Ozark‘s Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner took the stage at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys awards-season event to talk about how the Netflix show’s identity and characters have evolved by the end of the second season.
“The thing that I love about our show is that there is a core in identity — about who we are, what we believe, how we behave, about our worldview,” Linney said onstage at the Paramount Theater. She adds that from the first season on, Linney’s Wendy and Bateman’s Marty are getting to know about each other in ways they never expected.
“For Wendy, they had a marriage that was solid and functioned well,” she said, “but they didn’t really know each other.”
Adds Bateman: “Crisis reveals a lot about people — we are living that.”
The executive producer, director and star points out that in the most recent season his Marty had a wake-up call about how much of an incredible woman Wendy is. “He’s reached his limit his ability to cope with things,” Bateman says. He refers to Wendy as a “ninja,” and that she is better equipped to deal with the escalations that occurred this season.
Watch the conversation in the video above.
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