Fans and celebrities love Jason Bateman. Jennifer Aniston has nothing bad to say about her cinematic accomplice. “He’s just adorable,” she told Relevant. “There’s nothing about him that isn’t compressible.” No wonder they’ve starred in five films together. But it’s not just Rachel from the Perk who has a crush. The Guardian hailed Bateman as “incredibly nice” and claimed he had “the pleasing facial symmetry of a catalog model”. My goodness, take a room.
However, he wasn’t always the sugar star with the squeeze factor; Bateman has an advantage and knows how to use it. After his arrested development days, the ex-child star “indulged in booze and drug binges all night” before joining AA. “I stayed at the party too long,” he admitted to The Guardian. After his wife gave the ultimatum: party or be a parent, Bateman turned his life around.
He chose the latter, but leaned on the former for directing and acting in Ozark. According to Netflix, he plays Marty Byrde in the dark drama. Byrde is your run-of-the-mill suburban money laundering financial adviser on the run, dragging his family into the wilderness and becoming the boss of the drug trade. First, the trailer-dwelling locals like Ruth Langmore are portrayed as outlaws. Langmore is cheeky, smart, and comes from a family with a criminal history longer than their arsenal of sawed-off shotguns. She’s also the standout character on the show, and a costar favorite, thanks to Julia Garner. Here’s what Jason Bateman had to say about working with Julia Garner.
Jason Bateman is blown away by Julia Garner’s acting skills
Jason Bateman is one of those actors and directors that celebrities love to work with. One of the reasons is probably that he always gives props where props are due. “It’s a very complicated life that she leads and she does it with grace, kindness and warmth towards her closest friends and anyone she might meet on set that day,” he gushed of five-time co-star Jenifer Aniston variety.
Bateman also addressed his “Ozark” actress, Julia Garner. “The reason I enjoy watching Julia’s acting is her ability to show vulnerability, even when the character is aggressive,” he told The Cut. Bateman praised the young actress for her on-camera awareness and acting nuance. “[Garner has] an incredible ability to be very specific with a little look or a gesture,” he said.
The director said Garner’s “vulnerability” contrasted starkly with her intense fierceness. “She’s as sweet as she is sour, as beautiful as she is a beast,” Bateman told The Hollywood Reporter in 2020. “And her ability to switch back and forth between those polarities… the writers write about that.” Laura Linney, who plays Bateman’s wife Wendy Byrd on camera is also a big fan. “Julia throws herself into her work with passion,” she told THR. Linney marveled at Garner’s ability to fully immerse himself in the role and give it his all. “She sticks her finger right into the socket,” Linney said.
Julia Garner’s career explodes after the Ozark
“Ozark” was the catalyst that launched Garner’s career and made her a real star. Before playing Ruth Langmore on The Ozark, Garner had appeared in numerous films and television series. However, with the exception of “The Americans,” she’d always landed small roles or starred in small indie projects, per IMDb. Now she’s a highly sought-after actress who has won a double Emmy Award. So what’s next for Garner?
“I go where the good story is,” she told the New York Times. “I do weird parts – there’s always something wrong with my character or they’re in a really weird situation,” Garner shared. That was definitely the case on Inventing Anna, where she played fake socialite Anna Delvey. In 2018, The Cut published the bizarre true story of Anna Delvey, whose real name is Anna Sorokin. Delvey was a skilled con man who pretended to be a Russian heiress in order to reap the rewards of life among New York’s social elite. According to The Sun, Shona Rhimes bought the rights and turned it into a hit Netflix show.
“What’s really interesting about Julia is that she’s maybe one of the most intellectual actresses I’ve ever met,” Rimes told The Hollywood Reporter. “She arrived [the role] from a place with a very psychological profile,” Rimes continued, praising Garner’s talent for getting to the point of a character – and her excellent Russian accent. Well, when Hollywood powerhouse Shona Rimes showers you with praise, you know the future is bright.