SPARTA, NJ- People who have been home checking out Netflix during this pandemic shutdown have undoubtedly come across “Outer Banks.” If they have, they have seen Sparta High School student Julia Antonelli. In the show she is Wheezie Cameron, the younger sister who does what younger sisters do. She is nosey, she tattles and causes grief for her older sister and others.
“She had a lot of fun filming the show,” her mother Caroline Antonelli said.
Filming took place in South Carolina because of the “bathroom laws” in North Carolina, Caroline Antonelli said, though some “drone shots” of the Outer Banks were used in the show.
The high school junior would leave school for a couple of weeks to film when they needed her. Julia Antonelli stayed with her mother near the location. The other cast members, all in their early 20s, stayed together in a hotel.
The castmates are “really wonderful and smart and they are hard workers,” mom Caroline said
Two of the show's creators are twin brothers Jonas and Josh Pate who grew up on the Outer Banks, North Carolina, Antonelli said.
Julia’s acting career began in a Kit Kat commercial when she was 11. Her mother said when Julia expressed an interest in acting, she reached out to the person who had managed her when she was a child. Caroline had performed in Annie on Broadway, when she was 12-years-old she said.
Locally Julia has performed in productions at Acting-a-Part where she studies theater. She also studies dance at Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio. She has voice teachers Barbara Davis and Robert Marks and studies piano at Universal Academy of Performing Arts.
Caroline Antonelli said her daughter did not participate in the school plays because her schedule would cause her to miss weeks at a time, prohibiting her from fulfilling a rehearsal commitment. Julia has performed in Broadway Nights as well as with the Honors Choir and Nightingales at Sparta High School.
She volunteers as a member of Key Club and at the New York University Langone Medical Center. Caroline Antonelli said the guidance counselor at Sparta High School is "wonderful, helping to make it work." She said when Julia is on set she receives the mandatory “on-location education.”
The Spartan has been acting on the small screen for years. Her biography includes parts in well known shows including Netflix show “Billions,” Nickelodeon movie “Alex and Me,” Nickelodeon series “WITS Academy” and “Every Witch Way.” She had a part in a Disney channel pilot “Right Hand Guy.”
Antonelli was in the movie “Trouble” in which she played the young version of the character played by Anjelica Huston. Huston chose Antonelli to play her younger self, according to Julia's mother.
She is known for having a good sense of humor her mom said. Julia said her favorite show is “The Office” and favorite movie is “Pitch Perfect." She is just a regular teenager who likes to swim, ride her bike, hula hoop, play soccer and loves animals especially her cat and two dogs her mother said. Julia is also hoping for another season of “Outer Banks.”