Friday, July 19, 2024

Julia Garner May Play Madonna One Day, In the Meantime She’s Busy Turning Down Offers


“Ozark” star Julia Garner may indeed play Madonna one day if the matronly Material Girl ever gets a decent screenplay together and finds a director other than herself. (I’m not sure it’s a good idea, but there it is.)

Garner has garnered a raft of awards for playing the hell out Ruth Langmore on “Ozark” and Anna Delvey in “Inventing Anna.” She is a startling presence in whatever she does, a pistol, as they used to say. (The first role I saw her in was Lily Tomlin’s spitfire granddaughter in a terrific film called “Grandma.”

So I was thrilled to meet her at the Critics Choice Awards. She’s a petite blonde who sounds nothing at all like hillbilly Ruth or Eurotrash Anna. I was delighted to learn that she’s a nice Jewish girl from the Bronx. She told me: “If you’re blonde and from the Bronx, you’re either Jewish or Irish!”

So what’s she going to do next? The Madonna thing is sort of out there in the mist. Meantime she says, “Im ‘just turning everything down.” She’s got to choose the right material after two such celebrated roles.

And “Ozark” fans, two important things: Garner’s favorite character on the show was Darlene, played also with effortless grit by Lisa Emery. Julia told me: “I was very sorry when they killed her off.” Also, Garner has still never been to Lake of the Ozarks despite seeming like she was born there. She has no immediate plans to visit, either. She’s a Bronx girl, after all!

additional reporting by Leah Sydney

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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