Sophia Bush On Working With Chad Michael Murray


“Nothing mattered to me but being honest for her.”

If you’re of a certain age, it’s very possible you spent a decent amount of your adolescence watching the wild ride that was One Tree Hill.


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You probably also know that two of the show’s biggest stars, Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush, got married in 2005 after two years of dating — and they split five months later.


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Breaking up is, obviously, hard to do — but Chad and Sophia continued working on the show for years, until the former left the show in 2009. At one point after their split, their characters (Lucas Scott and Brooke Davis, respectively) even dated on the show.


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On a recent episode of Sophia’s Drama Queens podcast with former One Tree Hill costars Bethany Joy Lenz and Hilarie Burton, the actor made some rare comments about what it was like to continue working with her ex.


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The conversation began when Bethany brought up how Sophia was “going through a breakup with the person that you were playing a romance opposite of.”


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“Regardless of what all those circumstances were, that’s incredibly difficult — emotionally, to be able to be vulnerable and be there in that moment,” she said to Sophia.


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Bethany also said that she thought it was “really beautiful” that Sophia could be “that raw and open and vulnerable” in her acting, despite the circumstances — to which Sophia replied, “People can call it whatever they want.”


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“They can say it’s strength, they can say it’s pride, they can say it’s professionalism — you can put a positive or a negative skew on it,” she continued.


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“But I was always going to put Brooke Davis ahead of everybody and everything else. Nothing mattered to me but being honest for her.”


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It’s pretty surprising that Sophia chose to talk about the experience at all. Just last year, the actor said



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