In the new CW series STAR-CROSSED, humans have not exactly welcomed their alien visitors with open arms. But one of the humans who is more than a little curious and very excited to meet them is Julia (Malese Jow), a young teen stricken by a deadly disease. The Atrian visitors who crashed 10 years ago on Earth are rumored to have a miracle cure that can save her life. But with human/Atrian tensions at an all time high with the recent government order for a trial integration of seven Atrian teens into the local high school, Julia’s chances of finding out if there is a cure seems farther and farther away. But then as luck would have it, one of the Atrians is a boy that Julia’s best friend Emery (Aimee Teegarden) met years before and he may hold the key to the miracle that Julia is looking for.
In an exclusive interview from the set, star Malese Jow talked about Julia’s quest for a cure, her friendship with Emery, and how Julia is completely Team Roman:
As Malese noted, Julia gets her strength in her friendship with Emery. The closeness between the two girls is akin to sisters because of all they have gone through. Julia never begrudges her friend for her own recovery and stands staunchly by Emery’s side in welcoming the Atrians into their school. One of the best parts about portraying someone so selfless is that it is even more fun when that is rewarded.
When a miracle may be in sight, Julia embraces every second of her renewed lease on life. She is happy to be out of the hospital and jumps right into the social scene at high school. Alien, human, it makes no difference to her. She is happy to share her joy with everyone. But is it a temporary extension or something else entirely? Just what is behind Julia’s seeming recovery?
Regardless of Julia’s tenuous health issues, one more big surprise awaits her. Love has not passed her by either. Look for a special someone to enter her life later in the first season as Julia begins to take notice of a special boy – a human boy, no less. As Malese happily noted, the boy of Julia’s dreams will be her polar opposite. It is an unexpected love with the most unexpected person in the world. But perhaps the Atrians have more to share than just their unwanted presence, they have a knack at drawing people together in the most unexpected of ways.
For many the Atrian presence and the attempts to now integrate them into human society provokes fear, anger and suspicion. But it also draws people together and that is the whole point of integration. The Atrians cannot live as outsiders on our planet forever. They are here with us, for better or worse. And if they can share their unique perspective, knowledge and passion for life with the humans, then we may all be better for it. Fortunately, Julia seems to innately recognize all these wondrous benefits. She never sees the Atrians as a threat and only wonders at what incredible planet they must have come from. The future is not just full of possibilities, but it could be full of miraculous delights. Julia cannot wait to discover them all.
So see what incredible wonders Julia does find, be sure to tune in Monday nights for all new episodes of STAR-CROSSED, starting February 17th, at 8:00 p.m. on the CW. What she finds will surprise and delight you. You can read more about STAR-CROSSED here: “STAR-CROSSED: Introducing An Alien Tale of Forbidden Romance, Forced Integration, and How Its Story Differs from ROSWELL”
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I am more interested in Malese Jow’s role than the main duo. I want to know more about her backstory, how Roman’s blood effects her, and her integration into High School. How her new lease (temporary/permanent) on life will affect her actions and the possible consequences. Her character is interested in Atrian culture: fashion, tech, health, etc… I’d like to see where that goes. Does she make friends with Roman’s sister? Will she integrate their culture with her own? What exactly is her connection to Roman and/or the Atrian race now that she has been infused with their blood? Will she make connections with the other Atrians? I’d like to see more connections between America’s history with racism/disinfranchisement correlated with the Atrians. Julia FTW!
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