Anya Taylor-Joy, who’s featured in the movie “Amsterdam” that premiered this past weekend, made a breakthrough as she found her destiny in becoming an actress.
Taylor-Joy had moved around a few times as she grew up. According to thenetline.com, she was born in Miami, Fla., U.S.A. then soon after moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Due to political issues in Argentina Taylor-Joy and her family move to London when she was only 6 years old.
Taylor-Joy told Vanity Fair that she only spoke Spanish when her family moved to the UK and refused to learn English for the first two years of living there. In the same article it shares that the Harry Potter books were a big help in allowing her to learn the language.
I was convinced that if I didn’t speak the language in England, that I would have to go home (Argentina at the time). But that didn’t work out. I had no friends so I needed to learn the language pretty quickly.Anya Taylor-Joy on the Kelly and Ryan Show
Taylor-Joy experienced bullying when she moved to England. Some of it stemmed from her not knowing the language. She told “The Sun” newspaper that she felt really lonely and misunderstood from her peers. She says she often felt too Argentinian in England and too English in Argentina.
Taylor-Joy cried in the bathrooms a lot as others would pick on and bully her while she was in England. She experienced a big shock when she arrived in England because she was used to the greenery and rural areas that it was hard to find her way in a big city.
Taylor-Joy’s first steps into acting
The netline.com says, at the age of 16, a modeling agent scouted Taylor-Joy in London and led her toward her dream of acting. When she made this discovery she wrote a note to her parents explaining why she wanted to follow her dream and drop out of school.
Later, according to the article, Taylor-Joy encouraged her parents to leave and travel as they no longer had any obligation to stay in one place for their kids. Taylor-Joy’s parents have been very supportive of her decision and took her advice and have been able to travel a great deal.
Taylor-Joy has starred in many films and shows since her decision. Her first breakthrough in her acting career was her key role in A24’s film, “The Witch” in 2015.
Taylor-Joy explained to Vanity Fair how she grows through each character and sometimes has found herself feeling lost in her characters. She has had to work through tough times in her personal life while filming at the same time.
In the article, Taylor-Joy also said her life felt like she was in a video game for a few years. She told Vanity Fair that it felt like she had to pass a level each year and filming “Emma” was a hard one due to a hard breakup. During the filming of “Emma,” she got to know all of her characters so well she almost knew them better than herself. She could point out art each one would like but not herself.
Taylor-Joy’s amazing successes
Taylor-Joy has played big parts in many films and shows and has come a long way since that day she was asked to model. A few popular titles she has played in are: “Split,” “Peaky Blinders,” “Barry,” “Thoroughbreds,” “The Queen’s Gambit” and as stated above, “The Witch” and “Emma.”
Taylor-Joy makes such great fits for her roles and does each character justice. Netflix’s limited series “The Queen’s Gambit” is a great hit around the world. According to Deadline, as of November 2020, “The Queen’s Gambit” ranked top 10 in 92 countries and number one in 63 countries.
This week, she’s featured in the movie “Amsterdam” alongside Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Zoe Saldana, Robert DeNiro and others.