You guys. You guys. Josh Hutcherson is the best thing that’s ever happened to Hollywood. Josh Hutcherson is the best thing that ever happened to the world. I know it’s a little sudden, but I’m starting to think that Josh Hutcherson might be to me what Adrien Brody is to Sarah. He’s headed in that direction, at least. It’s a big deal.
But why is he so amazing, you might be wondering. Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in, because I found not one, but two stories about Josh today that absolutely warmed my heart.
Here’s the first one: did you know that Josh Hutcherson is a huge supporter of gay rights? This weekend at the GLAAD Media Awards he’ll receive the Vanguard Award, which is presented to a person in the entertainment industry who has done a significant amount of work in promoting equal rights. He’s also the youngest recipient of the award at 19 years old. He does a lot of work with a group called Straight But Not Narrow, whose mission is to help influence younger people, primarily, that any sexuality at all is ok. Here‘s a little from Josh about that:
“My mom has always been a big advocate, especially in the gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual community so for me it’s always been a part of my soul,” Hutcherson says.
He recalls a letter that Straight But Not Narrow received from a 14-year-old high school freshman in Florida. “He was in this very right wing and religious sort of area and he sent a letter saying how SBNN changed his life and how he was able to feel more comfortable coming out to his friends,” Hutcherson says. “I was almost bawling reading it. That makes all our work worth it.”
He also reveals that two of his uncles died from AIDS right around the time he was born, and that they have a little bit to do with his passion:
“This is what my family is most proud of and the same for me,” Hutcherson says. “Acting is one thing, but actually trying to change the world and the way people think to make people’s lives better? That’s the stuff I’m most proud of.”
When I ask if he thinks his uncles are looking down at him, Hutcherson says, “I’m not a religious person in that sense. But at the same time I do believe in some sort of something, just not sure exactly. But yeah, I’d like to think that they see what I’m doing and that they’re proud of me.”
And here’s the second story: he adopted a puppy! The dog is a pit bull, and probably came from a rough environment, because Josh couldn’t adopt him until he had surgery for a broken femur, and he’s also missing a few toes. But Josh says that “He’s incredible. He’s doing great,” and that “His eyes are like that grey, silvery-blue pit eyes. They’re so beautiful.” And here’s the picture:
See what I mean? Amazing, right?