Joshua Rush does it all!
The 17-year-old actor, known as Cyrus Goodman on Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” is bringing the beloved children’s classic “Where’s Waldo?” to life in a new animated series coming to Universal Kids. The upcoming episodes, which kick off on July 20th, follow a 12-year-old Waldo (voiced by Joshua) and his best friend Wenda as they travel the globe celebrating cultures and solving problems.
From the biggest lesson Joshua hopes viewers will take away from the show to the hardest challenges he faced recording it and more: keep scrolling to catch the inside scoop on all things Waldo!
Did you grow up reading the “Where’s Waldo?” books?
Joshua: My first experience with the “Where’s Waldo” books was when my grandma gave me one when I was five-years-old. I couldn’t find him once! When I got this part, [I tried again] but I never honed those skills when I was five, so I wasn’t much better!
How is working on a voice-over project like this more or less challenging than the on-screen acting you do in “Andi Mack”?
Joshua: I was really excited about the opportunity to do something that was very different…I’ve learned a lot over the course of “Andi Mack” and of my own general acting experience, and this voice — the emotion and the excitement and the everything — all comes out…Waldo at his core, his voice is my voice. It’s just natural and easy!
How did you take such a beloved book character like Waldo and make him your own?
Joshua: So many people have this idea of who Waldo is…this [new] Waldo, he’s 12 and he’s just excited. [The series] takes everything that kids are learning from the books about exploration and about curiosity, and it moves that into an all-new wild world.
Is that the takeaway of the series, exploration?
Joshua: I’d definitely say it’s experiencing other cultures and learning about other cultures. It’s also definitely about exploration and curiosity as well!