Kenny Ortega’s newest musical masterpiece Julie and the Phantoms hit Netflix on Sept. 10, and to date, all eyes are on its star Madison Reyes. The sequence follows a younger lady with a ardour for music who befriends a band of ghosts, however its Reyes and her unimaginable expertise that steal the highlight. The 16-year-old performs the titular character on the sequence, and from the second she sings within the first episode, it is clear that she is destined for greatness. From her unimaginable performing to her show-stopping performances, you’d by no means guess that that is truly her first position.
Earlier than reserving the a part of Julie, Reyes was an everyday pupil at a performing arts college. Although she all the time had an curiosity in singing and performing, she did not actually begin pursuing it till her household moved to Pennsylvania. The truth is, Ortega’s hit franchise Excessive Faculty Musical was an enormous inspiration for her. “That influenced my life for eager to be a performer and a actress,” she instructed CelebrityPie. “Once I discovered about musical theater and simply took singing significantly, that is after I actually began to search out my true ardour for it.”
Following a nationwide seek for the position of Julie, Reyes ended up listening to in regards to the audition by way of a instructor who thought she can be excellent for the position. So, Reyes went dwelling, recorded herself singing “She Used to Be Mine” from the Broadway musical Waitress, and the remainder is just about historical past.
“Understanding that I generally is a position mannequin for somebody and only a position mannequin for my sister in such an enormous method may be very emotional.”
Whereas the present options some magical storylines, it additionally tackles some very actual points like demise and grief as Julie offers with the lack of her mom. “What’s so nice about this present was the truth that we cowl these issues, particularly with it being a youngsters’ present,” Reyes stated. “It actually simply breaks the requirements of what a youngsters’ present must be. It covers issues that are not talked about that a lot, and it does it in a method that is not scary, nevertheless it’s stunning.”
Together with her position, Reyes can also be excited to have the ability to provide extra illustration on TV by way of Julie’s Latinx heritage. “Rising up, that is one thing that I continually appeared for was simply that illustration of someone that I may look as much as, and actually really see myself, and know that I can accomplish the identical desires that they have been pursuing,” she stated. “Understanding that I generally is a position mannequin for somebody and only a position mannequin for my sister in such an enormous method may be very emotional. I am so grateful for it as a result of it is one thing that I do know the sensation of and perceive fully. So figuring out that we’re getting extra range on the market, and we’re beginning to see extra numerous casts and in addition simply feminine protagonists and leads is unimaginable and superb. I am excited to see the way it continues.”
It is clear that Reyes’s position on Julie and the Phantoms is just the start of her unimaginable profession, however she’s taking it one step at a time. Though there are a number of roles she’d like to tackle subsequent. “I might undoubtedly prefer to be in a superhero film or one thing like that,” she stated. “There’s been rumor of a Sharkboy and Lavagirl sequel popping out about their daughter, and I believe that may be a very cool position to play as a result of that is the film that I grew up on as effectively. If not, then perhaps a Disney princess. I am simply type of taking it because it comes.”