Anya Taylor-Pleasure on The Queen’s Gambit and Robert Eggers’ The Northman

She also reveals what surprised her about working with Scott Frank and her first movie crush.


With author-director Scott Franks The Queen’s Gambit Now that I’m streaming on Netflix, I spoke to him recently Anya Taylor-Joy about making the fantastic limited series.

If you haven’t seen the trailers, The Queen’s Gambit is based on the novel by Watler Tevis and follows Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy), who was left to an orphanage in Kentucky in the late 1950s. There she discovered an extraordinary talent for playing chess, but also became addicted to the sedatives that the state made available as sedatives for the children. After Beth is adopted by Alma Wheatley (Marielle Heller), she seeks to battle both the struggles of her chemical addiction and the misogyny of the male-dominated world of competitive chess. Loaded with great acting, incredible production design, and beautiful cinematography, I loved this series and can only recommend it. The Queen’s Gambit also plays the main role Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and invoice Camp.

During the fun interview, Anya Taylor-Joy talked about why she was so connected to her character, what it was like working with Scott Frank, how the series doesn’t have a typical villain, the challenges of learning the chess moves, and more. She also talked about it Robert Eggers’ The north manon why she loves the band The Kinks, what TV series she would like to guest star on, and why she has a crush on a movie for the first time.

Take a look at what she had to say below, and that’s exactly what we’ve talked about further down the page.

Anya Taylor-Joy:

  • From Edgar Wright: What is your position on The Kinks as a band?

  • Which TV series would she like to guest star on?

  • Which movie did she see the most?

  • What was the last thing she was obsessed with?

  • What was your first movie or TV crush?

  • Has she seen a TV series more than once?

  • She was linked to the character she played in The Queen’s Gambit.

  • Can she leave the character she plays on set or do they come home with her?

  • Your experience with additional shots.

  • How the series doesn’t have a typical bad guy.

  • How the action sequences are the chess games.

  • How she learned the matches.

  • What surprised you about working with Scott Frank?

  • What can she say about Robert Eggers’ The Northman?



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