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Sofia Hublitz responded to Ruth Wilson’s impression of Charlotte on the show

The final episodes of sofia hublitz Ozark (season four, part two) began streaming on Netflix on Friday. In the first episode of that batch, Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) does a memorable impression of Charlotte Byrde (Sofia Hublitz) while making a phone call and pretending to be her daughter.

“I remember Julia calling me that day when she was at work,” Hublitz recalled. “She was in her trailer. I don’t think I was there but she called me and said, ‘Okay, so you’re going to laugh really hard.’”

“She’s like, ‘It’s not me, Julia, making fun of you, Sofia, but there’s that scene where I have to say, This is Charlotte Byrde. We were laughing about it so much, but it’s not because of you, because it’s funny because it’s Ruth, not me.’”

There was one callback, and it was with Patrick Markey, Chris Mundy, and Jason Bateman in the room. Alexa Fogel and I were there as well. We had me reading for Ruth at the time; she was my first audition. Ruth is also one of our characters. They were all interested in changing Charlotte for the role of Ruth.

After my first audition with Alexa and her office, they asked the other kids who had auditioned for Charlotte or Jonah, ‘What’re your plans for this summer? What’re you doing?’ And my answer at the time was, ‘I’m going to Europe to visit my family that lives there.’ In the callback we did the scenes.We were making small talk after (the five of us)

“Jason didn’t really say much, but then he said, ‘Are you the one going to Europe this summer with your family?’ I said yes and he said, ‘Well, you should cancel those plans.’ So pretty sweet story I think.”

 Ozark’s Sofia Hublitz discusses the challenges of playing Charlotte Byrde, and also of being herself.

The first question posed by Ozark’s Charlotte Byrde, played by newcomer Sofia Hublitz, is a simple one: “Who are your parents?” In the Netflix original series, which recently released the last seven episodes of its fourth and final season after becoming one of the most popular shows in the U.S., viewers learn that Byrde’s parents—Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney), brother Jonah (Skylar Gaertner), and neighbor Ruth (Julia Garner)—are white-collar criminals laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel.

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The show’s first season depicts Charlotte Byrde, who at age 15 is moving from Chicago to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks with her family. Hublitz says that when she was 14, she acted as a character in her own life. “She came to a very adult place in her mind with it,” she says on a phone call with W. Five years later (with breaks in filming due to the Covid-19 pandemic) and Hublitz’s character’s growth mirrors her own coming-of-age experience—money laundering, FBI investigations, and cartels excluded.

“I spent my later adolescent years on a movie set. And when you’re having difficult times in your life, you have to learn not to bring that to work,” the breakout actress explains ahead of the finale’s part-two release. “It’s kind of a strange line to walk with being, in early years of show, 17-18, having a lot going on in my life then, but also having to come to work in front of all these people…There are obviously some parallels of that kind of growing up process. It’s strange feeling like you’re growing up in front of world’s eyes.”

In Ozark’s final season, it’s hard to ignore that Charlotte is staying closely aligned with her mother. She’s transitioned from a resistant participant in her parents’ schemes to a “mini-Wendy, so to speak,” as the actress describes. “She’s transitioning into adulthood, and she’s looking to her mother to guide her on that path. But I think she thinks she’s doing the right thing by working with her mom and dad, trusting them and not questioning their beliefs or their actions.”

Hublitz has taken cues from her own parents, especially in the creative realm. She describes them both as “cinephiles,” with her mom having been an art director “once upon a time,” and her dad a longtime lover of “true cinema.” Her parents being “music heads,” however, didn’t rub off on her as much—though, with the help of her session musician boyfriend, music still “constantly follows” her in life.

“I know it’s a tool used a lot to get into character,” the actress says. “That’s never really worked for me. It’s a little too distracting.” Instead, she’ll opt for one of the couple hundred movies in her personal collection—preferably a dark comedy (the actress recently delved back into the 1996 Alexander Payne-directed Citizen Ruth starring Laura Dern).

Hublitz is putting together a couple of ideas for some shows, and she feels inspired by scripts coming to her inbox. She’s also rewatching previous seasons of Ozark, something she never does. “I was feeling especially nostalgic, so I turned on a couple episodes of season two. I was going through a really hard time in my personal life, and watching it brought me back to that place,” Hublitz says. “It made me feel proud for how far I’ve come in my life—but also, it reestablished how proud I am for how far Charlotte has come and the character development,” she says.

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