Anna Torv of ‘Mindhunter’ on Playing It Cool, if Not Straight

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.

Anna Torv Bets Dr. Wendy Could Have Handled Charles Manson

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.

Jake Hamilton Interviews the Mindhunter Cast

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!

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New MINDHUNTER Season 2 Trailer Promises More Manson and More Murder

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.
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Mindhunter Season 2 First Look

Netflix is now offering an interactive first look at Mindhunter Season 2 — with a catch.

Members of the press have been given access to an interactive gallery of over 200 photos. Each member of the press can access 8 photos from the gallery, which is displayed as a compilation of slides called The Lightbox. Exploration of these photos unlocks a teaser trailer for Season 2, which has yet to be publicly released. Each press outlet is hosting a different set of first look photos, creating a sort of scavenger hunt for those looking to get a glimpse into the new season.

Netflix has asked us to refrain from sharing the entire set of Season 2 photos, but don’t miss these sites for new exclusive photos of Anna Torv as Dr. Wendy Carr:

Broadway World, Collider, ET Canada, Entertainment Weekly, FDB, Filmożercy, Flixist, Metro, naEKRANIE, Paste Magazine, Slashfilm, TV Sorrisi e Canzoni, Świat Seriali, That Shelf, The Wrap, TV Guide, Wprost, Pressview, Serialowa

Season 2 premieres on August 16th, 2019.
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Mindhunter Season 2 Premiere Date Set

Netflix’s Mindhunter will resume… mindhunting?… this August, nearly two years after Season 1 dropped.

During a podcast with The Treatment‘s Elvis Mitchell, Mindhunter executive producer/director David Fincher announced that Season 2 — which will span just eight episodes, two fewer than the freshman run — will premiere on Friday, August 16.

Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany will return as FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, while Anna Torv will reprise her role as Carrie Coon psychology professor Wendy Carr.

Fincher has said that Season 2 will be set during the time of the Atlanta child murders of 1979-81, during which African-American serial killer Wayne Williams was tried, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for killing two adult males. Williams, however, was never tried for any of the child murders, 23 of which he was suspected of being involved with.

Other serial killers to be featured in Season 2 include Charles Manson (played by Justified‘s Damon Herriman) and David Berkowitz aka “Son of Sam.”

Fincher will reportedly direct the Season 2 premiere and finale, with Andrew Dominik and Carl Franklin helming the rest.

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What drives Harriet?

Anna Torv reveals why Harriet is so motivated to expose the latest corruption that lurks within Canberra’s political heart…

“We don’t hear about a lot of what happens, behind those doors [in politics). Harriet is grounded in reality, she isn’t used to what is thrown on her [so] it’s really scary for her and out of the norm. She is a reference point for the audience. That’s what investigative journalists are, they are absolutely true-seekers and it’s not just about getting a story; they’re truthseekers in every aspect of their life. If they hear something that just doesn’t make sense to them they can’t help but question that and then dig a little deeper. I think that is the spirit of true investigative journalism, and of Harriet.”

-Anna Torv

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What lies beneath — Secret City: Under The Eagle star Anna Torv on Australia’s real spy games

Australian political thriller Secret City might be a fictional tale with no shortage of murder, corruption and secret deals, but star Anna Torv doesn’t think the twisted stories in the series are really that far from the truth.

Based on the novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by Nine News political editor Chris Uhlmann and journalist Steve Lewis, Secret City, explores the seedier side of the nation’s capital and the deals that happen in the corridors of Parliament House and the shady dealings of our security services.

In the new season, Secret City: Under the Eagle, Torv stars alongside Jacki Weaver, who plays Attorney-General Catriona Bailey, Danielle Cormack as MP Karen Koutoufides, and Don Hany as Prime Minister Ewan Garrity.

It’s easy to write off all of the intriguing elements in the series as pure fiction, but Torv, 39, who plays maverick reporter Harriet Dunkley in the Foxtel series, isn’t so sure.

“I think it’s incredibly close — I don’t think it’s way out at all,” she tells Watch. “And that’s not me being a conspiracy theorist, I just think we’re inundated with so much stuff now that you don’t have to dig very far to start to see the tangles underneath the surface.”


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