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In addition, the star of the series recounts his meeting with the real Anna Sorokin in prison.

Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series Invent Anna is every bit as engaging, entertaining, and binge-worthy as it sounds. Based on Jessica Pressler’s 2018 viral New York magazine article“How Anna Delvey Fooled New York’s Party People,” the series follows Anna Sorokin, the socialite who took the surname Delvey and managed to swindle Manhattan’s elite as well as fraudulent banks, restaurants and hotels. with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the span of 10 months, convincing everyone that she was a German heiress with a trust fund of $67 million.

At the end of her trial, Delvey was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison. Biting into the role with brilliance and panache is two-time Emmy winner Julia Garner, known for her spectacular performance as Ruth on ozark.

Garner, 28, slips into character effectively and delivers a unique Russian accent and impersonation that will stick with you long after watching the show. There’s a certain charm to Garner’s view of Anna, and while her performance is a testament to her incredible array of acting, the fashion is what she calls “the icing on the cake”. Delvey grew up reading fashion magazines, and Invent Anna we see her expensive taste manifest in shopping trips to Bergdorf Goodman and a wardrobe full of designers.

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The series also features Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky as investigative reporter Vivian Kent; ScandalKatie Lowes as Rachel, Anna’s so-called friend; Laverne Cox as a celebrity trainer; Arian Moayed as Delvey’s lawyer and Anders Holm as Vivian’s husband.

We sat down with Garner ahead of the show’s release today (February 11) to discuss making the role, visiting the real Anna Sorokin in prison and her favorite fashion moments in Invent Anna.

Watching the show, I couldn’t tell if Anna was a hustler or if she really was a genius. She was so good at convincing everyone. Who do you think Anna was when you played her – was she really a genius or just really good at selling it?

I think Anna is also trying to figure out who she is. I don’t think she ever thought she was scamming or pretending. She had just had an idea and she believed in it and she wanted others to believe in her.

I feel like there’s a bit of Anna in all of us – an outsider trying to get by, to find her identity. Towards the end, we sympathize and understand where she comes from. What part of yourself did you see in Anna?

Anna and I are very different. I had to remove myself completely to become Anna Delvey. The only thing I can say that we have in common, other than being young women, is that we are dreamers. As corny as it sounds, I feel like Anna is a big dreamer. I’m always drawn to characters that have a lot of hope. Because if you have hope, or if you have a lot of dreams, you play a character who has big dreams, the intention of everything is going to be bigger, in a way.

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You visited him in prison. What surprised you the most when you met the real Anna Delvey in prison versus the person on the page?

I [didn’t have] any expectation of what she was, how she was going to be. I didn’t expect her to give information because she is a very private person. So what I really wanted to see was her energy, her aura, how she was. I just wanted to have her mind, in a way, and the thing that surprised me, which I didn’t expect, was how bubbly she was and how extremely likeable she was. But it was more than nice. It was as if she had gone from dark to light to light to dark in seconds. And that made it very complex.

She is extremely charming. It really is. I wanted to take that energy that she had and put it into the show. Because she’s doing something wrong or right, you’ll always want to watch her.

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Fashion is such an important part of Invent Anna. How much fun did you have using the outfits and accessories as a tool to express how she feels?

I feel like the wardrobe is so important for an actor. I mean, it’s not necessarily going to make the character, but it definitely brings a character to a whole.

For me, fashion is such a form of escapism, in a way. And I think for Anna, she was always into fashion… It was this little girl who read fashion magazines because it was a form of escape. I think it comforted her in a way. I think that’s why it was important because Anna always seems to be uncomfortable in her own skin. It’s not just about the clothes. It’s deeper than that.

How would you define her fashion sense?

It was very, very, very elegant and classy. I would describe the Anna style as all kinds of different styles. I mean, she’s constantly reinventing herself. I think she’s still trying to figure out what her style is… When I felt Anna the most, I was wearing this Alaïa baby doll dress, with Céline sunglasses. It’s a very Anna Delvey look. It really captures her in a way. But I don’t know, she might go out and dress completely different because she wants to reinvent herself from the show. She is always reinventing herself. So it’s not like she has a specific style.

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How is it different from your own style? How would you describe your sense of style?

Anna likes classic things… I always like things that have a bit of a side… Anything that always appeals to me has to have some kind of bite. In a way, it goes back to my roles, playing these interesting women.

Were you able to keep an outfit from the show?

I did. I have to keep a coat [the Mackage wrap coat]. I mean, there were a lot of things that I couldn’t keep because of the archives, obviously, that’s understandable… But I have to keep my fake teeth… I mean, why would they want that back? Anna Delvey’s false teeth, for me, it’s really interesting.

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