Invent Anna Creator Shonda Rhimes has explained why some moments shown in the series aren’t true.
Since the drama’s release on Netflix last month, viewers have been wondering exactly where the fact ends and the fiction begins.
Rhimes, who developed the series about con artist Anna Delvey, explained why the series altered the truth in a new interview.
Julia Garner plays Delvey, real name Anna Sorokin, in the series. It tells the true story of the twenty-something socialite, who managed to pass herself off as a wealthy German heiress under an alias in New York.
Sorokin managed to scam her friends and major banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars before being convicted of fraud and robbery.
Rhimes said Inventing Anna: the official podcast that the show features “some things…that are true that we can’t accept as true”, but that “there are things in there that are made up”, which she says “encompasses the essence of who is Anna”.
“It’s all true until it’s not in Anna’s world,” she said.
Rhimes added that having a researcher on the show was “extraordinarily important” so that the writers had a knowledge base to work from to flesh out the script.
“We were telling a story based on facts, so we needed a document to build a long timeline of events, to dig into little things that we weren’t even sure were going to matter,” Rhimes said.
“For this particular show, having someone who read every transcript of the trial, who paid close attention to every detail of Anna’s life, was really, really important, because we wanted to know what we were thinking. We wanted to know what we were doing; we didn’t want to invent things just for fun.
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Rhimes added, “We intentionally wanted to be fictional moments rather than accidentally fictionalizing them.”
Invent Anna is available to stream on Netflix now. Find out which parts are facts and factions here.