The relationship between Anna Delvey and her boyfriend had a significant role in Inventing Anna, Shonda Rhimes' most recent smash hit on Netflix. In the show, Delvey, whose actual name is Anna Sorokin, dated an entrepreneur portrayed in the play by Saamer Usmani.
But who exactly is the gentleman who was able to (temporarily) win the heart of the notorious con-woman? Find out more about the person going by the name “Chase” in the real world.
Who Was the Real Chase in Inventing Anna?
Chase Sikorski, the fictional boyfriend of Anna Delvey in Inventing Anna, is based on the real-life Hunter Lee Soik.
Chase develops an app called Wake in the show, a clout-seeking tech bro. During the show, Chase gives a Ted Talk about how Wake places your dreams in the Cloud.
Soik created an app called Shadow and presented a Ted Talk about the software, which lets you record your dreams into a cloud and communicate with others to compare, contrast, and debate them.
The parallels were not a coincidence. In fact, according to The Cut, the app didn't even make it past the concept phase.
Who is Hunter Lee Soik?
Similarly to Chase, Soik has developed and promoted an app that allows people to “cloud-sourced” their aspirations. As a model and actor, he got a role in a Coca-Cola commercial, according to The New Yorker.
Following the founding of his production firm, he collaborated with brands including Vans and Stella McCartney, as well as Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne tour in 2011. He claims to have come up with the concept for Shadow while on his first vacation following that tour.
According to The New Yorker, “the first week I slept more than I was awake.” The clock said I had only slept two hours, but in reality, I had slept twenty-six. “Because I was only getting four to five hours of sleep every night, I hadn't experienced any nightmares in months.
For fear of returning to the life I'd been leading, I wanted these dreams to be preserved. There was no app that I could find.” There is still no answer.
“Soik lives out of temporarily leased residences in Berlin, San Francisco, New York or Los Angeles—often found via Airbnb—and wears only black,” Fast Company noted in a profile in 2014.
Where Is Anna Delvey's Boyfriend Hunter Lee Soik From?
Soik was born in Korea, according to the New Yorker. Adopted by Sturgeon Bay and raised there until relocating to California at the age of 18 as an adult.
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How Did Hunter Lee Soik and Anna Delvey Meet?
According to an Instagram post by Delvey, she and Soik initially met in 2014 and have been dating ever since. Rumors have it that Soik assisted Delvey in her social ascent.
This whole thing started because of Hunter. “He's a global citizen,” says the narrator. “No one knew what he was doing, but he always advised on how to climb the corporate ladder.”
According to a third person who knows him, “He's a well-known figure in the IT industry.”
Are Anna Delvey and Hunter Lee Soik Still Together?
As of right now, Delvey and Soik are no longer a couple. “For almost two years, they'd been kind of like a team, showing up at spots frequented by the itinerant wealthy, living out of posh hotels, and giving scene-y dinners where the Futurist talked up his app, and Delvey spoke of the exclusive club she intended to open,” The Cut reported of the two.
It was stated that Soik and Delvey parted ways in 2016 after the former moved to the United Arab Emirates, and the latter began her ascent up the social ladder in New York City.
Soik and Delvey's breakup didn't affect anyone, with the consensus being that the couple was “not glamorous, they were simply unpleasant.”
She was obnoxious and nasty to others. She was unfriendly with others. Her attitude endeared her to the people who liked spending time with her.
She had a brief encounter with renowned people, but they were not her pals. She made a lot of phone calls. She was always looking for a favor. She aspired to socialize with the rich and famous.”
Where is Hunter Lee Soik Now?
Enso group in Hong Kong is identified on LinkedIn as the company's founder and executive chairperson, although the company's page is presently inactive.