Sophia Bush On Mentors Connie Britton, Ava DuVernay, and Eva Longoria: "These Ladies Are Always There for Me"

WWSBD? That stands for "What Would Sophia Bush Do?" and it may be my new motto.

The actress who we first got to know from her role as tough cookie Brooke on "One Tree Hill" has now become an activist force. In addition to being a successful working actress (we love watching her kick butt on a weekly basis on "Chicago PD"), this Levo 100 member is also always fighting for causes she is passionate about. From the environment to women and girl’s rights to just speaking her mind.

We recently caught up with the actress/activist as she was promoting Lipton’s Chef Fest, a series of digital content and experiential dining events designed to infuse excitement into every day meals. The events kick off this Fall in Washington D.C. (Sept. 23-25), Chicago (Oct. 14-16), Atlanta (Oct. 21-23), and Austin (Oct. 28-30), and) and will feature local tastemakers, live music and delicious meals (check Bush out in this fun video here when she totally spices up someone’s humdrum work lunch.) The digital content series co-stars chef Michael Symon, Anthony Anderson and Bush.

In 2016 Lipton is encouraging people to pull up a chair and reconnect with friends and family in a meaningful way through Lipton's Chef Fest, a series of digital content and experiential dining events designed to infuse excitement into every day meals. We talked with Bush about everything from mentorship, to what she tell her younger self to getting that morning routine down pat.

What would you tell your 22-year-old self when it comes to career advice?

Stick to your guns. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, or stand up for yourself. And do not worry about being someone else’s definition of enough.

What is your best tip for starting your morning off right so you have the energy for those long days on set?

I’ll take any intel you have on this topic! (laughs) Honestly, I’m trying to get better at getting up just a little earlier so that I can have some semblance of a morning to myself, before the madness begins. Taking an extra 20 minutes to take my vitamins, make a cup of coffee, and enjoy the silence. Because there is no silence and no alone time once you get to set! It’s go go go all day.

Do you have mentors either within the entertainment industry or outside of it? Are you a mentor yourself?

I am really focused on mentorship lately. It can be so easy to operate like an island, and never ask for help. I find that I am finally comfortable reaching out more. Eva Longoria. Connie Britton. Debra Messing. Those ladies are always there for me. More recently I’ve been spending time with Ava DuVernay and Sarah Lewis — she is a beyond brilliant Harvard Professor and fellow Super Soul 100 change maker — and they both just blow my mind. I am so ready to be in company of strong and inspiring women all the time!

How have you dealt with failures in your career?

“Failure” is part of life. I wish we would stop looking at it as though it’s a negative when something doesn’t work out, or we don’t get that job, or we don’t feel like we have don’t enough. Not realizing that both ups and downs are valuable robs so many of us of being able to be truly present and open. So yay failure. Make it a positive!

I am a huge fan of Chicago PD so I’d love to hear what we can expect to see happen with Lindsay next season? She was at a pretty dark place at the beginning of last season. Could that happen again? What will happen with instead?

Lindsay is definitely in a tough spot when we come back for the start of season 4. Hank is her father figure. The person who saved her life. He has always been a safe space and always been someone who has, despite his methodology in certain moments, been working toward the right thing. She believes in him. And now he has done this terrible thing. Her heart is broken. Because she understands the real, human pain that he is in, as a father. But she also knows what they are sworn to do, as police. She can no longer say that he is always going to end the day doing what’s right. And that has really turned her world upside down. Lindsay has to come to terms with how to go on, and how to trust someone that she no longer feels can be trusted completely. What that means for her, and for the place she has always occupied in her chosen family, remains to be seen. It does play into an interesting dynamic for her and Halstead. Because he is true blue, he is a person who has never wavered in his commitments. And so I think he becomes someone for her to turn to more. Even though they’ve been dating for some time, there are certain walls she hasn’t dropped around him, because she doesn’t drop them around anyone. But she’s had a very real wake up call to the fact that life is short. And that’s changing the way she lets him in.

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