Julia Garner plays the fake German heiress in ‘Inventing Anna’


NEW YORK (AP) — Julia Garner admits she felt “intimidated” when she met Anna Sorokin — who posed as a German heiress to New York society named Anna Delvey — and was later convicted of fraud .

Garner portrays Sorokin in the new Shonda Rhimes series for Netflix, Inventing Anna, which debuted last Friday. What surprised Garner at this meeting in prison? Sorokin was friendly.

“I just really wanted to get his energy,” Garner said. “What stood out – which I didn’t expect – was how bubbly she was, how charming she was.”

Garner left with insight into how Sorokin was able to accomplish her plans.

“When I came out of that visit I was like, ‘Wow, that’s why she was so close to getting everything she wanted. And that’s why these powerful people and righteous people in general gravitate around her… It’s put you in conflict. It was very strange.

Inventing Anna is based on a New York magazine article written by Jessica Pressler, the project’s producer. In the series, six-time Emmy-nominated Anna Chlumsky plays a reporter named Vivian who pursues the story. What she ends up writing is Pressler’s article.

Julia Garner in “Inventing Anna”. PHOTOS: NETFLIX VIA AP
Garner and Anna Chlumsky in a prison scene

Laverne Cox, Alexis Floyd and Anthony Edwards portray people in his orbit. Arian Moayed plays Sorokin’s attorney. Katie Lowes is Rachel, who enjoyed the trappings of being friends with someone with a five-star lifestyle.

Rachel was with Sorokin on a trip to Morocco when Sorokin’s credit cards stopped working.

She blames the bank. Rachel, a Vanity Fair employee, used her corporate card as a temporary hold, but ended up being charged $60,000. Later, Rachel wrote a story for Vanity Fair about the experience and published a book called My Friend Anna. Lena Dunham is adapting the Vanity Fair article for HBO.

Garner, a two-time Emmy winner for her work on Ozark, said it was the hardest she’s ever worked on, and the trickiest part was mastering Sorokin’s hard-to-place accent.

“It’s not like one of those things where it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s a Southern accent. Oh, it’s a British accent. Oh, it’s just a German accent… Oh, it’s “It’s just a Russian accent. It’s a hybrid of different accents,” Garner said. “I literally had to have an accent with different accents.”

Chlumsky said her scenes with Garner — her character visiting Anna in prison, where she tries to get her to open up, but Anna just wants to criticize her clothes, comment on her pregnant figure, and ask for expensive underwear and magazines fashion – “looked like the best days of acting class”.

“You just play against each other and are completely engaged in the present moment. It was like, ‘Oh, that’s exactly how we trained.’

Inventing Anna is Rhimes’ second project for Netflix and his fingerprints are noticeable.

The music, look, writing, and pacing will sound familiar to fans of Rhimes’ other shows.

Lowes was a regular on Scandal, along with Jeff Perry, who plays one of Vivian’s co-workers. Lowes played Quinn and Perry was Cyrus. Other cast members have also appeared on Rhimes’ shows.

“There are certain things that get put into the Shondaland sauce on any show,” Lowes said. “We’re talking about complex, complicated women in lead roles. We don’t know who the villain is, who the hero is. There’s the vibe that you can’t digest fast enough. You want to go to the next page.

One person in particular is not interested in the series. The real Sorokin penned an open letter first published by Insider.com stating that she wouldn’t watch, saying “nothing…sounds appealing” about the show.

A year ago, Sorokin was released from prison after serving about two years. She is currently being held by United States (US) Immigration and Customs Enforcement awaiting possible deportation to Germany.

Moayed thinks we’ll keep hearing from Anna no matter what happens next.

“That’s the first part. I think we’re just beginning to understand who she is.

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