'Ozark': We Talk with Jason Bateman About His Dark Netflix Drama

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24 August 2018

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By Kellie Freeze

Netflix’s dark thriller Ozark returns on Friday, with new challenges facing the Byrde family (Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz and Skylar Gaertner), who fled from Chicago to Missouri’s Ozark Mountains after a money laundering scheme went awry. Now, in addition to being mixed up with a Mexican drug cartel, the Byrdes are in the sights of a jealous local family who runs a backwoods drug empire.

For the series’ second installment, Bateman reveals that he’s not feeling pressure after the drama’s first season became a sleeper hit.

“There’s a sort of an intoxicating feel of encouragement that you have that people are liking what you’re doing and they’d like to see more and so it’s somewhat comforting I guess in a sense that what we are doing instinctually is being well received,” he says.

“So it’s a nice calming thing to know that you can just work off of instinct and that that is fueling something that people like.”

For his work on Ozark’s first season, Bateman was recognized with two Emmy nominations — for acting and directing — and he shares that the nominations led to “a really, really fun and emotional morning.”

Bateman, who also serves as an executive producer on the series, says, “It’s a nod for everybody on that show because obviously this isn’t tennis. It’s not painting. It is a team effort.”

Bateman will have to wait until the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17 to learn if he’s earned himself — and his series — a statuette or two.
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