May 12, 1997
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Odeya Rush started acting at a young age, but there was a natural progression to her screen career, moving from advertisements to television to movies. At the age of nine Rush relocated from Israel to Alabama with her family (including six brothers). As soon as they arrived in the States, Rush was already telling her family she wanted to be an actress. They moved to New Jersey two years later and Rush was cast in her first print and TV commercials. After they moved to Los Angeles, Rush advanced into TV with guest spots on "Law & Order: Special Victim Unit" (NBC, 1999-) and the cult Larry David comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000-2011). This was followed by her film debut with a 'best friend' role in Disney's "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" (2012), opposite CJ Adams, before featuring in horror remake "We Are What We Are" (2013). Rush had to audition six times for her first lead in teen sci-fi adventure "The Giver" (2014) -- alongside Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift. The role earned her a Teen Choice Breakout Star Award. In 2015, she landed another lead in the big screen relaunch of R.L. Stine's massively popular family friendly horror series "Goosebumps," playing the daughter of a fantasy version of the popular children's author, portrayed by Jack Black.