Joshua Rush took a break from filming the second season of Disney’s hit series ‘Andi Mack’ to answer a few questions for the Blvd! The experienced 15-year old Hollywood actor keeps a busy schedule not only co-starring in ‘Andi Mack’, but also a leading voice actor for popular shows like: Disney Junior’s – The Lion Guard, Toby in Netflix’s The Adventure of Puss in Boots, and Breehn on Cartoon Network’s Clarence. You may have also recently seen Josh on Good Morning America helping raise money for those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.
What does a typical day on the set of ‘Andi Mack’ look like?
Arrive on set, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to hair and makeup, and then it’s 20-minute blocks of school intercut with 30-40 minutes of shooting all day!
Tell us a little about your co-starring role as Cyrus in the “Andi Mack” series? And what about Cyrus is similar to Josh in real life?
Cyrus is a quirky, funky kid with a sense of humor that can make anyone laugh. He greatly admires Jonah Beck, and is fiercely loyal to his best friends, Andi and Buffy.
I like to think I’ve got a pretty great sense of humor, and I think that over time, Cyrus has become more and more like Josh!
What are your favorite things to do outside of acting?
I love to bike around my neighborhood in LA, play Rocket League, and prepare for the next day of work!
You’ve worked with legends like: Billy Crystal, Bette Middler, and Marisa Tomei; what did you learn from that experience?
I think learning from the poise and expertise of those actors was an incredibly exciting experience. Picking up their slightest mannerisms and how they behaved themselves was important knowledge for my own work!
How did you feel the first time seeing yourself on television?
It was, and still is surreal to see myself on TV! I get detached from seeing it as myself, and find myself watching a character, and then snap back into reality and go “Holy cow! That’s me!”
What advice would you tell other kids who want to follow in your footsteps?
It’s hard. It’s really hard. Becoming a successful actor is 50% work, 25% skill, and 25% luck, and you have to have the perfect blend. But if you do, it can be an amazing and rewarding experience.
How has your family played a major role supporting you in your hectic life in the entertainment industry?
My family has always supported me in my dreams, and they’ve been a big part of my success. Moving around, going to auditions, helping me learn lines, they take a big part in all of those.
What’s the hardest thing to balance in your life, and why?
It’s hard to balance school, work, and life all together. Which is usually a very loose triangle where one takes main importance and then they flip.
You have very BIG plans for your future, why do you want to pursue a career in politics?
For me it’s either film, (which I obviously love and love being a part of), or politics, which I’m fascinated in and love with the idea that I can truly help bring change to the world with.
Rumor has it you just got your driving permit!? How are your driving skills?
Bad. Can I leave it at that? They’re bad. I’ve done a couple of livestreams while driving which someone else filming it, and anyone who’s seen those, knows I’m bad at driving.
— Joshua Rush (@JoshuaRush) August 18, 2017
You’re involved with UNICEF and the National Association of Education Read Across America; why are these programs so important to you?
Working with UNICEF, which is who I primarily work with today, gives me a real opportunity to support a truly global organization. I do my best to help them raise money, and that money goes towards life changing programs, from the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh from Myanmar, to Syrian refugees all over the world, to hurricane and disaster relief right here at home in the US. If I can help them change the lives of people in need, why wouldn’t I?
What are some of your goals for the future?
I think my goal for the future right now is to keep acting, keep working, and keep hopefully doing that very same thing for a long time. I plan to go to college, and I want to keep supporting UNICEF and their life changing work.
‘ANDI MACK’ SEASON 2 INTERVIEW
Tune in to Disney’s ‘Andi Mack’ Season 2 Premiere on October 27th, 8PM ET on the Disney Channel.
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