Here, the actress gives us a sneak peak about what we can expect from the second season of the dark crime Netflix series, Ozark.
“I’m a neurotic New Yorker,” says Julia Garner, pointing out the differences between her and her Ozark character Ruth Langmore, a foul-mouthed criminal from Missouri who rocks denim cut-off shorts.
“I’m not like Ruth at all. She’s unpredictable and acts impulsively. In the first month of shooting Ozark, I was exhausted every single day because I had to completely remove myself.” Garner, who grew up on the Upper West Side of New York with her therapist mother and art teacher father, found it easier to tap in and out of her bad-arse character when filming the second season of the acclaimed Netflix drama.
“You understand Ruth on a much deeper level in season two. Her ruthless behaviour starts to make sense,” says Garner, 24, who hired a dialect coach to nail the Missouri accent and wrote in an acting journal to get into character. Her dedication has paid off: Hollywood critics have lauded Garner’s performance as “monumental” and “rather spectacular”.
And now she’s set to appear in the heavily hyped Netflix series Maniac, alongside Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. “I can’t really say anything about Maniac except that it’s really cool. I feel like a jerk that I can’t say more than that,” apologises Garner, like a true neurotic New Yorker.
Ozark airs on Netflix on August 31