Julia Garner was born in Harlem, New York City and grew up in the affluent southern part of the state. She has been called “the queen of Broadway” and “the best actress you have never seen”. She has also had a prolific career in movies and theater. She played the lead role in the musical Hair. She went on to play the same role in the movie version of A Christmas Carol, as well as in the film adaptation of King of the Hill.
Julia is best known for her starring role as Ruth Langmore in the Netflix television crime drama series Ozark. The show chronicles the rise and fall of a small town girl who is diagnosed with AIDS. It was originally created by Robert Hunter and was initially set up as a miniseries for ABC. After the success of the miniseries, the show was made into a Netflix original and has been gaining popularity ever since.
During her time playing the starring role in Ozark, Julia has also landed some supporting roles in films including the award winning drama The Girl With One Ball and also did voice work for a number of animated films and children’s shows. Her first acting role was in the acclaimed film Edward Scissorhands, in which she plays the young woman who was discovered possessed by an ancient demon. It was a very successful film, and Julia later went on to star in the horror movie The Exorcist.
Now that Julia has wrapped up the final episodes of the second season of Ozark, she will be up for an award at the 2021 Emmy Awards. If Julia is nominated for Outstanding Directing, Writing and Production for a Series, Julia will be joining an impressive list of women including Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, Kathleen Turner, Christopher Reeve, Drew Barrymore, Anna Kournikova, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Anna Camp, Gwen Stefani, Amy Waterman, and Kate Hudson who have all previously been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series or Drama Series for The Grammys. It will be interesting to see which shows Julia will be seen on though.
Regardless, Julia will be in good company at the Emmy Awards. There are a lot of great comedians up for consideration for the prestigious award including Tiffany Haddish and Don Cheadle. I would expect to see Julia’s name on this list soon as well. One interesting tidbit about Julia is that she is not really sure what she wants to do for a career when she gets older. Right now she is focused on just being a real life person with a real happy family, however according to The Independent, Julia intends on trying to take the world of stand up comedy by storm by following her three-year stint as a featured performer on the hit webseries Pitch Perfect.
If all of this sounds eerily similar to the experiences I’ve had when watching Julia on Pitch Perfect, it’s because it is. When Julia was a featured performer on the show, she was often referred to as a “funny little voice” by the director. This is a nice compliment for someone who isn’t necessarily known for their acting abilities, but it helps Julia maintain her popularity among audiences that aren’t familiar with her work outside of the television realm. If Julia continues to branch out into more dramatic roles then she may find herself being cast as a lead singer or lead actress someday. Her ability to play various characters, switch back and forth between different roles, and her ability to write both comedy and drama make her an exciting talent to keep an eye on in the future.