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10 Things to Know About Hollywood’s Next Big Thing: Odeya Rush

by Jessica Baker

There’s no mistaking Odeya Rush’s beauty, what with her big blue eyes, milky skin, and bee-stung lips. A young Mila Kunis comes to mind. But let us examine her appeal a bit further, like the Israel-born Los Angeles native’s affinity for statement-making red carpet looks and the fact that she’s already directed her first short film. To say Rush is talented beyond her 18 years would be an understatement. 

Before Rush became the It-girl-in-the-making she is today, breaking onto the scene in 2012’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green and again in 2014’s The Giver—a role that would earn her a Teen Choice Award,  a number of ones-to-watch list titles, as well as a Coach campaign—she was an aspiring actress putting on plays and creating films on iMovie for her younger siblings in Haifa, Israel. It wasn’t until her family relocated to New Jersey when she was 9 that her dream would become a reality.

This month, Rush is back on the big screen, starring alongside Jack Black as a fictionalized R.L. Stine in Goosebumps, a film based on the popular young-adult horror books. Rush plays Hannah, Stine’s daughter, who, when monsters and ghosts from her father’s books are unexpectedly released, must team up with friends to capture them and put them back in their place. “The script is kind of like a combination of an adventure and a comedy and a scary movie altogether,” she tells us. With that in mind, Rush served as the perfect muse to take on fall’s Victorian trend, a look that is at once innocent and hauntingly beautiful.

Ahead, 10 things you should know about this star on the rise. 

 

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