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May 12, 2015 07:00 PM

Even Sophia Bush is a Little Monster!

PEOPLE caught up with the Chicago P.D. star at the Entertainment Weekly/PEOPLE upfront bash, where the actress dished on Chicago Fire pal Taylor Kinney’s engagement to Lady Gaga.

“Her and Taylor, they’re such an amazing couple,” says Bush, who’s gotten to know (and approves of!) Kinney’s bride-to-be.

“She’s the dream, just the coolest woman and she’s everything. She’s artistic and brilliant and so observant and so socially in touch, and she’s also just the most chill girl who’s talking to me about her chicken coop,” Bush says of the Grammy winner.

And it turns out the avant-garde artist is more normal than one would expect.

“We just did a big spin class, me and her mom and all of these amazing supporters of the Born This Way Foundation, and she showed up and was like, ‘Let’s spin!’ And I was like, ‘You do normal things. I’m still not used to this, no matter how much I see you, I feel like maybe you’re gonna sprout wings and fly away.’ ”

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Bush says the men in her NBC “family” – a.k.a. the casts of Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, the new Chicago Med and Law & Order: SVU – also picked “badass” partners. “These are women I wanna learn lessons from,” she says.

And Bush appreciates the interesting women she’s played on TV, from Brooke Davis in One Tree Hill to detective Erin Lindsay in P.D.

“We hear ‘strong female characters,’ but do we hear people talk about ‘strong male characters’? They just call them ‘good characters,’ ” says the actress.

“I’m happy that the sort of cultural conversation is catching up for us because women have always been strong, and they have always been badass and flawed and emotional and tough and incredible. I’m just really grateful to be on a show where I’m allowed to be all of those things, not defined by any one archetype.”

“I hold my own with a group of men every week, and I like that – it feels good.”

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