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'Ozark' star Julia Garner admits to being hopeless before landing the role

BY VASANTHA

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She admits that some aspects of her job are "dangerous," as she struggles with how much to reveal about herself Julia Garner's life changed when she landed a role in Ozark.

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Vanity Fair's 29th annual Hollywood Issue featured the Inventing Anna star reflecting on life before and after fame. "When I was 21, I had a pretty dry year," said Garner, now 29. "This was before I booked Ozark. It wasn't a great year for me as an actor. I felt a little hopeless. I wasn't getting jobs for a few months."

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It was an acting drought that made Garner question her role in the industry. "I remember thinking, If I'm still in the same place in five years, I don't want to do this," she said, adding that her mindset changed in her 20s. "You're not 16 or 17 anymore. You're not the bright, shiny new toy, and this business relies on shining. They love a shiny new toy. I booked Ozark and I kept pushing because I felt like I still had a lot to do."

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Her role as Ruth in the four-season crime drama garnered her an Emmy and Golden Globe - a far cry from her teen fame. Now that Garner is in the spotlight, she admits to curating how much of herself she shares.

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"I try not to give too much of my personal opinion away, because I feel like that's going to make my job harder. The whole point of my job is for people to relate to me and feel moved and escape," she said. "It's tricky because nowadays, everyone is so out there, and the mystery is disappearing. And when a person doesn't have mystery anymore, you can't get it back."

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Changing one's identity to fit a role is "dangerous," Garner said. Keeping yourself grounded means being surrounded by good influences, not necessarily 'yes people,'" she said. "There are a lot of people who tell you and prove to you that they love you, but you have to look for the genuine ones."

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