I just finished watching the first two episodes of Andi Mack (and I am definitely loving it!) But it is even more exciting to get the chance to interview Joshua Rush, the actor who portrays Cyrus about the show and his role. In our interview, he talks about how Andi Mack is different and working with his co star, Peyton Elizabeth Lee. Great interview and make sure to go watch the show online before the television premiere in April.
Appealing to a wide range of audiences, Joshua can be heard and seen in a plethora of productions including animated projects, both in television and film. Joshua proves himself to be wise beyond his years by the projects he has chosen in his career. At such a young age, his resume already includes several film festival projects and big budget films. Originally from Houston, Texas, 15-year-old Joshua loves science, technology and animals and is incurably addicted to Apple products.
BSCKids: Joshua, tell us a bit about your character Cyrus on Andi Mack?
Joshua Rush: Cyrus is a little different. He’s one of Andi’s two best friends. He’s quirky, not athletic, and generally just a little awkward. He’s got a sense of humor that can make just about anyone laugh. Cyrus doesn’t fit in with anyone but Andi and Buffy… and he wouldn’t want to anyway.
BSCKids: How did you get the role of Cyrus? How are you like Cyrus and not like Cyrus in real life?
Joshua Rush: I got the role after a fairly lengthy period of 4 auditions, which consisted of an audition, callback, second callback and screen test. I’m like Cyrus in that I have his dry sense of humor, and I have a little bit of his social awkwardness, but most of all I like to think I have his willingness to help in any situation.
BSCKids: How has your time on set been? How are you and Peyton Elizabeth Lee getting along? Any funny behind the scenes stories to tell us?
Joshua Rush: My time on set was so, so, so much fun! Peyton and I and the whole cast get along really well. One of my favorite things we did is how we got obsessed with arm wrestling over the course of the season!
BSCKids: I feel like information about Andi Mack has been kept a little closer to the vest. This show is going to be something special and a bit different from other shows it seems! Without giving too much away, how is Andi Mack different?
Joshua Rush: Well, Andi Mack certainly is different because it’s very real. It’s very exciting for a lot of people and all of them are going to love how real and how much everyone is going to relate to it.
BSCKids: Is this show going to be something that can help kids with problems they may face in their life? If so, how?
Joshua Rush: I think this show is very different in that kids aren’t going to be looking up to the kids on this show, but rather see them as more equals, which is going to be really special because kids are going to be inspired to solve their own problems!
BSCKids: The show is from the creator of Lizzie McGuire. Did you watch Lizzie McGuire? If you did, did it help you prepare for Andi Mack in any way?
Joshua Rush: I never watched Lizzie McGuire! It was ending just as I started watching Disney Channel, so I’m in a whole new generation for kids to see new shows… like Andi Mack!
BSCKids: Besides the series that you have worked on, what would you say is your favorite Disney show?
Joshua Rush: I would have to say Sonny With A Chance, because it was one of the shows that made me REALLY want to pursue acting.
BSCKids: If you could guest star on any television show (that you haven’t been on before) what would it be?
Joshua Rush: I’d have to go with Veep! I love that show so, so much, and it’s always been a dream of mine to be a politician.
BSCKids: Chuck was probably one of my favorite shows! Do you have any good stories from your time on set?
Joshua Rush: I was almost six when I was on Chuck so I can’t really remember any good stories! Sorry!
BSCKids: Who have you learned the most from in your acting career?
Joshua Rush: I’ve learned the most, really, from those around me, almost never one person specifically. With my acting, I rely really heavily on other people’s reactions, sometimes to a fault, and that really is how I make changes to my acting.
BSCKids: What have you playing on your iPod recently and what is your current favorite app?
Joshua Rush: I have a playlist that is over a week long (yeah) of calming music, and it’s 90% of what I listen to on Spotify. I use it for studying and it’s everything I could have ever dreamed of!
BSCKids: Where can we find you on social media?
Joshua Rush: @JoshuaRush on Twitter and Instagram!
BSCKids: What advice would you give to kids trying to make it in acting?
Joshua Rush: I’d definitely say getting a coach was the smartest choice I have ever made. A coach can take any raw skills you have and fine-tune them in to fine skills.
BSCKids: Why should everyone tune in to watch Andi Mack?
Joshua Rush: Because it’s going to be awesome! And with the first episode on YouTube and the Disney Channel app for free, why not? If you don’t like it (and you won’t not like it) you can turn it off! But you won’t. Because it’s awesome.
Special thanks to Joshua Rush for taking the time to talk to us about Andi Mack. Having seen the first two episodes I can tell you this is going to be show to watch, so make sure to tune in for the premiere or watch the first two episodes on the Disney app and get a head start.