The actor spoke to Tatler ahead of the release of Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho.
Her conversation with writer Martha Hayes touched on the effects of fame. Taylor-Joy became a household name after starring in a variety of productions, notably the film Emma and the TV series The Queen’s Gambit. She won a Golden Globe for the latter and is nominated for an Emmy.
“Most people are sweet and kind and just want to have a conversation, and I love that,” she told the publication.
When asked about the rest of the encounters, she added: “Well, there are other times when you’re just one person facing off against 20 and that’s just physically not safe.”
Taylor-Joy recounted a particularly upsetting incident when she was in New York City to host Saturday Night Live. Her episode aired in May.
“I went home and cried, but then I figured it out,” she told the magazine.
“The next morning I went out and I said, ‘Hello, my name is Anya. Let’s lower down the camera and let’s meet.’ I am not prey. I don’t want to run. I’d rather be like, ‘I understand this is your job and I hope that you can understand that I am a woman of a certain size and I feel intimidated right now, so can we make it work so you can do your job and I can feel less frightened?’”
Last Night in Soho is scheduled for release on 29 October 2021 in the UK and in the US.