Josh Hutcherson

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Josh Hutcherson
Man in a checked shirt sitting at a table, aside a microphone.
BornJoshua Ryan Hutcherson
(1992-10-12) October 12, 1992 (age 22)
Union, Kentucky, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active2002–present
Website
www.joshhutcherson.com
 
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Josh Hutcherson
Man in a checked shirt sitting at a table, aside a microphone.
BornJoshua Ryan Hutcherson
(1992-10-12) October 12, 1992 (age 22)
Union, Kentucky, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active2002–present
Website
www.joshhutcherson.com

Joshua Ryan "Josh" Hutcherson (born October 12, 1992) is an American actor. He began his acting career in the early 2000s, appearing in several minor film and television roles. Growing up as a child-actor, he gained exposure between 2004 and 2009 with major roles in the films Little Manhattan and Zathura, the comedy RV, the family adventure film Firehouse Dog, and the film adaptations of The Polar Express, Bridge to Terabithia, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Kids Are All Right, and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. He received eight Young Artist Award nominations for Best Leading Young Actor in those five years, half of which he won. In 2011, Hutcherson landed the leading role of Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games film series, based on Suzanne Collins' novel series.

Early life

Hutcherson was born in Union, Kentucky, on October 12, 1992. He is the son of Michelle (née Fightmaster), a former Delta Air Lines employee who now assists with Josh's career, and Chris Hutcherson, an analyst for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).[1][2] He has one younger brother, Connor.[3][4] Hutcherson's ancestry is English, Scottish, German, and remote Irish and French.[5] He attended New Haven Elementary School in his hometown of Union until he began his career at the age of 9, after which he began homeschooling with his mother as his teacher.[6] Hutcherson's passion for entertaining people developed at the age of three. After six years of ignoring his requests to pursue acting, his parents eventually realized that it could be something worth pursuing.[1]

Acting career

Early roles and breakthrough

Josh Hutcherson smiling for a picture wearing casual clothing.
Hutcherson at the premiere of Cirque du Freak in 2009

In January 2002, Hutcherson and his mother met acting coach Bob Luke who advised them to head to Los Angeles and begin auditioning for TV pilots.[1] He landed his first acting role in the 2002 pilot episode of House Blend, playing Nicky Harper; in the same year, he appeared in an episode of ER and was cast in the pilot of Becoming Glen.[7] In 2003, he played the lead role, Charlie Logan, in the film Miracle Dogs which was released on Animal Planet.[8] The film, Hutcherson's first, earned a 79% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[9] Later that year, Hutcherson starred opposite Peter Falk and Timothy Daly in the made-for-television film, Wilder Days,[10] and took on the minor role of Robin in the well-reviewed independent film, American Splendor.[11] In 2004's The Polar Express, his character, Hero Boy, was created by motion-capture of his facial expressions and body movements.[12] The film received mixed reviews from critics.[13] In the animated film Howl's Moving Castle, he voiced the character of Markl, working alongside Christian Bale and Billy Crystal who voiced two other lead characters.[14]

From 2005 to 2006, Hutcherson appeared in several Hollywood films. He had a minor role in the comedy Kicking & Screaming with Will Ferrell, playing Bucky Weston.[15] He played lead roles in Little Manhattan and Zathura.[16][17] In Little Manhattan, he appeared alongside his younger brother, Connor, for the first time.[18] For Zathura, Hutcherson received the Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a Feature Film by a Leading Young Actor".[19] In early 2006, he appeared in the comedy RV, playing the son of Robin Williams' character.[20][21]

Hutcherson played Jesse Aarons in the fantasy drama Bridge to Terabithia, which was filmed in New Zealand and released on February 16, 2007. Regarding his off-sceen friendship with co-star AnnaSophia Robb, he stated: "We became great friends and I think it showed in the film."[7] The pair both admitted to not having read the novel that the film is based on before being cast in their roles.[22] For Bridge to Terabithia he received his second Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film by a Leading Young Actor while Robb also received the same award for Leading Young Actress.[23] Hutcherson's next role was in Firehouse Dog (released on April 4, 2007), in which he played Shane Fahey, a firefighter's son who befriends a dog.[24] He was described as very patient and confident while working on set with the animals.[25] He next appeared in the independent drama Winged Creatures, playing Jimmy Jasperson in his first crime film.[26] Released in mid-2008, he starred in Journey to the Center of the Earth,[27] a new 3D version of the novel of the same name, working alongside co-star Brendan Fraser.[24][27] From 2009 to 2011, Hutcherson appeared in a film adaptation of the book Cirque Du Freak,[28] had a supporting role in the critically acclaimed movie The Kids Are All Right, playing Laser,[29] and was credited as an executive producer as well as an actor in the comedy-horror film, Detention.[30]

Continued success through The Hunger Games

I’ve always thought that the arc that Peeta takes is really incredible throughout the whole book series. From the beginning he's such a vulnerable young lad, and into the literally tortured, inflicted kind of PTSD-suffering person that he becomes in the third book is kind of incredible. It’s something I'm excited about. I'm nervous about portraying it because I've never gone crazy before in a movie.

—Hutcherson, regarding his character's changes in the Mockingjay movies[31]
Josh Hutcherson posing for a picture wearing a suit and tie
Hutcherson at the Sydney premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island in 2012

On April 4, 2011, Lionsgate announced that Hutcherson had been cast as Peeta Mellark in the The Hunger Games series opposite Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.[32][33] Between landing the role and the film's release, he appeared in two films: The Forger, where he also served as an executive producer,[34] and the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, reprising his role as Sean Anderson.[35][36] After The Hunger Games was released on March 23, 2012 in the United States, Hutcherson received mostly positive reviews on his performance. CNN stated, "[Hutcherson] brings humor and a bruised heart to a boy who needs to mature fast."[37] He was awarded the 2012 NewNowNext award for "Next Mega Star" and the National Association of Theatre Owners's 2012 CinemaCon award for "Breakthrough Performer of the Year."[38][39] Later in 2012, he appeared in the Red Dawn, a remake of the 1984 film of the same name. The film was panned by critics, achieving only a 12% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest score of any film Hutcherson has appeared in.[40][41]

In 2013, Hutcherson voiced the character Nod in the animated action-adventure film Epic, alongside Beyoncé and Colin Farrell.[42][43] Later that year, he reprised his role as Peeta in The Hunger Games sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film received a 90% average approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes along with a 92% audience approval. It brought in $420 million ($431.45 million in 2014 dollars[44]) at the North American box office, making it Hutcherson's most commercially successful film.[41][45]The day following the film's United States release, Hutcherson hosted his first episode of Saturday Night Live.[46][47]

Hutcherson will reprise his role as Peeta Mellark in the two feature-length parts of the Mockingjay film adaptation. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be released on November 21, 2014, and Part 2 will follow on November 20, 2015.[48]

Personal life

Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens on a boat in summer clothes
Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens dressed up on a stage at an awards show
Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens in January 2012 (left) and in February 2012 (right)

Hutcherson's hobbies and interests while growing up included cars, bowling, soccer, competing in triathlons, playing guitar, song writing, basketball, and rock climbing.[25] He has been a long-time fan of Justin Timberlake and even dyed the tips of his hair to match one of Timberlake's old looks as a child.[49] He has also cited actor Jake Gyllenhaal as an inspiration.[22]

Being from Northern Kentucky, Hutcherson has been a lifelong fan of both the Kentucky Wildcats and nearby Cincinnati Reds.[50] He was invited to throw the ceremonial opening pitch before the Reds' game against the Miami Marlins on April 7, 2012.[51]

Hutcherson previously dated his Journey 2 co-star Vanessa Hudgens, and have been seen together in public.[52] In January 2012, the pair revealed that they are now simply "good friends."[53] He began dating Claudia Traisac in 2013, during filming of Escobar: Paradise Lost.[54][55]

Hutcherson co-founded the gay–straight alliance campaign "Straight But Not Narrow" with Avan Jogia.[56] Around the time he was born, two of his uncles who were gay, and in their early thirties, died of AIDS. In April 2012, he became the youngest recipient of the Vanguard Award from GLAAD, given for promoting equal rights for LGBT people.[57][58] In regards to his sexuality, he told Out in October 2013 that while he considers himself to be straight he does not believe in being limited by labels.[59]

Filmography

Awards and nominations

YearOrganizationAwardWorkResult
2004Young Artist Awards[60]Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Leading Young ActorWilder DaysNominated
2005Young Artist Awards[61]Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble CastMotocross KidsNominated
2005Young Artist Awards[61]Outstanding Young Ensemble in a New MediumThe Polar ExpressWon
2006Young Artist Awards[19]Best Performance in a Feature Film (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young ActorZathura: A Space AdventureWon
2007Young Artist Awards[62]Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorRVNominated
2008Young Artist Awards[23]Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorBridge to TerabithiaWon
2008Young Artist Awards[23]Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble CastBridge to TerabithiaWon
2009Young Artist Awards[63]Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorJourney to the Center of the EarthNominated
2010Breakthrough of the Year Awards[64]Breakthrough Actor in FilmThe Kids Are All RightWon
2010Gotham Awards[65]Best Cast EnsembleThe Kids Are All RightNominated
2010Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association[66]Best EnsembleThe Kids Are All RightNominated
2010Boston Society of Film Critics[67]Best CastThe Kids Are All RightNominated
2010Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards[68]Youth in FilmThe Kids Are All RightNominated
2010Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards[69]Best CastThe Kids Are All RightNominated
2011Alliance of Women Film Journalists[70]Best Ensemble CastThe Kids Are All RightWon
2011Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards[71]Best Cast EnsembleThe Kids Are All RightNominated
2011Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards[72]Best Acting EnsembleThe Kids Are All RightNominated
2011Screen Actors Guild Awards[73]Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Kids Are All RightNominated
2012GLAAD[74]GLAAD Vanguard AwardStraight but not NarrowWon
2012NewNowNext Awards[38]Next Mega StarThe Hunger GamesWon
2012CinemaCon Award[39]Breakthrough Performer of the Year AwardThe Hunger GamesWon
2012MTV Movie Awards[75]Best CastThe Hunger GamesNominated
2012MTV Movie Awards[75]Best KissThe Hunger GamesNominated
2012MTV Movie Awards[75]Best FightThe Hunger GamesWon
2012MTV Movie Awards[75]Best PerformanceThe Hunger GamesWon
2012Teen Choice Awards[76]Choice Movie: LiplockThe Hunger GamesWon
2012Teen Choice Awards[76]Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyThe Hunger GamesWon
2012Do Something Awards[77]Movie Star: MaleThe Hunger GamesWon
2013People's Choice Awards[78]Favorite On-Screen ChemistryThe Hunger GamesWon
J-14 Teen Icon Awards[79]Iconic Male StarHimselfWon[80]
Iconic Movie Actor
2014MTV Movie AwardsBest PerformanceThe Hunger Games: Catching FireWon
2014Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyThe Hunger GamesWon

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