In February, “Ozark” actor Julia Garner dropped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to discuss the challenges of adopting Anna Delvey’s accent. Calling it “the hardest accent I’ve ever done,” Garner explained, “This is a girl who’s saying that she’s German, but she’s really Russian, so she’s not gonna have a Russian accent. So first I had to do like a European, like a German accent, right, you know? …And then you know I had to add … Russian for certain words. …And then it gets Americanized.” In a behind-the-scenes Netflix clip, Garner also shared how the complex mastery of Delvey’s dialects was crucial for enabling her to get into character. “A big thing for me was the accent. If I didn’t have the accent down, then I wouldn’t have a lot of the character down,” she said.
There was an additional challenge because, as something of a chameleon, the real-life Delvey altered her accent in order to fit in with whoever she happened to be hanging around in the moment. “If [Anna is] around a bunch of Europeans, she’s going to make herself sound more European. But if she’s around her American girlfriends, she’ll try to maybe sound more like an American girl,” she rationalized. In other words, this was not a passive undertaking. The actor — who self-identifies as “a perfectionist” — had to stay on her toes to capture Delvey’s unique brand of speaking, but it was well worth the challenge.