Josie grew up in Davis, California, before moving to Hollywood to persue her acting career. She has a brother and sister: Alex and Camille Totah. She is of Lebanese and Palestinian heritage. Josie came out as transgender on August 20, 2018.
Josie began performing with the Davis Musical Theatre Company before starting kindergarten. As early as 6 years old, Josie started making YouTube videos and entertaining her large family at Thanksgiving dinners. The crowds got bigger, as she went on to book regional and community theater productions of 'Beauty and the Beast' and "Seussical' in and around her hometown of Davis. However, the young actress wanted more and started calling Hollywood agents to introduce herself. She was scouted by casting directors, agents and managers when she performed as a stand-up comedian at the renowned Hollywood Improv. She soon started making appearances on TV shows like Nina Needs to Go, Back in the Game, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, and most recently Glee.
She had a recurring role for two seasons on the Disney Channel's Jessie, where she played Stuart Wooten. She also appears in national commercials.
|The Lil' Dictator Part 1: Randomness||Lil' Dictator||short|
|The Lil' Dictator Part 2: Randomness||Lil' Dictator||short|
|Word Play||Bad Speller||short|
|What I Did Last Summer: Kiddie Curses||Little Gentleman||short|
|What I Did Last Summer: Art of War||Eugene||short|
|2013||Kroll Show||Birthday Party Kid|
|2013-2014||Back in the Game||Michael Lovette|
|2014||Nina Needs to Go||Frank|
|Sofia the First||Prince Jin||voice|
|2 Broke Girls||Elliot|
- J.J. auditioned for Glee with "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga and "All That Jazz" from Chicago. Coincidentally, these two songs have been covered by the Glee Cast previously. Source