‘Inventing Anna’ Details and References You May Have Missed

Anna’s boyfriend Chase seems to have been inspired by a real-life app developer.

Julia Garner and Saamer Usmani on "Inventing Anna."

Julia Garner and Saamer Usmani on “Inventing Anna.”

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On “Inventing Anna,” Anna’s boyfriend is named Chase Sikorski, an up-and-comer in the tech world who’s working on an app called Wake that catalogs dreams. Chase is played on the show by Saamer Usmani. 

The real-life Sorokin’s boyfriend was never mentioned by name in the New York magazine article, however, and was referred to by Pressler only as “a futurist on the TED-Talks circuit who’d been profiled in The New Yorker.”

Many speculate that Sorokin’s real-life boyfriend (and likely the inspiration for Chase on “Inventing Anna”) was an app developer named Hunter Lee Soik, who did, in fact, give a TED talk in 2013, and was profiled by the New Yorker the same year. 

Much like the character Chase, Soik was born in Asia and adopted by a couple in the Midwest, per the New Yorker profile. He also was working on an app that kept track of users’ dreams, called Shadow. 

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