Who is Julia Antonelli?
Julia is an American actress known for her roles both on television and in films; she gained notable recognition for her portrayal of Wheezie in the TV show “Outer Banks”, along with her role as Jessie in “Every Witch Way” and its spin-off, “WITS Academy”.
Early Life and Education
Julia was born on 7 May 2003, in Virginia, USA where she also spent her formative years. Her mother’s name is Caroline Daly Antonelli.
Julia matriculated from Sparta High School in 2021, and has shared memories on social media of her school life, including graduation day and prom. In September the same year, she moved to New York City to enroll at Fordham University, where she’s pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies.
Julia made her acting debut in 2015, with a role in the Nickelodeon series “Every Witch Way”. The series aired for three seasons, from 2014 through 2015, and is known for its unique blend of teen drama and supernatural elements., as an American adaptation of the Latin American series “Grachi”, which follows a similar storyline.
In the series, Julia played the role of Jessie Novoa, a recurring character introduced in the show’s third season. Jessie is the younger sister of Jax Novoa, one of the main characters, portrayed by actor Rahart Adams. Her character is portrayed as a young witch, newly discovering and learning to control her magical abilities. The show focuses on the typical challenges of teenage life, intertwined with the added complexity of magic and its implications.
Julia’s performance in “Every Witch Way” was well-received, helping to establish her as a talented young actress capable of handling diverse roles. Her portrayal of Jessie also led to her reprising this role in the spin-off series “WITS Academy” (2015) further solidifying her place in the Nickelodeon universe.
In the following year, Julia made her first movie appearance, in the Disney Channel comedy “Right Hand Guy”, which also starred Steele Stebbins, Logan Riley and Arielle Gottesman. In 2017, Julia began moving towards more mature roles, starting with her appearance in the comedy-drama film “Trouble”, directed by Theresa Rebeck, and which centers on a tense inheritance feud between two siblings (played by Anjelica Huston and Bill Pullman).
Another notable role for Julia was in the 2018 sports film “Alex & Me”, the story of a professional soccer player guiding her daughter towards following in her footsteps.
In 2020, Julia made an episodic appearance in the drama series “Billions”. The show, known for its intense drama and intricate portrayal of power dynamics in the world of high finance, offered a starkly different setting from Julia’s previous projects.
Perhaps Julia’s most recognized role to date, is her portrayal of Wheezie Cameron in the Netflix original series “Outer Banks”, which premiered in 2020. The show quickly gained a significant following, thanks to its intriguing plot, dynamic characters, and the scenic backdrop of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The story revolves around a group of teenagers, known as the ‘Pogues’, who live in the working-class area of the Outer Banks, who embark on a treasure hunt, seeking to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of the group leader’s father.
Julia’s character, Wheezie, is the younger sister of Sarah Cameron, one of the show’s main characters, portrayed by Madelyn Cline. Wheezie’s role, while not central to the main plotline, is significant in its contribution to the overall dynamics of the Cameron family and the show’s exploration of the intricate social hierarchy in the Outer Banks.
The series has aired for three seasons, while a fourth season is expected to come out in 2024.
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Most recently, in 2023, Julia appeared in the A24 film “Beau Is Afraid”, directed by Ari Aster. Characterized as a surrealist tragicomedy and horror film, it stars Joaquin Phoenix as the title character, Beau Wassermann, the son of a famous and wealthy businesswoman, Mona, responsible for building a large conglomerate empire. The film’s plot follows Beau’s strange journey to attend his mother’s funeral, encountering his greatest fears along the way.
Julia’s character, Elaine, appears in a significant segment of Beau’s life. In his youth, Beau falls in love with her during a cruise trip with his mother. The young couple shares a kiss and promises to remain virgins until they meet again in the future. This early encounter sets a tone for Beau’s later life and relationships, with the character of Elaine playing a pivotal role in his emotional landscape.
This role in an Ari Aster film, known for his unique and often disturbing cinematic style, represents a significant milestone in her acting career, showing her versatility and ability to adapt to different genres and complex narratives.
Love Life and Relationships
Julia is a very private person and rarely shared information about her love life with the public, although this doesn’t stop some of her fans from speculating about her relationships status. As of December 2023, however, Julia appears to be single and focusing on her acting career.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
Julia enjoys engaging with her fans on social media. She’s known for her active presence, especially on platforms such as Instagram and TikTok, on which she shares insights into her life, behind-the-scenes moments from her acting projects, and her interests outside of acting.
Julia has a keen interest in fashion. She often posts pictures of her stylish outfits, and is noted for her fashion sense, which is both trendy and unique, resonating with her young fanbase.
Julia enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Her social media often features snapshots from her travels, indicating her love for adventure and experiencing different cultures.
Like many celebrities, Julia has a soft spot for animals, and has a pet cat called Lucy, which she often features on her social media.
As of December 2023, Julia’s net worth is estimated at close to $1.2 million. Her wealth comes from her roles in successful TV show, notably “Outer Breaks”, and it’s expected to grow in the following years as Julia expands her acting repertoire.