with, Bush acknowledged that she might have been hard to deal with before she quit. “Nearing my tenure there, I was probably difficult to be around because I was in so much pain and I felt so ignored,” she said. “I feel like I was standing butt naked, bruised and bleeding in the middle of Times Square, screaming at the top of my lungs and not a single person stopped to ask if they could help me.”
Although the “John Tucker Must Die” actress had signed a seven-season contract in the beginning, she was unable to take it anymore. She went on to give her bosses an ultimatum. “I said, ‘OK, you can put me in the position of going quietly of my own accord or you can put me in the position of suing the network to get me out of my deal and I’ll write an op-ed for The New York Times and tell them why,’ ” she recalled.
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