Sophia Bush is the new cover girl of ‘Zooey’, for the magazine’s June/July special issue titled “Empowerment”. The 28-year-old actress proves in the interview that she’s not just a sex symbol, but also an intelligent, powerful woman who wants to make a difference by getting involved in charitable works. Sophia is a woman to look up to, not only when it comes to style and beauty, but mostly for her great fighter character. The ‘One Tree Hill’ star told the magazine that her activist qualities started to develop since she was a child, saying that she loved to do community service at an elementary age.

“It’s funny. As a kid, I asked my mom if I could start a beach clean up on Saturdays with my friends. She said, ‘Well, Sweetheart, I don’t think many six-year-olds are going to want to go to the beach and pick up trash on Saturday.’ But, I was very gung ho about the whole thing. Causes and social issues have always really registered with me,” Sophia said in the cover story.

Sophia Bush Covers Zooey June/July 2011

Besides, the gorgeous actress reveals in the interview with ‘Zooey’ that she has always been aware of the fact that one must do the right thing despite all obstacles and difficulties. “I think I’ve always had a very clear idea of what’s right and wrong. And a very clear sense that we should always try to do the right thing, even when it’s not the easy thing. It’s something that I think baffled my parents at moments, but they’ve been really supportive, too. They’ve given me an exceptional education, from the time that I was a little girl,” Sophia said.

Even though she admits that the media have known a huge blooming in the past years, Sophia sadly realizes that the younger generation is mostly interested in TMZ rather than CNN. “I realized there’s such a proliferation of media, and when you look at the numbers, you see that more young people check TMZ every day than read CNN; that, to me, is unfortunate, and that’s something that I want to change,” the young actress confessed.

Sophia currently portrays Brooke Davis in the CW series ‘One Tree Hill”. Speaking about her role, the actress says that, “In the beginning, there was a lot about Brooke that really bothered me. There were a lot of things that she did that really upset me as far as examples that she set for young women”.

Photos courtesy of Zooey Magazine