The cast of ‘Inventing Anna’ compared to real people
by Netflix Invent Anna tells a version of the Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin Soho Grifter story in limited series form. And while the show makes some narrative and sound choices that are a little…off, one thing it generally does really well is cast good actors in good roles. ozark Star Julia Garner doesn’t normally sound like Sorokin, but she really does turn into the show’s faux heiress – once you get used to that accent, it’s fine. Arian Moayed, better known as HBO’s Stewy Succession, is just as charismatic and awesome as Todd Spodek, Anna’s lawyer, even if he doesn’t quite look like the real guy.
Most actors follow suit. Even if Invent Anna ends up losing you a bit with its questionable character motivations, the sometimes odd framing of events, and the #Girlboss-ification of its lead character, many of the performances are good enough to keep you pressing for the next episode until the end. any end.
And as you can see by looking side-by-side, the show’s casting, wardrobe, and makeup teams have all done a great job, as these characters really end up looking like their real-life counterparts. Below you can see a number of characters in Invent Anna, compared to the actor who embodies them—and where else you might know this actor from before.
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Julia Garner – Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin
ozark Fans know Garner very well, as she played the best character on the show, Ruth Langmore, for the entire series and won two Emmys for her work. She also starred in the underrated drama The wizard and had a smaller role in Netflix Maniacal. Delvey was briefly released from prison in February 2021 before returning the following month due to a visa issue. She has done recent interviews, including one with the New York Times, react to the Invent Anna Release.
Arian Moayed – Todd Spodek
Anyone watching Succession knows Moayed as Stewy, the untrustworthy but super charismatic friend of Kendall Roy (and major shareholder of Waystar/Royco). It also appears in Love life, and has a series, The accidental wolf, which he runs himself. Moayed is fantastic in Invent Anna, especially in the last episode (and it’s great to see him paired with his Succession co-star Caitlin Fitzgerald!). The Man He Plays, Delvey’s Lawyer Todd Spodek, is still a lawyer and lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and children. Moayed and Spodek met while producing the show.
Sameer Usmani – Chase Sikorski (Hunter Lee Soik)
Anna Chlumsky – Vivian Kent (Jessica Pressler)
Anna Chlumsky has always been best known for her role as the child star of My daughter…to his role in Veep as ambitious politician Amy Brookheimer (which earned her six Emmy nominations). The character she embodies Invent Anna, Vivian Kent, is a fictionalized version of journalist Jessica Pressler, who wrote the new York story on which the series is based. She is always with New York.
Laverne Cox – Kacy Duke
Cox is an LGBTQ+ icon and four-time Emmy nominee for her role in Orange is the new black. She also appeared in a key role in Oscar-nominated Emerald Fennell promising young woman, among many other roles. She plays Kacy Duke, a true “celebrity fitness expert”, whose clients include Denzel Washington, Bebe Rexha, Bruce Willis and Dakota Johnson.
Anthony Edwards – Alan Reed (Andy Lance)
Anthony Edwards has made a name for himself on Emergencies, starring in the show’s first eight seasons and earning four Emmy nominations; It is also appeared in films such as Zodiac, revenge of the nerds, and Top Gun. He plays Alan Reed, who is a fictionalized version of the real-life lawyer who worked with Anna Delvey named Andy Lance.
Katie Lowes – Rachel Williams
Lowes is best known for appearing in 124 episodes of Shonda Rhimes’ hit series Scandal, and also appeared in movies like Super 8 and Zootopia. She will next appear in the CBS comedy series Little wood. The real Williams, meanwhile, sold her story to Vanity Fair, as the show shows, and also wrote a book about Anna’s whole situation – and sold the rights to that book to HBO. We’ll see if an adaptation of that ends up being made. Williams also wrote a play for TIME from his experience before Invent Anna exit, and after the show started said vanity lounge in an interview that she disagreed with the show’s message.
Alexis Floyd-Nefftari Davis
Floyd had a recurring role on The fat guy and appeared in Apple TV+ Dickinson, but playing Neff in Invent Anna is certainly his biggest role to date. The real Neff—Nefftari Davis—is currently on Instagram at @filmcolors pursuing a career in film, just as the show said. The real Neff actually shared an Instagram photo with Floyd, and the two really seem to be getting along.
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