Anya Taylor-Joy Opens Up About Handling a Frightening Paparazzi Experience: ‘I Am Not Prey’

Anya Taylor-Joy reflects on her experience with paparazzi  and how frightening it is for her but also reveals how she has handled them

By Ingrid Mateos

- August 28 , 2021 - 10:57 hs
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Anya Taylor-Joy (Instagram)

We are not celebs, but we have seen how terrifying the paparazzi can be when a star is near. They follow, chase, and are closer than anyone when talking about breaking some boundaries. (Just see what happened to Princess Diana) Now, try to imagine that kind of scrutiny when you are just a young actor or actress that is new in the scene...not col, right?

Well, that is exactly what happened to Anya Taylor-Joy. The actress has appeared in films like The Witch, Split, and Glass, however, her performance reached the highest place as a star with the Netflix series 'The Gambit's Queen.' Everyone watched the show (if you have not, we urge you,) everyone wanted to learn how to play chess, her fanbase grew and everyone on the internet wanted to know more about her, so the next course of action was that paparazzi followed her around, but not in a cool way.


In a recent interview with Tatler, Anya Taylor-Joy revealed that the attention of the media is really overwhelming for her and even frightening. "Most people are sweet and kind and just want to have a conversation, and I love that," she said about the paparazzi. "There are other times when you're just one person facing off against 20 and that's just physically not safe. It can be very frightening when there are whole bunches of men with cameras attached to their faces running after you down the street."

The actress even described that earlier this year, the night she hosted Saturday Night Live, a bunch of paps assaulted her but in the end, she saw the light at the end of the tunnel. "I went home and cried, but then I figured it out. The next morning I went out and I said, 'Hello, my name is Anya. Let's lower down the camera and let's meet,' she recalled. "I am not prey. I don't want to run. I'd rather be like, 'I understand this is your job and I hope that you can understand that I am a woman of a certain size and I feel intimidated right now, so can we make it work so you can do your job and I can feel less frightened?'" 

Anna Taylor-Joy has won both a SAG Award and Golden Globe attending the ceremonies online. However, she is also nominated for the upcoming Emmy Awards as an outstanding actress in a limited series or a movie category. About this, Anna declares that, just like the situation with the paparazzi, she is quite frightened but excited at the same time. "I haven't done an awards show really ever," she said. "I'm looking forward to it, but also semi-terrified because my whole awards run this year [until now] has been in front of a computer. Then I mute myself and run around my bedroom and be a psycho, essentially."

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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