7 Captivating Details You Need To Know About Anya Taylor-Joy

The Queen’s Gambit star gained recognition for her latest Netflix series narrating the story of a chess player but surely you would like to know more about the actress

By Ingrid Mateos

- April 18 , 2021 - 17:31 hs
Anya Taylor-Joy

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Multi-Cultural background


You might already know that Anya Taylor-Joy was born in Miami but do you know about her roots? Soon after she was born her family moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her Argentinian heritage makes Taylor-Joy the first Latina to ever win the Golden Globe for best actress in her category. Later when she was six years old, her family then moved to London so the actress has British citizenship in addition to her Argentinian and American ones. Due to this, people can't decide which nationality they have to use so she is often addressed as an American-Argentine-British actress.

She learned to speak English magically


Her mother is African-Spanish-English and her father is Scottish-Argentinian so in her home, all of them spoke Spanish but when moving to London she Anya abhorred the idea so much that refused to speak English. After some time, like it or not she started learning some words but was not really fluent until one day an uncle encouraged her to read the Harry Potter Series. (Working with Harry Melling who played Dudley Dursley in the movies might be a dream come true for her)

Literally, she was watched by millions and millions of people


Her role as Beth Harmon in the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit was so acclaimed that Taylor-Joy was watched by a record-breaking 62 million household viewers during the first 28 days of the series’ release, making it the most-watched scripted limited series on Netflix. In her Golden Globes speech, Taylor-Joy reiterated that she would do the project again and again because she learned so much “I’m so grateful, and thank you to the audiences who have watched it, supported the characters – it meant the world.”


Her First Professional Audition Was to Play a Young Angelina Jolie


Incredible, right? The movie in question was the famously known Disney movie Maleficent where Angelina Jolie is the protagonist. About this, Anya Taylor-Joy declared that “I am the biggest Disney fan ever… And I thought, ‘Angelina Jolie? Me?’ My mom came with me and it was in London. When I found out I didn’t get it, I cried and cried and cried. And that was the last time that I ever cried over an audition.” She then addresses that this rejection was important for her development. “And if it’s not meant for you, no matter how hard you try, you just have to let it go.”

Her first remarkable performance was in a Horror movie

...and if you have not seen it, go watch it because it is superb. Anya's first serious role was as Thomasin in the horror film The Witch directed by Robert Eggers, In an interview for Crash, the actress revealed she really had no clue about what she was doing but “…one day I realized it was Thomasin I was missing. I missed spending time with her and taking care of her. That instantly changed the way that I would react to any other character in the future.”

Anya Taylor-Joy wants to work with this Mexican director


Being the Spanish language the one she is more comfortable with when talking, she is waiting for the perfect role in her mother tongue. And the one she is waiting for to work is no other than the acclaimed Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.  “I feel his relationship with the supernatural is very much like mine. He understands my brain and my heart very well. So I would love to work with him.”

She thought she was being kidnapped


And who wouldn't? When she was 17 years old she was walking with her dog when a car started following her. “My family and I often watch crime-themed films. And at that time I was very scared because there was a car following me. Suddenly I turned into an unfamiliar road and realized that the car was still following. After that, I ran fast, and a woman from the car asked me to stop and give her her card,“ she said. The modeling agency team was Sarah Doukas, who then asked Anya to come to their office with her parents and do a casting.

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