Sophia Bush Says It’s ‘Laughable’ Society Still Cares About Age

  • Sophia Bush said she thinks it’s “laughable” that society still cares so much about age.
  • She told Insider she’s excited to turn 40 in July as she was to turn 30 in 2012.
  • “All I think about when I think about the future is ‘yes, please, more, thank you,'” she said.

Sophia Bush is living her best life at home and at work on the CBS medical drama “Good Sam.”

The actress told Insider during an interview about her partnership with Lenovo for its “Work for Humankind” initiative that she’s unfazed about turning 40 in July.

“I understand that all of our experiences in our industries, which go far beyond just mine, are quite real and valid,” she said when asked if she was at all concerned about ageism in Hollywood. “I also find it laughable that we live in a society that still cares what age anyone is.”

The former “Chicago PD” star noted that sometimes age is relative in the industry, because 30-year-olds often play high schoolers on teen dramas, and there are cases where actors play the parents of people who are older than them in real life . (Currently, the most notable case of this is on “This Is Us,” where 37-year-old Mandy Moore plays the mother of 45-year-old Justin Hartley, 41-year-old Chrissy Metz, and 45-year-old old Sterling K. Brown.)

Looking back, Bush recalled that people thought it was “weird” and “surprising” for a woman to be “excited” to turn 30 and “openly writing essays about how incredible a new decade felt,” as she did.

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Sophia Bush attends the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles.

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In 2017, then 34-year-old Bush wrote an essay for Cosmopolitan about what she’s learned about relationship mistakes in her 20s that helped her redefine what she was looking for in her 30s.

Bush married her former “One Tree Hill” costar Chad Michael Murray in April 2005, when she was 22, and split from him five months later, though their divorce wasn’t finalized until 2006. Bush got engaged to Grant Hughes, an entrepreneur, in August 2021.

Bush told Insider she’s as excited to step into a new decade when she turns 40 this year as she was to turn 30 back in 2012.

“Here I am working on the most joyful and exciting and delicious set I have worked on in my life with some of my favorite humans,” Bush told Insider, referring to “Good Sam.”

“This has been the best year yet. And so all I think about when I think about the future is ‘yes, please, more, thank you’,” she added.

“Good Sam” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

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