Josie Jaye Totah
August 5, 2001 (age 18)
Actor, stand-up comedian
Josie Jaye Totah (born August 5, 2001), formerly known as J.J. Totah is an American teen actress. She is known for her recurring role on the Disney Channel series Jessie as Stuart Wooten and her starring role on the 2013 ABC comedy series Back in the Game. Totah received critical praise for her role as Justin in the 2016 film Other People. In 2018, she starred in the short-lived NBC comedy series Champions. Totah began her career playing male roles but publicly came out as transgender in August 2018, changing her first name to Josie.
Totah was born in Sacramento, California, the third child of Suheil and Christine Totah. She has one sister and one brother, and is of Palestinian and Lebanese ancestry.
On August 20, 2018, Totah wrote an article published in Time in which she came out as a transgender female.
Totah began her acting career in 2012 when she was cast as the "Lil' Dictator" in the first production for AwesomenessTV. Beginning in 2013, she began appearing as Stuart Wooten, a boy with a crush on series regular Zuri Ross, in the Disney Channel Original Series Jessie. Totah has guest starred on the TV shows, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, and Liv and Maddie.
Also in 2013, Totah was cast in a main role in the ABC comedy Back in the Game. In 2015, she was cast in 4 episodes of the sixth season Glee as the youngest member ever of the New Directions.
In 2016, Totah appeared as Justin in the film Other People, and received critical praise for her role with Variety, making her one of its Sundance Breakout Stars of the year. In October 2016, Deadline Hollywood reported that Totah has been set to star in a new comedy for NBC that she helped develop where Totah was set to produce alongside executive producers Adam and Naomi Scott. In 2017, she appeared in the Netflix detective comedy Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie and the Marvel Studios film Spider Man: Homecoming.
In January 2017, Totah joined Adam Devine in the Disney feature film Magic Camp. In February 2017 Totah was cast as Michael Patel, the son of Mindy Kaling's character, Priya Patel, in the new NBC comedy Champions, which was picked up to series in May 2017, and aired from March 8 to May 25, 2018 before being canceled.
In 2019, she played Lisa Haddad on the Netflix series, No Good Nick, marking her first female acting role.
|2016||Time Toys||Boomer||Credited as J.J. Totah|
|2016||Other People||Justin||Credited as J.J. Totah|
|2017||Handsome||Charles||Credited as J.J. Totah|
|2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Seymour O'Reilly||Credited as J.J. Totah|
|2019||Magic Camp||Judd||Credited as J.J. Totah|
|2012||Kroll Show||Birthday Party Kid||Unknown episodes|
|2013-15||Jessie||Stuart Wooten||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|2013-14||Back in the Game||Michael Lovette||Main role|
|2014||Nina Needs to Go!||Frank||Main voice role, television shorts|
|2014||The Exes||Cooper||Episode: "My Fair Stuart|
|2014||Sofia the First||Prince Jinn||Voice role, 3 episodes|
|2014||2 Broke Girls||Elliot||Episode: "And the Childhood Not Included"|
|2015||Glee||Myron Muskovitz||4 episodes|
|2016||Tween Fest||Stop the Preston||4 episodes|
|2016-17||Liv and Maddie||Skeeter Parham||3 episodes|
|2018||Champions||Michael Patel||Main role|
|2019||The Other Two||Elijah||Episodes: "Chase Goes to a High School Dance"|
|2019||No Good Nick||Lisa Haddad||4 episodes|
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