Inventing Anna’s Julia Garner admits what made role ‘hardest job ever’ ‘Lot of pressure’

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Julia Garner is best known for her breakout performance as Ruth Langmore in Netflix’s hit series Ozark. Shortly after the acclaimed drama returned for the first half of its fourth and final season, the actress is back on screens for the streamer’s new thriller series from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Bridgerton, Inventing Anna.

Ozark star Julia revealed her latest role as fraudster Anna Delvey may have been her most challenging performance yet.

Streaming on Netflix from February 11, the new miniseries tells the story of how a Russian-German con artist swindled millions from banks and hotels in the US.

Julia was eager to take on another complex role for Netflix, but only had three weeks to prepare Anna’s “consistently inconsistent” accent.

“This is probably the hardest job I’ve ever done,” she told ELLE in a new interview.

As reformed small-time criminal Ruth Langmore, the Ozark star perfectly captured the southern drawl heard on the lakes of Missouri.

However, portraying Anna Delvey, real name Anna Sorokin, posed a much greater challenge for the TV A-lister.

She explained: “It’s German, but then she grew up in Russia, so you hear a little bit of the Russian inflexion alongside the German.

“But then the musicality of it is more American. A lot of times, people coming from Europe to live in America, their accents start to shift.”

Julia had to perfect several subtly different voices as Anna’s confidence as a con artist starts to grow and she begins to defraud more unsuspecting targets.

She also begins to meld into alternate personas due to her own self-consciousness around others.

“Anna especially does that anyway, she kind of embodies whoever she’s hanging out with,” Julia continued.

“She’s struggling a lot with her own identity, so you see her pick up on traits from whoever she’s hanging out with.”

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Inventing Anna came to Netflix this month from the mind of Shonda Rhimes, the award-winning producer of Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder and Bridgerton.

Although it landed on the platform with minimal fanfare, it has proved a hit for viewers and drawn even more attention to the emerging actress.

However, preparing for the series proved to be one of the biggest challenges of Julia’s career thus far.

“They cast me kind of late, so I only had three weeks,” she recalled. “It was a lot of pressure, and I had to kind of break it down into stages.”

Julia first had to nail Anna’s native German accent, before moving on to her various other inflexions as her criminal enterprise started to expand.

She admitted: “I’ve done many accents before, and I knew at the outset this was the hardest accent I’m ever going to do in my career. By far. Because her accent is so consistently inconsistent.”

Thankfully, Inventing Anna is a one-and-done miniseries, and hopefully, Julia’s next role will let the actress stick to something closer to her own accent.

Inventing Anna is available to stream on Netflix.

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