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You're just as special as everyone else in this family.
―Julieta Madrigal


Julieta Madrigal is a major character in Disney's 2021 animated feature film Encanto. She is the eldest daughter of Alma and Pedro Madrigal and the mother of Isabela, Luisa, and Mirabel Madrigal, whom she parented alongside her husband Agustín. A nurturing caretaker, Julieta was gifted with the power to cook healing foods.

Background

Julieta is one of the three triplet children born to Alma and Pedro, with her brother Bruno and her sister Pepa. When she was just born, their home was attacked and her family was forced to flee. After her father's death, a miracle was created that blessed the family with an enchanted house and protection from the raiders. Growing up, Julieta was willing to help her mother take care of her family from a very young age because her father had died and Alma had no one else to help her. When she was five years old, Julieta and her two siblings opened their magical doors in the house, revealing their powers. Julieta gained the ability to heal anyone by the use of food. Compared to other members of her family, Julieta is the only Madrigal child who has no problems with her gift since her healing power is easy to control and she enjoys helping others.

Thanks to her healing gift, Julieta became the community's healer, helping other people when they have different wounds or injuries. Some time later she met a man named Agustín who constantly needed to be healed because he was accident-prone. Although Alma was skeptical that Agustín and Julieta would fall in love since he was probably not Alma's first choice to marry her daughter, Julieta loved Agustín so much that the two eventually married and they had three daughters: Isabela, Luisa, and Mirabel.[2] Julieta besides becoming Félix's sister-in-law after Pepa married him, she also became the maternal aunt of Dolores, Camilo and Antonio. Unlike majority of the Encanto villagers or her own family, Julieta never spoke ill of Bruno after he left and lamented his absence. After a decade of separation, Julieta finally reunites with her brother again after the fall of the Casita, where she expresses great joy in seeing him again and hugs him happily together with Pepa.

Official Description

Julieta is warm and nurturing. As the town doctor, she uses her magical powers to heal others through food.[3]
Julieta, one of Alma’s triplets, was blessed with the power to heal. Radiating warmth and kindness, she wields no magic wand, however her magic is found in the food she lovingly prepares for all who need it.[4]

Development

As with the rest of the Madrigal family, Julieta was designed to reflect "family archetypes that are immediately relatable".[5] The studio initially created Julieta with a more antagonistic role in the film and thus would have a complicated relationship with Mirabel, opposed to the caring and empathic Julieta in the final production. Director Jared Bush was inspired by his own mother to create Julieta's personality and her loving relationship with her kids. During the creation process, Julieta also was to have the ability to control the weather, but since Julieta had a maternal personality, this power was instead given to Pepa and Julieta obtained the power to heal others (which was originally going to belong to Dolores).[6]

Angie Cepeda, Julieta's voice actor, describes her character as being relatable to her: "Julieta’s very kind, she’s warm. I really fell in love with her. She cares so much about her family and for the people in her community. She has this gift and she heals people with the food that she cooks. She does that for all who need it. Julieta has this special relationship with Mirabel. She knows how Mirabel feels about not having a gift and the fact that she feels that Mirabel doesn’t belong and she’s always there for her."[7]

Personality

Julieta enjoying using her gift to heal and cure the wounds of the townsfolk.

Due to her magical gift of healing others with her cooking, Julieta is very nurturing to those she treats for their injuries or illnesses. Julieta is very supportive and, like her sister Pepa and her brother-in-law Félix, she is very affectionate with the youngest members of the family. She provides nourishment and healing to others (especially her accident-prone husband). Since she was always willing to help her mother Alma take care of her family since she was just a child, because her father had died after she was born, Julieta is a maternal, nurturing, and calm woman. She always prioritizes the welfare and needs of her family over her own. Julieta has a great deal of love for her family and she does her best to take care of them when they need it. But Julieta not only cares just about her family, but the town as well. She enjoys helping the townspeople with her gift and making people smile with her food. Of all The Madrigals, Julieta seems to have the fewest issues with her gift. She gives the appearance of having it the most together and she’s a good caretaker for the town, as she does her job with warmth and professionalism that is also very befitting of her station. Despite that, there are also days when Julieta can get tired of constantly cooking every day, but she is ready to help when someone needs it.

Julieta lovingly trying to encourage her daughter.

According to Agustín, Julieta is equal to Mirabel when it comes to supporting others. Thanks to her personality, Julieta is close to several members of her family and is trusted by others. Julieta showers Mirabel with praises and compliments to the point it embarrasses her daughter. She is caring and very supportive of Mirabel, because she understands how hard it is for her to be the only ordinary member of a magical family. She can also calm Agustín when he is angry and provides a voice of reason and comfort to the more dramatic family members like Bruno or Camilo. Julieta is by far the most sensible and patient member of the family. Unlike her sister Pepa, Julieta never lets her temper get the better of her and never shows anger or rage even in times of stress. When the family learns of Bruno's vision and magic's imminent death at dinner with the Guzmáns, Julieta is the only one who doesn't lose her composure or jump to conclusions. Julieta is also very patient and doesn't get upset when her husband repeatedly gets stung by bees due to his clumsiness. She is always ready to heal him when he has an injury with the food she makes.

Julieta confronts Alma a second time about her harsh attitude towards Mirabel.

Although her mother keeps a tight grip on her and her siblings to make them perfect, Julieta is not afraid to disobey her when she demands too much of both her and the family. Although she respects her mother as the matriarch of the family, Julieta never seeks perfection like her and can't stand Alma's controlling nature. Despite Alma's negative views of her affair with Agustín, Julieta still fell in love with and married the man. She is also not afraid to stand up to and reprimand Alma for her hard attitude towards Mirabel, as she knows her daughter doesn’t deserve it. Although Julieta's insecurities are not shown very well, it is clear that her greatest fear is that her family is hurt both physically and psychologically. Julieta was heartbroken for years after Bruno suddenly disappeared and since then she has been afraid that the same thing will happen to another member of her family, telling Mirabel that Bruno lost his way in the family and expressing that she doesn't want the same for Mirabel. When Mirabel pointed out that she, Isabela, and Luisa were unhappy and that Alma put too much pressure on them, both Julieta and Agustín can only look on helplessly and sadly for not realizing sooner how miserable their daughters were.

Julieta affectionately hugging Bruno when he returns.

The most important thing for Julieta has always been her family and she is very protective of them. She loves Agustín very much and her love for him is so great that he doesn't even care about Alma's negative opinions about their marriage. Despite the fact that Bruno abandoned both her and the family, Julieta never held a grudge or hatred towards him, unlike Pepa. When Bruno finally returns home after more than 10 years, Julieta is overjoyed and quickly embraces him, showing how happy she is to have Bruno back. Julieta cares deeply about her daughters and wants the best for them. After a heartbroken Mirabel runs away after Casita falls apart, Julieta is the first person to notice and immediately starts searching for her, showing she cares more about Mirabel than her family home being destroyed. When Mirabel returns home, Julieta is relieved to see her safe and sound, and expresses how proud she is of her as she watches Mirabel help their family rebuild their home. Her affection also extends to her nephews and niece. Julieta seems to have a soft spot for family prankster, Camilo, and treats him as if he were her son. During Antonio's gift ceremony, Julieta holds her nephew's hand and has her other arm lovingly around him like a mother would. She shows joy that Camilo enjoys her food and is visibly proud of Antonio when he gets his gift.

Physical appearance

Julieta is a 50-year-old[8] woman with tan skin and brown eyes that droop slightly downwards. Her hair is curly dark brown hair with silver and white highlights swooped up into a messy updo, with a bun. She is notably one of the family members who most closely resembles her parents. Julieta inherited much of Alma's physical appearance and Pedro's facial expressions. Julieta wears a long-sleeved baby blue shirt with a tiffany blue long skirt and a cooking apron the same color, light brown flat shoes, and golden pearl earrings. Her apron is tied with a green ribbon, and its pockets have various herbs and plants inside them. The apron also has some stitched patterns: plants and, on the pockets, hands holding plants, mortar and pestle, representing her power of healing through her recipes.

Powers and Abilities

Julieta healing an injury with her food.

Julieta can heal people with her cooking; when a hurt or sick person eats food cooked by her, they are healed instantly. She was able to heal Mirabel's wounded hand with an arepa con queso. Other injuries that she has healed are a black eye, a fractured forearm, and her husband's bee stings. However, it is unknown to what extent her cooking can heal, if her cooking is specifically required to heal, or if she can only heal with food.

Julieta is knowledgeable about medicinal herbs and oils, and regularly uses them in her cooking.[9]

Appearances

Encanto

Julieta first appears as a baby being held by her mother after being born. After her parents are forced to leave their home, with her father, Pedro Madrigal being killed by soldiers, Julieta and her surviving family members, her mother and her younger sister and brother watch their candle being blessed with magic which creates a new home for them. When Julieta and her siblings turn five, they are given magical gifts, where Julieta is given the ability to heal others through her cooking.

As the family was getting ready for Antonio's gift ceremony, she asked Mirabel if she wants to talk about her feelings, which she kindly turns the offer down. After she saw her mother talking to Mirabel, she tells her to be kind to Mirabel, knowing that tonight will be really hard for her.

Relationships

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Trivia

  • Julieta's birthday is on October 17, coinciding with start of the Thousand Days' War.[10][11]
  • The name "Julieta" is the Spanish and Portuguese version of Juliet, which means "youthful".
  • Early in production, the character was to be named Juana.[12]
  • According to Jared Bush, Julieta's gift can tackle some serious ailments, even healing Mirabel's vision (but simply choose not to since she doesn't see it as something that she needs to "cure"), but he acknowledged that there would be some illnesses she can't treat.[13][14]
  • In earlier drafts of the film, it would have been revealed that Julieta chose to prevent Mirabel from getting a gift in order to shield her from the family pressure, but it was decided that Mirabel’s lack of a gift was better left unexplained.[15] Mirabel also would have confronted her instead of Alma at the climax, presumably because of this.[16]

References

  1. "Triplets' Birth Order". Twitter (December 8, 2021).
  2. Bush, Jared (December 28, 2021). "Agustin & Julieta Part 2". Twitter.
  3. Lee, Michael (September 9, 2021). "How the Magical Casita in ‘Encanto’ is a New Kind of Disney Castle". The Nerds Of Color.
  4. Team, D23 (November 16, 2021). "“Encanto” Character Details Revealed". D23.
  5. Brown, Tracy (November 24, 2021). "‘Encanto’ is Disney’s first Latino musical. How the filmmakers got Colombia right". LATimes.
  6. The Art of Encanto
  7. Busch, Jenna (November 8, 2021). "Encanto Movie Cast & Crew on the New Disney Film". VitalThrills.
  8. Bush, Jared (December 26, 2021). "Triplets' Ages". Twitter.
  9. Bush, Jared (January 2, 2022). "Julieta's Herbs". Twitter.
  10. Bush, Jared (March 18, 2022). "Julieta's birthday". Twitter.
  11. Bush, Jared (March 18, 2022). "Meaningful Birthdays". Twitter.
  12. Sharpe, Josh (December 9, 2020). "Exclusive: New Details for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ‘Encanto’". The Disinsider.
  13. Bush, Jared (January 2, 2022). "Julieta's Powers Part 1". Twitter.
  14. Bush, Jared (January 2, 2022). "Julieta's Powers Part 2". Twitter.
  15. Kenney, Jamie (March 23, 2022). "Encanto Writer & Co-Director Charise Castro Smith Reveals The Film Almost Had A Completely Different Ending". Romper.
  16. https://www.instagram.com/p/CXjhaFiPLd7/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

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