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The Life-Affirming Moment Sophia Bush Had While Filming Chicago P.D.

Veteran viewers of the long-running hit police procedural "Chicago P.D." likely still have fond memories of Sophia Bush's driven, street-wise Detective Erin Lindsay and her high-intensity persona. As a major presence on the law enforcement entry in producer Dick Wolf's successful One Chicago slate of shows on NBC, Bush co-starred in the first four seasons of the series.

Detective Lindsay was first introduced as a character on "Chicago Fire," before debuting on "Chicago P.D." in that show's premiere episode, "Stepping Stone." Her last appearance in the One Chicago franchise came in the "Chicago P.D." Season 4 finale "Fork in the Road." Ultimately, Bush opened up about how harsh working conditions on set led to her early retirement from the series. Despite the less-than-positive experience, though, it does sound like there was at least one good moment to come out of her time on the show. In fact, in a 2014 interview, Bush had some high praise for one particular "Chicago P.D." experience. 

Sophia Bush was thrilled about her Law & Order: SVU crossover

While Sophia Bush's primary role within the extended One Chicago universe was on "Chicago P.D.," the actor also made a total of 11 appearances in the sister show "Chicago Fire," as well as turning up in six "Chicago Med" outings, and a one-off in the short-lived "Chicago Justice" (via IMDb). Not only that, but Bush also dropped in for four crossover guest spots on Dick Wolf's other long-running hit, "Law & Order: SVU."

Filming those "SVU" crossover episodes and, specifically, working with series star Mariska Hargitay appears to be somewhat of a career highlight for Bush. While being interviewed by Young Hollywood in 2014, Bush was asked about shooting one of the crossover episodes, which she referred to as "...a big life-affirming moment for me." And if you follow Bush's career, you likely already know why. In an interview Bush did with TV Guide around the same time, the actor noted, "I'm the biggest 'SVU' fan... [and] now to be going to work with Mariska [Hargitay], I feel like it's my birthday." 

So, while Sophia Bush's run on "Chicago P.D." may have concluded on a downbeat note, the opportunity to join the cast of "Law & Order: SVU" to film a high-profile crossover episode proved to be a true highlight.