Inventing Anna is the latest Netflix series to hook us to our television screens.
The binge-worthy new series tells the story of Anna Sorokin, also known as Anna Delvey, who defrauded New York’s elite by posing as a German heiress.
She posed as an heiress from Europe with a $60m (£44m) trust fund and lived a life of luxury thanks to her fake personality.
However, Anna’s quest for luxury has gone to great lengths, as she has scammed over $200,000 (£147,000) from banks and luxury hotels, and even scammed a ‘friend’ of $62,000 (£45,000).
Inventing Anna is based on real events, but comes with a disclaimer that reads: “This entire story is entirely true. Except for all parts which are totally made up”, this which appears to be a nod to Anna Delvey’s original Chain of Lies, as well as fictionalising some elements of the show.
Here we take a look at which parts of Inventing Anna are fictional and which are fact…
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The real Anna Delvey was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison, just like in the Netflix adaptation.
The show also accurately reflects her charges, she was found guilty of grand larceny and theft of services.
Anna was released from prison on February 11, 2021, which is shown at the end of Inventing Anna.
In the Netflix show, actress Anna Chlumsky plays Vivian Kent, a character based on journalist Jessica Pressler.
Although Vivian Kent is an entirely made-up name, the character accurately tells Jessica’s story.
Jessica originally wrote a story for New York Magazine’s website The Cut, titled How Anna Delvey Fooled New York’s Partygoers, which saw the story of the fake heiress catch the attention of millions, including Netflix producers!
Much of Vivian’s story reflects true aspects of Jessica’s life, including the fact that she was pregnant when she worked on the original article, and that she went to visit Anna in Jail at Rikers Island.
Jessica also spoke about the character, and she told Vulture, “It wasn’t something I wanted, but I understand why they wanted to do it.”
However, she said her bosses at New York Magazine were the complete “opposite” of Vivian’s fictional bosses.
In Inventing Anna, we see Anna spending a lot of time with her boyfriend, Chase Sikorski, played by Saamer Usmani.
While Anna had a boyfriend, the character Chase as well as her app Wake both appear to be fictional.
In Jessica Pressler’s original article, she mentioned a boyfriend, but he was not named.
Rachel DeLoache Williams
In the Netflix show, Nicole Rivelli plays Anna’s friend, Rachel DeLoache Williams.
Rachel is real, and she claims she had to pay a $62,000 (£45,000) bill after the pair took a trip to Morocco together – which is true.
Anna was eventually found not guilty of stealing from Rachel, which is shown in the series.
In Inventing Anna, we watch Rachel write a book about her experiences, which is also true as she first published her story in Vanity Fair in 2018, before publishing a book, My Friend Anna.
Rachel’s actual involvement with the FBI to help arrest Anna is also true, and parts of her original court testimony were also said to have been used on the show.
While Netflix’s portrayal of Rachel seems to mirror the reality of her friendship with Anna, she has criticized the streaming giant for the show.
Speaking to Vanity Fair’s newsletter, Rachel said: “This show is playing on a fine line – peddling it as a true story, but also [in the title sequence disclaimer] saying “except all parts that are not”.
“When is a half-truth more dangerous than a lie?
Other fun facts
The majority of Inventing Anna reflects reality, including many characters that are or are based on real people.
Celebrity trainer Kacy Duke was friends with Anna and traveled to Morocco with her, while attorney Todd Spodeck represented Anna in court.
Anna’s financial attorney, Alan Reed, also appears to be based on her real-life attorney, Andy Lance.
The fake heiress worked at the Anna Delvey Foundation and she flew to Warren Buffet’s conference in Omaha by private jet.
Other fictional aspects
Comparing the series to the original New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler, it becomes apparent that there are a handful of events that are fictionalized.
When Anna travels to Morocco with her pals, the series shows coach Kacy Duke returning home sick, which is true. Anna then claims to have been assaulted and asks Kacy to pay the bill for her return flight, which is not shown in the Netflix series.
In the series, Vivian, the character based on Jessica Pressler, flies to Germany in hopes of finding Anna’s parents and breaks into their house.
However, Jessica has since confirmed that even though she went to Germany, she certainly did not break into anyone’s house while there.
Inventing Anna is available to stream now on Netflix.
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