Although Hollywood was just about the last thing that Chris and Michelle Hutcherson had in mind for their children, their oldest son Josh begged them for the mere opportunity to try his hand at the business, and when he was about 9, they finally consented. After looking through…more
Josh was born in Union, Kentucky.
Josh attended New Haven Elementary School.
Josh's favorite superhero is Batman.
Josh used to have blanket called "Yellow Blankie," which he carried around with him everywhere.
Some of Josh's favorite brands of clothing are Modern Amusement and Ed Hardy.
Josh's friends call him "J Hutch."
Before he was an actor, Josh dabbled in the rapping business, but he has said that he'll "stick to acting."
Josh's zodiac sign is Libra.
Josh has referred to young actress Bailee Madison, who is seven years younger than him, as "the most adorable little kid on the face on the Earth." In previous interviews, Josh has also called his Bridge to Terabithia co-star the little sister he doesn't have. "I love her so much; I honestly don't think I've met anyone like her in my whole life," Josh has raved.
Josh has acknowledged that he feels he is a very bad singer, and he was embarrassed on the few occasions that he had to sing in the movie Bridge to Terabithia (although he was always singing with a group of other kids).
In the audio commentary for Bridge to Terabithia, Josh expressed his apologies for making the in-school racing scene at the beginning of the film take so long to film. Everyone was trying to work out the timing so AnnaSophia Robb's character Leslie could win the race as scripted, but Josh is so competitive, he kept winning race after race, so it took longer to get the necessary footage.
It's been said that while filming Little Manhattan, Josh--who was 10 years old at the time--was much more nervous about doing his first on-screen kiss than actress Charlie Ray (who played his love interest) was. When Josh asked the director why he was so nervous and Charlie wasn't, the director smiled and shot Josh with a line that was used often throughout the movie: "Well, it's because girls mature faster than boys!"
On June 24, 2007, five days after Josh's film Bridge to Terabithia debuted on DVD, it came in at #1 for DVD sales that week. It maintained a high spot for the following week also, at #2.
Josh's mother Michelle, who originally worked as an emergency response trainer for Delta Airlines, quit the job to homeschool her son and manage his career. Josh's father Chris is a management analyst for the U.S. Environment Protection Agency in Clifton, and one of the reasons the Hutchersons chose not to move out to Hollywood is so that Chris could maintain his career.
In the commentary that Josh did with co-star AnnaSophia Robb, and film producer Lauren Levine for the film Bridge to Terabithia, he acknowledged that he was not too thrilled with his wardrobe for the movie. Some scenes called for his character to walk around with a sweatshirt tied around his waist, which Josh says made him look like he was wearing a kilt. Josh was also wary about the crown he had to wear in the final scene. "I looked like some sort of monk or something," he has said.
Josh is a little over one year older than actress AnnaSophia Robb, his friend and co-star from the film Bridge to Terabithia.
During his teen years, Josh was linked romantically to fellow actress Vanessa Hudgens.
Josh has said that when he watches movies, one of his biggest pet peeves is if a character is jerked awake suddenly, and they are automatically wide awake within seconds. There was a scene in Bridge to Terabithia where Josh's character was awakened this way by his father, and because Josh wanted it to be authentic, he deliberately squinted his eyes in such a way that made the situation convincing. Many of Josh's film directors have talked about how he works with the seemingly minor things, like this, to add an extra flair of reality to his characters.
Josh has said that he developed a strong friendship with Bridge to Terabithia co-star AnnaSophia Robb, and he has also indicated that she is one of his closest celebrity friends. "We still talk on the phone a few times a week," he said in July 2007, nearly two years after filming the movie, and Bridge to Terabithia director Gabor Csupo has agreed that these two kids got along extremely well on set.
Josh, who is an avid sports fan, loves the Cincinnati Bengals and credits Rudi Johnson as his favorite player.
While reading the original book and script for Bridge to Terabithia, Josh was initially against being a part of the movie, because he didn't like how the Jess character treated his younger sister May Belle throughout most of the story. Josh felt that the character was being so cruel to a little girl that hadn't even done anything wrong, and this really put Josh off at first. Film director Gabor Csupo said the same thing about Josh, and he expressed that it was a testimony to Josh's talent as an actor that he was able to pull off such an intense scene, even though he didn't necessarily agree with the principle of it.
In the 2007 film Bridge to Terabithia, there is one scene where Josh's character Jess says to younger sister May Belle, "Don't you dare follow us, or I'll tell Alexandra that you still suck your thumb and sleep with Mr. Blankie!" This line actually really upset young actress Bailee Madison (May Belle), who, at the time, still sucked her thumb and slept with a baby blanket, and she thought that Josh was making fun of her. Josh wasn't aware of this until film producer Lauren Levine told him in the middle of a commentary for the DVD, and Josh felt really bad about it.
Josh has likened his relationship with his younger brother Connor to the one between Walter and Danny in his film Zathura. Just like his character in that movie, Josh says he and Connor fight all the time, but they are also very close.
Josh has indicated that he hates traveling long distances by airplane or car, but he has certainly had to do a lot of it for his acting career. For instance, a few days after he arrived in New Zealand to film Bridge to Terabithia, he had to fly back to Toronto, Canada for some last-minute scenes for his movie RV, which hadn't come out in theaters yet. "I don't sleep too good on planes, so I get very bored," he says. "I read scripts or watch movies while I'm just sitting there."
Josh says that filming Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D was the most physically grueling experience in his acting life, but he enjoyed all the additional stunt work that they got to do.
At the age of 14, Josh has already worked with an impressive number of big-name actors. His on-screen parents have included Cynthia Nixon, Robin Williams, Robert Duvall, Tim Robbins and Robert Patrick, and he has also played the younger brother of Will Ferrell.
In previous interviews, Josh has said that his role as Jess Aarons in Bridge to Terabithia "required more acting than his other movies," because the character was so much different from him, and complex.
Josh has said that if he weren't an actor, he would love to be a football player. "Not very creative, but lots of fun!" he has said.
In Little Manhattan, Josh, who played Gabe had a romantic relationship with, Charlie Ray, who played Rosemary Telesco in the movie.
One of Josh's co-stars in Bridge to Terabithia was actress Zooey Deschanel, who played his beautiful young music teacher. Josh and Zooey have both acted alongside famous comedic actor Will Ferrell, although in different movies. Josh played Ferrell's (much) younger brother in Kicking and Screaming, and Zooey was his love interest in Elf.
Josh has said that out of all the people he has worked with in his movies, Dax Shepherd from "Zathura" is his favorite. Shepherd played the astronaut in the film, and the two became really good friends.
One of the producers of Bridge to Terabithia refers to Josh with terms like "the home-run kid" and "the can't miss kid," going on to say that he is "true to his character in every frame of the movie."
Josh broke his elbow at 6 or 7 years old, while he was on some monkey bars. Ironically, that's the same summer that he learned how to swim, and he did it with the cast on.
Josh has admitted to having a crush on Angelina Jolie, as well as Jamie Lynn Spears (none other than Britney's kid sister).
Josh has a boxer dog named Diesel, who reportedly travels around with him a lot.
Josh has indicated that he would love to work with actor Jake Gyllenhaal someday. Josh has said that he admires how Jake chooses to participate in movies that hold personal significance, not necessarily the "blockbuster" types. That is the kind of career that Josh himself wants to have--selecting good movies and being passionate about every character he plays.
Although Josh doesn't watch a significant amount of TV, some of his favorite shows include Family Guy and The Andy Milonakis Show.
Josh competes in triathlons as a hobby, which correlates directly with his character's running talents in the film Bridge to Terabithia.
Josh received the Young Artists Award for "Leading Young Actor" after a strong performance in the film Zathura. Josh has indicated that filming this movie was the best experience of his life.
One scene in "Bridge to Terabithia" required Josh's character Jess to angrily push his 6-year-old little sister May Belle to the ground (played by young actress Bailee Madison). Naturally, most scenes have to be filmed more than once, and it is said that Josh felt so badly about having to push Bailee, he always helped her up and hugged her in-between takes.
It has been said that while filming Bridge to Terabithia, Josh wasn't too thrilled about letting his co-star AnnaSophia Robb win one of the footraces, which was necessary for a specific scene in the movie. Josh is said to be very competitive, and he often challenged AnnaSophia to races during filming.
Although Firehouse Dog was released in theaters about two months after Bridge to Terabithia, Firehouse Dog was filmed first, in 2005. Bridge to Terabithia was filmed in 2006, a year later. This explains why Josh looks younger in Firehouse Dog.
Josh says singer JoJo got him interested in hip-hop music.
One of Josh's favorite Christmas gifts ever was Guitar Hero, which he got for Christmas of 2006.
According to his official website he said that his eyes are brown with a little bit of shade of blue in them.
He is about to star with Brendan Fraser in the upcoming film "Journey 3D"
Josh has a brother, Connor Hutcherson, who appeared with Josh in Little Manhattan and had a few other small roles. According to Josh, however, Connor does not want to pursue acting at all; he only appeared in the movies he did because he was with his big brother, and it happened to work out. According to Josh, Connor is very smart and "wants to be a rocket scientist or something cool like that."
Josh played Jesse Aaron in the movie Bridge to Terabithia.
Josh played Shane in the movie Firehouse Dog.
Josh played Carl Munro in the movie RV.
Josh played Gabe in the movie Little Manhattan.
Josh voiced Markl in the movie Howl's Moving Castle.
Josh played Bucky Weston in the movie, Kicking and Screaming.
Josh voiced Robin in the movie, American Splendor.
Josh Hutcherson: I like both athletic girls and girlie girls. It depends on their personality. I like girls who can go out and play sports with me and throw the football around, but you don't want a girl who's too much tougher than you.
Josh Hutcherson: I crack my neck and fingers all the time, but for some reason, whenever I hear someone cracking their ankles, I say, "Eww! There's something wrong with you!"
Josh Hutcherson: I could not eat the stuff they eat on Fear Factor. The thought of eating bugs, worms or anything else alive is just gross!
Josh Hutcherson: I used to have two imaginary friends named Hamo and Damo. One of them was pink, and the other was blue. I don't know why they were named Hamo and Damo, but we'd sing Barney songs together, as embarrassing as that is!
Josh Hutcherson: I used to be obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was younger. So obsessed that every time I'd walk over a drain, I'd bend over and say, "Hi, turtles!"
Josh Hutcherson: When I was like, 5 years old, I used to have really bad nightmares about the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. In my dream, I would open my eyes and look out the window, and she would be there! I'd wake up scared to death, just screaming and yelling.
Josh Hutcherson: (about acting) This is it for me. I want to try directing too, whenever that comes. I have a book that I'm interested in, and I possibly want to try to adapt the screenplay myself. I figure I can adapt a book and then have somebody come in and completely fix it for me. But, you know, I want to try some directing someday, and I am definitely going to stick with acting
Josh Hutcherson: As an actor, you imagine every single day on set. So, as we already use our imaginations every day anyway, we just have to stretch it out just a little bit farther and imagine that, not only are we different people, but we're in an entirely different world. Sure, it can be hard sometimes, but you just have to use your imagination and rely upon everyone else to give you the right tools you need to make it seem real.
Josh Hutcherson: (about the emotional themes in "Bridge to Terabithia") I had an interview this one time, and the woman said that the movie was a good conversation starter. She kind of wanted talk to her children about the themes presented in the movie, but she didn't know when or how, so watching it is kind of a good way for parents to talk to their children about some of those things that need to be talked about. I think that is a cool thing about the movie. But at the same time, I do understand some people go into it not expecting that, and they can be a little shocked. They can be like, "Oh crap, my kid just saw that, and now I'm going to have to talk to them about it." But I think that it is a positive thing. I think it is important, and parents will embrace the opportunity.
Josh Hutcherson: (about co-star and friend AnnaSophia Robb) I don't know how we didn't get sick of each other, to be honest with you. We were together on the set, we were staying in the same room for long periods, and then we were together away from set. I don't know how I dealt with her.
Josh Hutcherson: (about the box office success of "Bridge to Terabithia") Nobody really expected that. Everyone expected it to do okay, but no one expected it to do as well as it did, and that's great. It's a good movie, and it has good lessons in it, and it's just nice for that kind of thing to get out there for people to see. I think it is really cool because throughout the movie, especially Jess, my character, has such a big character arc. He goes from being really reserved, all his emotions inside of him, being so closed off to everything in the world, and then Leslie comes into his life, and it opens everything up.
Josh: (about one of his most embarrassing moments) I was on a date, and we were sitting at dinner. I tried to put my arm around her; I was doing the yarn thing where you lift your arms up. As I did that, I hit the table and spilled a drink.
Josh Hutcherson: Every time I read anything, whether it be a book, a script or anything, I automatically imagine myself as the boy in the plot. I don't know why. Seriously, anything, if I'm reading a magazine article or whatever, I picture myself as the kid people are talking about. It's really weird. I don't know why I do that.
Josh Hutcherson: Filming RV was so much fun. We had an amazing cast! We all got along so well, and since it was on location, we all did tons of stuff together away from the set and became great friends. Working with Robin [Williams] is like watching him do stand-up constantly! It was so unbelievable to watch him do amazing improv. What was fun was getting to improv along with him because I love to do that, and the fact that I got to do it with Robin Williams still blows my mind.
Michelle Hutcherson: (about her son Josh) We work hard to keep his life as normal as it can be. He doesn't get to just go out and buy things. His three big purchases--a dirt bike, a laptop and a gas powered motor scooter--have been spread out over 18 months. Every kid around here has a motorized scooter, but he was the last kid to get one in our subdivision. We didn't let him at first. He kept working hard, and doing chores around here, so we decided to let him get one. We give him as normal of a life that we can. We let him be a kid. That's what a lot of people say to me-- he's so professional, yet he's still a kid. And I think that's because we let him be a kid.
Michelle Hutcherson: (about seeing her son on a billboard for the first time) I honestly started crying when I saw the billboard. You never imagine that one day, your 11-year-old son will be on a billboard on Sunset Boulevard in the middle of Hollywood. Josh just started screaming when he saw it!
Michelle Hutcherson: (Josh's mother) He bugged us so much. He wanted to do it. I have no clue why. We just thought, "He's a kid, he doesn't know what he wants." And finally, he just pushed and pushed enough that I said I'd look into it. And I did. And this is where it went, all of a sudden.
Chris Hutcherson: (Josh's father) Ever since he's been little, he's liked to perform for people. He has a personality that attracts people's attention. He does have talent. And it's part of a parent's responsibility--if your child wants to do something, support him whenever you can.
Josh Hutcherson: (about the friends who have given him a hard time about his rope-swinging scenes in "Bridge to Terabithia") One of my friends said to me, "Dude, maybe sometime, do you want to go rope swinging or something?" And I didn't get it at first, so I was like, "What?" And he said, "You know, go rope swinging," I was like, "Where?" and he was like, "Oh, just any old river valley type of thing," and I was like, "Oh, shut up!"
Gabor Csupo: (director of "Bridge to Terabithia," about Josh's emotional crying scene with Robert Patrick in the film) This scene is, again, amazing because I think we shot it only twice, and both times, those tears coming out of Joshua's eyes......they're real teardrops. It's not like we had to physically put them in there with the drop help, or CGI, or anything. These are his real tears. He really melted into this performance so deeply, that even his mom, on the set, was amazed by his performance. And she was saying, "I just don't know how he can do this. What was he thinking about?" He did, you know.....such an amazing emotional job on it.
Josh Hutcherson: (about "Zathura" co-star Jonah Bobo) Well, Jonah is an awesome kid. I have a little brother, so I'm used to hanging out with someone younger than me and how that all works. He was so much fun; it was actually hard to yell at him sometimes in the movie, because he's such a cool kid.
Josh Hutcherson: (about his fans) They mean the world to me. Without the fans, I wouldn't have a job. When people hire you for a movie, they want to hire you because you're going to bring an audience to their film. If I didn't have people out there who enjoyed watching me as an actor, I wouldn't get hired. Nobody would want to see the movie!
Josh Hutcherson: (about his future as an actor) Im not really sure yet. I'm going to kind of take the ride and see how it goes. I'm open to doing all sorts of things. I love doing comedies and dramas. Anything that comes my way, I'm open to it. If it's a good script and everything's right, I'll pursue it.
Josh Hutcherson: I've learned a lot throughout the years that I've worked with all these great actors and everything. One of the biggest things I've learned on every shoot is patience. It takes so much patience to be an actor. There will be days when you'll come in at 6 in the morning, and you'll sit around all day long and maybe only do one shot. You just have to bear with them. You just have to keep your head on straight during that time. You can't get lazy or tired. You have to really make sure that you stay in character, even when you have those long days.
Josh Hutcherson: I still live in Kentucky. I was born and raised in Kentucky, and I still live there. I think that's the best thing for me--to kind of keep a level head. When I go back home, I have a completely normal life. I have my friends, I'm on a basketball team, I go to the mall, and we just do normal kid things. It's kind of nice to kind of escape the whole movie world and just become a normal kid again.
Josh Hutcherson: (about being an actor) It's not all glamour. I learned that right away. I thought getting into acting would be a breeze, and nice and easy. I thought, "How hard could it be?" I've done 11 movies now [as of 2007], and I've learned that every single character has different challenges. On set, it's not all fun and games. I have to do school and work long hours on set, as well. All that stuff kind of combines together. It's not as easy as it seems. That was the biggest shocker to me.
Josh Hutcherson: Bailee Madison plays my little sister [in Bridge to Terabithia,] and as you can see, she is just the most adorable little kid on the face of the Earth! She was amazing in the movie. One day, I was playing and she was filming a scene, and I didn't realize that, and I saw her crying and I was like, "Bailee, what's wrong? Are you okay?" She's like, "Yeah, I'm just getting ready for my scene!" She's the most grown up little person I've ever met. I actually don't think I've met anyone like her in my life. I love her so much--she's like the little sister I don't have.
Josh: I love New Zealand! There's a big volcano, and the sunrise is beautiful.
Josh Hutcherson: (about what he looks for in a girl) I like brainy girls who can respond to what I'm saying.
Josh Hutcherson: I think the corniest souvenir I bought was a golden Oscar statue that said "Best Teacher," and I gave it to her when I got back to school. I think I was hoping she'd be nice and not give me too much homework!
Josh Hutcherson: (about some rapping that he did for a special feature on the "RV" DVD) Well, actually, the rapping came before the acting. Only by a month or so. It's a long story, but the short end is that when I was around 9, I think, I opened for the boy band O-town. Well not all by myself, but, with Rich Cronin (lead singer for LFO). I did, like, two rap songs with him on stage in front of a few thousand people. It was awesome, but I think I'll stick with acting!
Josh Hutcherson: (about "Bridge to Terabithia" director Gabor Csupo) Gabor is so awesome. He has the biggest heart of any director I think I have ever worked with, and he is just so caring; he's so nice.
Josh Hutcherson: (about watching his own movies) I am very critical of myself. I can never just sit back and enjoy the movie. I find myself critiquing myself a lot, like "I said that weird," or "That was a weird face," or "I have a funky hair thing going on there." Stuff like that just bugs me.
Mark Levin: (director of "Little Manhattan") Josh is so game for anything that you put in front of him, and he's got an amazing acting style, which is that he just is "Johnny on the spot." You just say "Hit that window," and he says "How hard?" And he does it again and again. And he enjoys it, he's just having fun.....it's just kind of indicative of his incredible commitment.
Jon Favreau: (director of "Zathura," about Josh) He was a real, real pro. He had, um.....it was like, you'd think he was working for thirty years. He knew all his lines, his parents were very astute about how the way the set works and all that stuff, and he just brought a tremendous professionalism to the set.
Cynthia Nixon: (Josh's on-screen mother in "Little Manhattan") Sometimes you just run across kids who are so grown-up. Josh is cute, but he is also smart and makes good choices.
Josh Hutcherson: (about his favorite movie) It's really hard for me to answer this question. I get asked a lot about what my favorite movie is and why, and that's hard because it changes as I see more and more movies, plus it kinda depends on what kind of mood you're in. So, let's see, if I had to pick just one all time favorite movie, I guess it would probably be, this may sound crazy, but it's The Fast and the Furious. It's a fun movie to watch, and I love cars.
Josh Hutcherson: Yeah, that's what I love doing. I love doing roles and movies that are different from each other. That's kind of why I like to be an actor, because I get to play different characters and pretend I'm different people going through different situations. Getting to do different genres of movies means you're gonna have different types of situations and stuff like that. So I want to try and do every type of genre there is out there.
Josh Hutcherson: (about his favorite part of filming "Firehouse Dog") Oh man, I think getting to work with the dogs. I love dogs. Getting to work with them on set every single day was awesome. The problem is that my dog got jealous. I was spending so much time on set with the other dog, that he was like, "Hey man, what's up? What's going on?"
Josh Hutcherson: (when asked why he was attracted to the script for "Firehouse Dog") For some reason, it had such a great feel to me. It was unlike any other dog movie, because it had such a cool storyline. It was so different than any other dog movie I had ever seen and ever heard of. That's what really attracted me to it is that it was so unique.
Josh Hutcherson: (about the movie "RV") Robin Williams played my dad; he is so incredible to work with. He never stops and never turns it off. I love to improvise, so working with him was so much fun because we'd start doing a scene, and it would never be the same thing twice.
Josh Hutcherson: I love what I do, and I can't imagine ever wanting to do anything else, except maybe direct. So, as long as I am able to, I want to keep acting.
Josh Hutcherson: (about Robert Patrick, his on-screen father in "Bridge to Terabithia") He is the most giving actor I've ever worked with. He's such a big inspiration to me. He's helpful and shares ideas and, being a younger actor than him, I can learn so much.
Josh Hutcherson: Imagination is an important part of everybody's life. With today's kids, imagination is lost because kids play so many video games, and it's bad for that. My little brother plays a lot, and I was always outside playing Army, rolling around on the ground, playing with squirt guns and playing kickball. I think kids need to do that more often.
Josh Hutcherson: (about getting his start as an actor) I had to beg and beg my parents since I was 3 or 4 years old, and they said, "Why not play sports?" They heard all this negative stuff about Hollywood and being an actor. Finally, they opened the Yellow Pages and we met with an acting coach, and to this day, I have never had an acting class in my life. They tried me out there and suggested I go to pilot season in Los Angeles. I was so excited and begged and begged and begged, and so they took me out for one pilot season. I got a pilot, and things took off from there and never stopped.
Josh Hutcherson: I got a lot of crap from kids in school when I first started acting. I didn't understand that, because it was something I loved doing, but I learned that you just don't let it bother you. I didn't understand what they were laughing about. I just ignored it.
Josh Hutcherson: (about actress Charlie Ray, who played his love interest in "Little Manhattan") She was really, really good, and it was really cool because I was involved with this movie before it actually became a movie. They were still developing the script and everything. I was there to read with all the different girls, and I got to have my opinion on which girl. Yeah, the thing is, I said that Charlie was one of my favorites, so that was really cool. I was so shocked when I found out that was her first audition ever because she was really so good.
Josh Hutcherson: (when asked about his favorite movie that he has filmed) That's really hard because I've really liked each of them for a different reason. All around, probably Zathura. That was awesome because of all the stunts and cool ways that they filmed it. They used 3 different sets. One shook like a 9.2 earthquake, one tilted at a 45 degree angle, and the other was still. Also, it was all in the same place so once we got there, we got to do cool stuff with the trailer for Halloween and Christmas and stuff like that. It was a lot of fun.
Josh Hutcherson: (about his often-discussed crying scene in Bridge to Terabithia) I really did cry in the movie. It's what you have to do when you're in character. A lot of people want to know how I make myself cry like that. Well, when I was younger, I would just think of something really sad in my life and cry, but now, what I do is just really get into my character. If it's a situation where my character would cry, then I just think like I am them and make myself cry.
Mark Levin: (co-director of "Little Manhattan," about Josh's audition) Josh was the first kid we met at the reading, and he so blew everyone away at the reading that he......
Jennifer Flackett: (second director) He made it impossible for them to say no.
Josh: If I'm not working and I'm home then I'm always on the go playing football or going out with my friends. I don't sit still much.
Josh: I like my hair much better long.
Josh: Working with Robin is like watching Robin do stand-up constantly!
Josh: Filming Zathura was the best experience of my whole life.
Josh: I feel much better here on Earth and much safer!
Josh: I have a little brother and I understand how Danny got on his nerves.
Josh: I just love to do anything physical.
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