Anna Chlumsky, of My Girl fame (and I guess Veep, but she’ll always be Vada to me), played a journalist in the Inventing Anna miniseries about con artist Anna Delvey. A lot of Annas in this story! Anna Chlumsky’s character was vaguely based on the NY Mag journalist who wrote the feature upon which the series was based, but Shondaland took many liberties with the character and also Anna over-acted. Anyway, actress Anna attended a gala and was asked about the series and scammer Anna, and actress Anna had an interesting take. She said scammer Anna is like a modern-day pirate, a modern swashbuckler, if you will.
Anna Chlumsky thinks she knows why people are captivated by scam artist Anna Sorokin.
“We still love to be entertained, and I think we love to be entertained by our own conditions sometimes, you know, and I do think that there’s something to, like, the modern swashbuckler that she is,” the actress, 41, told Page Six exclusively Monday at the American Ballet Theatre’s June Gala.
“I mean, she’s even commandeering large vehicles, you know, just the same way that, like, an Errol Flynn would take over a ship,” she added. “So yeah, I sort of feel like she’s a modern-day kind of pirate, and that’s the character we’re watching.”
Earlier this year, Chlumsky starred in the Netflix miniseries “Inventing Anna,” in which she played a journalist who reported on Sorokin, a Russian-born German con artist and fraudster who was arrested in 2017 for defrauding hundreds of thousands of dollars from banks, hotels and friends under the name Anna Delvey.
Sorokin, now 31, was found guilty in 2019 and sentenced to four to 12 years in prison. She was released on parole in 2021, only to be taken back into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying her visa.
Last month, Page Six exclusively reported that the wannabe socialite was launching her first solo art exhibit, titled “Allegedly.”
“This is a collection of sketches I’ve created while in ICE Orange County detention,” she explained in a statement to us. “I wanted to capture some of the moments of the past years, both never-seen-before and iconic, using the limited tools I have at my disposal. Some of the pieces are straightforward, others are more abstract and will be unique in meaning and appearance to the observer.”
As to whether Sorokin should be deported, Chlumsky is diplomatic.
“That’s really not my business, but, you know, I can’t imagine what’s so bad about going back to Germany,” she told us. “Anyway, that’s the way I think about it.”
I like that Anna Chlumsky just dropped the word swashbuckler into casual gala convo. She’s pretty neutral/diplomatic, but I think swashbuckler sounds more complimentary than she may have intended. A swashbuckler is someone who “engages in daring and romantic adventures with bravado or flamboyance,” which sounds epic. Well, Anna Delvey definitely has bravado and flamboyance and she is certainly daring. Not necessarily a good thing in this case. What Anna Chlumsky says about Germany is a bit shady too. “I can’t imagine what’s so bad about going back [there].” Agree, but Anna Delvey is just desperate for relevance in America. She seems extremely bored in ICE custody, what with her fake law firm announcement and apparently an art show? She’s been sketching in her free time in custody. Seriously, how has she not been deported yet. I guess ICE just prioritizes other countries.
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