I was “very, very dangerous in my own skin”

Anya Taylor-Joy is one of those once-in-a-lifetime actors. She’s mesmerizing to watch and, at just 24, she already has a long list of impressive credits under her belt.

Best known for her role in The Queen’s Gambit, Taylor-Joy recently opened up about her pre-pandemic experience while filming the Jane Austen period piece Emma.

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The young actress opened up about her struggle to come of age and how she learned to believe in herself and identify with who she really is as a woman.

The award-winning actor’s role in ‘Emma’

Before achieving stardom, the young actor landed the title role in Autumn de Wilde Emma. She had only appeared in a few films at that time and was nervous about convincing audiences of her acting abilities on the big screen.

The acclaimed director fell in love with Taylor-Joy, referring to her as his muse. He explained, “She would take all the pieces we gave her — and just f——nail.”

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Taylor-Joy discussed the shooting Emma as an “idyllic experience”. However, she explained that it was also “one of the most difficult times of her life”.

Surviving a devastating breakup

Before shooting Emma, Taylor-Joy went through a “devastating breakup” that challenged everything she knew about herself. The accomplished actor confessed to Vanity Fair, “I was just incredibly insecure and very, very dangerous in my own skin.”

Taylor-Joy described her tireless work, playing one character after another. She said she never took the time to find herself.

While the Purebred The actor never revealed details of the breakup, Elite Daily reported that she was suspected of dating Irish actor Eoin Macken. In 2017, engagement rumors swirled when she was spotted carrying a “big rock on this finger.” In 2019, the relationship seemed to be over.

Exceed the levels of a video game

Taylor-Joy described the last years of her life to Vanity Fair as a video game, saying, “Every year has been a different level of video game.” The Queen’s Bet The star explained that with each new level, she asks, “What are the rules? How can I interact with my space? »

the Peaky Blinders The star revealed that before the pandemic quarantined everyone, she would go to an art gallery and look at paintings she knew her characters would love. She explained, “I had no idea what I would choose for myself.”

When asked if she was in therapy, the 25-year-old actor replied, “I haven’t been in therapy for the past four years, but you’re talking to someone who spends a lot of time dissecting his thoughts.” She revealed, “I’m at a point where it’s like, ‘Okay, you know how you deal with this, you just gotta sit with this and figure it out until it makes sense.'”

Taylor-Joy explained that she finally feels like she knows what she likes. She spent most of 2019 “being a woman, basically,” and now feels more comfortable in her own skin. She said that for the first time, “I know what I like. I know what I like, as a person!

What’s next for Taylor-Joy?

The critically acclaimed actor has several exciting projects on the horizon. She’ll be voicing the main character Princess Peach in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. : the film scheduled for Christmas 2022.

According to IMDb, Taylor-Joy will appear in The Nordic, with Ethan Hawke and Nicole Kidman. She will also play the lead role in furious, a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road where she will play a younger version of Charlize Theron’s character.

With several other projects in the works, fans of the Last night in Soho the actor is most excited about an untitled David O. Russell project. The star-studded cast includes Robert De Niro, Margot Robbie, Taylor Swift, Mike Myers, Rami Malek, and more. According to Collider, the Oscar nominee will premiere in theaters on November 4, 2022.

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