USA Today spoke with Anna Torv about Mindhunter and its parallels with Fringe along with what it’s like being mistaken for Carrie Coon.
Anna Torv is one of the FBI’s most wanted — on TV, anyway.
The Australian actress won fans playing whip-smart agent Olivia Dunham on J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi cult series Fringe, which Fox canceled after five seasons in 2013. Now she’s back as a similarly intuitive psychologist, Dr. Wendy Carr, in Netflix’s Mindhunter(now streaming), who assists detectives Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) in developing the FBI’s system for criminal profiling in the late 1970s.
Torv, 38, chats with USA TODAY about Wendy’s Season 1 arc and her unlikely doppelgänger, Fargo actress Carrie Coon.
“The Mindhunter Album is officially out today digitally! iTunes, Spotify, etc. Physical CD’S will be available on Dec. 15 just in time for the Holidays! I am very proud of it and worked for almost 2 years on it. I set out to build a very unique soundscape, unlike any other. I think I was able to do that. I did not use any sound libraries as many composers do, everything was played by me and the sounds made from scratch. Special thanks to the incredible talents of Davide Rossi who plays violin on two tracks as well and Jonathon Stevens for helping me put this together. Hear so much more than what is on the show! I hope you like it!”
Anna Torv talks about her role in “Mindhunter” with Cameron Williams in the October 23rd issue of The Monthly.
The notion of a serial killer doesn’t exist yet in the new Netflix series Mindhunter. The idea is floated for the first time when an FBI agent (Jonathan Groff) proposes that there may be “sequence killers”.
Set in America in the late 1970s, Mindhunter tells the true story of an understaffed FBI behavioral science unit (Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv) that interviews serial killers and applies the knowledge to help solve ongoing cases. The series is executive produced by filmmaker David Fincher (who directs four episodes) and is adapted from the book Mind Hunter: Inside The FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and John E Douglas.
This was a time when the FBI struggled to comprehend what motivated men such as David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) and Charles Manson. There was resistance to the idea of empathising with killers, and agents spent more time on the gun range than studying psychology. An FBI chief tells the team, “It’s not our job to commiserate with these people. It is our job to electrocute them.”
Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, Panic Room and Gone Girl) is back in the same territory he explored with Zodiac, but this time the ’70s presents a crossroads. The aftershocks from the Kennedy assassinations and Watergate are still being felt. J Edgar Hoover, who built the FBI from scratch according to his strict vision, is recently deceased. And for Mindhunter’s investigators, men with no motive are a terrifying prospect. The bureau must adapt or be outsmarted by evil. There’s a chilling realisation that these killers aren’t the savages they anticipated; they are intelligent, articulate and manipulative. While the bureau stalls, people are dying and the wits of local police officers are being eroded by the horrors they witness.
Enter Wendy Carr, a psychologist loosely based on Dr Ann Wolbert Burgess, a trailblazer in the study of trauma and abuse on victims and perpetrators of crime. Played by Australian actress Anna Torv, she is one of few female characters in a male-dominated show, and her point of view is vital to the series, especially when most of the violence is against women. Think Clarice Starling entering an elevator full of her male peers in Silence of the Lambs.
When I spoke with Torv on the phone from Los Angeles, she was upbeat about her role as one of the small number of female characters with a pulse. “We’re in the late 1970s in the FBI and things are a little different but Wendy goes into a room and she doesn’t care – and I went with that,” Torv says. “You go in and fight your cause, not in an aggressive way but you fight for it.” (more…)
A SAG-AFTRA nominations screening of Mindhunter was held at ArcLight Cinema Hollywood on October 23rd, 2017. Anna Torv, Jonathan Groff, and Holt McCallany spoke with Deadline Senior Editor Dominic Patten in a Q+A panel after the screening. Click HERE to view more photos from this event in our galleries.
Anna Torv and her co-stars talk Mindhunter in a new Variety Magazine article.
“Wendy’s got a very specific function, and it was nice to be able to pop out of that for a little while and see the person in there,” Torv says of her character, who was inspired by Dr. Ann Burgess, a forensic nurse and crime victim expert.
Even without seeing the crimes, there is a lot about “Mindhunter” that stayed with the cast long after they stopped shooting. “Those Kemper scenes were just so bloody brilliant,” says Torv. “I’ve never seen anything like that on television.”
You can read the full article HERE Credit: Variety
Anna Torv is returning to American television this October to star in David Fincher’s “Mindhunter”. Netflix has released the first trailer at a press event Wednesday in Berlin:
You can read the official Netflix synopsis below:
MINDHUNTER features Jonathan Groff (Looking), Holt McCallanay (Sully), Anna Torv (Fringe) and Hannah Gross (Unless). The series is directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network, Zodiac), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?). Fincher, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead) Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club) are Executive Producers.
A new audition tape for Mindhunter reveals an early look
at Anna Torv’s characterization of Wendy.
The clip, posted by Quinlan Corbett to his Vimeo account, features a reading of his test character – presumably a member of the FBI- having an argument with Anna Torv’s character, Boston psychologist: “Wendy” and another unidentified individual. While Torv herself is not featured in the clip of course, the nature of her character has been kept fairly secret up until now and this latest scene provides an interesting look into her role. You can watch the clip below.
XXX: “No, you need to boil it down for me. Something to reassure the public. We took two vicious psychopaths off the streets so they could never do it again. WENDY: “We stopped them before they got started, right. XXX: “Isn’t that your job? WENDY: “Oh! I’m sorry! Here was me thinking my job was to provide complex intelligent analysis. XXX: “If we can’t understand that analysis, it’s of no use to anyone.
Mindhunter is rumored to premiere on Netflix in March of 2017, with Anna Torv, Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany headlining the show. Don’t forget to follow our sister project MindhunterNews on twitter and like us on facebook for up to date info on the series.