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…)
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!
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Cameron Britton, David Fincher, Erik Messerschmidt, Steve Arnold, Jennifer Starzyk, and Laray Mayfield attended the Mindhunter “For Your Consideration” Event at Raleigh Studios on June 1st, 2018. Check out our galleries for the latest photos and videos.
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, and Cameron Britton sat down with Vulture’s Abraham Riesman for a conversation about Mindhunter at the Vulture Festival on May 20th. Vulture has made the full panel available at the link below!
Netflix keeps working on adding addictive series online. Their latest is Mindhunter by David Fincher (Se7en, House of Cards, Gone Girl) which feeds our fascination with serial killers. The series is about the early days of the FBI profiling unit where research was done into the motives and backgrounds of serial killers. Leading roles are two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) and psychology professor Wendy Carr (Anna Torv). We spoke exclusively with the Australian Torv (38) about the new Netflix hit. (more…)
The 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards will announce its TV nominations on January 4th. Winners will be announced on January 27th. Mindhunter will be contending for production awards in the “One Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Series” category.
The Art Directors Guild has released a Mindhunter Design Presentation featuring 38 new production stills from the series. Check out our gallery HERE to view the complete set!