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“The whole book is about me finding happiness in my own way, and what it looked like for someone like me to walk through what I did, be it losing 100 pounds, or facing drug and alcohol addiction and then eventually pivoting in my career. It was all of these things that allowed me to find what happiness was for me, and then redefine it.” – Josh Peck 

Today’s Finding Brave guest shares his view that happiness is beside the point, and life is really all about finding contentment through relationships, curiosity, and connection. He is ready to chip away at the glitz and glamor to expose the highs and lows of his journey as an actor and influencer, and I could not be more excited to share this candid and thought-provoking conversation with you today. 

Josh Peck has established himself as one of Hollywood’s rising talents, making the transition from child actor to leading man, and social media influencer. Best known for his role on the Nickelodeon phenomenon Drake & Josh (2004-2007) for which he received a Kids’ Choice Nomination, Josh has starred in feature films such as Mean Creek alongside Rory Culkin, The Wackness beside Ben Kingsley, Red Dawn alongside Chris Hemsworth, Danny Collins with Al Pacino, Annette Benning, and Jennifer Garner, Take The 10 with Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen, and Netflix’s The Musical, co-starring Debra Messing, out later this year. In 2023, Josh will co-star in Christopher Nolan’s new movie, Oppenheimer.

Currently, Josh is featured in Disney Plus’ Turner and Hooch series, a continuation of the 1989 Tom Hanks film of the same name, and stars in the highly anticipated Hulu series, How I Met Your Father, and in the iCarly Reboot on Paramount+.

With 32.8 million fans across numerous social media platforms, Josh successfully leveraged his talents from acting, to podcasting and more, and is the author of the new memoir Happy People Are Annoying, out in bookstores March 15th.  His book is a candid memoir sharing Josh’s reflections on the many stumbles and silver linings of his life and traces a zigzagging path to redemption.

Personally speaking, I have a great deal of gratitude for Josh for some very happy memories I have – of the hours of hilarity my children and I experienced together watching Drake & Josh. Those are precious memories for me that my grown kids and I share. His unique style of humor – with such exuberance, joy and insight – is a gift to the world. Check out the full 2-part series with Josh, as he gives us a deep look at what he’s learned about the true meaning of happiness. 

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Josh’s “secret sauce” that has caught the attention of so many people [7:12]
  • The way that his style of humor has evolved over years of acting and honing his craft [8:35]
  • What the phrase “happy people are annoying” means to him [9:39]
  • The main message that Josh wants readers of his book to take away [10:55]
  • The true impact that growing up on a screen in front of the public had on Josh [12:53]
  • His thoughts on social media and how it has changed the way that celebrities are viewed [14:30]
  • Josh’s best advice for handing hate and criticism from detractors online [17:09]
  • What he says are the roles of both the good and bad times we experience [19:11]

For More Information: 

Josh’s New Book, Happy People Are Annoying & On Audible 

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“I would watch my mother throughout my whole life sort of take over a room and spit out a great joke that she had heard. So to me growing up, comedy had value and there was a social currency to it.” [7:38] 

“There have been moments in my life where I leaned on the snarky cynicism [in comedy], but I don’t wear it well and it doesn’t look good on me.” [8:38 ] 

“I spent so much of my life assuming that a manual had been given out at birth on how to navigate the ups and downs of life, and I was just not privy to that. [I thought] somehow mine got lost in the mail.” [10:04] 

“A lot of kids will go through an awkward teenage phase and then they’ll burn their yearbooks and swear their family to secrecy, but my yearbooks are in reruns.” [12:53]

“[With Drake & Josh] I was publicly introducing myself to the world in a body that I didn’t want them to know me in.” [13:20] 

“To just be okay today has taken me 20 years of work.” [18:57]

“The bad times are here to teach us and the good times are here to remind us what we’re fighting for.” [19:11]


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Thank you so much for taking a stand for your best and happiest life, and here’s to becoming The Most Powerful You! 



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