Sophia Bush Opens Up About Being Manipulated and Controlled on 'One Tree Hill' Set
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The Brooke Davis depicter on the series shares in a new interview that she and her 'One Tree Hill' co-star were controlled and manipulated by 'grown-ups' that they 'trusted.'

AceShowbiz - Sophia Bush has recalled the not-so nice experience that she had while appearing on "One Tree Hill". During her appearance on the "Chicks in the Office" podcast, Sophia revealed that she felt "weird" as she was treated like adults on set.

"It was weird because, in some ways, we were treated like adults," the actress, who portrayed high schooler Brooke Davis on the series, shared in the interview. "Looking back on it, we can see the ways in which we were fetishized and we had this lens of adultification put over us with this idea that we were supposed to know everything and have answers, and be, ultimately, professional."

She went on saying, "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 mark?' " She continued, "We were expected to be these adults and yet, we were also looked at kind of as pawns."

Sophia additionally claimed that she and her "One Tree Hill" co-star were controlled and manipulated by "grown-ups" that they "trusted." The "Chicago P.D." star recalled, "We had grown-ups who we trusted, who now we understand were being really controlling and manipulative--who didn't want us to be close 'cause they thought we would band together and ask for more money. It's just so weird and those were just things we were not aware of at the time."

Sophia also noted that since social media wasn't a thing back then, there wasn't a platform to talk about pay disparity, work environments and others. "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," she said. "We didn't have any of that. We were just in the dark."

Working on the series was "so much joy and so much confusion" at the same time, Sophia added. It also made her want to create a positive space on sets. "I want my sets to be really professional--we're not here to tolerate a bunch of dilly-dallying or bulls**t," she divulged. "I want sets that I work on to be places that people can ask any question and get it answered, where we can hold ourselves to a degree of excellence as a challenge, not as a threat, and where it can just be fun."

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