'Queen's Gambit' Star Anya Taylor Joy Says She's Not Beautiful Enough To Be In Films

‘queen’s gambit’ star anya taylor joy says she’s not beautiful enough to be in films

The star of Queen's Gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy, claims she doesn't believe she's 'beautiful enough' to be a film star.

Despite securing lead roles in films like The Witch, Glass and Emma, the 24-year-old actress says she doesn't think she meets Hollywood's beauty standards for the big screen.


In an interview with The Sun, 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.

She continued:

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.

I won't go to the cinema to watch my own film. I'll watch it before.


The beauty of being in your own skin is that you don't have to look at your own face.

'queen's gambit' star anya taylor joy says she's not beautiful enough to be in films

The actress also admitted that she doubted herself when she took on the titular role in the adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma.

She explained about her feelings at the time:

I genuinely had a panic attack on Emma.

I thought, "I am the first ugly Emma. And I can't do this", because the first line in the movie is, "I'm handsome, clever and rich".


After Queen's Gambit debuted, fans appear to have nothing but love for Taylor-Joy.

Fans even filled social media feeds with virtual applause for the actress, describing her performance as 'phenomenal' and 'enchanting.'

'queen's gambit' star anya taylor joy says she's not beautiful enough to be in films

In her interview with The Sun, Taylor-Joy also revealed how she convinced the Queen's Gambit producer that she should play its titular character.

She explained:

It was pretty instantaneous.

I read the book in about an hour and a half. And I've never run to or from a meeting before. I don't run. I don't exercise that way. But I ran to meet him.

I felt like I could really understand that sense of loneliness and just trying so desperately to make sense of a world that didn't come naturally to Beth and that dependency on chess.


Taylor-Joy continued:

She comes from a background where every person she has ever met has let her down in some way or ­abandoned her.

She doesn't trust people, and so she's desperately trying to find a place to fit in.

As a kid, I certainly had elements of that, so I was obsessed with her pretty immediately.

Other Taylor-Joy's acting credits include M. Night Shyamalan's blockbusters Split and Glass, and BBC's Peaky Blinder and The Miniaturist.

'queen's gambit' star anya taylor joy says she's not beautiful enough to be in films

Her upcoming film projects include Edgar Wright's thriller Last Night In Soho.

In the film, she plays a young woman passionate about fashion design, who mysteriously enters the 60's where she meets her idol.

Taylor-Joy will also star in a film adaptation of Francesca Lia Block's novel Weetzie Bat.

In addition, she'll be starring in Kristin Scott Thomas's romantic drama The Sea Change and Robert Eggers' Viking revenge saga The Northman.