Odeya Rush’s career is not in black and white.
The young actress is only 24 years old and she already has 23 acting titles to her credit. Most of these credits are in major movies. She clearly has a brilliant skill in choosing her roles and had it from the start, wowing us and Hollywood.
She was born in Israel and moved to America as a child, as was her idol, Israeli actress Natalie Portman. She spoke only Hebrew when her family arrived in the United States, but she quickly learned English and found that she wanted to pursue a career in showbiz.
In her early teens, she posed for major campaigns for brands like Gap and Tommy Hilfiger, but wanted to act instead. She began her acting career in 2010 with an appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Assistance Unit.
After that, things didn’t slow down for the rising star. She was cast as Fiona in the 2014 adaptation of The donor, and with his co-star Brenton Thwaites, who played Jonas, they showed us that life is so much better in color. But what did she do after this first big role?
She chose other awesome roles
Just as Jonas introduced Fiona to a vast world of feelings, colors and memories in The donor, Rush was introduced to a whole new world in Hollywood after her success in the sci-fi film. following The donor, Rush was one of two Israeli actresses, along with Gal Gadot, named the most recent of Hollywood’s great ladies by In the style.
It all put her on the map and opened a lot of doors for her. Soon she was cast to play Ashley alongside Modern familyis Sarah Hyland in Meet at Valhalla and Hannah in Goose bumps, another adaptation of a classic book. She played RL Stine’s daughter and teamed up with her neighbor to defeat the monsters that come to life in the books. In 2016, she co-starred with Freddie Highmore in Almost friends.
A year later, she got very busy with back-to-back movies. She played Ella in the action thriller The hunter’s prayer next to Avatarby Sam Worthington, Lacy in Singles, Tatiana in Dear dictator alongside Michael Cain and Katie Holmes, his co-star in The donor, and Jenna in the Oscar nominated film Lady Bird.
She also had a few credits in 2018, including roles in Man spinning with Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan and Minnie Driver, the shorts Mitzvot and Rooftops, and the cinema Dumplin‘alongside Jennifer Aniston.
In 2019 she starred in Netflix Let it snow, and the following year, she appeared in another coming-of-age movie, Pink sky ahead. So far the only project she has to release is Umma with Sandra Oh. So she has nothing to come, but she’s already worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
She had problems early in her career
Despite all this success, at a young age Rush struggled to find work as an actor at first. Most of the time she was rejected because she had too much emphasis.
Speaking to critic Roger Ebert, Rush said: âI didn’t act [on film] in Israel, but I wrote plays at home and performed in school plays. I tried to get an agent when I was 12, but they told me I had too much accent. I’ve been told ‘no’ so many times that every time I get the chance to work in a movie, especially one like this, I’m grateful.
âIt happened six months after I came to LA. I had auditioned for so many pilots, and a lot of them weren’t good. [laughs] I haven’t even received a reminder for some of them. It was tough, but now my career is starting to pick up speed and I’m starting to work with these amazing people. I am truly grateful for that.
âSince I was younger I have been doing table readings at home where I give mock interviews. [laughs] I’m just thankful that it all happened so fast. So many people in Israel tell me, ‘You are living my dream! You are so lucky to be able to do this. I’m very lucky to have come to America for my dad’s job, and I’m lucky to have started when I was 13. I’m very lucky to be in this movie as well. “
There was a time in Rush’s life where she probably would have told Natalie Portman that she was so lucky to be living the life Rush always wanted. When Rush saw Portman’s The professional at age 11, Rush knew she wanted to be like the Israeli actress.
âIt inspired me to write more serious stuff like that,â Rush said. âHe was someone who could make an entire movie at age 11 and it really made me believe that I could do that and that it was a possibility. Growing up in Israel or Alabama, that possibility seems so. away. So seeing someone so young in such a heavy, serious movie inspired me. “
Despite all her self-confidence, she finally thought she had botched her audition for The donor. She was successful, however, and ended up becoming very protective of the film and its role. At the time, she wasn’t sure if she wanted a sequel because she didn’t want to spoil what they had done, and when the director changed things about the book, she felt okay because ‘they consulted Lois Lowry, the author of the book.
His dedication to establishing his career and dedication to his roles and their source material are the traits of a rising star. We can’t wait for her to star in more stuff to show us what she’s really made of.
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