Anna Torv talks Mindhunter and working with David Fincher in the October 10th issue of The West Australian!

Australian actress Anna Torv was so thrilled to be considered for a part in the series that she began to immerse herself in Douglas’ world even before her audition.

“I’d actually read the book before I went into the audition,” the 38-year-old Melbourne native recalls by phone from Los Angeles. “Then when I got the part I really got into it, I think there was a week where I really dug deep … then I just went, you know what, I just don’t want to read about this stuff anymore, so I took a step back.”

Torv portrays psychologist and university professor Wendy, a character loosely based on psychiatric nurse Dr Anne Wolbert Burgess who is seldom mentioned in Douglas’ book.

“My research and reading wasn’t so much character based, I looked at a lot of academic literature of what psychopathy is, how it presents. I think I kind of just took that term kind of like how Wendy does, like is there a way we can identify this, is there a way we can prevent this and help them get out of these situations …is it nature or nurture, all that kind of stuff,” Torv explains.

“(During filming) I had to go back and look at my notes too because we’re in 1979 and you forget how huge the leaps have been since then.”

On working with award-winning director/executive producer Fincher (Gone Girl, House of Cards) on Mindhunter, which also counts Charlize Theron among the executive producing team, Torv says it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“He’s fantastic as a director, I found him incredibly generous and also assured, which is a great thing when you’… taking direction,” she says.

“He is a perfectionist, you can see that in his work. You look at a frame and its always just so perfectly beautiful. Like it’s marred, but on purpose, he just sees everything and then doesn’t stop.”

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