Viewers of the crime drama, 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.,
know that very question would unfurl a seemingly never-ending answer: her white-collar parents were “laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel. I shit you not,” as her mother so eloquently divulges.
The line immediately hints at Charlotte’s grounded, mature nature as she accepts her fate of moving from Chicago to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks—high school ego and tinglings of a young woman in tow.
First airing in 2017, the debut season of Ozark sets the eldest Byrde sibling at the tender age of 15—with Hublitz herself just a few years older in real life.
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.