Sophia Bush may be done filming One Tree Hill, but she is certainly one busy woman! The actress attended last night's Sixth Annual Charity: Ball, benefiting the nonprofit charity: water, in NYC, where she spoke exclusively with OK! about her recent trip to Laos and Justin Bieber!
Sophia just came back from a trip to Laos with the organization Pencils of Promise, which is a group Justin is a very big part of! She told OK!, "Bieber’s doing a great thing. He’s a young superstar who could just be concerned with himself and his fabulous life. He is incredibly passionate about changing the lives of children around the world, and I think that is really commendable for a 17-year-old."
She also revealed what she learned on her own trip with founder Adam Braun. "It was just an exceptional trip. I’ve been fortunate enough to call Adam a great friend for a long time. I’m so inspired by what he does, as soon as I wrapped the show — I literally wrapped on a Wednesday, flew here and hosted the fund-raiser gala Thursday, went home Friday, moved out from North Carolina and went home, ready to go to Laos.
"Just the sheer joy that a visit brings to these children; what passing out pencils brings them. I watched a little girl use a pencil in school that was just over an inch long, doing beautiful work. Her penmanship was amazing; she was so proud to show it. We brought in new pencils in the classroom."
Sophia was so moved by her trip, it was hard for her to explain: "It was… I can’t even say; it was like Christmas or Hanukkah — it was like a revelation. It was such an enormous experience, and I think that it makes us — at least it should make us — really re-evaluate the way that we consume and the things that we hold valuable. It’s just wonderful."