‘Ozark’: Why Julia Garner Says Coronavirus ‘Unfortunately Helped’ the Show Become More Successful

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Julia Garner on ‘Ozark’ as Ruth Langmore


26-year-old actress Julia Garner took the entertainment world by storm with her Emmy Award-winning portrayal of Ruth Langmore in popular Netflix series, Ozark. The third season saw a significant uptick in first-day viewership from its second season, and Garner acknowledged the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) might have “unfortunately helped.”

Julia Garner | Stephane Cardinale

Julia Garner on ‘Ozark’ as Ruth Langmore

The Jason Bateman and Laura Linney-led crime drama series revolves around financial adviser Marty Byrde, who has to relocate his family to a small town in Missouri to set up a money-laundering operation for a Mexican drug cartel.

Viewers are introduced to tough and sharp-tongued 19-year-old Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) in the second episode when she attempts to steal the initial money meant for Marty to begin laundering.

While she initially came off as only another member of the local crime family, Marty soon realizes she’s brilliant and invites her to work for him. Ruth agreed with the intentions of learning his trade and then turning on him.

Best supporting actress on Netflix? #ozark pic.twitter.com/G8OrDbLqJ4

— sergio (@sergioyaacoub) May 15, 2020

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However, she began to see Marty as a father figure and decided to partner with him, even cutting off most of her family for the financial adviser. In the third season, viewers see a new side of Ruth when she falls in love with an unexpected visitor.

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Although innocent at first, the relationship threatens to come between her and Marty forever.

‘Ozark’ Season 3 became very successful

The third season of Ozark launched on March 27, 2020, only days before stay-at-home orders were enacted in nearly every state in efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to Nielsen’s data, 975,000 Americans watched the crime drama series’ third season on the day it dropped on Netflix, a noticeably massive uptick from the 314,000 viewers who tuned in on the Season 2 premiere date. Additionally, over a million Netflix users logged in the day after the Season 3 premiere to watch the series.

Was not aware of Tom Pelphrey’s work prior but his searing portrayal of “Ben” on this latest season of Ozark has made me a lifelong fan. @TomPelphrey #ozarkseason3 @netflix #EmmyWorthy pic.twitter.com/vjUZ9XvSpb

— Jon Lindstrom (@thejonlindstrom)

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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