Sophia Bush is revealing more about her reasons for leaving her role as Detective Erin Lindsay after four seasons on Chicago P.D. “It was a consistent onslaught barrage of abusive behavior,” Bush told Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast.
“I realized that as I was thinking I was being the tough guy, doing the thing, showing up to work, I programmed myself to tolerate the intolerable,” Bush said. After that, she began saying no – and eventually quit her job. “I quit because, what I’ve learned is I’ve been so programmed to be a good girl and to be a work horse and be a tug boat that I have always prioritized tugging the ship for the crew, for the show, for the group, ahead of my own health … My body was, like, falling apart, because I was really, really unhappy.”
She told Shepard she stayed on the show as long as she did because she was concerned about the crew and the cast and the possible loss of their jobs. “I’m not gonna f—k up this job for all these people and what about the camera guy whose two daughters I love and this is how he pays their rent? It becomes such a big thing. When your bosses tell you that if you raise a ruckus, you’ll cost everyone their job, you believe them.”
Bush specifically cited the tough working conditions in Chicago, where it was below freezing much of the time and people were getting sick because of the extreme weather. She said she complained to her bosses multiple times and would quit if the situation was not rectified, but she was told ‘no way’, as she’d signed a seven-season contract.
‘I said, “OK, you can put me in the position of going quietly of my own accord or you can put me in the position of suing the network to get me out of my deal and I’ll write an op-ed for The New York Times and tell them why,”‘ she recalled.
Bush left the show in 2017, shortly after showrunner Matt Olmstead exited in March of that year.