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Inventing Anna: Real-life journalist Jessica Pressler clarifies what’s truth and what’s fiction

Jessica Pressler, the real-life journalist whose investigation inspired the hit Netflix series Invented Anna, shed light on what’s real and what’s not in the movie.

The series tells the amazing true story of Anna Sorokina social networking site twenty people have successfully impersonated a wealthy German heiress under the name Anna Delvey in New York City.

She successfully scammed friends and major banks hundreds of thousands of dollars before being found guilty of fraud and petty theft.

At his trial in 2019, Sorokin was found guilty of defrauding more than $200,000 (£147,000) from hotels, banks and other organisations. She scammed more money from associates and friends she met under pretense.

Invented Anna explores Sorokin’s rise and fall through Pressler’s perspective, the journalist who wrote an explosive exhibit about Sorokin in New York Magazine went viral in 2018. During the show, Pressler’s name was changed to Vivian and she played by Anna Chlumsky.

In a new interview with The vulturePressler confirmed that – like Vivian in the story – she was “super” pregnant while writing about Sorokin.

The show describes Vivian’s editors as being reluctant to take the story seriously – but Pressler says that’s not entirely true to life. “Obviously those are not our real bosses at New York. Our bosses are the exact opposite. I think show hosts are generally a prop for patriarchal offices.”

Jessica Pressler and Anna Chlumsky as Vivian in ‘Inventing Anna’

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She added: “But this is a thing where fact is woven with fiction. It’s not a no-brainer to make an 8,000-word story about someone who isn’t famous. It could be now. They wanted me to write a Wall Street story. Me too, and I reacted pretty much exactly that way – though not explicitly.

“I had to sell the story, but it definitely wasn’t the way it was on the show. She had to introduce herself in person because you can’t just have people on Slack and email on TV. “

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During the interview, she also discussed how accurate the depiction of Scriberia, where writers were expelled, was. And she talks about whether Vivian’s trip to Germany was real – stressing that she’s “certainly not trying to break into anyone’s house”.

When asked if she’d lend Sorokin clothes to try on in real life, Pressler said: “Yes, but it’s not as bad a situation for me as it is for Vivian. It’s more like a ridiculously ridiculous sequence. I did not report on the trial. I already wrote the story, so I went there just out of curiosity. ”

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Invented Anna Now available on Netflix.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/inventing-anna-jessica-pressler-accurate-b2015120.html Inventing Anna: Real-life journalist Jessica Pressler clarifies what’s truth and what’s fiction

Tom Vazquez

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