Josie's favorite actresses are Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Penelope Cruz.
Josie would like to guest star on 30 Rock with Tina Fey.
Josie has two brothers and one sister.
Josie is studying at the University of California, Los Angelos.
Josie is 5' 2" tall.
Josie: I started acting when I was like five in monologue competitions at this private elementary school. Ever since then, it's kind of progressed. From there, I went to magnet art schools for middle school and for high school, but I was always involved in musical theater, and I went to one summer camp for TV and film, and that kind of sparked the other direction, I guess, for acting in the TV and film world, and so I've just kind of been doing it every since I was little.
Josie: I was a gymnast when I was younger. My parents put me in gymnastics and I was actually only good at the floor. I was terrible at everything else, especially beam. Unfortunately, you can't be a gymnast unless you're good at all of the apparatuses, so I became a competitive cheerleader. I was just the main tumbler for my squad. We competed in big state and national championships. We were on ESPN, did that whole thing. So I'm really knowledgeable about the world of gymnastics and the competitive nature of it and all of that. But unfortunately, I was only good at one of the things.
Jose: I think everyone has dreams and it's just how you go about pursuing that. And I think anybody can do anything that they set their mind to. So if you set your mind to do something and you exhaust every opportunity, I think you're going to get there. I mean it's just about working really hard and staying very focused, not letting the distractions get to you because especially the older you get, the more distractions you have, whether it's boyfriends or girlfriends or nightlife and just trying to strip yourself of all of that. I'm not saying if you work hard, you can play hard, too. But especially at first, just kind of being completely dedicated to one thing and even if it's something small; I think it's very important to do something towards your goal every day. Whether it's reading a little bit of a script or memorizing half of your monologue. It could even be as simple as doing an improv game with a friend if acting is what you want do. But if you do one thing every day towards your goal, it's going to happen.
Josie: (On the biggest contributing factor to her success) It's hard to put it into words. I think that I was raised by two of the best people ever. My mother and father are just the definition of hard work, like what hard work brings to you. They've taught me and my brothers and sisters to set your goals high and to give everything to reach them. They taught me what work ethic is, what discipline is and what it gets you. My dad, my mom not so much, but my father came here from Cuba with absolutely nothing and literally worked his way to the top. He's taught me and all of us that. I think that's kind of gotten me to where I am now and I'm eternally grateful to them. Yes, there's not much that I can say, but my parents just really taught me well and I have everything to thank for them.
Josie: (On her acting style) It's kind of complicated. I had a really great acting teacher who taught me a lot of different things. It just depends on the scene. Usually if I have a really emotional scene, which Kaylie loves to cry, it just depends. If I can plug into it immediately, just because we have such good writers and they write so well, sometimes it's just very easy to tap into what they write. But other times it's not. I use what my acting teacher calls a 50/50. So I'll plug in people that I know in my life, people that I love, maybe a family member or a best friend, I'll plug them into this situation instead of, let's say, Payson or Lauren. I'll plug in somebody else to that situation and it makes it a lot easier for me to get emotional about that. But other times when I'm completely reaching and I'm not getting the emotion to where I want to be, I'll create scenarios that get me emotional. If you just think about the core emotion of the scene because every scene has a core emotion, whether it's happiness or loss or frustration. And if you could think of a moment where that was the core emotion, whatever it might be, that makes it easier to tap into that scene. Even though my scenario might not have anything to do with what's going on in the scene, as long as the core emotion is the same, then it helps. And then the scene can go from there. So there's a lot of different things that I use. Actually, music helps a lot, too. A lot of the times I'll pick a song that kind of goes with the scene. It's really difficult. I just actually had a scene with Carter in the second episode. I have a heavy scene with him and I picked this song that just went perfectly with the scenario. That helped so much, so just a combination of a lot of different things.
Josie: (On being recognized for her role in Make It or Break It) Yes, I definitely do. It's kind of strange. I haven't gotten completely used to it yet. I'm actually home right now for the holidays. I'm in Miami. I've been recognized every day since I've been here the past three days a few times here and there. My family - they're such hams -they love it so much. I'm more kind of weirded out by it still. I mean it's completely flattering, but you're not used to it. But they love it: my brothers and sisters, [and] my mom, they get such a kick out of it. As long as I can give them a laugh, that's what counts, I guess.
Josie: (On working with more experienced actors on Make It or Break It) I was more excited then nervous. I remember watching Candace on Full House [when] I was little. I grew up [with] her and I remember when I first got the call that she was going to be on the show, the first person I called was my little brother. He's a year and a half younger than me. I was like, "Guess what?" and he was so excited. He knew that we had already film[ed] the pilot and the pilot had gotten picked up and I had not heard him as excited as when I told him that Candace was going to be on the show. He was like, "Oh, my God, now you really made it." So I was more excited than nervous and I kind of felt like such a dork because once I got to know her a little bit, I just bombarded her with questions about Full House and what it was like and all of those things.
Josie:(On what character she relates to on Make It or Break It) Actually, when I first read the script, I related a lot more to Payson's character. I actually was like, oh, that's so perfect for me. I'm extremely driven. I'm one of those people that, like Cassie said, I see something. I set a goal, and I go for it wholeheartedly. And I'm very, very focused, and very disciplined, diligent with my work, so I don't know. I relate a lot more to Payson. I'm not Kaylie in the sense that she kind of lets her gymnastics go to the wayside for a boy. Cassie can tell you. I'm like the last boy crazy you'll ever meet. I'm not a boy crazy girl, and I would never let a boy get in the way of what I want and what I'm going for, so Payson is like that, and that's why I've always just related a lot more to her.
Josie:(On why she likes working on Make It or Break It) I think what I enjoy the most about it is the fact that I get to play a gymnast on TV and be passionate about something on television. I think a lot of the shows right now are a lot of just pretty much revolve only around relationships and drugs and alcohol and sex. And what I love about it is that we get to show a different aspect of teenage lives and show teenagers who are passionate about something, who are driven about something, and that's my favorite part of just being on the show, being able to bring a different element to the stereotypical teenager.
Josie:(On if she relates with her character on Make It or Break It) I feel I have a lot of differences from Kaylie, but also a couple of similarities. I think Kaylie deals a lot with the internal conflict of wanting to be this amazing Olympic gymnast, and also just wanting to be a regular teenager, and I feel that sometimes, actually a lot of times. So I completely feel for Kaylie and understand where she's coming from when she's having this relationship with Carter behind her father's back because another element of Kaylie, she's a people pleaser. She wants everyone to be happy, whether it's her dad, her boyfriend, her coach, her friends. She literally bends over backwards to please people, and in a lot of ways I can relate to that. I do have a breaking point that comes a lot quicker than Kaylie's but I do try to make everyone around me happy with my performance, with my performance, whether it be as a student or as an actress.
Josie:(On working with Candice Cameron on Make It or Break It) I mean, when I heard that we got picked up, I was excited, but I don't know why I didn't freak out like the other girls did. But when I heard that Candice Cameron was casted as Summer, I freaked out. That's when I had my freak out. Like, I grew up watching Full House, watching DJ kiss Steve and oh my, gosh. I lived vicariously through DJ. So being able to work with Candice, well, the first time I saw her, you know, I kind of, I got really, really nervous, and now she's just – I mean, now she's a friend. We see her all the time. We know about her and her life, and we've met all of her family. They come to set often, and I kind of, you know, I get a little high saying, hey, I'm friends with DJ. That's awesome. Once you got over the fact that, okay, she's DJ Tanner, she's just another, you know, working actress who is one of the nicest people I have ever met, with literally like the prettiest family I've ever met too. I have to say that when I got cast in the pilot, and then the pilot was picked up for ten episodes, my little brother was like, oh, you know, congratulations, Jo. It was like a pat on the back. That's great. When I found out that DJ, well, that Candice was cast, he was the first person I called, and he was just like, oh my, God, Josie. You have arrived. You are seriously now famous.
Josie:(On balancing school and acting) Obviously, acting has to come first, so I'm always auditioning and if a job comes along, that's [my first priority]. Last year, when I booked Hatching Pete for Disney, I had to drop out of school in the middle of the quarter. But I've been really lucky, I've been able to work around shooting. You know, when I got the pilot for Make It or Break It, they were able to move around my finals, so I got to finish and then I just took off this past quarter [to shoot the season]. So, it's just like, when I can, I'll go back and do a quarter or a summer session. I have about a year left.