Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky Talks Acting in “Nerve” and Story Behind Social Media Success

Ever come across an Instagram post that’s so absurd, yet so relatable, that you felt the urge to mention your friends in the comments and publicly share your reaction to the subject? Whether you were angry, sad, happy, or hysterically laughing? Then you definitely have come across Josh Ostrovsky‘s account, @thefatjewish.

Many Instagram accounts focus in the publication of memes and ridiculous pictures, paired with sarcastic captions and every day life inferences. The Fat Jewish, having stood out from the crowd, took his eccentric sense of humor and online persona to a whole new level. Treating the internet like a massive playground, nothing is ever too crazy to be seen. The cynical nature of his posts never fail to incite reactions, whether negative or positive, and sometimes, there is a cause behind it.

Josh took his comedy to the big screen earlier this year as the role of Dirt Beard in the blockbuster hit Nerve. Starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, Nerve follows a high school senior (Roberts) who finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”

Celeb Secrets got to chat with Josh about his acting and the fascinating story behind his social media success. Check out the Q&A below and make sure to purchase Nerve on Blu-Ray and DVD today!

Celeb Secrets: Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! So we have just heard about your feature in the movie NERVE alongside Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. What can you tell us about it and how did it happen?

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky: “I have known the directors (Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost) for a number of years, I met them at a yoga ashram just outside of Toronto. We spent many days meditating and centering our chi together, and have developed a deep and intimate relationship. We considered being an official “thruple” but decided it best to just stay friends. So when they told me about a film they were working on about an online objective truth or dare video game, which allows people to enlist as “players” or “watchers” as the game intensifies, I obviously wanted in”.

Celeb Secrets: You have always been involved in the entertainment industry. What can you tell us about the transition from social media star to actual movies?

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky: “I actually did TV before Instagram was even a thing, I was on a show on E! called “The Daily 10″ where I got to interview D-list celebs. One time I tried to give John Mayer a lap dance during an interview and got forcibly removed by security. So fun! Instagram obviously helped amplify my voice, and I’ve gotten to do lots of crazy stuff because of it, everything from being in movies to hosting a Sweet 16 in Mexico where the girl was so rich that she got a cheetah as a gift. That’s an actual thing that happened in real life.”

Celeb Secrets: Having been a social media sensation for a while, how do you come up with your content and material?

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky: “Some of it I make, some of it I find in the deep crevices of the internet superhighway, and a lot of it gets sent to me. like people do stupid stuff now so I’ll post it. Like some Ukrainian teens will send me a video of them chugging milk and barfing on each other. I’m like “America’s Funniest Home Videos” but on some type of psychedelic drugs that are fun and not too intense and weird make you have a panic attack.”


Celeb Secrets: At what point do you think: this is going too far? I can’t post it. 

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky: “Nope. Too much is never enough. I gave my own Social Security number out on Twitter, for absolutely no reason. Go ahead, steal my identity. Buy a flat screen or a fish tank, or both!”

Celeb Secrets: What were you like in high school? Were you always the way you are now or is this a persona you created along the way?

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky: “It’s weird, I’m kind of aging in reverse, like Benjamin Button. Up until age 12, I was super mature, I wore khakis with a polo shirt tucked in and hung out exclusively with my mother and made Play Doh hors d’oeuvres and was super judgmental of people’s shoes and outfits. I was like a tiny little power gay man. Now in my 30’s I’m like a giant adult bearded baby, it’s weird how I’m going backwards.”

Celeb Secrets: What does it take to get your hair looking the way it does?

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky: “I have an intern who is in charge of my hairdo, which we call “The Hairerection, or, the Jewnicorn.” He’s from Denmark and gets college credit for it.”

Celeb Secrets: What is the worst thing someone has done due to being offended by your content?

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky: “Kris Jenner gave me the finger once at a fashion show. I was honestly so flattered.”

Celeb Secrets: Your content involves a lot of mockery… So what is your opinion on online hate?

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky: “The internet was made for us all to make fun of each other/ everything ever, but like, keep it within reason. I encourage people to tell me I have a mediocre Shrek body and a stupid haircut that looks like anal beads, but maybe don’t say you’ll hurt my pets. That’s so intense.”


Celeb Secrets: We have seen you are very opinionated about current trends … Let’s play a little game! We name a trend, and you tell us YAY or NAY….

  • The Brangelina Divorce?
    • “Who gets the luxury rosé brand in the divorce?”
  • Mom Jeans
    • “Google “Mitt Romney mom jeans” and enjoy!”
  • Instagram Stories
    • “I’m tossed up because I get to watch Kylie Jenner buy a pumpkin colored Lamborghini, but also I have to watch my friend from summer camp document his juice cleanse. So it’s amazing and horrendous at the same time.”
  • Kylie Jenner’s blonde hair?
    • “kweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen workkkkkkkkkkk itttttttttttt”


Celeb Secrets: Do you have any other exciting projects you are currently working on?

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky: “I recently drove across America reviewing strip club food nationwide. It used to be all wings, nachos, and pizza, but now there are places with amazing risotto and fabulous gazpacho, the culinary landscape has vastly improved. Let me know if you need a recommendation! I have a music tour called IRL this January and February nationwide, it’s free to get in, so look out for that. We have huge acts that you like and stuff. Also, I developed a line of non-gender specific baby dashikis that comes out in April!”

Celeb Secrets: We are Celeb Secrets. Is there any fun fact about yourself, or even a hidden talent not many people know about you that you’d like to share with us? 

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky: “I went to dental school for a year after college before deciding to pursue a life in entertainment lololololol jk jk, that never happened. I can eat an entire bagel in one bite though. Seriously. I WILL PROVE IT TO ANY NAYSAYING HATERS!”

Written by Diana Espir