Neffatari “Neff” Davis is a friend of Anna Delvey, also known as Anna Sorokin. Davis has sold the rights to her life story, which inspired a character in the Netflix series directed by Shonda Rhimes Invent Anna. Shortly after selling her story and signing on as a consultant for the show, Davis dug into a luxury buy. Find out what she searched on Google after logging in to Invent Anna.
Neff Davis consulted on “Inventing Anna”
The fictional version of Neff, played by Alexis Floyd in the Netflix series, is every bit as ambitious as the real-life movie director Neff. Armed with this information, Rhimes contacted Davis after acquiring the rights to Jessica Pressler’s article “How an Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Tricked New York’s Party People”.
Davis was hired as a consultant for Invent Anna, a role that helped advance his career as a filmmaker. “I have to go to the set and I have to follow Nzingha [Stewart]who is an amazing black director,” Davis told Okay Player.
Davis also worked closely with the head of research at Shondaland, according to Vulture. “We zoomed in with the whole writers room and Shonda,” Davis said. “I broke down everything from the beginning of my life to where I was.” Davis responded to ‘hundreds of emails’ about her life to bring authenticity to Invent Anna from her favorite color to the way she entered the hotel when she worked there.
Neffatari Davis sought luxury apartments after selling her story for ‘Inventing Anna’
During her interview with Vulture, Davis opened up about what she did immediately after selling her story to Netflix. “I lived, like, in the Harlem neighborhood, and my apartment was 300 square feet,” Davis said. “When Netflix bought my rights to life, I literally Googled ‘luxury apartments in Brooklyn’ because I had always wanted to live in Williamsburg.”
After living in New York for 10 years, Davis longed to live somewhere more luxurious. “I paid my rent for two years and started writing, writing, writing for my own projects and checking out this show,” she added. “It’s amazing the research they’re doing with this show.”
‘Inventing Anna’ has people reaching out to Neff Davis for scripts
As Davis explained to Okay Player, the Netflix series has drawn a lot of attention to her personal life and creative endeavors. “Right now a lot of people have contacted me because they found out about my story,” she said, adding:
“Or ask to see my scripts. But I took a lot of meetings [with] people who want to see my work. I’ve overcome the nervous part of people who don’t like it and I’m ready to show the world.
The filmmaker hopes to decide who she wants to host her film and script by this summer. Additionally, she is also working on a book about her encounter with Delvey.
“I’m…writing a book of fire a**…Rachel style,” she said in a Feb. 22 Instagram post. Delvey recently claimed Rachel DeLoache Williams tried to land a book deal with her in 2018. As of publication, it’s unclear if Davis is working on a book. with Delvey or only from his point of view.
Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for updates on Davis’ projects. Watch all nine episodes of Invent Anna on Netflix.
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