’Ozark’’s Sofia Hublitz on Her Remaining Season as Charlotte Byrde


“What’s actually happening, mother?”

It’s a easy query posed by Ozark’s Charlotte Byrde, performed by newcomer Sofia Hublitz—who stars alongside her fictional mother and father Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney), brother Jonah (Skylar Gaertner), and neighbor Ruth (Julia Garner)—early on within the first season of the Netflix authentic collection. Viewers of the crime drama, which not too long ago launched the final seven episodes of its fourth and ultimate season after changing into one of the vital well-liked reveals within the U.S., know that very query would unfurl a seemingly unending reply: her white-collar mother and father have been “laundering cash for a Mexican drug cartel. I shit you not,” as her mom so eloquently divulges.

The road instantly hints at Charlotte’s grounded, mature nature as she accepts her destiny of transferring from Chicago to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks—highschool ego and tinglings of a younger girl in tow. “She’s come to a really grownup place in her thoughts with it, the place the circumstances are unchangeable and it’s her mother and father’s cross to bear, not hers,” Hublitz says on a telephone name with W about how Charlotte would possibly view her personal growth through the years.

First airing in 2017, the debut season of Ozark units the eldest Byrde sibling on the tender age of 15—with Hublitz herself only a few years older in actual life. 5 years later (with breaks in filming as a result of Covid-19 pandemic) and Hublitz’s character’s development mirrors her personal coming-of-age expertise—cash laundering, FBI investigations, and cartels excluded.

“I spent my later adolescent years on a film set. And once you’re having tough instances in your life, it’s a must to be taught to not deliver that to work,” the breakout actress explains forward of the finale’s part-two launch. “It’s sort of an odd line to stroll with being, within the early years of the present, 17-18, having rather a lot happening in my life then, but additionally having to return to work in entrance of all these individuals…There are clearly some parallels of that sort of growing-up course of. It’s unusual feeling such as you’re rising up in entrance of the world’s eyes.”

Whereas their similarities present up by way of age, being uncovered to life-changing experiences, and basic teen angst, their variations come by way of in persona. “I’m so terribly completely different from Charlotte that individuals who know me comment on how humorous it’s [that I play her],” Hublitz says. “I’ve plenty of levity, whereas Charlotte doesn’t on a regular basis.” In reality, “levity” is the precise factor that the self-proclaimed “proud New Yorker” would say made the character uniquely hers.

“Even when the context known as for this, I’ve at all times tried to [shy] away from being an excessive amount of of a cynic and contrarian in a scene as a result of, finally, there’s that appearing rule that in the event you say ‘no,’ the scene is over,” she explains. “I’ve at all times tried to not say ‘no’ with my face and my physique language and…interact in a constructive method, even when the scene doesn’t name for that.”

In Ozark’s ultimate season, it’s laborious to disregard that Charlotte is staying intently aligned along with her mom. She’s transitioned from a resistant participant in her mother and father’s schemes to a “mini-Wendy, so to talk,” because the actress describes. “She’s transitioning into maturity, and she or he’s trying to her mom to information her on that path. However I believe she thinks she’s doing the correct factor by working along with her mother and pop, trusting them and never questioning their beliefs or their actions.”

It’s a surprise that the flurry of betrayals dealt to {the teenager}—together with, however not restricted to: the sudden uprooting of her life, getting thrown off a ship by foe-turned-friend Wyatt Langmore (Charlie Tahan), and that different season one boat man who left Charlotte forlorn after a “grown-up” evening—led her again to the one “unfailing” supply of affection she is aware of: her mother and father.

“Charlotte partying, shedding her virginity, enjoying with the unhealthy children—you assume, for an adolescent, that’s going to make you stronger…It’s going to offer you extra social energy and this ethical superiority over your mother and father. However actually, she’s only a child,” Hublitz says. “She nonetheless finally ran dwelling to mommy and daddy. Your actions have penalties, however they don’t at all times provide you with that leg-up in maturity.”

Off-screen, Hublitz has taken cues from her personal mother and father, particularly within the inventive realm. She describes them each as “cinephiles,” along with her mother having been an artwork director “as soon as upon a time,” and her dad a longtime lover of “true cinema.” Her mother and father being “music heads,” nonetheless, didn’t rub off on her as a lot—although, with the assistance of her session musician boyfriend, music nonetheless “consistently follows” her in life.

“I do know it’s a device [used] rather a lot to ‘get into character.’ That’s by no means actually labored for me. It’s a bit too distracting,” she says. As an alternative, she’ll go for one of many “couple of hundred fricking motion pictures” in her private assortment—ideally a darkish comedy (the actress not too long ago delved again into the 1996 Alexander Payne-directed Citizen Ruth, starring Laura Dern).

May Hubtliz’s favourite movie style be a touch at the place the budding actor hopes to show up subsequent? Presumably. “I really like comedy…Is it bizarre to name your self humorous?,” she asks. “It’s uncharacteristic for me to say that about myself, however we’ll attempt. Are you going to be seeing me doing a half-hour particular anytime quickly? Most likely not.”

For now, she spends her downtime writing for the reason that collection wrapped up filming final November, (after racking up 32 Emmy nominations, no much less). She’s placing collectively “a few concepts for some reveals” and feeling impressed by the scripts coming to her inbox (which she describes as “the very best college and expertise” she’s gotten). And Hublitz is even rewatching earlier seasons of Ozark, one thing she “by no means” does.

“I used to be feeling particularly nostalgic, so I turned on a pair episodes of season two. I used to be going by way of a very, actually laborious time in my private life, and watching it introduced me again to that place,” Hublitz says. “It made me really feel proud for the way far I’ve are available my life—but additionally, it reestablished how proud I’m for the way far Charlotte has come and the character growth,” she says.

“I hope individuals see and might relate to this portrait of maturity that Charlotte’s been by way of through the years,” she provides. “As a result of I really feel that with myself.”

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