Fast Five with Odeya Rush
Get to know this Mila Kunis-lookalike who's starring alongside Jack Black in Goosebumps
Name Odeya Rush
Born May 12, 1997, Haifa, Israel
Filmography The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (2012), The Giver (2014), Goosebumps (2015)
She was the star in last year's The Giver, and though the flick based on the award-winning series of young-adult books by Lois Lowry didn't take off, it did put the pretty Israeli immigrant on the radar, which led to her scoring a starring role in Goosebumps, another potential franchise.
Inspired by bestselling children's horror fiction author R.L. Stine's beloved monsters such as Slappy the Dummy, zombies and werewolves, Goosebumps sees Rush as Hannah, Stine's (Jack Black) mysterious teenage daughter who must help her dad defeat his imaginary demons when they are all set free.
Opening here Oct 29, its also stars Dylan Minnette and Amy Ryan.
Rush may have appeared in only a handful of films, but she's mingled with the likes of Black, Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.
She told fashion website Who What Wear: "From Jack (Black), I've learnt how to treat people on set. He's just the coolest person ever and has the best energy. Meryl makes you appreciate the fact that you can mess up and you can forget your lines sometimes, while Jeff always says not to take life too seriously."
Odeya Rush attends the Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation World Premiere of Goosebumps in Westwood, California on October 4, 2015. PHOTO: AFP
The 18-year-old - who relocated to Alabama, US, when she was nine - credits fellow Israeli-US actress Natalie Portman for igniting her passion for acting and inspiring her.
"I saw The Professional when I was 11, and it was the first time where I saw a kid acting in a serious movie, not in some Disney Channel show," she told RogerEbert.com. "She was someone who could carry a whole movie at age 11, and it really pushed me to believe that I could do this. Growing up in Israel or Alabama, that possibility seemed so far away."
The avid fashionista told Who What Wear that she follows fashion shows and will pick out a look before discussing with her stylist whenever she needs to be at an event.
"I'll go to my stylist and say I'd really like to wear this to Comic-Con, I'd like to wear this for a press day, or for a premiere. I like that."