I’d like to think that in elementary school, Luke was the kid who bit people, Alex was the kid crying every time their parents dropped them off, and Reggie was the kid who ate play dough and crayons. The holy trinity.
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Only Love and Happiness Will Remain
Summary: “Hey, what’s up?” Ray asks.
“Are you busy?”
“I’ve always got time for you, mija,” he responds, and normally that would make Julie smile but right now it’s just a reminder of what they need to say.
“I was wondering if we could go visit Mom together?”
Or, Julie comes out to her parents.
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Day 2: Backstory Day
So, we all know how Ray is an amazing father. How did he come to be then? Go wild with headcanons for his home life! Have fun!
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brought to u by pondering the question “can ray see the boys now if julie is holding hands with them? ......would a chain link of hands count?”
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Ray: These are my kids, Julie and Carlos
Tía Victoria: Yes, I'm aware
Ray: This is my other son you have never met, Alex
Tía Victoria: ....
Ray: This is my lovely child, Reggie.
Ray: And both of my soon to be son-in-laws Luke and Willie.
Tía Victoria: You can't just adopt kids when you're sad.
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my friend who does not know JATP guesses JATP characters and their personalities
“Felix- unashamedly is invested in the Real Housewives drama. threatens to fight sexists and cat callers. poor depth perception. only owns 1 jacket but still gets complimented by strangers for his style”
“Madison Reyes, i only know this cause you TALK ABOUT HER EVERY OTHER DAY. her necklace says Julie but let’s ignore that, maybe Julie is her girlfriend because this woman is absolutely not heterosexual. her name is Melany and everyone wants to be her friend. she owns 40 different phone cases. bedazzles all of everything. stuffed animal collector and proud”
“BOOBOO STEWART OMG. this character is named Henry and if i’m wrong then no i’m not. he does free lance art. is definitely gay. shops at pacsun but tells people that he doesn’t shop at pacsun. people know that he shops at pacsun. he cannot hide the pacsun. stop lying about pacsun, Henry, it’s okay, no one is judging you. probably nice to everyone but will judgementally gay stare at you if you are rude”
“is this Julie? one of them has to be Julie, so i’m guessing that. this is julie. mhm. and do i spot a fellow lesbian??? her earrings confirm my suspicions￼. my gaydar is ringing. hates everyone except, like, 2 people. those two people are her girlfriend and Felix. her girlfriend is named Melany. Julie likes painting rocks and pinning blankets to her bedroom ceiling. she has 5 different colored converse”
“Terrance. Terrance does not know how to flirt with women, but he tries, and we are proud of him for it. definitely gives off the most approachable vibes ever. super open. emotionally competent (?). will bake you brownies without an explanation as to why. likes ￼elevator music and finger guns”
“was i wrong? was i wrong and Melany is actually dating this man? because no person looks at someone like THAT without being so obviously in love with them. you go Melany. got him simping as fuck. as you should, queen. his name is Jared and he likes skateboarding and reading. he’s a weirdo. he doesn’t fit in and he doesn’t want to fit in. look at his hat. he’s weird. did you get the reference? please tell me you got the reference otherwise i’m embarrassed”
“this girl would be so mean to me and i would take every last second of it with a smile on my face. she could purposefully trip me to the ground and i would kiss her boot. i love her. she is named Emma and she’s probably very mean to Terrance, poor boy. anyways, she likes glitter, participated in the mustache trend of 2013 and deeply regrets it, and wakes up at 4am every morning so she has time to get her life together.”
“this is Benjamin. Benjamin looks like he’s been through it and smiling through the pain. it’s okay ben, you look fabulous, get a therapist and you’ll be great.”
“Emerson. respectful king. he looks so nice. might be straight and if he is i just know that he is SUCH a good ally. he and Terrance are best friends. he probably ￼plays baseball”
“YOU DIDNT TELL ME THAT CARLOS PONCE WAS IN THIS SHOW????”
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Jatp characters as ao3 tags - pt. 1
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let your colors blind their eyes, be who you are, no compromises 🌈💖
here's julie and the phantoms performing at la pride!! i had the idea for this piece back in december or january and i'm so so happy that it's finally done! i love seeing everyone's interpretations on the characters, so i've included some of my own headcanons. being a part of the lgbt+ community is very important to me, and i love how wonderful and accepting this fandom is!! and on top of that, the representation in this show means a lot to me. i hope you've all had a great pride month, and keep marching on proud! ☺️🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️💕
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ray molina has a list. well, he has many: the shopping list pinned to the fridge, the two lists of potential birthday and christmas presents, a list of high schools for carlos (started in advance because it has to be the most suited one there is), a list of his regular clients.
but this list is new; freshly torn off the notepad, lying on the kitchen counter, a pen keeping it in place.
julie and carlos are not the only kids around anymore. there are three teenaged boys that he can’t always see, but has come to accept do exist all the same. three boys with music in their veins, with eager voices, without a pulse. three boys with pasts he doesn’t know. but he has a list.
because when ray dropped the old floral casserole dish on the kitchen floor and swore loudly, the excitedly chatting teen leaning on the counter flinched back and disappeared, unable to meet ray’s eyes for the rest of the week.
because when ray asked the boys to join them for grace, the tallest of them hunched his shoulders, drew into himself until even carlos seemed to loom in comparison, and froze whenever ray sat down at the table.
because when ray told the band they could not practice one weekend, with both carlos and julie needing to spend time on school projects and exams, the third boy looked at ray with wide, betrayed eyes and didn’t come to dinner.
because ray wants to help. so he has a list:
avoid loud noises & raised voices for reggie and luke
alex freezes up around religion, take it easy
luke thinks you’ll punish them for their music
reggie flinches at sudden movement, be careful
don’t touch alex without warning
luke and alex are slow to trust, give them time
reggie likes to chat (ask him if he’s into photography)
talk to luke about his song writing process
it grows over time. when julie sees it, she hugs him and promises to help flesh it out. because these boys need a home, and ray is starting to realise that they desperately need a good parent too. and he will try his hardest to help.
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Why y'all should watch Julie and The Phantoms:
POC LEAD: the female protagonist, Julie Molina, is played by a Puerto Rican actress named Madison Reyes. Julie is adorable, lovable and finds her love for life through music, her family and her friends. Her strength shines through her interactions with her family and friends and her relationship with her deceased mother. We also get to see the home life of Julie's family, her dad, Ray, her little brother, Carlos, and her tia.
BLACK REPRESENTATION: Julie's best friend, Flynn, is not a background character or part of Julie's entourage; she is her own person. She has layers and she has a personality and not to mention, the greatest fashion sense. She has goals and dreams, she's a go-getter and musically inclined, a DJ, a trumpet player and she is honestly the greatest friend. She is independent.
OPENLY GAY LEAD DRUMMER: Alex is one of Julie's ghost band mates. He is real and complex and deals with ANXIETY but most importantly, he doesn't fit any boxes that entertainment has created for what a gay man should be. He is a dork and the cutest dancer and most importantly, he has a story. He forms a friendship with another boy, Willie, and they don't immediately fall into a relationship which I love because it is so important to show the slow development of any relationship, especially one that is so important to so many people (but please willex canon in s2). Anyways, it is incredibly beautiful to see their slow and sweet relationship dynamic.
FRESH PLOT: even though it is a remake of the Brazilian show by the same name, Julie and The Phantoms still has its own quirks and the creators took many many creative liberties to make it unique and a one of a kind show about a girl and her ghost band.
THE ERADICTION OF TOXIC MASCULINITY: Alex and the other two phantoms, Luke Patterson and Reggie are so distinctly layered. They are sensitive and not afraid of emotions. They each have deeply intricate stories dealing with their families and their experiences.
DEALING WITH GRIEF: All four protagonists deal with grief in their own ways: Julie trying to deal with the pain of her mother passing, Luke running out on his parents, Alex with coming out and recieving a lack of acceptance from his family and Reggie's parents going through a divorce before he died.
KICKASS MUSIC/SOUNDTRACK: the show revolves around a band so, of course, they have fire music. I've been listening to the show's music on repeat for the past week (especially see: "Unsaid Emily", "Flying Solo", "Wake Up", "Edge of Great" and "Bright"). One thing that I find badass on another level: every band performance is live- non of the pre-recored, lip syncing stuff.
FAMILIAL LOVE / FOUND FAMILY / BEST RELATION DYNAMICS
NOT A CRINGY VILLIAN
CUTE 90s BOY FASHION
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DO YOU EVER JUST WATCH SOMETHING AND THINK:
"Wow, everybody in this gay!"
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Can we discuss how c a l m Ray is about Julie’s interactions with Luke on stage??? The man is a great dad and clearly understands boundaries with his children, but bro?? He has never seen nor met Luke before and now here comes this lil white boy who insists on being .0005 inches from his daughter’s face every time they perform.
I’m wondering if it doesn’t bother him that much because it’s not necessarily “real”?? He still thinks that the boys are holograms and whatnot, but I’m still surprised that he’s not a little more inquisitive about them.
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Ok yeah I’m still on the Ray stan train. Like he got Julie into therapy right after her mum died, told her she can go back if she needs more help, gave her space when she asked for it, spent hours looking for music programs around the world, and accepted her weird hologram band as soon as she told him how much they helped her. Like we stan a healthy father-daughter dynamic in a kids show
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i know we’re all absolutely pack bonded to ray molina anyway but seriously think about how many things he exhibits during the show that would have been so unfamiliar to the boys with their families
julie gets kicked out of her music program due to not participating, ray checks with her that it’s still something she cares about and then spends a day tearing his hair out trying to find another program to put her into?? and then pretends it wasn’t even stressing him out?? parental support icon
humours carlos about the ghost for the sake of a cooking and bonding experience
tries to empathise with julie’s grief experience re the ghost rather than just telling her she’s crazy: he sees her mom all the time, it’s different for everyone, etc.
“i could have been excited about tonight, instead of having this conversation we both hate!” like... not a parent Validly Communicating Their Support and Frustration at the Same Time
and then him saying that as long as she’s reasonable about it he doesn’t want to make her quit the band because ‘what kind of father would i be if i took that away from you’ (luke would just be flabbergasted)
stays in contact with flynn, julie’s best friend, of his own accord because he’s worried about julie :(
willing to sell his family home where he lost his wife and move away if it’ll help julie with her grief, but also expresses his own feelings honestly and openly
so much playful cuddling, banter, good energy, relaxed interactions etc.
as soon as he knows about the band he makes sure to turn up to every show and be as supportive as he can
anyway there’s probably more it’s just that there’s so much stuff that i’m sure the boys never got when they were alive and it makes me cry to think how much they’d love and respect ray and how much he’d teach them about what a good family looks like
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I came across the Julie and the phantoms set designers page and you can see how much thought was put into the creation of the characters through the set design.
all this to say, Julie has a pink electric guitar next to her bed, this leads me to believe that canonically Julie also plays the guitar as well as shredding it on the piano and tambourine. (could this be why Madison was learning how to play) Petition for a Julie acoustic song next season!
and the stark difference between how the boys had the garage in 1995 and how beautifully rose transforms it.
(side note: Ray photography skills must be paying very well for them to not have not 1 not 2, but like 5 couches downstairs! who needs this many couches ray!)
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★ HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! ★
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since Valentine’s day is coming up, here’s part one of my jatp themed valentines for y’all! feel free to save them and fill them out and give them to your friends, partners, secret crushes, ghost boyfriends, frenemies, evil magicians trying to steal your soul, etc!
[please do NOT remove my watermark, thank you!]
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I'm sorry, but the idea of Ray being dragged into the whole thing with Caleb last minute and having a gay panic over him is just so freaking funny.
And then Julie is like "Dad! He's the bad guy!"
And then Ray, startled out of his trance, is just "Oh, right, sorry."
Caleb smirks in amusement, obviously.
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Reggie and Ray just mean a lot to me okay😭
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