Garner stars in the project as Anna Delvey – real name Anna Sorokin – convicted fraudster who scammed thousands of dollars from banks and hotels around New York by posting as German heiress.
It’s based on Jessica Pressler’s 2019 New York Magazine article, “How Anna Delvey fooled the New York Party,” rights Shonda Rhimes acquired after a major bidding war.
In a new behind-the-scenes clip released by Netflix, Garner discusses how she started with a German accent, before incorporating Russian elements (Delvey was born in Russia), along with a European-American accent depending on who Sorokin is talking.
“If I didn’t have an accent, I wouldn’t be able to portray many characters,” she said.
“You don’t have to love my character,” she continued. “You can really hate my character. But you must at least want to understand Anna. ”
While Garner met Sorokin to prepare for her performance, an essay written by Sorokin from her cell upstate New York condemned the Netflix show, which premiered on February 11.
In the essay, Sorokin said that she felt “like an afterthought” and that she wasn’t interested in seeing the series “even if I did pull some strings to make it happen”.
“Looks like I won’t watch Invented Anna she wrote in the essay.
“Even if I tried to pull the strings and make it happen, seeing a fictional version of myself in this crazy crime scene sounds appealing to me.”
However, Sorokin said she was “curious” to see how the research and materials she provided helped in explaining her character in the story.
“While I was curious to see how they interpreted all the research and materials provided, I couldn’t help but feel like an afterthought, a murky irony of being confined to a single room. incarcerated in another terrible correctional facility lost midstream, history repeats itself”.
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Sorokin was arrested in 2017 and spent about two years in prison on Rikers Island before being convicted by a jury.
She served two more years at the Albion Correctional Facility in upstate New York until her release last February.
Six weeks later, however, she was re-arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for overstaying her visa.
She wrote in essay that she “hopes that by the time ‘Invented Anna’ comes out, I’ll get on with my life. I imagined the performance as a composite conclusion and closing of a long chapter that had come to an end.”
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