Sophia Bush Says This Is an ‘Incredible’ Aspect of Aging

The actress and activist noted that she’s grown to stand in her power as she’s gotten older.
Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush.

Actress and activist Sophia Bush recently participated in the SHE Media Co-Lab at SXSW, where she moderated a panel about investing in women’s health. She and her business partner, Nia Batts, were also tapped for some social media content creation while at the conference, and one piece of wisdom Bush shared about growing older really stood out.

“One of the most incredible things about aging is that you stop tolerating people who underestimate your power,” Bush stated alongside Batts. “That’s one of the things that I have really loved for us over the past two decades, is that we no longer have that nervousness and wonder, ‘Can we do that?’ We think, ‘We’re gonna do this, and who are we gonna do it with?’”

The two served as cofounders of Detroit Blows, a blow-dry bar founded in 2017, and Bush and Batts are also investors in female-founded companies like Oya and Aunt Flow. The One Tree Hill alumna is also an investor in Angel City FC.

“I am just elated to be a part of Angel City,” Bush told People of investing in the soccer team, which began play in the 2022 season. “As a lifelong soccer fan, having a women’s football club in my hometown is a dream come true. Being a part of a leadership group like this one, filled with women and allies who are passionate about building community both on and off the field—who care about legacy, integrity and the advancement of female athletes—is thrilling.”

Cara O’Bleness


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