Broussard grew up in a small town outside Gulfport, MS, as the quiet sibling who never seemed to fit in with his surroundings. His mother put him in home-school after Hurricane Katrina roared through, and he fell into acting when an older sister expressed interest. After appearing in a local production of "The Miracle Worker," the introverted teen and his sister attended a scouting event in L.A., which resulted in some serious sibling rivalry when Israel was singled out for his perceptive talent. He made his TV debut in 2010 with a background role on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Romantically Challenged," and landed a supporting role as a childhood best friend in "Flipped," based on the book by the young adult author, Wendelin Van Draanen. Next up was "The Chaperone," where he portrayed a student on a school outing that becomes the target of their chaperone's bank-robbing buddies. In 2013 Coppola, impressed by Broussard's naturalistic talent, cast him in 'The Bling Ring" as Marc, an L.A. transplant who becomes increasingly uncomfortable with his newfound friends' habit of breaking into celebrity homes.