Anya Taylor-Joy has risen in the media spotlight with her work in the Netflix show “Queen’s Gambit.” Indeed, she is a huge star which made her earn success with 62 million Netflix subscribers in its first 28 days (as well as an 87% increase in chess sales). In fact, she is praiseworthy in real life because she is devoted to her profession and she has psychological hardiness.
Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Fla. in 1996 to a Scottish-Argentinian father and Zambian-Spanish-English mother. She lived in Argentina until she was six, after which she moved to England and spent the rest of her formative years there. According to Taylor-Joy in an interview on “Live with Kelly and Ryan”:
I only learned English when I was 8 because I was convinced that if I didn’t speak the language in England that I would have to go home but that didn’t work out, I had no friends, so I needed to learn the language pretty quickly.
She was also a huge fan of the Harry Potter series growing up.
Taylor-Joy was nominated for the Golden Globe Best Actress for her role in “Emma,” and won the Best Actress Golden Globe Award for her role in “The Queen’s Gambit.”
Taylor-Joy possesses a strong commitment to her work. Her strong work ethic tells something of her potential for continuous improvement and eventually a bigger achievement in this industry. She put up with the hardships and showed professionalism on the set while she was going through a tragic event. Her professionalism resulted in certain scenes that were filmed in two days in what was supposed to have taken three days. The director Scott Frank said, “The whole crew applauded when we finished the last match. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Taylor-Joy also has psychological resiliency achieved from a tough childhood. She experienced being bullied in her childhood until 16 when she left school. For example, she was locked in a closet and her peers made fun of her wide eyes. Instead of giving up, she managed to herself to save herself from where it traps her in darkness. What she decided to do was find a place where she would be respected and that was acting. She tried to find ways that might earn her dignity as a human being.
According to Taylor-Joy, “Much the same way as Beth needed chess, I needed acting. I needed to believe in a place where I could be valued and appreciated, and actually have something to contribute rather than constantly feeling like, ‘What is wrong with me, and why do I not fit in?’”