13 Thoughts I Had About the First Photos of Julia Garner as Scammer Anna Delvey

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If you’re sick of living in the cursed year 2021, allow me to briefly take you back, back to a time when the term COVID-19 meant nothing to us, when Kourtney and Travis were but a twinkle in each other’s eyes, and when a young scammer by the name of Anna Delvey (real name: Anna Sorokin) was lighting up the internet. Technically, the alleged crimes that Delvey eventually stood trial for took place earlier—roughly between the years of 2013 and 2017—but it was in 2018 that Jessica Pressler’s infamous article for The Cut about her came out, instantly earning Delvey a coveted spot in the annals of scam history.

By the time Delvey was convicted in 2019 on charges of attempted grand larceny, larceny in the second degree, and theft of services, she was well on her way to being captured for posterity in not one but two series, on HBO and Netflix, respectively. The latter project, titled Inventing Anna and helmed by Shonda Rhimes, dropped its first on-set images this week, and naturally I had thoughts. Take a look at the photos, and read all of my ensuing musings below.

  1. The mug shot image of Garner as Delvey above probably hews closest to what we’ve seen of the woman herself, who had a penchant for messy hair and on-the-razor’s-edge-of-basic ensembles that, as my GQ colleague Rachel Tashjian has theorized, probably helped perpetuate the idea that she was wealthy. (After all, what’s more consonant with richesse than looking like you don’t care about your clothes?)

  2. I appreciate what Garner is doing here, eye-wise; her Delvey looks appropriately terrified yet determined to keep it cool and detached.

  3. God, I should rewatch The Assistant. That was a slyly good movie.

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