Joshua Rush plays the character, Cyrus, in Disney Channel show, Andi Mack. We had a catch up with him to find EVERYTHING you want to know about Joshua and working on Andi Mack!
Describe your character Cyrus in three words?
Quirky, loyal and hilarious.
Would you say you’re similar to Cyrus in any way?
I’m definitely similar to Cyrus. I think we both have a sense of humour that can make anyone laugh and groan as well. We’re definitely like the same kind of humour.
Cyrus is Disney’s first openly gay character, which is amazing, how does it feel playing that?
It feels amazing. There has been a huge outpouring of support, whether it be from the channel who have been incredibly supportive and incredibly helpful in every part of playing this character or from people on social media who I’ve gotten the most kindest, amazing comments… One of the ones that really sticks out is a girl said to me on my social media, “When Cyrus said ‘I feel weird, I feel different’ I felt a lump in my throat because I feel the same way.” It’s stuff like that that reminds me not only am I just going to work every day and I’m having a great time, I’m doing my dream job but I’m also making a real impact on peoples’ lives. So it’s pretty amazing to feel that way.
So what would be your dream role?
Oh my dream, dream role — beyond just Cyrus Goodman who is amazing and super funny — I’ve always had the dream to be James Bond. I’d probably have to work on my British accent and maybe hit the gym a little bit more! James Bond is the dream for me — the cars, the gadgets, James Bond, he’s so cool.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Oh gosh! Something that really sticks with me is my acting coach once told me that you can take a little nugget of gold from everyone you meet so that’s my biggest thing. No matter who it is I interact with I try and take a little nugget of gold from all of them. So everybody, everybody around me.
What’s your favourite thing about being on Andi Mack?
The fans, absolutely! There’s not even a question about it. The fans are so incredibly amazing and the fan art that we see and the fan fiction that I read from people who watch the show — these eagle eyes that are like “why is this like this?”, “what happened with that?”, “what do you think happened off screen?” and I’m like I don’t even know! You watch the show with more intensity than I do and that’s so amazing. The fans love the show and it’s every time I see some kind of crazy question come in on my Tumblr or my Twitter or my Instagram it’s amazing that people are watching the show and resonating with it.
Have you always wanted to be an actor?
I started when I was really young. I’ve basically been an actor since the time I was able to say the word! I did my first audition, theatrically, at 4 years old and I did my first modelling job at the age of 10 months so I’ve been doing this since birth. I love every minute of it!
What advice would you give to our readers who’d love to get into acting themselves?
I think that’s hard… that’s something I don’t think people really talk about but it’s so hard… I think we actually modelled it out, we had a spreadsheet for a while, it was a hundred auditions for every one job that I booked and you have to be told “No!” over and over and over and over again but it is so incredibly amazing when you get told yes. My biggest piece of advice would be don’t give up if it’s really your dream then don’t let anybody tell you “no” and don’t let anyone make you give up.
What’s one of your favourite scenes that you’ve done from Andi Mack?
I’d say the coming out scene with Buffy was so powerful and the biggest thing that made it so powerful was the night before… Sofia and I lived in the same apartment building at the time and we’d spend basically every night preparing our scenes together and playing pool and just hanging out in our apartment. It was that night, we stayed up late, we hung out, we worked on the scene and we talked about it in such depth and we thought about it. So by the time we went in for that scene that day we were a little bit tired but amazingly excited and so ready and so energised for it. It was that scene and that night before it that made it so special.
What does behind the scenes on set look like? Are you always playing around, pranking… or is it pretty chilled?
I wouldn’t call it chilled at all! There are a lot of pranks and a lot of funny business that goes on with this cast. We’re super tightknit and we spend basically every waking moment together and then when we wrap that day all of our parents are like “OK guys lets go to bed, lets go home” and we’re like “where are we going to eat – do you want Mexican food tonight?” So we spend every waking moment together and sometimes we’ll have sleepovers too!
The kind of shrugging one where he puts his hands up… the shrug.
French fries with truffle oil.
Cats or dogs?
Je ne sais quoi.
Catch season 2 episodes of Andi Mack on Disney Channel weekdays from 5:30pm!