Joshua Bassett | Biography 2021
Joshua Bassett | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name Joshua Bassett
  • Occupation Singer, Musician, Actor, Multi-instrumentalist, Song-writer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Oceanside, California, U.S.
  • Born Year And Birthday Dec 22, 2000
  • Age 20 Years, 5 Months
Cast Of 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series'

Joshua Bassett | Biography 2021

On 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,' Joshua Bassett portrays the role of Ricky who is the main lead of the series starring opposite Nini, played by Olivia Rodrigo. Ricky’s presence in the series can be described as a mixture of both sarcastic and charismatic. The series’s storyline involved Ricky, a junior year student, auditioning for his school's first-ever production of High School Musical: the Musical to prove himself to his ex-girlfriend Nini.


Quick Information
  • Full Name Joshua Bassett
  • Occupation Singer, Musician, Actor, Multi-instrumentalist, Song-writer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Oceanside, California, U.S.
  • Birth Date Dec 22, 2000
  • Age 20 Years, 5 Months

Joshua Bassett is considered a rising star in the world of Disney. He is recognized for Disney’s comedy series Stuck in the Middle and the same entertainment conglomerate’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Who is Joshua Bassett?

Joshua Bassett is an actor, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Born on 22 December 2000 in Oceanside, California, USA, Bassett grew up doing musical theatre covering both singing and acting.

He got introduced to the entertainment industry at a very young age through theaters. He began participating in local musical theatres at the age of 7. A decade later, in 2017, he made his on-screen debut from the American buddy-cop action tv series Lethal Weapon in a cameo role of Will. Later, he achieved a substantial leap in acting through the Disney series Stuck in the Middle in 2018, where he portrayed his first recurring role, Aidan Peters. After that, he got hold of the role of main lead on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (2019 - 2021). 

He has also carried the title of a musician. Raised by a father who was a musician, growing up with sisters who were theatre artists, and being exposed to the world of musical theatre at a very young age of 7, Bassett was always at an advantage in terms of learning music. He was 15 when he first started writing music and later took it parallelly with acting. His single ‘Lie Lie Lie’ in 2021 landed him at no. 33 in ‘Emerging Artists Chart.’

In addition to his acting and musical credits, his resume extends with appeared on various Television shows, some of which include Celebrity PageGood Morning AmericaEllen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Morning Show. Bassett has also acted in numerous commercials such as Nest TV Commercial’ Prom Night’ (2018) and Hyundai Spring Fever Sales Event TV Commercial ‘Busted by Blue Link’ (2019).

Early life and Education

Joshua Bassett belongs to a family of entertainment artists. Bassett was born to father Taylor Bassett, a professional pianist and drummer, and Laura, who was a real estate agent and had an interest in drumming. He has five sisters, Alison, Claire, Ashley, Winter, and Hanna, who were all involved in theatre from a young age. 

He was homeschooled when he was young. He’s a high school graduate and has attended Palomar College in San Francisco, California.

At the age of 7, Bassett learned to play drums from his professional pianist and drummer father to play it with the church band. His mother had also grown up playing drums.  

One time, Joshua even shared a stage with all his sisters, his parents, and his dog in a play called Annie. He started sharing theatres with his family after his “older sister started taking dance classes,” and the family started exploring their theatrical sides combinedly. “It just trickled down to the rest of the family,” he recalled.

The family eventually started making their presence in the regional theatres such as North Couty School of Arts and Christain Youth Theatre.

“There was one time when I was in a production of ‘Annie’ with all five of my siblings, both my parents and my dog, who played Sandy. It shows you how involved my family was.” (It was an occasion the North County Times highlighted in 2010 under the headline “Oceanside family is a troop of troupers,” he recalled.

Later, Bassett completed high school and started attending Palomar College in San Francisco, California. While at college, one of the college students, a friend of his oldest sister, connected him on Facebook and asked if he was interested in the project she had been doing. “I thought nothing would come of it,” he said later in an interview.

However, he soon found himself auditioning for the blockbuster movie, Avatar 2 after his conversation with his sister friend.  The result was out; he didn’t get a role. But the events that followed the rejection ended up inspiring him not to give up.

Growing Up as a Performer

According to Joshua, performing had always been a piece of his life, and performing for the church band was apparently his starting point. Growing up, he built a great interest in both singing and acting. He wanted to translate his interest into a career but was always skeptical about the industry’s scope when he was young.

He was 15 when he first started writing music. Followed by a positive response from a few people who heard his songs, he gradually grew confident in music, and a year later, at the age of 16, he also started acting, appearing as a guest star on  Lethal Weapon in 2017.

Television Career

Bassett started by appearing in a short video of 15 minutes titled Limbo, playing the character Celeb in 2015. Two years later, in 2017, he made his debut appearance as a guest star portraying the role of Will on Lethal Weapon. He also made a cameo appearance on Game Shakers in season 3’s episode 5, Babe & the Boys as Brock, in 2018. 

He landed his first recurring role in the Disney comedy series, Stuck in the Middle, as Aidan Peters in 2018. 

In the same year, he appeared in one of the episodes of Dirty John as the teenage version of the titular character. He proceeded on to making another cameo appearance on Grey’s Anatomy as the character Linus in 2019. He starred as the main character Ricky on his latest hit series High School Musical: The Musical - The Series in 2019. 

‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is an American docu comedy musical drama created by Tim Federle for Disney+. It is a series adaptation of the High School Musical film series. The series follows a group of teenage theater enthusiasts who participate in the school production of High School Musical: The Musical, which is set in a fictionalized version of East High School. In this school, the original film was filmed. Olivia Rodrigo, Josh Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Mark St. Cyr, Kate Reinders, and Joe Serafini are cast in the series.

The first season of the series consisted of 10-episodes entailing plenty of music, including both original and rehearsal room reinterpretations of songs from the original film. It aired first on 8 November 2019. Later, specials with two episodes followed the first season. The first one, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Special, featured behind-the-scenes footage from the production of the original High School film. In the second one, High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special, the cast of the series performed Christmas Music.

Disney+ brought about the show’s season 2 after a long hiatus in 2021. It first episode was streamed on 14 May 2021. Season 2 is going to have a total of 12 episodes, two more than the first season.

Joshua on ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’

Joshua Bassett portrays the role of Ricky, who is the main lead of the series starring opposite Nini, played by Olivia Rodrigo. Ricky’s presence in the series can be described as a mixture of both sarcastic and charismatic. The series’s storyline involved Ricky, a junior year student, auditioning for his school’s first-ever production of High School Musical: the Musical to prove himself to his ex-girlfriend Nini.

In the climax episode of Season 1 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Rodrigo revealed that Joshua Bassett improvised all of Ricky’s lines to Nini on-camera.

“Joshua just improvised the most beautiful monologue. And he didn’t tell me that he was going to improvise it and so they got my reaction to him improvising this beautiful monologue on-camera,” she said.

Musical Collaboration WIth Warner Record 

Bassett has signed with Warner Records, and his creations support and protect that recording label. He composed and released around five songs with music videos in the span of 2020 to 2021, namely, ‘Common Sense’, ‘Anyone Else’ (directed by himself), and ‘Heaven Is You’ (live performance, 2020), ‘Lie Lie Lie’ (debuted him at no. 33 in ‘Emerging Artists Chart’), ‘Only a Matter of Time.’

He also possesses credit for Season 1, episode 9 of High School Musical: The Musical - The Series’s soundtrack. He also worked in High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special’s soundtrack. He also collaborated with Olivia Rodrigo for the second time for ‘Even When/The Best Part,’ which was a soundtrack from the second season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. They had previously collaborated for ‘Just for a Moment’ as well.

On 12 March 2021, Bassett released his EP under his own name Joshua Bassett, which encompassed six songs, ‘Sorry,’ ‘Do it All Again,’ ‘Lie Lie Lie,’ ‘Only a Matter of Time,’ ‘Telling Myself’ and ‘Heaven is You.’

Dating and Breakup Rumors

There have been dating, and breakup rumors of Joshua Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo, but the two have never commented about the rumors. Fan’s theory claims that Olivia’s ‘Drivers License’ and Bassett’s ‘Lie Lie Lie’ had some connection with their past and current relationship stature.

Rodrigo’s breakup ballad, ‘Driver’s License’ ignited gossips from fans that the song represented the separation of Bassett and Rodrigo. The rumors also got ignited when Bassett announced his single ‘Lie, Lie, Lie,’ just minutes after Rodrigo released ‘Drivers License.’ 

Some theories have also claimed that Bassett might be dating Sabrina Carpenter after Rodrigo. Dating rumors sparked when the two were spotted having brunch together in August 2020. The TikTok video of Carpenter as Sharkboy and Lavagirl in November 2020 further sparked their dating rumors. Some rumors as well suggest that the two musicians became close when Bassett was still dating Rodrigo.

Rumors on Sexual Orientation

In May, while speaking to Clevver News, Bassett was asked about Harry Styles.

“He is a very classy man,” he said. “He’s also very well-rounded and kinda does it all–acting, singing, fashion. I think he’s just a nice guy, doesn’t say too much, when he talks, it matters. He’s just cool. Who doesn’t think Harry Styles is cool?,” he said. “Also, he’s hot, you know? He’s very charming, too. Lots of things. This is also my coming out video, I guess.”

Though he didn’t exaggerate much about his sexual orientation, Twitter got filled with tweets from some fans who regarded the interview as the actor’s subtle act of coming out. 

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