Julia Garner Is a ‘Shapeshifter’ as Ruth

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Leaving the drama onscreen! While the depth by no means lets up for the Byrde household (and everybody of their orbit) on Ozark, the actors’ actual lives are a little extra relaxed — which makes the transformation into their characters awe-inspiring, even for costar Jessica Frances Dukes.

“Shapeshifter. She’s a complete shapeshifter,” the Jessica Jones alum, 31 — who portrays Special Agent Maya Miller on the Netflix crime thriller — effuses about costar Julia Garner solely to Us Weekly.



Jessica Frances and Julia Garner.
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“I don’t think that I’ve seen a character on TV that is so authentically put together the way she put together Ruth,” the actress says of the Inventing Anna star, 28, who performs money launderer Ruth Langmore on the collection. “And it’s just been a joy to watch.”

Dukes refers to Garner as a “gentle, beautiful soul,” telling Us that whenever you see the Emmy winner “turn it on as an artist, as an actor, as a creator … it’s magic to watch.”

The New York native — who can’t assist however gush about each cast member on the present — has one particular reminiscence of Jason Bateman that captures the camaraderie on set between the actors.

“My favorite story of Jason is just kind of almost my first day. I had this massive script and I had all these notes and I did all the work and I came in and he was just like, ‘Really?’” laughs Dukes, who joined the present in 2020 for season 3, explaining that the celebrities’ course of is extra about collaborating collectively slightly than working individually. “Because really at the end of the day, it’s about us and what we create together. So he really has taught me a lot.”



Jason Bateman on the ‘Ozark’ TV present premiere, Season 4 Finale in New York on April 21, 2022.
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Dukes has additionally lengthy admired Laura Linney, who portrays Bateman’s spouse Wendy.

“Masterpiece. There’s no way to even describe her,” the NCIS alum tells Us of the Golden Globe winner, 58. “I loved her work for so long. Watching her craft Wendy has been a joy. We’ve watched this amazing arc. She’s a masterpiece.”

Though the fan favourite drama will quickly come to an finish — the second half of season 4, the present’s final, drops April 29 — Dukes is wholly grateful for the life and career-changing expertise.

“Everyone was so wonderful, I learned so much,” she notes. “It came at the perfect point in my career. It was like Candyland, being on that show, and to say goodbye to it, was almost like saying goodbye to the show, but also that specific chapter that the show closed for me and my career. And I’m just so thankful.”

Part two of Ozark’s ultimate season airs on Netflix April 29.

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