Anya Taylor-Joy is one of the fastest rising stars in all of Hollywood today. The 24-year-old actress has found herself in an astounding number of notable and lauded productions over the last few years, and it looks like her profile is only going to get even higher as she continues to be a magnetic presence in every project she is in. However, she does not believe that she is “beautiful,” and that comes as a bit of a shock.
Speaking with The Sun, Anya Taylor-Joy said, “I have never and I don’t think I will ever think of myself as beautiful. I don’t think I’m beautiful enough to be in films. It sounds pathetic and my boyfriend warns me people will think I’m an absolute d*** for saying these things, but I just think I’m weird-looking.” In this instance, we are going to have to disagree with her.
Anya Taylor-Joy has remained a captivating presence ever since she burst onto the scene in Robert Eggers’ excellent arthouse horror film The Witch back in 2015. She was a powerful actress at such a young age, and her piercing eyes shot through viewers as if she was looking directly into their souls. It was certain that she would be the breakout star of the film and would go on to even bigger ventures.
That proved true when she landed one of the lead roles in Split, the M. Night Shyamalan film that ended up being a secret sequel to Unbreakable. Once again, Anya Taylor-Joy provided a raw and relatable performance that endeared her to even more fans. She would return for the final installment in the trilogy, Glass.
Probably one of the more notable projects in Anya Taylor-Joy’s filmography is The New Mutants, the seemingly cursed X-Men film that finally got a release this year after many years of being postponed. In the film, the actress plays Illyana Rasputin a.k.a. Magik, and she is unquestionably one of the biggest highlights of the movie. Though The New Mutants does not look to be warmly received by critics and audiences, it’s hopeful that people will still see how great Taylor-Joy is in the movie.
She also has some very exciting projects on the horizon. Anya Taylor-Joy will be starring in Furiosa, the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel that focuses on the character originally played by Charlize Theron. She will also be appearing as one of the lead characters in Last Night in Soho, the upcoming film from writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Suffice to say that plenty of filmmakers want to work with Taylor-Joy, and her alluring qualities almost certainly play a part in that.
Anya Taylor-Joy can currently be seen on the hit Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit chess whiz Beth Harmon. The show has apparently been a massive success for the streaming platform, so it will be interesting to see if Netflix decides to push for any awards consideration with Taylor-Joy’s performance. Regardless, it is pretty clear that a lot of people enjoy watching Anya Taylor-Joy in films and television series. They probably wouldn’t feel as compelled to do so if she wasn’t as beautiful as she is talented.