Josh Hutcherson is an American actor best known for playing Peeta Mellark in the hit Multi Award-winning and box-office film series The Hunger Games. Before that, the actor was a child star with several supporting roles, the most notable being his role in the film The Kids are Alright, for which he garnered critical approval.
After several supporting roles, Josh Hutcherson was able to earn his spot in a title role that he starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth in The Hunger Games. The mega-franchise catapulted this child-star to stardom, making him a household name and a millionaire.
Josh grew up in a small town in Kentucky, the son of Michelle Hutcherson, a Delta Airlines employee, and Chris Hutcherson, an analyst with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The actor had a knack for acting from such a young age and recalls falling in love with the entertainment industry at just 4 years old. A versatile actor, Josh had landed several commercials and minor television roles before landing his main performances.
Other than this, Josh is an avid supporter of the LGBT (gay lesbian bisexual transsexual) community. He has described his sexuality as “mostly straight” but does not believe in putting labels on sexuality. His continued concern and support for the LGBT community stem from the loss of 2 of his uncles to AIDS.
Josh is consistently known as one of the shortest men in Hollywood. Standing at 1.7m or 5ft 5in, Josh is below average height. The average height of an American man is 5.9, so statistically speaking, Josh is well below average. In Hollywood, the average male height is even taller than the American male, making Josh one of the shortest actors.
He has stated in interviews that it bothers him. “I’m not a very tall guy … it bothers me a lot.” However, the actor has learned to form a sense of humor around his height. After winning an award for Best Male Performance at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, the actor joked that he and model Kate Upton could never work because she is so tall.
However, the actor has nothing to worry about, with a sum of $ 1.5 million and a loyal fan base he is doing well.
Speculation arose that Josh was gay, to which he has ended, describing himself as “mostly heterosexual.” Josh has actually dated a couple of Hollywood’s leading ladies, the most notable on that list are Victoria Justice, Vanessa Hudgens, Sophia Bush, and singer Ariana Grande.
However, Spanish actress Claudia Traisac has tied up the lady’s man for a couple of years. Although Josh doesn’t talk about his private life, he has opened up a bit about their relationship and says, “Distance is hard, but we make it work.” He was also enraged about their romance by saying that what they have is pretty good. However, the couple has been photographed by paparazzi packing the PDA on the streets, so it’s safe to say that they are very much in love with each other.
Josh Hutcherson’s gay scene
While Josh is not gay, he is often linked to the LGBT community due to the tremendous support he shows them. However, he is open about his sexuality and is not afraid of being mistaken as gay. The actor has publicly shared that he has some male crushes. He lists his “gay crush” as Lenny Kravitz and others like Ryan Gosling and his co-star Liam Hemsworth.
On a more serious note, Josh’s bond with the gay community stems from his membership and strong support in the Gay-Straight Alliance group “Straight But Not Narrow.” Josh has stated that his interest comes from his gay uncles who both died of AIDS. He is the co-founder of Straight But Not Narrow, an organization that trains young adults on how to become allies of the LGBT community. The purpose of the organization is to support LGBT peers and create a safe haven for them.
There is still a lot to do. It’s not even just about legislation. It starts with making it legally acceptable, but socially there are many prejudices that are integrated into our culture and they will be present for a while. I hope that one day in my life we can close the door to this group, but there is much more work to be done, ”says Josh of his organization: Direct but not Narrow.