Joshua Dela Cruz, famous as Josh, is the host of the popular kids show Blue’s Clue & You!. The show is the reboot of Blue’s Clue, where the main character is an animated blue-spotted puppy named Blue. The show revolves around concepts of child development and early childhood education.
Cruz is the third person to host after Steve Burns and Donovan Patton, who hosted the previous seasons. His recruitment in the show was not part of a specified interview seeking an Asian-American, but his involvement made the show more diverse. The show took some time to grow its rating. But when it did, it was at the top among the preschools in its very first week. The show even got ordered for a second season just after the end of the first one.
|Real Name||Joshua Dela Cruz|
|Date of birth||March 23, 1989|
|Age||33 years old|
|Place of birth||Dubai, UAE|
|Partner||Amanda Dela Cruz|
|Occupation||Actor, Dancer and Musician|
|Net worth||100 Thousand USD|
Joshua Dela Cruz Net Worth and Salary
Cruz has been the host of the show Blue’s Clue & You! since 2019. The show is a hit as well as its host. Before starting his career as a host, he also had a decent career in theatre.
It was just a few months since he started being a host, but his net worth was already 100 thousand USD in 2020.
Joshua’s Family, Parents, Ethnicity, and Personal Details
Cruz and his sister both were born in the UAE. His parents are originally from the Philippines, but were working in Dubai. They met each other in Dubai and got married.
Cruz moved from Dubai when he was just two years old. His mother got sponsorship, so the whole family moved from Dubai to the USA. She worked for more than forty years as a nurse before retiring.
Once they were in the USA, they settled in New Jersey, where his mother started to work as a registered nurse. While his mother was working, his father stayed home to take care of him and his sister.
Growing up, he was close to his sister, who introduced him to the theater and acting in eighth grade.
After that, he started training in theater. He then became part of Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey to learn acting.
From an early age, he wanted to have a career in the theater. So, he graduated from Montclair State University, in musical theater. He is always thankful towards his university, as it was the department of his college that put him into roles that were initially for white people.
He not only learned everything he knew at the university but also met his wife there.
He did theater for several years with few roles in TV before leaving it to appear permanently on TV as the host of Blue’s Clue & You!.
Besides acting, Cruz is also into fitness. He did many online challenges seven days a week. He and his wife also turned vegan after learning about cancer histories on both sides of the family.
He is also passionate when it comes to photography. He captures many authentic pictures and posts them on his Instagram account.
Joshua Dela Cruz Wife Amanda
Cruz has been married to his beautiful and talented wife, Amanda, since August 10 of 2016. The couple met each other at Montclair State University as both were pursuing theater.
The couple graduated from the same university and even performed together in many shows. They dated for a few years before Cruz romantically proposed to her.
Cruz initially asked Amanda if she could help him out with his professional demo reel. She agreed to help him and started shooting within the central park. By the end of the performances, Cruz was on his knees proposing to her.
Amanda said yes, and the couple has been happily married for more than four years.
Education and High School
Cruz initially did his schooling from the suburban towns in New Jersey. Once high school was over, he chose Montclair State University to pursue his dream of working in the theater.
He graduated with a degree in Musical Theater from the University.
Cruz started his career in the theater ever since he was in college. He worked in the theater for ten years performing in Broadway shows like “Here Lies Love”, “Merrily We Roll Along”, etc.
Before getting his big break, he was part of the Broadway show Aladdin. He was initially in the understudy but later secured the role. He performed as Aladdin for five years before turning to TV.
He did a few roles here and there in TV, including in Point Man, Time After Time, before getting his big breakthrough in 2018.
While he was still doing theatres, he wanted to broaden his range of audience and wanted to work on a bigger screen. His agent then informed him of the audition for the host of Blue’s Clue & You!.
When he auditioned, he did not know that he was competing among three thousand other actors. These three thousand actors even included the superstar of WWE, John Cena.
However, he impressed the whole team, who were there to audition him, including the former host Steve Burns. Burns was so impressed that he was all in for hiring Cruz.
The team was not looking for a host of specific ethnicity or nationality so, Cruz was selected purely based on his talent. But his recruitment did bring diversity to the show.
Cruz got introduced as the cousin of the former hosts in the show. Since then, he has received enormous love and appreciation from numerous kids as well as their parents.