Alexis Floyd's character, Neff, is based on the real-life Neffatari Davis, who worked as a concierge at hotel 11 Howard where Sorokin stayed for months prior to her fraudulent parade ending.
During Sorokin's stay at the hotel, the two developed a friendship, with Davis trusting both her word and money. In an interview with Paper, Davis spoke on Sorokin's ability to make anyone believe her, saying, "If you ever visit 11 Howard, there's a space on the second floor and, if you work at the desk, usually tourists just come in and ask how to get to the Statue of Liberty. But then, you have this girl who's draped in Rick Owens, huge Céline glasses, messy hair, European accent, hundreds of dollars of bills on her and she's literally just giving it to me, for my time? It's really none of my business where the money comes from."
As of 2022, Davis is seemingly still close friends with Sorokin, having posted a birthday tribute to the convicted fraudster in January. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is an aspiring filmmaker. In an Instagram post for her own birthday, she wrote, "Last year I did all the politickin'. This year imma focus on the vision."
"Inventing Anna" creator and director Shonda Rhimes responded, "I assume you have a script ready to go?" Judging by this interaction, could Davis and Rhimes potentially work together in the future? I guess time will tell!