Inventing Anna is an American drama miniseries created and produced by Shonda Rhimes. The new Netflix hit is based on a true story of Anna Sorokin, Russian-German convicted fraudster, who pretended to be a wealthy German heiress called Anna Delvey in order to defraud banks, hotels and steal from her wealthy socialite friends.
Anna is played by Julie Garner, who recently got a chance to meet the woman she was portraying while she is serving her prison sentence. In the newest interview, Garner admitted it was intimidating when Anna asked her to show her the way she was playing her, referring to her distinct German- Russian accent. Although Garner perfected the accent, she was “freaking out inside” because she didn’t want real Anna Delvey to get disappointed.
Julie found the solution in mirroring her sentences, which made them both laugh and actually have fun with each other. Julie described this moment as “super meta” – a strange, yet amazing experience which made her feel this encounter would make a great scene in a movie.
“It just got super meta and it was like such an out-of-body experience (…) Yeah, it’s almost like I wish there was a camera there because that almost was like a movie itself in a way.”
Although the two of them obviously hit it off, in her recent essay, Anna revealed that she has no intention of watching the series “as nothing about seeing a fictionalized version of myself in this criminal-insane-asylum setting sounds appealing to me”. Read the full essay here.