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Sophia Bush Slams 'One Tree Hill' Set Culture As 'Controlling And Manipulative'
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Sophia Bush Slams 'One Tree Hill' Set Culture As 'Controlling And Manipulative'

Sophia Bush has opened up about her time on the set of "One Tree Hill," revealing that she and her co-stars felt controlled and manipulated.

The 38-year-old actor appeared on the “Chicks in the Office” podcast and discussed a variety of topics, including her time on the hit WB show, which ran from 2003 to 2012. While recalling her early 20s and bringing to life the character Brooke Davis, Bush explained how green she was to both the industry and, well, life.

“We felt like little kids, and when we look back now, we realize how young we were and how naive we were,” Bush said, adding that she and her co-stars didn’t have the space on set to ask questions about what was going on at the time.

Bush described the experience as "madness," "kind of scary, intimidating, and confusing," noting that she was only 21 when she began the show and that it was "weird" that she was treated like an adult despite the fact that she didn't feel like one.

“Looking back, we can see the ways in which we were fetishized and had this sort of adultification lens put over us,” she explained. “This idea that we were supposed to know everything and have answers, and be, ultimately, professional when we didn’t even know what the technical terms were. It was like, ‘Get on your mark!’ And you’re like, ‘What are you talking about? What is a mammogram?’

She went on to say that she and her unnamed co-stars "were expected to be these adults, but we were also looked at as pawns."

Bush went on to say that she felt controlled and manipulated on set by unspecified "grown-ups" whom she "trusted."

“We had grown-ups who we trusted, who we now realize were being really controlling and manipulative, who didn’t want us to be close because they thought we’d band together and ask for more money,” she explained. “It’s just so strange, and those were just things we weren’t aware of at the time.”

Bush noted that when she was starting out, she was "just in the dark" because "there was no social media where people were talking about this stuff and giving people advice, and figuring out if you were being paid equitably and all these things," echoing sentiments expressed earlier in the conversation about the impact of social media on young actors.

This isn't the first time Bush has spoken out publicly about something that happened on the set of "One Tree Hill." In 2017, she was one of nearly 20 women who publicly accused creator Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment and physical and emotional manipulation.

In an interview with Andy Cohen the following year, Bush referred to Schwahn as a "pig," emphasizing that her time on "One Tree Hill" had its ups and downs.

“Our writers room was in L.A., so we had plenty of time where [Schwahn] wasn’t on set,” she explained at the time, according to People. “When you have to be on set day in and day out with somebody who is so vile, it’s a different story. So we had great highlight-reel, coming-of-age, rom-com s**t together, and then we had like, ‘Batten down the hatches,

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