Karina Chats with Madison Reyes from Netflix’s “Julie and the Phantoms”

I usually get emotionally invested when I start binge-watching a show on Netflix, but there was something about “Julie and the Phantoms” that had me obsessed. I’ve been trying to figure out the reasons why, and here’s what I came up with: 

  1. I felt represented. This show tells the story of a Latinx teenager experiencing loss, love and the same angst that riveted all of us while we were in High School. I am older than her but I felt represented, understood and could relate to the subtle (and not-so subtle) Hispanic nuances -like the nosy Tia we all love to hate. 
  2. My 3-year-old enjoyed it as much as I did. It’s a family friendly, light hearted, funny show but it doesn’t shy away from deep emotional topics – it packs in a major punch but in a way that is easily digestible. Every episode ends with a valuable lesson.
  3. THE SOUNDTRACK IS AMAZING!! No matter how old you are, this soundtrack will make you want to dance, sing, play the electric guitar, beat on Alex’s drums and you’ll feel inspired when it’s over. 
  4. Kenny Ortega is behind this golden nugget! And boy does Kenny Ortega have quite the resume: from being Patrick Swayze’s choreographer on “Dirty Dancing” to producing High School Musical, Ortega makes magic! He also said “it was important at this point in my career to have a Latinx lead tell the story” -and that made all the difference for me.

My daughter can look up at the TV screen and see someone who looks like her, singing the songs that she wants to sing and now she knows that it’s possible because shows like “Julie and the Phantoms” exist!