‘Chicago PD’: Sophia Bush Took Reoccurring Role on ‘Law & Order: SVU’ While Starring on Show

by Madison Miller

For fans of Sophia Bush, she’s had plenty of recognizable roles on TV over the years. One of her most popular happened to be playing Detective Erin Lindsay on “Chicago PD.” She played this character from season one up until season four.

Besides that, fans of “One Tree Hill” will also recognize her in her very influential role as Brooke Davis in all nine seasons.

Sophia Bush and ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Her character Erin Lindsay had a wide reach. Not only did she appear on “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med,” but she also had a reoccurring role in “Law & Order: SVU.” It makes sense, given the fact that this is another Dick Wolf show as well with plenty of detectives to go around.

Bush guest-starred in four episodes of “Law & Order: SVU.” She appeared in the 2014 episode called “Comic Perversion” in 2014, followed by “Chicago Crossover,” “Daydream Believer,” and “Nationwide Manhunt.”

Sophia Bush had a massive impact after playing her popular detective character. She also felt incredibly lucky to get to work with the long-standing crew over on “Law & Order: SVU.”

“Kelly Giddish is radical. We had a ball on set. I’d have these surreal experiences where we’re sitting in the bullpen having a conversation and I’m on the edge of my desk talking about what’s going on with this crime and I turn and I’m like, ‘Oh my god! It’s Tutuola. Hi!’ It’s just crazy. It was a very cool, sort of full-circle, fandom moment for me,” Bush said at the time of the crossover, according to Yahoo! Entertainment.

For Bush, not only is she passionate about acting, but she’s also an activist. She is one of the founders of Time’s Up, which is a non-profit that helps and offers different support resources to the victims of sexual harassment.

Decision to Leave ‘Chicago PD’

Bush was only on “Chicago PD” for four seasons and seemingly left out of nowhere. She played Erin Lindsay until her contract was up in 2017.

As it turns out, Bush did not leave “Chicago PD” on good terms and spoke out about her experience on the show a couple of years later during a podcast episode of “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard.”

She told him she was very unhappy while on the show and said that staying would be a “certain death.” The reason being was the kind of work conditions people had to deal with on the show. She said she witnessed a very “consistent onslaught, barrage of abusive behavior.”

Even worse, Bush felt like she couldn’t speak up about the issues she was witnessing. “If your bosses tell you that if you cause a ruckus, you’ll cost everyone their job, you believe that,” she said on the podcast. The “Chicago PD” star also said that the cast often had to work in below-freezing temperatures, which would often lead people to get pneumonia.

As of now, she will star in “Good Sam” when it airs on CBS on January 5.