With writer-director Scott Frank’s The Queen’s Gambit now streaming on Netflix, I recently got to speak with 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 abandoned to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s. While there, she discovers an extraordinary talent for the game of chess, but also becomes addicted to the tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. After getting adopted by Alma Wheatley (Marielle Heller), Beth attempts to battle both the struggles of her chemical dependency as well as 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 absolutely recommend checking it out. The Queen’s Gambit also stars Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling and Bill 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 your typical villain, the challenges of learning the chess moves, and more. In addition, she talked about Robert Eggers’ The Northman, why she loves The Kinks, what TV series she’d like to guest star on, her first movie crush, and more.
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