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Sophia Bush is a familiar and favorite face in fictional law enforcement thanks to her starring role and powerful portrayal of Detective Erin Lindsay in the popular NBC drama Chicago P.D.. I caught up with the talented actress to find out more about what this season will bring for her character and what she’s learned from the tough-as-nails detective. A self-proclaimed foodie, Bush, who recently partnered with Lipton Iced Tea and Chef Michael Symon for Lipton’s Chef Fest, also shared her approach for creating better mealtime options.
Parade: We’ve all come to love Detective Erin Lindsay — the character you portray in the popular crime drama Chicago P.D. Is she as much fun to play as she is to watch?
Sophia Bush: She is! I’ve so enjoyed all of the training I’ve done for this show. Learning the way an intuitive female officer operates, thinks, trusts her gut. It’s been very eye-opening and confidence-building, in a way.
Parade: Do you share any qualities with Erin Lindsay? Anything you’ve learned from her no-nonsense approach to life and its challenges?
Bush: Erin doesn’t have a lot of room for self-doubt, which I think all women can relate to. We spend so much time unlearning society’s lessons to stay quiet, be small or question ourselves. As much as we are all on the journey of self-love and trust, she’s a great reinforcement of what it can look like when a woman has thrown away those pressures and pressed onward.
Parade: Chicago P.D. has helped educate the public about the extreme physical and emotional risks in being a first responder. What has that process been like for you as an actor?
Bush: We only show a tiny sliver of what the officers go through, truly. I’ve learned so much about how much stress and pain and loss these men and women carry; the faces that haunt them at night. And they go on, day to day, sacrificing for us. The officers I work with hold themselves to incredibly high standards, and don’t suffer fools in their profession who do not. They want wearing the badge to mean something honorable. They have my utmost respect.
Parade: What can we expect from Detective Erin Lindsay this season and beyond?
Bush: This season Erin is learning to let people in more. That goes for her relationship with Jay, the reparations she’s making in her relationship with her mother, and how she is considering a potential meeting with her father.
Parade: There doesn’t seem to be much doughnut eating at Lindsay’s precinct. What do you do to stay fit and healthy and running like the wind?
Bush: Oh but there is so much doughnut eating off camera! We have a never-ending case of them, literally. It’s like a Mary Poppins’ bag of sugary treats. Very dangerous! I’m much less healthy on this show than I’ve ever been before, just because our hours are so crazy and healthy food is so hard to come by. So I’m trying to catch up a little by cooking at home more, and bringing healthier options to work with me. The running and stunts on the show definitely make up for some of the fitness time I’m missing out on!
Parade: You’ve recently partnered with Lipton Iced Tea and Chef Michael Symon for Lipton’s Chef Fest. Is it safe to say that you value mealtime and entertaining? What’s your idea of a quick and easy mealtime menu?
Bush: Indeed, I do! I think mealtime is tremendously important. Slowing down and having a conversation with friends or loved ones over food is good for the soul. And it’s been so much fun for Michael and I to surprise so many awesome people with breaks like that. He’s taught me some wonderful recipes for quinoa risotto and quick fish preparations that are simple, hearty and good for you.
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