Shalom Life | December 22, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With 10-Year Old ‘Parental Guidance’ Star, Joshua Rush

Joshua Rush talks about his upcoming holiday film with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, speaking Spanish fluently, and his love for science.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: November 15th, 2012 in Culture » Film » Interviews

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With 10-Year Old ‘Parental Guidance’ Star, Joshua Rush

Joshua Rush has been acting for 10 years… and he’s only 10 years old! The adorable actor starred in his first television commercial at 10 months old, and has been working consistently ever since.

Rush is best known for his portrayal of young Chuck Bartowski on ‘Chuck’ and Little Sylar on ‘Heroes’. Other TV appearances include ‘CSI:NY’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Children’s Hospital’, ‘Medium’, ‘Private Practice’, ‘Family Guy’, and ‘The Cleveland Show’.

Coming this Christmas, Rush stars in 20th Century Fox’s ‘Parental Guidance’ alongside Bette Midler and Billy Crystal. The film’s director, Andy Fickman, has nothing but praise for Rush, calling him a truly gifted actor.

“Josh starred alongside veteran heavy weights Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott and Bailee Madison and every step of the way, he was a shining star on and off camera. As a director, you hope and pray to get the opportunity in life to work with not only great people, but truly gifted actors. I have been lucky to add Josh to that list. The sky is the limit for this young man and every step of the way, I will be cheering him on and getting back in line, hoping for my next turn at bat to work with Josh again,” Fickman shared.

Although his star is on the rise, Rush still attends a regular school, adores science and gadgets, and enjoys spending time with his bird, Salsa.

Rush recently joined Shalom Life to talk about his experience working with Billy Crystal, his desire to become a nano technologist, and participated in our quick lightening round!

ASHLEY BAYLEN (AB): Congrats on ‘Parental Guidance’! What was it like working with screen legends such as Bette Midler and Billy Crystal?

JOSHUA RUSH (JR): They were really amazing to work with. Billy, he was very grandfatherly to me, we even played catch together and of course there was a lot of funny stuff that happened on set.

AB: Many people recognize you as young Chuck on ‘Chuck’ and young Sylar on ‘Heroes’. Is it easier or harder to play a younger version of an established character instead of your own character?

JR: To be honest, I haven't ever thought about it. I sort of come at them the same way. But I guess it's a little easier to be a new character... I have more freedom to create the character the way I see him.

AB: You’ve been acting for 10 years. Quite impressive for someone that hasn’t yet turned 11! Do you see yourself acting in another 10 years from now?

JR: Absolutely, I mean, I love science and things like that, but acting is what I do right now and hope to keep doing for the rest of my life!

AB: You’ve mentioned that you love gadgets and science and would like to pursue a career in the sciences. Is there a specific job you’re interested in?

JR: I want to be a nano technologist, which is where I create robots to enter REALLY SMALL places, like bacteria, or the bloodstream to help us understand them better.

AB: You speak fluent Spanish. Did your family speak Spanish in your home growing up, or did you take classes?

JR: I had a nanny, who only spoke Spanish to me, and I have always gone to Bilingual Language Immersion schools.

AB: Who are your greatest influences?

JR: My parents, my teachers, everyone around me because you can learn a little nugget from every experience. I also learn a lot from the Internet and working on my computer.

AB: ‘Parental Guidance’ is coming out during the holiday season. What do you normally do with your family for the holidays?

JR: On Chanukah we light candles every night and eat Dad's delicious home made brisket!

AB: What other projects are you currently working on?

JR: I just finished filming an episode of ‘See Dad Run’ that is on Nick at Nite and right now I have an ongoing series of TV commercials with Comcast in Spanish titled: Los Gutierrez!

Go to page 2 for our quick lightening round with Joshua!

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