Filipino American Josh Dela Cruz grew up watching Blue Clues in the mid-90’s. Never did he imagine that 20 years later, he would grow up to host the show and become a face to a new generation of Filipino Americans who would see someone on screen that resembles them.
“Growing up, I never saw anyone on screen that I connected with,” the 31-year-old actor told the Asian Journal. “I never saw myself reflected in a positive way — it was either the foreigner, the villain, or the joke. I get to be myself. I’m just Josh and I also am Filipino.”
In the midst of the first season, “Blue’s Clues & You!” was renewed for another 20 episodes and has been nominated for two Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series and Outstanding Interactive Media For A Daytime Program categories.
The upcoming season will feature appearances from the beloved past hosts, Steve and Joe. Viewers will also be introduced to Filipino culture and another family member, a lola (a grandmother played by veteran Filipina-Canadian actress and singer Carolyn Fe).
“I can’t wait for families to get to know her and to learn a little bit about Filipino culture in the episode and see the similarities, not just between Asians, but also within their culture about… how they interact with their grandmother and how they feel about their grandmother. I love her to death,” Dela Cruz gushed.
When asked about his “thirst trap” social media posts, Dela Cruz says “This show has been a blessing in many ways. There is that stigma in society that Asian men aren’t sexy or masculine,” he said. “I’m so over the moon watching television shows or movies and there are more and more Asian men as leading men who aren’t just the sidekick, the nerdy guy or all the nice stereotypes.”