Anya Taylor-Joy on surviving busy work period on ‘Diet Coke, cigarettes and coffee’

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Anya Taylor Joy has revealed she survived her busy work schedule while filming The Queen’s Gambit by existing on “Diet Coke, cigarettes and coffee.”

The 25-year-old model-turned-actor filmed three successful projects back to back in the space of a few months. First, the lead role in Autumn de Wilde’s adaptation of Emma, then psychological horror Last Night in Soho, before switching to her Golden Globe-winning portrayal in The Queen’s Gambit.

The star only took a handful of days off between the three projects.

Speaking about the busy period in Tatler, she said: “I survived on Diet Coke, cigarettes and coffee, and by the end of it, I was like, ‘I need to eat a vegetable.’”

The actor, who had her break in Robert Eggers horror The Witch, said being busy meant she was efficient when it came to her spare time.

 (Jack Waterlot)
(Jack Waterlot)

Ms Taylor-Joy said: “I don’t have time to be a 25-year-old with a hangover. But I’m not someone who needs a drink to dance. Basically I’ve become very efficient at everything. I’m like ‘What do I need out of this situation?

“I need to dance for a couple of hours, see my friends and have a good time’, so I’m like ‘Right, let’s bang it out.’ Then it’s: go home, have a bath, get up for work. I sound mental, but that’s what’s working for me right now.”

The three, high-profile roles meant Ms Taylor-Joy’s profile increased substantially - and she spoke to the magazine about dealing with paparazzi following her.

 (Jack Waterlot)
(Jack Waterlot)

The star said: “There are times when you’re just one person facing off against 20 and that’s just physically not safe. It can be very frightening when there are whole bunches of men with cameras attached to their faces running after you down the street.”

Ms Taylor-Joy said she confronted one photographer to try and convince him she was not his “prey”.

“I went out and I said, ‘Hello, my name is Anya. Let’s lower down the camera and let’s meet.’” she said. “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?’”

The October issue of Tatler is available via digital download and on newsstands on Thursday 2 September.

 (Jack Waterlot)
(Jack Waterlot)

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