The Indiana Daily Student spoke with 19-year-old actress Julia Antonelli, most known for her role as Wheezie — Sarah Cameron’s (Madelyn Cline) younger sister — in “Outer Banks,” on March 25.
IDS: How was your experience working on the set of “Outer Banks”?
Antonelli: It was very, very fun. The atmosphere on set is like a giant group of friends you are a part of. Everyone is so very inviting, and they all treat you like family.
IDS: How did you hear about the role of Wheezie?
Antonelli: My agent contacted me one day and was like, “Hey, there is this show we would like you to audition for and it's called ‘Outer Banks.’” I did one audition, booked it and thought, “This is going to be so cool.”
IDS: What's been your favorite moment of “Outer Banks”?
Antonelli: In season one, I had to throw up in a toilet. Obviously, it doesn’t sound fun, but it was a fun moment because everyone was chuckling, and so was I since it was actually lemonade.
IDS: How has working with an older cast been for you?
Antonelli: It has always been really cool because they all feel like siblings to me. I turned 16 during season one, so I was young compared to everyone. They all felt like older siblings and (are) sweet to talk to. As I get older, they become less like older siblings and more like friends because I slowly become the age they were when they started filming.
IDS: Where did you get your passion for acting?
Antonelli: I have to say my mom. She did Broadway when she was younger, so I grew up like a Broadway geek all because of her. So, when I was growing up, she was always like “Do you want to try it?” and I was like “Sure!” And it worked! I always loved singing and acting because I grew up with it all around me.
IDS: How has getting into the acting business at such a young age been for you?
Antonelli: Actually pretty nice, which is something weird to say. It was way easier — I think — getting into it younger rather than getting into it older, only because when I was younger, I was really shy. And then I did two shows for Nickelodeon, and now I can talk your ear off. I learned to speak to adults and have to act like a little adult — which is kind of weird — but it was really beneficial. I did the best of both worlds: I was acting and I also went to public school. I could experience both.
IDS: When you are acting within a character, what kind of things do you think of when you try to portray them?
Antonelli: This is going to sound cheesy, but I think about what the background to them is in the scene. When I act as Wheezie, I have to bring out my annoying little sister and I think about what I would do to (my brother) when he would have his friends over and I would be an annoying little girl doing my thing. I always try to find the relatability in a character and try to bring that out.
IDS: How has doing school been with your career?
Antonelli: I think that is also one of the hard things, because my high school didn’t really like when I left — and I would have to leave a bunch of times. Although, when filming “Outer Banks,” COVID was a huge thing so I could actually do school online. For college, I haven’t had to travel very much during school and if I ever do it's almost always in the summer.
IDS: What exciting things are you looking forward to in the future?
Antonelli: I did a movie about a year and a half ago called “Beau Is Afraid” and it is coming out April 21, so I get to go to that premiere in a couple of weeks. I have two more years left of college, but I am definitely going to keep acting, doing roles and making music, so I’m really looking forward to all of that.