|“||And hey, look, if you, uh, get nervous, or, like, need a vote of confidence or whatever? Just remember that, uh, I think you're pretty amazing.||”|
Joshua "Josh" Rosza is a recurring character who appears in The Originals.
As a human, he was best friends with a girl named Tina. Josh went to New Orleans with Tina and was invited to a party that was hosted by Marcel. Josh and Tina were subsequently attacked by vampires and were severely injured. Klaus discovered vampire blood in their systems and ultimately snapped their necks. The next day, Marcel flipped a coin; the winner would remain as a vampire and the other would be killed. Tina ended up grabbing the coin, but the exercise was revealed to be a test of loyalty; she failed. Tina was killed, and Josh was allowed to live on as a vampire.
Klaus ends up taking Josh with him, compelling him to become a spy and to keep tabs on Marcel. Eventually, Marcel discovers that Josh is a spy and goes to confront Klaus. Josh is taken to Davina, who undoes Klaus' compulsion. Josh eventually becomes good friends with Davina. He is also one of Marcel's closest allies and friends, aiding him and his efforts to lead a vampire army and becoming second-in-command. Josh is also the boyfriend of a werewolf named Aiden.
Four years ago in 2007 when Josh was 16 years old he was partying in many clubs and all he wanted to do was meet boys. He also heard alot of club music like Haus and Trance.
In his senior year he had a secret boyfriend who he kept a secret from his judgmental family until Valentine Day when they found out. He was disowned and left now free of not having to be in the closet anymore. 2 years later he and his friend Tina planned a trip to New Orleans unaware it would change their lives forever and for Josh he would spend his final human days there.
Throughout The Originals Series
Not much is known about how he acted as human, as he wasn't one long before he was turned into a vampire. However, it is shown that loyalty runs deep in him as he was very hurt by his best friend Tina's decision to snatch up the coin and let Josh die.
Since becoming a vampire, Josh has been constantly pushed around and used, by both Marcel and Klaus, leading to Josh seeking out Davina's help. During his time with her, he explains how he just wishes to be "normal".
Josh is a tall, medium-statured young man, with wavy, dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He is mildly attractive and handsome in his own simple way with style of a typical-20-something year old American man, and is usually seen wearing jeans with a polo or v-neck t-shirt and a hoodie or jacket.
- Main article: Davina and Josh
Josh met Davina after Marcel discovers Klaus' compulsion upon him, he requests Davina to free him in order to work as his spy. Josh is initially fearful of her although warms up to her after they bond over music, whilst Davina works her painful spell. After Josh's compulsion is lifted, they laugh over their differing views of "normal" and they are both noticeably sad when Marcel wants Josh to forget her. They "pinky promise" that Josh would keep her secret in exchange to keep his memories, as he says it's nice to talk to somebody again. Whilst Josh is stuck in the shadows without a daylight ring, he is expressively fearful of Klaus and Davina promises to protect him.
- Main article: Marcel and Josh
- Main article: Josh and Klaus
Right after Josh turned up in New Orleans and had Vampire blood in his system, Klaus Mikaelson broke his and his friend's neck to create spies for himself against Marcel and his empire. Once Josh completed his transition into a Vampire, Klaus compelled him to be his spy, his eyes and ears. Josh seemed to be an effective spy for him by helping him drain a vampire off vervain and framing Marcel's best friend Thierry. But after his compulsion was removed by Davina, he betrayed Klaus and sent him to an ambush. After that he has laid low and stayed hidden from Klaus.
- Marcel: Did you ever hear the phrase of "Uneasy is the head and wears the crown"? Josh: Uhm, Lord of the Rings? Marcel: Shakespeare..
- (to Davina): I'm a gay club kid who died and come back as a vampire.
- The club kid in me is like in heaven.
- (to Cami): Hey Cami you don't have any like human blood in your fridge don't you?
- Reminds me to never piss off a witch.
- (to Davina): I don't really care what they think about me anymore.
- Klaus: I odered you to drain blood of him. What's taking so long? Josh: Sorry. I'm not like medieval torture expert guy.
- Josh: I'm gonna die of a werewolf bite. Davina: You're not going to die. Josh: Just promise me that you'll listen to my iPod when I'm gone. I spent a lot of time on those playlists.
- Davina: Marcel used me. Josh: He used you to fight the people who were trying to kill you. You know, he also saved you from these people so you don't have to trust the guy but he does love you. And P.S. so do I.
- (to Marcel about Aiden): "There is this one guy. We’ve only been messaging so far, but I think I like him. Like, really like him."
- (to Marcel): What's got two thumbs and drink blood to survive? Oh,right, this guy!
- (to Aiden): "Ps. Those pictures don’t really do you justice. You’re way hotter in person. You know, when you’re not…murdering people."
- (to Aiden): "We could just, I don’t know… be ourselves?"
- (to Marcel): "Not that I don’t dig the whole Karate Kid vibe that we got going in here, but how are we supposed to learn how to defend ourself from an army of superwolves in like one day?"
- (to Cami): "Sweet. It’s a big box of rusty old junk. We’re saved."
- (to Davina): “It’s kind of a, uh, Romeo and Romeo thing.”
- (to Aiden): And hey, look, if you, uh, get nervous, or, like, need a vote of confidence or whatever? Just remember that, uh, I think you're pretty amazing.
Josh is a variant of Joshua (Hebrew), and the meaning of Josh is "Jehovah is salvation".
- Joshua is one of the few characters that have exceeded more than 10 appearances, as he has appeared in 13 episodes in one season. He's the second in TO Season One, along with Diego to appear in 13 episodes, and third in the TVD/TO universe, along with Carol Lockwood, in Season Two.
- In Tangled Up In Blue, it's revealed in the news report that he's 18 and comes from Michigan, but in Bloodletting he tells Davina it was four years ago, implying he is 20.
- Josh is one of the few gay characters introduced in the series, and the first known gay vampire.
- Josh is the second LGBT character introduced to the TVD and TO Universe after Bill Forbes and before Luke Parker.
- Steven Krueger played Emily's boyfriend on Pretty Little Liars before she came out. One of her girlfriends was played by Claire Holt.
- The exact vampire whose blood turned him is unknown, but since all of them were turned by Marcel, he is of Klaus' bloodline.
- Josh is the first vampire to have a compulsion placed upon him forcefully wiped out of his mind.
- Josh obtained a Daylight Ring in The Big Uneasy.The ring was given to him by Klaus and spelled performed by Davina
- Josh compels his first ever human in An Unblinking Death; a doctor, in order to help Camille with her plan to help her uncle.
- In The Battle of New Orleans, he was bitten by Klaus and dying of the hybrid bite. In From a Cradle to a Grave, fortunately, Davina gathered enough of Klaus' blood that was on the ground in order to save Josh from dying.
- Julie Plec reveals Josh was originally supposed to die but the writers refused to kill him.
- Josh is the only noted Vampire who hasn't been shown to kill someone.
- Similar to Caroline, he doesn't have an overwhelming bloodlust and has a lot of respect for human life.
- He's currently the most recurring non-main character on the show.