If you kept your handy, dandy notebooks, now’s the time to bring ‘em out. Blue’s Clues, everyone’s favorite childhood show, is back for a new season of figuring out clues, a paw print at a time. The reboot’s now called Blue’s Clues and You! and it follows the same formula we all know and love: a daily adventure made up of clues care of our OG pupper friend Blue, but now with amped-up CG animation, new gadgets (the handy dandy notebook now doubles as a smartphone), and yes, a new host.
A quick Twitter search of the name Josh Dela Cruz, and you won’t need to be an expert detective to know why he made the rounds. It’s a recipe for success: an easy on the eye (looks, check) Filipino-American (Pinoy pride and Asian representation, check) guy taking over an iconic TV show (nostalgia, check). Since the Blue’s Clues and You! notebook has an email feature now, we talked to him over email about the show, what it’s like behind the scenes, and the importance of representation on screen.
Congrats on Blue’s Clues & You! We’ve seen some clips — the show looks amazing and everyone’s crazy about you: how did this all happen?
I was in Aladdin on Broadway when I got the audition for Blue’s Clues in 2018. I remember being really excited that the show was coming back — I used to watch Blue’s Clues with my little sister when I was younger. Talking directly into the camera was such a new experience for me at the time, but I did my best and ended up feeling pretty good about the audition. Needless to say, about a month went by and I didn’t hear back. Then, I received an email from my agents saying I had a final callback. I hopped on a call to talk over some notes with my agents from the casting director and prepared the sides.
Fast forward to my screen test in front of the green screen working with the director as producers and creatives sat hidden behind drapes for lighting and sound purposes. The director was really wonderful, gave me notes and then casually said, “Oh, Steve, do you have any notes for Josh?” Suddenly, Steve Burns, the original host emerged from the drapes and caught me completely off guard—I had no idea he was there! As soon as he opened his mouth, I was at ease. He has an amazing way of making you feel confident and empowered, just like he did on the show. Then, about a month and a half later, I found out I was going to be the host of Blue’s Clues & You! It’s been a dream ever since.