Sophia Bush is having a good time as ‘Good Sam’

CBS medical drama gives actress-producer her latest series

Sophia Bush of ‘Good Sam’ Wednesday on CBS

Q: How are you finding it to play a heart surgeon in “Good Sam”?

A: For me, the irony of all of this is that my plan as a kid … I don’t know if it was growing up the daughter of an immigrant or what, but your options are really like, you’re a doctor or a lawyer. So, as a young person, I said I wanted to be a doctor. And I was particularly fascinated with heart surgery. I considered it as a specialty.

Then, my high school drama teacher got in the way and helped put me in my first play. You can imagine the shock when I told my parents I wasn’t going to med school; I was going to go study theater and learn how to do costume makeup. So, it really feels full-circle. My parents are thrilled by this. They’re sort of like living out their moment. And for me, I think it’s loving the genre so much.

Q: What exactly do you love about the medical-show genre?

A: There is such a heightened sense of what’s important in the walls of a hospital, when things are literally life and death, and that has only increased for all of us in terms of representing health-care workers since COVID. This incredible sum of all these parts that we’ve put together has made learning (medical) terminology, and all of these other things — I love it.

One of my very favorite things to do, not only as an individual but with this whole team of unbelievably talented actors, is to get into our medical rehearsals and figure out who slaps what where and how we do the things, and we make it look pretty bad-ass. I’m actually living a dream.

Q: Having had lengthy runs on “One Tree Hill” and “Chicago P.D.,” do you envision “Good Sam” as another situation where you could be content to stay for a while?

A: I’m sure everyone has a day where they wonder, “Might I wind up doing something else later in my life?”  But being on this show, I would like to not do anything else for a very, very long time.

CBS’ ‘Good Sam’ finds Sophia Bush playing doctor

Jay Bobbin

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