Joshua Ryan Hutcherson was born on October 12th, 1992, in Union, Kentucky, to Michelle and Chris Hutcherson. He has a younger brother, Connor, who he's very close to. Josh is home schooled and loves Algebra, but is not very fond of reading. He has two dogs and two cats. Josh always wanted to be an actor, and his parents allowed him to start acting in the early 2000s. Hutcherson has cited actor Jake Gyllenhaal as an inspiration. According to Hutcherson, he still "gets grounded" by his parents. He recently gained his license to drive. Hutcherson has stated that he enjoys cars, competing in triathlons, bowling, and soccer. On August 11, 2007, Hutcherson served as the Grand Marshal at the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. On September 2008 he went to Italy for his first time. He visited cities like Rome and Milan, and participated in a local event about kids and cinema.