Cindy Mollo (‘Ozark’ editor): ‘It was fun’ to explore the female characters more in season 2 [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Year one of “Ozark” introduced viewers to Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and his criminal dealings, but year two was “a good season for the female characters,” says editor Cindy Mollo. “It was fun to explore those characters who maybe didn’t get as much time in the first season as we were getting to know Marty and all of his accomplishments.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Mollo above.

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This Netflix series follows Marty, a financial advisor who gets entangled with some shady drug dealers, forcing him to uproot his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks. Laura Linney costars as his wife, Wendy, a political consultant turned housewife, while Julia Garner plays Ruth Langmore, a young member of the local crime family.

Because Bateman himself directs the first two episodes of each season, he’s largely written out of the next two to allow him time to finish post-production. So those third and fourth scripts — both of which Mollo served as editor on — where an opportunity “to give more time to the family, and the character of Ruth Langmore in particular.” There was also a chance to explore “minor characters who, for different reasons, got bigger roles,” such as Ruth’s cousin Wyatt (Charlie Tahan), who discovers a terrible family secret.

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The challenge when it comes to editing scenes with new or recurring cast members, Mollo reveals, is not being “as familiar with the performances they’re capable of.” With veterans like Linney or Bateman, “you have really good, really smart choices in every take.” However, “with the younger actors who haven’t had as many big scenes, you just have to look for it and realize, oh, that’s how he or she is playing this moment. That’s really interesting. Now let me build around that.”

Mollo earned Emmy nominations for her work on the television movie “Dash and Lilly” and for the drama series “Mad Men.” She also competed at the ACE Eddie Awards for “Homicide: Life on the Street” and for “Ozark.” Her credits also include “House of Cards,” “Oz” and “John from Cincinnati.”

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