The stars are definitely lined up for Sophia Bush this year! In April, “One Tree Hill”, the show she starred on for nine seasons aired its series finale on the CW network. Before fans even bid the official television farewell to ‘Brooke Davis’, it was announced that Sophia landed a leading role on CBS’s new sitcom “Partners”- a comedy created and executive produced by the Emmy-winning award winning masterminds of “Will & Grace”, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.
The actress and activist was all smiles at the Paleyfest CBS Fall Preview event for “Partners” last week, which is where I spoke with her on her transition from a one-hour drama filmed in North Carolina to a comedy series. “It’s just so exciting! I was so lucky to do “One Tree Hill”, and the fact that it was on for so long is an incredible thing that none of us expected when it started!” said Sophia at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills.
During her “Tree Hill” years Sophia went from playing everything from a high-school student turned successful fashion designer, to a business owner, mom and wife. “Comedy was always the thing I really, really wanted to do. And I was lucky because the writers gave me a lot of comedic material on that show, but this is different. This is choreography and specificity. It’s just magical,” she said. “I fell in love with acting on stage and I feel like I’m really getting back to the roots of that now.” The Southern California native told me she is enjoying the live interaction and feedback from the viewers. “It’s so much fun. Just the relationship that we all get to have with the audience every week is great.”
Sophia has now gone back to her old stomping grounds of live acting with ‘Ali’, a character whom she says she loves playing because of the authenticity she presents. “What I love about her is she’s a real girl. She’s modern, she’s smart, she’s successful and she runs a business; and in some sense just has it all together. But she’s a chick, you know! (Laughs) And sometimes something implodes at work or something stressful at home happens and she’s allowed to flip out a little bit and she’s allowed to lose it or cry in the corner of the store. Whatever it is that we all do!” Sophia said when describing Ali; a successful and newly-engaged jewelry business owner. “What I love about her is that they allow her to be both. She’s not a token side-kick girlfriend and she’s not a wallflower. She’s a real woman. I relate to her and all of my friends relate to her and I think women in the audience will relate to her, too.”
In addition to playing a character she connects with, the actress, who earlier this summer raised enough funds to build two schools in Guatemala with Pencils of Promise, said the best thing about being on “Partners” are the actual partners she has for it. “Working with this incredible cast and our incredible writers, I really couldn’t ask for more.”
“Partners” also stars David Krumholtz, Michael Urie and Brandon Routh. It premieres September 24th on CBS.