Sophia Bush, star of the new CBS comedy Partners, radiates Old Hollywood glam in the latest issue of award-winning emmy® magazine, the official publication of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In a fashion pictorial by photographer Richard Reinsdorf set in Los Angeles’s historic Palace Theatre, Bush is captivating in designers including Catherine Deane, Amanda Wakeley, Collette Dinnigan, Amen, Theia and Rafael Cennamo. The latest issue of emmy® magazine hits newsstands September 18.
The new issue also includes a preview of the new fall season and our annual critics’ poll of all the new shows, as well as profiles of showrunner and executive producer Glen Mazzara of AMC’s The Walking Dead; Stephen Amell, star of The CW’s Arrow; Sienna Miller of HBO’s Alfred Hitchcock filmThe Girl; and NBC’s Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott.
In addition, the issue looks at the PBS documentary series Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, as well as excerpts from the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television interview with Food Network host and author Alton Brown, whose series Good Eats ran for fourteen seasons and won a Peabody Award in 2007. It also looks at the twentieth anniversary of Cartoon Network, Oscar-winning director turned nonfiction filmmaker Jonathan Demme and the back page spotlight Me and My Emmy captures last year’s winner for the Outstanding Stunt Coordination Emmy Peewee Piemonte.
Highlights from the Sophia Bush feature include:
- Sophia Bush describes the best part of her Partners role which brings her back to her hometown of Los Angeles following years of living on the east coast while working on One Tree Hill: “I was on location [in North Carolina] for nine years, away from my home, family and friends. The fact that I get to wake up in my own bed and drive to work every day in the city I grew up in feels like a luxury.”
- Sophia Bush discusses how the wardrobe enhances her performances: “One of the things I love about working on different sets is creating very specific looks for each character I play.” Bush says of her character Ali’s sophisticated style: “Her fashion sense is very high-end and polished. Everything is very tailored and particular.”
- Sophia Bush, an avid reader whose bookshelves range from everything from “The Hunger Games” to “Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond,” admits of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon: “It’s just not quite my cup of tea. I have a lot of friends who’ve read the books. I tried. I got about eighty pages in, and I said, ‘You know what, I’m going back to Steinbeck.’”
- Sophia Bush on embracing fear both in her professional as well as her personal life, where up next on her bucket list are racecar lessons and cage diving with great white sharks: “Working on a sitcom in front of a live audience is like shooting a stage play. It’s so exciting and scary – in a really good way. I get the same feeling that I get when I go skydiving and I’m inching my way out of the plane.”
Additional highlights include:
- Glen Mazzara, showrunner and executive producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead, discusses the emotional bond that audiences have developed with the series’ flesh-eating, reanimated corpses: “People won’t cry when a character is killed off in a horror film. But on this show, they get very upset when a favorite character is killed off. They’re very invested. Our audience feels like it’s participating in the show.”
- Sienna Miller, who portrays actress Tippi Hedren in HBO’s The Girl, discusses the film’s exploration of the dark side of iconic Hollywood director Alfred Hitchcock: “He was tortured. I think, being as uncomfortable as he was with his physical appearance, he used his power over these very beautiful women — I mean, that was kind of his way of getting off.”
- New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof travels to various countries with actresses Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde to observe the treatment of women and girls for the PBS documentary series Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Kristof shares the inspiring story of a woman he recently met in a village in Burundi who had never held money in her hand: “She was completely uneducated. But she was taken into the local savings-and-loan and encouraged to start a business. She ended up making enough money to send her children to school. And when her husband got malaria, she paid his hospital bills.”
- Stephen Amell, star of The CW’s Arrow which is based on the DC comic book The Green Arrow, on playing a superhero and what happened when a little boy visited the Vancouver set earlier this year: “I will never forget the look on his face in my entire life. You feel like a superhero when a four-year-old looks at you that way.”
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