Claiming the title of best actor in a drama series at the 2019 SAG Awards would be impressive to most people — but that's not the case with winner Jason Bateman's wife and kids

By Maura Hohman
January 28, 2019 08:51 AM
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Claiming the title of best actor in a drama series at the 2019 SAG Awards would be impressive to most people — but that’s not the case with winner Jason Bateman‘s wife and two daughters.

The 50-year-old star took home the actor for his work in Netflix’s Ozark, and after the show, he described to reporters in the SAG press room how his family keeps him “grounded.”

“They’re not impressed,” the Arrested Development alum began. “They’re used to me working weird hours or not being in town a lot. My wife [Amanda Anka] keeps me really grounded by doing nothing other than just being her.”

He then praised how Anka handles his work schedule.

“She’s got a full-time career herself, and she’s able to be an incredible mom, and she’s also almost a full-time dad too because I’m out of town so much,” Bateman continued. “I’m floored by that. That keeps me grounded. That reminds me that I’ve got a real strong example to kind of live up to what she’s showing.”

The Golden Globe winner added, “That keeps me from taking any of this for granted or just doing it half-assed.”

He concluded by calling Anka and his daughters, 12-year-old Francesca Nora and 6-year-old Maple Sylvie, the “three most important people” in his life.

Jason Bateman
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Bateman echoed this sentiment earlier in the night when he took the podium to accept his award for playing a financial advisor who secretly launders money for a Mexican drug cartel.

“I would like to say specifically though to my wife, my two daughters — Amanda, Franny and Maple — without you, none of it would be enjoyable and it probably wouldn’t be possible,” he said as he started to tear up. “I love you more than I even tell you I do, and I’ll be home for kisses so don’t go to bed. Amanda, pop a mint, I’m going to come give you yours in about 5 minutes.”

Bateman beat out Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us, Joseph Fiennes for The Handmaid’s Tale, John Krasinski for Jack Ryan and Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul.

Ozark costars Jason Bateman and Julia Garner
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The show’s fans have drawn parallels to Breaking Bad, in which the lead character also gets on the wrong side of a drug cartel. And while Bateman considers the comparisons “flattering,” he told Deadline that he hopes they can get out of the AMC show’s shadow.

“You got a fortysomething-year-old white guy who’s got a family and a very domestic situation and he gets himself involved in a criminal situation in order to provide for his family,” said Bateman, 50. “Hopefully, we separate a bit from that show no better no worse.”

The 25th annual SAG Awards, presented live on TBS and TNT from the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles, aired on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. local time.