Odeya Rush

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Odeya Rush
Rush c. 2011
Born (1997-05-12) May 12, 1997 (age 17)
Haifa, Israel
Nationality American, Israeli[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010–present
Religion Judaism[2]

Odeya Rush (Hebrew: אודיה רש; born May 12, 1997) is an Israeli-American[3] television and film actress, perhaps best known for her lead role in the 2014 film The Giver, which earned her a Teen Choice Award as Breakout Star of 2014.

Life and career[edit]

Rush was born in Haifa, Israel. Her name, "Odeya," means "Thank God" in Hebrew.[2] Her family moved to the United States when she was nine so that her father, Shlomo, could take a job as a security consultant in Alabama.[4][5] Rush is Jewish, and attended N.E. Miles Jewish Day School in Birmingham, Alabama, where she lived.[2][6] She later moved to Midland Park, New Jersey, where she attended public school. In the beginning of 2013, Rush moved to Los Angeles with her family.[7] Rush has six brothers, including two sets of twins.[4][8]

She has appeared in short films and commercials and in the television series Curb Your Enthusiasm in the episode "Mister Softee," as Emily, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in the episode "Branded," in which she played the character Hannah Milner.[9] She played Joni Jerome, the best friend of Timothy, in the Peter Hedges-directed Disney film The Odd Life of Timothy Green.[10]

In May 2012, it was confirmed that Rush will be cast as Mary in Mary, Mother of the Christ,[11] from executive producer Joel Osteen.[12]

Rush co-starred, as Fiona, in the science fiction film The Giver (2014), based on the 1993 novel of same name from Lois Lowry, and directed by Phillip Noyce. The film also starred Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgård and Taylor Swift.

After wrapping the female lead role in The Giver, Rush was cast in the young female lead in Sony Pictures Studios’s “Goosebumps” the film adaptation of R.L. Stine’s mega-popular book series. Jack Black will play in the film Mr. Shivers, a Stine-like author whose scary characters literally leap off the page, forcing him to hide from his own creepy creations. As for Rush, she’ll play Black’s quirky and mysterious niece, who teams up with her young male neighbor to battle the monsters unleashed from Mr. Shivers’ works.


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Wild Birds Beth Short film
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Hannah Milner Episode: "Branded"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Emily Episode: "Mister Softee"
2012 Odd Life of Timothy Green, TheThe Odd Life of Timothy Green Joni Jerome
2013 We Are What We Are Alyce Parker
2013 When the Devil Comes Kyra
2014 The Giver Fiona
2014 See You in Valhalla Ashley Burwood Post-production
2015 Goosebumps Hannah Stine Filming


  1. ^ Israeli acting phenom Odeya Rush joins Jack Black in 'Goosebumps' film Haaretz, Feb. 14, 2014
  2. ^ a b c Lomer, Kyara (November 20, 2012). "'Odd Life of Timothy Green' star Odeya Rush talks about her character, Joni, and upcoming roles – South Florida". Sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Israeli acting phenom Odeya Rush joins Jack Black in 'Goosebumps' film Haaretz, Feb. 14, 2014
  4. ^ a b Israeli-born actress finding film success in Jersey and beyond
  5. ^ "THE ODD, Wonderful LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN'S Odeya Rush". Kidspickflicks.com. August 15, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Day School Student Stars In Movie". Myemail.constantcontact.com. September 6, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Biography for Odeya Rush. imdb.com
  8. ^ Flaunt magazine article
  9. ^ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 12, Episode 6. Branded (20 Oct. 2010). imdb.com
  10. ^ Alan Baltes, December 10, 2010. “Disney to film 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green' in January as casting continues.” Examiner.com
  11. ^ Israeli teen to play Virgin Mary – Israel Culture, Ynetnews. Ynetnews.com. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  12. ^ http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=2727#

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