Hutcherson at Comic-Con in 2013
|Born||Joshua Ryan Hutcherson
October 12, 1992
Union, Kentucky, U.S.
Joshua Ryan "Josh" Hutcherson (born October 12, 1992) is an American film and television actor. He began his acting career in the early 2000s, appearing in several minor film and television roles. Growing up as a child-actor, he gained exposure with major roles in the 2005 films Little Manhattan and Zathura, the 2006 comedy RV, the 2007 family adventure film Firehouse Dog, and the film adaptations of Bridge to Terabithia, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. Along the way, he picked up four Young Artist Award nominations for Best Leading Young Actor, two of which he won. In 2011, Hutcherson landed the role of Peeta Mellark, whom he portrayed in The Hunger Games and its' sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; he is currently filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2, all from the The Hunger Games film series, based on an adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel series.
Hutcherson was born in Union, Kentucky on October 12, 1992. His mother, Michelle, is a former Delta Air Lines employee who now assists Josh, and his father, Chris, is an analyst for the EPA. Josh's passion for entertaining people began developing at the age of three. His parents admit to ignoring his requests to act for six years before realizing that it may be something worth pursuing and not just a phase. He attended New Haven Elementary School in his hometown of Union until he began his career at the age of 9, after which he began homeschooling with his mother as his teacher.
Early roles and breakthrough
In January 2002, Josh and his mother met acting coach Bob Luke who suggested they head to Los Angeles and begin auditioning for TV pilots, advice they followed. He landed his first acting role in the 2002 pilot episode, House Blend, playing Nicky Harper; in the same year, he appeared in an episode of ER and was cast in the pilot of Becoming Glen although the show wasn't ordered until years later with a new title and different cast that did not include Hutcherson. In 2003, he played the lead role, Charlie Logan, in the film Miracle Dogs which was released on Animal Planet. Later that year, Hutcherson starred opposite Peter Falk and Timothy Daly in the made-for-television film, Wilder Days, and took on the minor role of Robin in the well-reviewed independent film, American Splendor. He also performed motion-capture imagery in 2004's The Polar Express. The character, Hero Boy, was created by computer animators based on his's facial expressions and body movements. In the animated film Howl's Moving Castle, he voiced the character of Markl alongside Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, and Jena Malone (whom he would work with again 9 years later).
From 2005-2006, Hutcherson appeared in several Hollywood films and even received his first solo award despite a previous nomination in 2003. He had a minor role in the comedy Kicking & Screaming with Will Ferrell, playing Bucky Weston. He played lead roles in Little Manhattan and Zathura. In Little Manhattan, he appeared alongside his brother, Connor, for the first time. For Zathura, Hutcherson received the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film by a Leading Young Actor. In early 2006, he appeared in the comedy RV, playing the son of Robin Williams' character.
Hutcherson subsequently played Jesse Aarons in the drama Bridge to Terabithia, which was filmed in New Zealand and released on February 16, 2007, performing well critically and commercially. Regarding his off-sceen friendship with co-star AnnaSophia Robb, he stated "We became great friends and I think it showed in the film." The pair both admitted to not having read the novel that the film is based on before being cast in their roles. For Bridge to Terabithia he received his second Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film by a Leading Young Actor while Robb also received the same award for Leading Young Actress. Hutcherson's next role was in Firehouse Dog (released on April 4, 2007), in which he played Shane Fahey, a firefighter's son who befriends a dog. Having a dog of his own, he was described as very patient and confident while working on set with four different dogs. He next appeared in the independent drama Winged Creatures, playing Jimmy Jasperson in his first crime film. Released in mid-2008, he starred in Journey to the Center of the Earth, a new 3D version of the novel of the same name, working alongside co-star Brendan Fraser. From 2009-2011, Hutcherson appeared in a film adaptation of the book Cirque Du Freak, had a supporting role in the critically acclaimed movie The Kids Are All Right, playing Laser, and is credited as an executive producer as well as an actor in the comedy-horror film, Detention.
Continued success through The Hunger Games
On April 4, 2011, Lionsgate announced that Hutcherson had been cast as Peeta Mellark through the film adaptions of The Hunger Games novel series. Jennifer Lawrence was cast as Katniss Everdeen and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, rounding out the selection of lead characters. Between landing the role and the films release, he appeared in two films: The Forger, where he also served as an executive producer, and the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, reprising his role as Sean Anderson. Despite its' mixed reviews, the film made over $325 million at the box office. Once The Hunger Games was released on March 23, 2013 in the United States, Hutcherson received mostly positive reviews on his performance. CNN stated, "[Hutcherson] brings humor and a bruised heart to a boy who needs to mature fast." Considered by many to be his breakthrough role, he was awarded the 2012 NewNowNext award for "Next Mega Star" and the National Association of Theatre Owners's 2012 CinemaCon award for "Breakthrough Performer of the Year." His performance also won him four out of seven nominations between the 2012 MTV Movie Awards and Teen Choice Awards. Later in 2012, he appeared in the Red Dawn remake, alongside Chris Hemsworth, brother of Hutcherson's The Hunger Games co-star, Liam. However, the reception for this film was not nearly as positive-putting up a 12% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In 2013, Hutcherson voiced the character, Nod, in the animated adventure-film Epic, which received mostly positive reviews as he worked alongside Beyonce and Colin Farrell. Later that year, he reprised his role as Peeta in The Hunger Games sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The day following the films' United States release, Hutcherson hosted his first episode of Saturday Night Live.
Hutcherson will reprise his role as Peeta Mellark in the two feature-length parts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be released on November 21, 2014, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will be released on November 20, 2015. Hutcherson spoken in the interviewed about his character Peeta Mellark's changes in the Mockingjay movies; Hutcherson has always thought that the arc that Mellark's takes is really incredible throughout the whole book series. From the beginning Mellark's such a vulnerable young lad, and into the literally tortured, inflicted kind of PTSD-suffering person that Mellark's becomes in the third book is kind of incredible. It’s something Hutcherson is excited and nervous about portraying it because he has never gone crazy before in a movie.
Hutcherson has a younger brother, Connor, as well as many pets, including three dogs, Diesel, Nixon (a boxer), and Driver (a pit bull) who he adopted in 2012. He has English, as well as Scottish, German, and Irish, ancestry. His hobbies and interests while growing up included cars, bowling, soccer, competing in triathlons, playing guitar, song writing, basketball, and rock climbing. At a young age, he was very confident that he would never turn to drugs, alcohol, or other ways young actors ruin their careers, claiming, "it’s not even just about the fact that it’s morally wrong ... I’d be so embarrassed as a human being for people to know and think that I did stuff like that." He has cited actor Jake Gyllenhaal as an inspiration and has said that he would like to appear in every type of film genre. Throughout his life, he has been a huge fan of Justin Timberlake and even dyed the tips of his hair to match one of Timberlake's old looks as a child. Hutcherson supported Barack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Elections and encouraged his twitter followers to get out and vote, as this was the first election he had voted in, himself.
In September 2008, he traveled to Italy for the first time. He visited Rome and Milan, and participated in a local event for children interested in moviemaking. Hutcherson bought a house in 2012, in Los Angeles, California, one that was previously owned by Ellen DeGeneres until 2005, and Heath Ledger until 2007. The house was built in 1951 and includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,861 square feet of living space indoors, and over 2,000 square feet of living space outdoors.
Being from Northern Kentucky, Hutcherson has been a lifelong fan of both the University of Kentucky's Wildcats and nearby Cincinnati, Ohio's Major League Baseball team, the Reds. As a guest on Conan, Hutcherson talked about painting his face to show his support during Kentucky Wildcats basketball games and being a season ticket holder. On April 7, 2012, Hutcherson threw the ceremonial opening pitch before the Reds' game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park.
Hutcherson previously dated his Journey 2 co-star Vanessa Hudgens but the two are now "good friends." He began dating Claudia Traisac in 2013, during filming of the upcoming Paradise Lost.
LGBT activism and sexuality
Before he was born, Hutcherson's two homosexual uncles died of AIDS. He recorded a video for the "Straight But Not Narrow" campaign, designed to encourage young, straight men to come out in support of their gay peers. On April 21, 2012, Josh received the Vanguard Award from GLAAD, awarded to those in the entertainment industry who make a significant difference in promoting equal rights for LGBT people. In October 2013, Hutcherson told Out that while he is "mostly straight" he does not believe in labels and would not rule out dating other men.
Awards and nominations
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