Odeya Rush

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Odeya Rush
Born (1997-05-12) May 12, 1997 (age 18)
Haifa, Israel
Residence Los Angeles, California
Ethnicity Jewish
Citizenship Israeli
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010–present

Odeya Rush (Hebrew: אודיה רש‎; born Odeya Rushinek; May 12, 1997) is an Israeli[1] actress and model. She is known for her lead roles in The Giver and Goosebumps.

Early life[edit]

Rush was born in Haifa, Israel to father Shlomo Rushinek and mother Maia Greenfeld. Her name, "Odeya", means "Thank God" in Hebrew.[2] Her family moved to the United States when she was nine so that her father could take a job as a security consultant in Alabama.[3][4] Rush is Jewish,[2] and attended N.E. Miles Jewish Day School in Birmingham, Alabama, where she lived.[2][5] She later moved to Midland Park, New Jersey, where she attended public school. In the beginning of 2013, Rush moved to Los Angeles, California with her family.[6] Rush has six brothers. Four of them are younger than she - two sets of twins who live with their parents in Los Angeles, and 2 older brothers who live in Israel. She is the only girl among her siblings.[3][7]



Before becoming an actor, Rush began her career in her child and adolescence when she was discovered as a model in the United States, appearing in major campaigns and advertisements for fashion brands Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger and Guess.[8]


Rush in 2011

Her first acting roles began in 2010 in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in the episode "Branded", in which she played the character Hannah Milner; and in the television series Curb Your Enthusiasm in the episode "Mister Softee", as Emily.[9]

Her first film role was in 2012, playing 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]

In 2013, Rush was named one of Hollywood's 20 up and coming young actresses under 20 to watch by The Midwest TV Guys.[13]

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.

In 2015, Rush played Ashley Burwood, niece of Johana Burwood (played by Sarah Hyland), in the comedy film See You in Valhalla. Rush's next role was the female lead in the film Goosebumps, based on the R. L. Stine’s popular book series. Rush played Hannah Stine, the daughter of R. L. Stine (portrayed by Jack Black), who teams up with her neighbor to fight monsters.[14]

Rush has been cast as Ella Hatto, opposite Sam Worthington, in the action thriller film Hunter's Prayer directed by Jonathan Mostow.


Film and television roles
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
2015 See You in Valhalla Ashley Burwood
2015 Goosebumps Hannah Stine
2016 Hunter's Prayer Ella Hatto Filming
2016 Holding Patterns Amber 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. ^ a b Israeli-born actress finding film success in Jersey and beyond
  4. ^ "THE ODD, Wonderful LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN'S Odeya Rush". Kidspickflicks.com. August 15, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Day School Student Stars In Movie". Myemail.constantcontact.com. September 6, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Biography for Odeya Rush. imdb.com
  7. ^ Flaunt magazine article
  8. ^ מחיפה למסך הגדול: כך הפכה אודיה רש בת ה-17 לדבר הבא בהוליווד דנה קסלר / 12/08/2014
  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#
  13. ^ "20 Under 20 (Up and Coming Young Actresses)". The Midwest TV Guys. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Israeli actress Odeya Rush joins 'Goosebumps' cast". The Jerusalem Post. February 9, 2014. 

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