Anya Taylor-Joy explains why she needed acting to feel ‘valued

Samantha David|May 02, 2021

Anya Taylor-Joy: ‘I needed acting. I needed to believe in a place where I could be valued and appreciated’

Anya Taylor-Joy explains why she needed acting to feel ‘valued’

During her Elle interview, Anya Taylor-Joy disclosed she was thinking of quitting acting just before The Queen’s Gambit.

The 25-year-old shared, “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?’”

She continued, “I had been working back-to-back — just before 'Emma,' I'd done two projects at the same time, and I was going through some emotional relationship stuff.”

She added, “So at the beginning of 2019, I was just really broken and frightened of everything, and Mia and I were driving back from rehearsal. I turned to her and said, 'I think I'm going to quit acting. I don't think I can do this.’”

The Split actor stated, “And I've never seen Mia look so worried in my life. She was like, 'But…that's what you do. You can't not…what are you talking about?' I was like, 'I think I need to back out now and just let it be and try to take care of my heart.' And she was like, 'No, that would be really bad. You can't not have the thing that is your oxygen. [sic]’”

Moreover, the actress also told she feels glad that got the guidance.

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