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 (2014) and Goosebumps (2015).

Early life

Rush was born in Haifa, Israel, to father Shlomo Rushinek and mother Maia Greenfeld. Her name, "Odeya", means "Thank God" in Hebrew.[2] As an 8-year-old in Haifa, Israel, she’d write and perform plays.[3]

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.[4][5] When she arrived to the USA, Rush could only speak Hebrew.[6] Rush is Jewish,[2] and attended N.E. Miles Jewish Day School in Birmingham, Alabama, where she lived.[2][7] She later moved to Midland Park, New Jersey, where she attended public school.[8]

In the beginning of 2013, Rush moved to Los Angeles, California with her family.[9] Rush has six brothers. Four of them are younger than she—two sets of twins who live with their parents in Los Angeles, and two older brothers who live in Israel.[4][10]



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 Guess.[11]


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.[12]

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]

In May 2012, it was confirmed that Rush will be cast as Mary in Mary, Mother of the Christ,[14] from executive producer Joel Osteen.[15]

In 2013, Rush was named one of Hollywood's 20 up and coming young actresses under 20 to watch by The Midwest TV Guys.[16]

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.[17]

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 Post-production
2016 Holding Patterns Amber Post-production
2017 The Bachelors Post-production
2017 Coup D'etat Tatiana Mills Post-production


  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. ^ BRENTON THWAITES & ODEYA RUSH: A NOVEL ROMANCE By Splash Staff / People / August 14, 2014
  4. ^ a b Israeli-born actress finding film success in Jersey and beyond
  5. ^ "THE ODD, Wonderful LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN'S Odeya Rush". Kidspickflicks.com. August 15, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Kweskin, Anthony Rotunno,Ward +. "'The Giver' Star Odeya Rush Opens Up About Her Big Break and Becoming BFFs with Taylor Swift". Retrieved 2016-08-23. 
  7. ^ "Day School Student Stars In Movie". Myemail.constantcontact.com. September 6, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ 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 April 13, 2014. Accessed September 1, 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."
  9. ^ Biography for Odeya Rush. imdb.com
  10. ^ Flaunt magazine article
  11. ^ מחיפה למסך הגדול: כך הפכה אודיה רש בת ה-17 לדבר הבא בהוליווד דנה קסלר / 12/08/2014
  12. ^ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 12, Episode 6. Branded (20 Oct. 2010). imdb.com
  13. ^ Alan Baltes, December 10, 2010. “Disney to film 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green' in January as casting continues.” Examiner.com
  14. ^ Israeli teen to play Virgin Mary – Israel Culture, Ynetnews. Ynetnews.com. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  15. ^ http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=2727#
  16. ^ "20 Under 20 (Up and Coming Young Actresses)". The Midwest TV Guys. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Israeli actress Odeya Rush joins 'Goosebumps' cast". The Jerusalem Post. February 9, 2014.