Netflix’s gripping, unsettling psychological drama Mindhunter is a show in which two men – FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) – interview dozens of incarcerated serial killers in the 1970s, developing the methodology we now know as criminal profiling. Between the male-dominated Bureau and the (so far) entirely male interview subjects, the show could easily become a testosterone fest.
But it never does, thanks, in part, to its numerous female writers, and in part to Anna Torv’s commanding, nuanced performance as Dr. Wendy Carr. A psychology professor hired to bring scientific legitimacy to Ford and Tench’s nascent work, Wendy’s role is to analyze what serial killers say about themselves and develop insights from there. As was hinted in season one and becomes much clearer in season two, Wendy’s unflappable exterior belies a complex inner life: she is gay, and unable to be publicly out in an era where homosexuality had only recently been removed from the DSM as a mental disorder.
ELLE.com sat down with Torv to discuss Wendy’s experience as a closeted woman in the 1970s, our cultural fascination with Charles Manson, and why it matters that Wendy is not “the heart” of Mindhunter. (more…)
The Australian actress talked about the protective stoicism of her closeted character and why even serial-killer shows shouldn’t hit you over the head.
[This article contains spoilers for Season 2 of “Mindhunter.”]
The Netflix drama “Mindhunter” is about an F.B.I. unit that studies serial killers, but the series is all tell, no show — most of the violence is described rather than depicted.
Another sleight-of-hand is that one of the most compelling characters in the second season, which dropped on Aug. 16, is not one of the killers or agents but the unit’s coolly dispassionate psychologist on loan from academia, Dr. Wendy Carr, as portrayed by the Australian actress Anna Torv.
Torv first came to the attention of American viewers on the Fox series “Fringe” (2008-13), in which she played both the F.B.I. agent Olivia Dunham and her alternate-universe version, referred to as Fauxlivia. At one point they even fought each other, predating Tatiana Maslany’s clone wars on “Orphan Black” by a few years. (more…)
The Aussie actor on her brilliant character, that surprising Fringe reunion, and going on two cross-country road trips with costar Lauren Glazier.
This post contains spoilers about Mindhunter season two.
Anna Torv might play the most elegant true-crime junkie on television. In Mindhunter, David Fincher’s feverishly good series about the FBI agents who began interviewing notorious serial killers in the late 1970s, she plays Dr. Wendy Carr, a dapper psychologist and FBI consultant who analyzes murderers and helps the profiling team understand what motivates them to commit such heinous crimes. But unlike costar Holt McCallany, who plays agent Bill Tench and prepared for the show by writing letters to serial killers David Berkowitz and Ed Kemper, and visiting Manson family member Bobby Beausoleil, Torv doesn’t consider herself a murderino. (more…)
Mindhunter Season 2 has finally arrived after a long 2 year wait! Be sure to check out our updated galleries for new Season 2 promotional photos and press junket interviews with Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv.
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Jake Hamilton wrapped the first Season 2 interview with the Mindhunter cast! He talks Charles Manson, America’s serial killer obsession, and David Fincher characters with Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, and Jonathan Groff! Check back later this week for additional press junket interviews. Mindhunter Season 2 premieres August 16th on Netflix!
The first season of Netflix’s Mindhunter was a big deal for fans of David Fincher, especially the David Fincher who occasionally dips into the world of true crime. Like his 2007 film Zodiac, the TV series–which he helped create, produce, and direct–is a fascinating, cerebral journey into the psyche of those who study serial killers, more than it’s even about the killers themselves. At the center of the story is FBI special agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), who struggles with his own sanity as he kickstarts the bureau’s Behavioral Science Unit, to profile and map the minds of serial killers in the hopes of preventing future crimes.
The first season followed Ford as his mental strength unraveled as he plunged deeper into his work. Now, we have our first full trailer for season two, where it looks like his struggles are far from over–this time complicated by an even more in-depth, upsetting murder case.
One of the more brilliant aspects of Mindhunter is that it weaves true crime into the fictionalized FBI. Here, for instance, we see Ford, his partner Bill Tench (Hoyt McCallany), and psychology professor Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) working on the Atlanta Child Murders, a real-life case that claimed the lives of 28 black Atlanta children and young adults from 1979 to 1981. It appears that Ford is once again a stand-in for John Douglas, a real agent who got in hot water for his participation in the case, and who wrote the book (Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit) that inspired the show.
Elsewhere in the trailer we meet the BSU’s new director, played by Michael Cerveris, which should be exciting for fans of the sci-fi series Fringe. (Cerveris played an Observer on that series opposite Torv’s Olivia Dunham, so this season will serve as a mini-reunion between the two actors.) We also see that Ford is still pressing for an opportunity to interview Charles Manson, which is granted by Cerveris’s character grants him. What help–if any–will Manson provide?
We’ll find out for certain when the second season of Mindhunter lands on Netflix on August 16. Credit: Nerdist