If you adore the Netflix series “Ozark” the way we do, then you know that Julia Garner, who plays Ruth Langmore, is incredible. Julia is a brilliant actress, and she came on the Ozark scene like a firecracker and is still popping. Netflix is currently streaming “Ozark” season 2, and it’s fantastic. Once again, Ruth is front and center and ready for action.
For a bit of backstory, after a deal with a drug cartel goes south, “Ozark” follows financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and his family as they are forced to relocate from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Laura Linney stars as Marty’s wife who gets involved with real estate to help Marty launder money after they move to Missouri. Their paths cross with fan favorite and resident badass Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner), who also gets involved in Marty’s laundering business.
Garner is a standout, and you can’t help but love her. Jason Bateman (also Executive Producer) is so talented as usual. Marty is a force to be reckoned with — but in a quiet and stoic manner.
Julia Garner is an American actress and model and only 23. She has appeared in the films “Martha Marcy May Marlene”(2011), “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”(2012), “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (2014) and has leading roles in “Electrick Children,” “We Are What We Are,” and “Grandma.” Her role as Ruth Langmore, in “Ozark,” is one she has made her own. Ruth is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks living in rural Missouri with dysfunctional extended family members. She’s hugely street smart and wants a better life and will do what it takes. Langmore basically plays all roles to her family members: caretaker, mom, decision maker, and the breadwinner.
Here are our five reasons we love Ruth:
Incredibly Strong- Ruth does not take shit from anyone. Some might describe her as bitter, (especially given her family situation), but in reality, it’s like she has a sixth sense. Ruth is very aware of people, their intentions, and keeps all necessary information to herself. However, Ruth is not afraid to ask questions, take criminal risks and keeps moving.
Wicked Smart– She was the first to give Marty a run for his money (Literally). There is a pivotal scene where Marty knows he is dealing with a smart and savvy young woman who has the potential to be a criminal. It’s not long afterward that they become partners in business.
Ambitious – Ruth will not stop at anything to get what she wants — money, a better opportunity, or even defending her family at times. In season 2 Ruth encourages Wyatt (her cousin) relentlessly to go to college. She knows he’s smart and she says “You are not like the rest of us Langmores.” Unfortunately, Ruth ends up punching the High School counselor when she goes to meet with her on Wyatt’s behalf.
Hilarious– Julia Garner is serious in how she plays Ruth. I do not think that the writers even knew she would become such a scene stealer. Julia delivers her lines with such perfection, and sometimes it’s downright hilarious. Her comebacks alone are sharp and quick. She may not have a filter, but she’s always on point.
Vulnerable – In Season 2, the audience sees a more vulnerable side to Ruth. As the FBI starts to close in on Marty and the Byrde family, Ruth does show more emotion. Besides, her ex-con dad is back home, and that stirs up a lot of angst for her. The audience starts to understand a bit why Ruth is the way she is. Underneath it all, Ruth is a young woman who wants to be loved who has been on her own for most of her young life. She’s still strong throughout and for this, watching Ruth Langmore is priceless.
Ozark (Season 2) is currently streaming on Netflix. If you are into crime and heavy drama, you will love this show.