What Has Sophia Bush Been Up To Since She Left Chicago P.D.?
Once best known for her role on a CW drama series, Sophia Bush made a name for herself on one of the big 4 networks thanks to her role as Erin Lindsay on Chicago P.D. She left that show after Season 4, and she hasn't returned to her old Chicago franchise stomping grounds since her final episode in 2017. Bush hasn't joined a new show as a regular either, although there was a project that had a great deal of potential. Here's what she's been up to.
The biggest development on the Sophia Bush TV front came back in September 2018 when news broke that she'd signed on to star in the spy thriller Surveillance, which would air on CBS if it landed a series order. The project had a lot of potential and even signed 24 vet Dennis Haysbert as the male lead. Now, however, Variety reports that Bush will not come to CBS as leading lady of Surveillance after all. Surveillance isn't happening.
Although the drama had reportedly tested well for the network and had support within CBS, it was evidently not scene as a good fit for the Eye Network. So, Sophia Bush's return to a leading primetime TV role won't come courtesy of Surveillance on CBS.
But what about the projects Sophia Bush completed since leaving Chicago P.D.? She's been open about how unhappy she was before she left P.D., but her experiences there did not sour her on TV work altogether. Here's the TV work she's landed (and that hasn't been nixed) since leaving Chicago P.D.!
Sophia Bush On TV
Her first TV role after leaving Chicago P.D. (and therefore also nixing future appearances on Chicago Fire, Med, the short-lived Justice, and Law & Order: SVU as Erin Lindsay) took her to ABC. She appeared in one episode of the Zach Braff-led Alex, Inc. on the Alphabet Network in 2018. If the name "Alex, Inc." doesn't ring a bell, that would presumably be because Alex, Inc. (which CinemaBlend dubbed "sweet and silly" but "mostly boring" in our review) lasted only one season.
Sophia Bush's next TV project took her to Netflix for an episode of the anthology Easy. She appeared in the third and final season of the dramedy series, which premiered on May 10, 2019. She appeared in the episode "Spontaneous Combustion."
Her final TV project since leaving Chicago P.D. was an episode of Jane the Virgin on The CW. The episode aired back in June and featured Sophia Bush as a character by the name of Julie.
Sophia Bush was clearly excited about Jane the Virgin, and not just because it took her back to the network that launched her career. Her friend Gina Rodriguez called her up to appear in the last season of Jane the Virgin, and Bush made it clear that she was psyched to work with Rodriquez and Jane the Virgin leading man Justin Baldoni. But what of her non-TV roles since leaving Chicago P.D.?
Sophia Bush In Movies
Sophia Bush's first post-Chicago P.D. film was Marshall in the fall of 2017. She played a character credited as "Jen at the Bar" in the Chadwick Boseman-starring story about Thurgood Marshall. It was hardly the biggest role in the movie, but it brought her to the big screen.
After Marshall, in 2018, she tackled another crime-fighting role to play Detective Brooke Baker in Acts of Violence. Starring Bruce Wilson in the lead role, the movie sees a bride-to-be abducted at her bachelorette party, and the plot only thickens from there thanks to the groom's brothers. Sophia Bush already knew her way around a law enforcement character, so it was a solid fit for her.
Arguably Sophia Bush's biggest film role also came in 2018, but it didn't feature her in live-action. No, she joined the cast of Incredibles 2 to voice a new superhero known as Voyd. The film was in the works for a very long time, and Bush shared that she totally lost it in a restaurant when she got the news that she'd landed the role.
That's it for Sophia Bush's TV and film roles since leaving Chicago P.D., but there was one other project connected to the Incredibles franchise that she contributed to. She voiced Voyd again for the LEGO The Incredibles video game.
Now that Surveillance isn't happening, Sophia Bush fans will just have to wait and see what's in store for her next. All three shows in the Chicago franchise have been renewed, but considering the circumstances that caused her to leave P.D. (and that she hasn't held back from explaining why she wanted to leave P.D.), I wouldn't put money on her reprising the role of Erin Lindsay. Only time will tell if she lands a new show of her own or pursues interests elsewhere.
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Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.