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Houston’s Joshua Rush co-stars with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in Parental Guidance.

I’m a Reel Boy!

by Tara Seetharam | Houston magazine | November 29, 2012

After spending half his life climbing the Hollywood ranks, 11-year-old Joshua Rush—whose credits already include a slew of TV shows, animated films and commercials—has hit the big time.

The Houston native stars in his first major film this holiday season, Parental Guidance, which hits Christmas Day. Directed by fellow Houstonian Andy Fickman, the flick chronicles the babysitting adventures of grandparents, played by Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, and their three grandkids. Rush’s favorite scene involves an unsupervised bout with an ice cream cake. “I was covered with cake and icing,” he recalls. “It was awesome.”

He landed the role of Turner, the stutter-inhibited middle grandkid, thanks to the recommendation of Crystal. “He definitely took me under his wing,” says Rush, who’s been learning from seasoned stars since his family made the move to L.A. in 2008.

But despite his rising profile in Hollywood, Rush remains grounded. This month, he’s anxious to celebrate Hanukkah with his family and take a fifth-grade field trip—he’s still a full-time student—to see his new movie. “The best gift I could ever get.”