Odeya Rushinek was born in Haifa Israel to a Jewish family.In Hebrew her given name means I will thank God. As an eight year old
growing up in her hometown of Haifa Israel she wrote and performed plays.
Her family moved to the United States when she was nine years old so that her father could take up a job as a security consultant in
Alabama.When she arrived Rush did not know English and could only speak Hebrew.She attended the N E Miles Jewish Day School in
Birmingham Alabama where she resided she later moved to Midland Park New Jersey where she attended public school.
Before becoming an actress Rush began her career in her childhood and adolescence when she was discovered as a model in the United
States appearing in major campaigns and advertisements for fashion brands Polo Ralph Lauren Gap Tommy Hilfiger and H&M.
She also starred in a summer campaign for a collaboration between FILA and Urban Outfitters in 2018.
Her first acting roles began in 2010 in Law & Order Special Victims Unit in the episode Branded in which she played the character Hannah
Milner and in the television series Curb Your Enthusiasm in the episode Mister Softee as Emily.
Her first film role was in 2012 playing Joni Jerome the best friend of Timothy in the Peter Hedges-directed Disney film The Odd Life of
Rush co-starred as Fiona in the science fiction film The Giver 2014 based on the 1993 novel of same name from Lois Lowry and directed by
Phillip Noyce. The film also starred Brenton Thwaites Jeff Bridges Meryl Streep Katie Holmes Alexander Skarsgård and Taylor Swift.