Odeya Rush

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Odeya Rush
Rush in 2014
Odeya Rushinek

(1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 26)
Haifa, Israel
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2009–present

Odeya Rushinek (Hebrew: אודיה רושינק; born (1997-05-12)12 May 1997), known professionally as Odeya Rush (אודיה רש), is an Israeli actress.[1][2] She is known for her lead roles in The Giver (2014), Goosebumps (2015), The Bachelors (2017), Lady Bird (2017), Dumplin' (2018), Let It Snow (2019) and Dangerous Waters (2023).

Early life[edit]

Odeya Rushinek was born in Haifa, Israel, to a Jewish family.[3] In Hebrew, her given name means "I will thank God".[3] As an eight-year-old growing up in her hometown of Haifa, Israel, she wrote and performed plays.[4]

Her family moved to the United States when she was nine years old so that her father could take up a job as a security consultant in Alabama.[5][6] When she arrived, Rush did not know English and could only speak Hebrew.[7] She attended the N. E. Miles Jewish Day School in Birmingham, Alabama, where she resided;[3][8] she later moved to Midland Park, New Jersey, where she attended public school.[9]

In the beginning of 2013, Rush moved to Los Angeles with her family. She has six brothers; four of them are younger than her—two sets of twins who reside with their parents in Los Angeles, and two older paternal half-brothers who reside in Israel.[5][10]



Rush in 2011

Before becoming an actress, Rush began her career in her childhood 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 H&M.[11]

She also starred in a summer campaign for a collaboration between FILA and Urban Outfitters in 2018.[12]


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.

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.[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 Fairchild, the "daughter" of R. L. Stine (portrayed by Jack Black), who teams up with her neighbor to fight the Goosebumps monsters.[14]

In 2016, Rush completed filming the satirical comedy film Dear Dictator, in which she starred with Michael Caine and Katie Holmes.[15] She was also cast as Ella Hatto, opposite Sam Worthington, in action-thriller film The Hunter's Prayer directed by Jonathan Mostow.[16]

In 2017, she had a supporting role in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird; Rush was nominated along with the rest of the cast for numerous awards. The film earned five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. In that same year, she also starred in The Bachelors with J. K. Simmons.[17]

In 2021, Rush played the title role in her first Hebrew-language Israeli drama series, Baalat HaChalomot,[18] and, in the following year, she played Macy in the comedy-drama film Cha Cha Real Smooth and River in the supernatural horror film Umma.



Rush (third from the left) with the cast of The Giver in 2014
Role Title Notes Year
Joni Jerome The Odd Life of Timothy Green 2012
Alyce Parker We Are What We Are 2013
Fiona The Giver 2014
Ashley Burwood See You in Valhalla 2015
Hannah Fairchild Goosebumps
Amber Almost Friends 2016
Ella Hatto The Hunter's Prayer 2017
Lacy Westman The Bachelors
Jenna Walton Lady Bird
Kyra When the Devil Comes
Maddy Thanks Short; also director, producer and writer
Tatiana Mills Dear Dictator 2018
Ellen 'Elle' Dryver Dumplin'
Joyce Bonner Spinning Man
Addie Let It Snow 2019
Stephanie Pink Skies Ahead 2020
Macy Cha Cha Real Smooth 2022
River Umma
Rose Dangerous Waters 2023


Role Title Notes Year
Hannah Milner Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Episode: "Branded" 2010
Emily Curb Your Enthusiasm Episode: "Mister Softee" 2011
Nur / Rose Romano Baalat HaChalomot Title role; Israeli drama (Hebrew); 8 episodes[18] 2021
Samara (voice) Pantheon Episode: “Pantheon” 2022

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Performer(s) Album Notes
2018 "Rooftops" Harry Nathan Songs About Dreams About Her Also director and writer


  • 2013: Rush was named one of Hollywood's 20 up and coming young actresses under 20 to watch by The Midwest TV Guys[19]
  • 2014: Rush was one of two Israeli actresses, along with Gal Gadot, to be named as Hollywood's newest leading ladies by InStyle magazine[20]
Year Nominated work Award / film festival Category Result Ref.
2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green The Chambie Awards Best Actress Nominated [21]
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress Nominated
We Are What We Are The Chambie Awards Best Actress Nominated
2014 Herself Teen Choice Awards Olay Fresh Effects Breakout Star Award Nominated
The Giver The Chambie Awards Best Actress Nominated
2016 Goosebumps Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress (14–21) Won
2017 Lady Bird Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Nominated[a] [22]
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by an Ensemble Nominated[a] [23]
Seattle Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Cast Nominated[a] [25]
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Nominated[a] [26]
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Cast Nominated[a] [28]
Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Won[a] [30]
Chicago Indie Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast Nominated[a]
Georgia Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Nominated[a] [31]
2018 Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Ensemble Runner-up[a] [32]
International Cinephile Society Awards Best Ensemble Runner-up[a] [33]
International Online Cinema Awards Best Ensemble Won[a]
Columbus Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Won[a] [34]
Critics' Choice Awards Best Acting Ensemble Nominated[a] [35]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated[a] [36]
Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Nominated[a] [37]
2019 CinEuphoria Awards Best Ensemble – International Competition Won[a]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nordstron, Leigh (21 November 2023). "Odeya Rush on Working With Ray Liotta in His Final Film, 'Dangerous Waters'". WWD. Retrieved 3 March 2024.
  2. ^ Israeli acting phenom Odeya Rush joins Jack Black in 'Goosebumps' film Haaretz, 14 February 2014
  3. ^ a b c Lomer, Kyara (20 November 2012). "'Odd Life of Timothy Green' star Odeya Rush talks about her character in Veronica Joni, and upcoming roles – South Florida". Sun-sentinel.com. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  4. ^ BRENTON THWAITES & ODEYA RUSH: A NOVEL ROMANCE Archived 24 July 2016 at archive.today By Splash Staff / People / 14 August 2014
  5. ^ a b "Israeli-born actress finding film success in Jersey and beyond". Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  6. ^ "THE ODD, Wonderful LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN'S Odeya Rush". Kidspickflicks.com. 15 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  7. ^ Kweskin, Anthony Rotunno, Ward + (23 July 2014). "'The Giver' Star Odeya Rush Opens Up About Her Big Break and Becoming BFFs with Taylor Swift". Retrieved 23 August 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Day School Student Stars In Movie". Myemail.constantcontact.com. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  9. ^ Gurrie, Samantha. "Rush Hour; In her latest roles, Odeya Rush plays women who are wise beyond their years—but the 16-year-old still gets starstruck by her castmates.", Aritzia, backed up by the Internet Archive as of 13 April 2014. Accessed 1 September 2014. "When she was nine, her family immigrated to the United States from Israel (her name in Hebrew means 'Thank God') and settled in Birmingham, Alabama. They soon moved to Midland Park, New Jersey, and then this past year relocated to Los Angeles, where Rush is pursuing an independent study."
  10. ^ "124FEATURE-ODEYARUSH2.jpg (2850x1856 pixels)". Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  11. ^ מחיפה למסך הגדול: כך הפכה אודיה רש בת ה-17 לדבר הבא בהוליווד Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine דנה קסלר / 12 August 2014
  12. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Lady Bird's Odeya Rush stars in FILA + UO's reworked-retro collaboration".
  13. ^ Alan Baltes, 10 December 2010. "Disney to film 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green' in January as casting continues." Examiner.com
  14. ^ "Israeli actress Odeya Rush joins 'Goosebumps' cast". The Jerusalem Post. 9 February 2014.
  15. ^ Kay, Jeremy. "AFM: Fortitude International boards 'Coup D'Etat'". Screen Daily. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  16. ^ Yamato, Jen (13 October 2014). "Odeya Rush Heads To 'Hunter's Prayer'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  17. ^ Ford, Rebecca. "Josh Wiggins, Odeya Rush Join J.K. Simmons in 'The Bachelors' (Exclusive)", The Hollywood Reporter, March 9, 2016. Accessed January 7, 2024.
  18. ^ a b "אודיה רש: "ישראלים באים בגישה חצופה ואמיתית, בהוליווד אוהבים את זה"". 13 January 2022.
  19. ^ "20 Under 20 (Up and Coming Young Actresses)". The Midwest TV Guys. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  20. ^ Israel's Gal Gadot and Odeya Rush get noticed as Hollywood's newest leading ladies By Elia Berger, 8 June 2014, The Jerusalem Post
  21. ^ "Odeya Rush – The Chambie Awards". The Chambie Awards. Retrieved 3 January 2018.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "The 2017 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards". Detroit Film Critics Society. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  23. ^ "2017 San Diego Film Critics Society's Award Nominations". San Diego Film Critics Society. 9 December 2017. Archived from the original on 10 December 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  24. ^ "2017 San Diego Film Critics Society Award Winners". San Diego Film Critics Society. 11 December 2017. Archived from the original on 12 December 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  25. ^ "'Blade 'Blade Runner 2049' Leads the 2017 Seattle Film Critics Society Nominations – Seattle Film Critics Society] Runner 2049 Leads the 2017 Seattle Film Critics Society Nominations". Seattle Film Critics Society. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  26. ^ Neglia, Matt (17 December 2017). "The 2017 Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) Nominations". NextBigPicture. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  27. ^ Hipes, Patrick (28 December 2017). "'Get Out' Named Best Picture By Online Film Critics Society". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  28. ^ "'The Shape of Water' Leads 2017 Florida Film Critics Awards Nominations". Florida Film Critics Circle. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  29. ^ "2017 FFCC Winners". Florida Film Critics Circle. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  30. ^ "Awards Circuit Announces Acca 2017 Winners – 'Call Me By Your Name' Tops Without Director Nomination". Awards Circuit. Archived from the original on 10 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  31. ^ "2017 Awards". Georgia Film Critics Association. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  32. ^ "22nd Annual Film Awards (2017) – Online Film & Television Association". OFTA Awards. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  33. ^ "2018 ICS Award Winners". 4 February 2018.
  34. ^ "Awards 2019 Nominees". Columbus Film Critics Association. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  35. ^ Hammond, Pete (6 December 2017). "Critics' Choice Awards Nominations: 'The Shape Of Water' Leads With 14; Netflix Tops TV Contenders". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  36. ^ "SAG Award Nominations: The Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  37. ^ "2018 Gold Derby Film Awards nominations: 'The Shape of Water' leads with 14, 'Call Me by Your Name' next with 11". Gold Derby. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
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