Fans of Ozark have watched Charlotte Byrde grow from a bourgeois teenager living her privileged life on the North Shore of Chicago into a ruthless extortion artist living in southern Missouri. Maybe not the best fodder for a college application, but more or less what it takes to stay alive in the Byrde clan.
It’s been a fascinating journey, made all the more convincing by the young actress charged with portraying this troubled teen. Her name is Sofia Hublitz, and you may have seen her on screen before.
The fresh-faced Hublitz was born on June 1, 1999 in Richmond, Virginia. According to a profile in The Last Magazine, she moved to New York City at the age of 7; there, her mother, an art director, introduced her to the industry at a young age.
Hublitz joined Jason Bateman’s southern crime drama when she was only 17 years old, playing Bateman’s daughter. While the role of Charlotte Byrde may have been her big break, it certainly wasn’t Hublitz’s first rodeo.
Hublitz’s first turn in front of a camera came in 2013, when she competed as a contestant on seven episodes of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef Junior TV series. During this run, Hublitz famously became frazzled and broke down in tears after making a mistake in one of her tasks. The typically ill-tempered Ramsay showed his softer side, telling Hublitz not to panic and offering personal assistance to help her rebuild her batter.
The 14-year-old Hublitz did her best, but she was eliminated in that same episode of MasterChef Junior. She clearly caught someone’s eye, because she moved on quickly to scripted television.
Fresh off her MasterChef appearance, Hublitz did a two-episode stint on Louis C.K.’s FX sitcom, Louie, playing Danielle Hoffman in a flashback arc. From there, she was cast on a single episode of C.K.’s Emmy-nominated web series Horace and Pete, and then shipped off to the Ozarks (the fictional Ozarks; the show is largely filmed in Georgia) for her first shot at a series regular role. Keep watching the video to see why Charlotte from Ozark looks so familiar!
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