On Juliet James


Character’s Full Name: Juliet Liliana James

Name Origin: Juliet was named because her mother – Lily – was playing Juliet on Broadway when she met her husband. ‘Juliet’ is of French origin, a language very close to Lily’s heart (and one that Juliet actually speaks). Juliet’s middle name, Liliana, is the full version of her mother’s name. (Lily James named Juliet, while Ben James named their son, Rick).

Nicknames: Jules, by everyone; JJ, by select few in middle and elementary school.

Birth Date: October 15th

Religion: Lily was raised Roman Catholic while Ben was brought up in a loosely Christian household. Both parents instilled a belief in God in their children without the structure and restraints of traditional religion. The family attended church growing up, but mostly for Holidays. They do, however, say Grace often.

Physicality:  “She was pretty in a simple way, because unlike her style, her features were soft. Rounded cheeks, pouty lips, large bright blue eyes. Her hair was light blond, falling down her back in damp waves, bangs swept across her forehead. She wore very little makeup except for what was dark around her eyes, making them stand out even more than—I was sure—they would on their own.” Juliet takes after her mother more in appearance, with her fair skin, blond hair, and tall stature. Her eyes and smile, however, come from her father. Her fashion style tends to verge on the punk side of things, although she likes to pick more comfortable sizes (notably, her clothes are always too large). Her favorite outfit is her sex pistols shirt, her shiny leggings, and her combat boots. Height: 5’7″ | Weight: 115lbs | Shirt Size: S | Bra Size: 34B | Pants Size: 3 | Shoe Size: 8

Sexuality: Lesbian. Juliet never particularly went through a ‘questioning’ phase thanks to the open mindedness of her family. Likewise, her sexuality was never an issue and was accepted from the start.

Tattoos: Before she was of legal age Juliet had an infinity symbol tattooed on her wrist. It was a tribute to her mother, who used to tell her family members  that she loved them infinitely. Lakyn has a matching version. Post Epilogue Lena notices that Juliet has many new tattoos. She prefers smooth and perfect lines and occasionally splashes of pale color. Some ideas for the types of tattoos she would have as an adult can be found here, here, and here. It’s safe to assume that she has quite a few.

Personality Facts: Confident disposition, relaxed stature, generally calm, soft spoken, and levelheaded. Fairly nonjudgmental but guarded when it comes to herself.

Quirks: Horrible driver, particularly fond of applying pet names to her favorite people, doesn’t deal with her own issues well, does not work well under pressure, has a history of substance dependency, cannot sing, likes video games, doesn’t handle conflict well.

Skills/Talents: Skilled artist, good at sewing and designing, fairly smart, speaks two languages, decent cook.

Phobias/Fears: Any insect that stings.

Favorite-

  • +Food: Fish, particularly Salmon
  • +Drink: Jasmine Tea
  • +Alcoholic Drink: Verdejo Wine
  • +Color: Charcoal grey
  • +Film: Interview with a Vampire
  • +Music: 80s rock or gothic rock
  • +Motto: “Just be a Queen.”

So, if you could pick someone to represent Juliet, who would it be? 

Two years ago, when I first uploaded this story to Wattpad, I had a cast picked out. I ultimately ended up taking it down because people were treating it like a fanfic, which it very much was not. The truth is, I had very little exposure to the people I had put in the cast list. Taylor Momsen – who I chose as the original Juliet – I had the most to because of her role on Gossip Girl, but even then…

When I picked the cast, I just hit up Google with my most important traits. Of course, Taylor Momsen popped up when I went in for Jules. She became Juliet from that point on, but she’s not perfect. She’s got the hair, sure (although I imagine Juliet’s hair to be a little more on the ‘sandy blonde’ side than the platinum thing), but her features are a little too sharp. Personally, in my head, Juliet’s face is very soft. And although her make-up is dark, it’s more like thick eyelashes and some dark eyeliner, not the full smokey-eye thing Taylor has going for her. I think she worked a lot better when she was younger and softer. However, I have to admit, I’m not sure there’s anyone else out there who could pull her off. I mean, if they made a movie, I’d be down to see Taylor Momsen in her spot haha 😉


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