Sophia Bush doesn't "particularly care" about how her willingness to be outspoken about politics on social media affects her relationship with her followers.
"I don't owe anybody anything," she told AOL Entertainment this week. "I am appreciative that so many people respond to [my tweets] and say, 'Never stop! Keep using your voice! We love you so much for not being afraid to say these things!' But there are plenty of people who say, like, 'You deserve to die, and we're going to boycott your show.' It's like, 'Sweet! Good story bro! Don't watch!' I don't care. This is the world, and if you think I'm an a--hole because I voted for somebody who would've increased my taxes so your kids could eat school lunches, then cool. I'm an a--hole!"
Though that boldness feels like second nature for the "Chicago PD" actress now, it took her a while to get to a place to allow herself to be fearless when it comes to her work, her politics and her personal life.
"You have to remember that no matter how successful or happy you think someone is, they might be completely freaked out and stressed out all the time," she told us at Listerine's Unlock Your Bold event at the Inscape meditation studio in NYC. "So, it's on them -- and on you -- to start figuring out ways just for you to make your life feel a little bit better. Carve out a little bit of space, because taking quiet time makes me a bolder person."
Bush found that quiet time pretty recently, when she started to arrive to the "Chicago PD" set 30 minutes earlier than everyone else so that she could have some alone time to ground herself to start the day. This half-hour is "a revolution" for the star, who uses the time to meditate using the Inscape app, do yoga, walk her dog, swish Listerine or brush her teeth.
The 34 year old says that another way she finds herself being bold is through her obsession with skydiving. She told us that she's been seven times and said that it would be "really cool" to one day jump out of a plane all on her own.
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As for the question she probably gets most often, the answer is "no": She will not be taking part in any sort of official "One Tree Hill" reboot or on-air reunion.
"Not happening! It's like, don't even put it in the article," she told AOL Entertainment with a laugh. "People lose their minds, they send it to me, then they cry and say, 'Why did you break my heart?' I'm like, 'It's just not happening. I'm sorry.' We did 187 episodes -- I don't have it in me. I got nothing for you."
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