Julia Garner On Her Lifelong Love Affair With Fashion And Her Hopes For The Future
Harper's BAZAAR Singapore|January 2022
Two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Julia Garner lets us in on her approach to her craft, her lifelong love affair with fashion and her hopes for the future as we embark on a new year.
Chloe Brinklow

Actress Julia Garner has a habit of doing many things concurrently. Apart from sitting for magazine covers and apartment hunting, the 27-year-old has just wrapped filming for two Netflix series: The fourth and final season of Ozark and the highly anticipated Shonda Rhimes produced Inventing Anna. In the former, set for release on the 21st of this month, Garner reprises her twice Emmy-winning role as the hot-headed riot Ruth Langmore. (She won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019 and 2020.) In the latter, a true story based on the viral New York Magazine article that is slated to premier on 11 February, she plays Anna Sorokin, the 31-year-old Russian who posed as German heiress Anna Delvey and left a trail of swindled hotels, banks and Manhattan’s wealthy elite in her wake between the years of 2013 and 2017.

To say Garner lends a magnetism to intense, unconventional roles is an understatement. But is it intentional? “I look at scripts and I’m like, this isn’t complex enough. When it’s complex, there’s more stuff to do!” she explains over the phone from New York City. (Our hour-long conversation is intermittently interrupted by the snoring of Biz, the English bulldog she owns with her musician husband Mark Foster, of Foster the People; Garner apologises on Biz’s behalf.)

Filming both roles at the same time during a pandemic, pre-vaccine, and with two complicated accents that are worlds apart—Langmore speaks in a deep Southern American drawl while Sorokin does British English with American musicality and sprinklings of German and Russian inclination—was challenging, Garner admits. “It was a moment in time that I’ll remember forever because it was so difficult. I didn’t even have time to think how crazy it was,” she says. “There’s a part of me that wonders what colour my hair would be if I didn’t get highlights; maybe I’d be grey!”

She credits her Ozark co-star and mentor, veteran actress Laura Linney, for helping her get through the intense dual filming schedules. Linney had shared with her a piece of simple advice that she now lives by: “It’s one bite at a time, take it hour by hour”—a coping mechanism that Linney learned while filming Love Actually and Mystic River at the same time, between two countries, back in the early Noughties.

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