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EXCLUSIVE: Sophia Bush Is 'So Proud' of Political Protesters: 'I Have a Lot of Hope'

by Sophie Schillaci 3:34 PM PST, January 29, 2017
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Sophia Bush is feeling hopeful.

Just ahead of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Chicago P.D. actress spoke to ET about why she believes in the power of storytelling amid a tumultuous political landscape.

"I think that a really powerful story can remind us of just how much the same our communities are," she said at the Entertainment Weekly celebration honoring SAG Award nominees on Saturday night. "It's going to be up to artists and storytellers to make sure we're all continuing to do our job. I know it's going to be a rough road ahead, but I have a lot of hope, you know?"

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The actress went on to praise the ACLU's swift action against President Donald J. Trump's travel ban earlier that day, as well as those who participated in last week's women's marches across the country.

"I'm just so proud of the way people are showing up and standing up, and voicing their opinions and refusing to accept this," she said.

"I think in a time when, though they are outnumbered and though they are the least popular administration in history thus far, I think that we have people in power who really want to stoke fear and who really want to emphasize this notion of 'the other,'" she mused. "But in reality, we're all the same and we want the same for our friends and our loved ones and our children."

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On the subject of strong storytelling, Bush also shared her thoughts on the late Mary Tyler Moore's lasting legacy.

"I grew up watching her and watching Candice Bergen and I never imagined there was anything that a woman couldn't do," the 34-year-old star said. "I didn't have to feel that way because I had incredible examples of women doing everything they wanted to be doing. ... I think that her stories still stand the test of time, so we were very lucky to have such a shining example."

Bush will serve as a presenter during Sunday night's SAG Awards, airing live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on TNT and TBS. For more on the 23rd annual ceremony, watch below.

-- Reporting by Desiree Murphy.

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