The Argentine past of Anya Taylor-Joy, the protagonist of Queen’s Gambit, Netflix miniseries

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Born in Miami 24 years ago, for family reasons she spent part of her childhood in Buenos Aires, where she usually celebrates Christmas. Will it come in this 2020 pandemic?

Anya Taylor-Joy dazzles in Queen’s gambit, the miniseries that just premiered on Netflix, about a chess champion with a dark life. The Argentine public may remember this young man from movies as The Witch (2015) o Fragmented (2016), but what most ignore is that Maybe at some time they crossed her on the street, because Taylor-Joy grew up in Argentina and usually comes to visit.

“My dad is Scottish-Argentine. I was born in Miami, but after two weeks it was already installed here (Buenos Aires). My first years of school and my first friends were local, my mother tongue was Spanish. I still have family here and I always come at Christmas ”, he told Clarion in an interview in 2016, when he came for the second edition of Comic Con Argentina.

At that time, when asked if he would like to film in the country, he answered affirmatively with great enthusiasm: “I would love to! It would also allow me to spend more time with my family, it would be like being able to be at home. The idea of ​​spending more time in Buenos Aires would make me very happy ”.

Anya Taylor-Joy was born in Miami 24 years ago, but lived up to six years in Argentina and even after their family moved to London they kept coming back twice a year to visit their paternal family. She is the youngest of six siblings. Her mother, who worked as a photographer and interior designer, is of English and Spanish descent. His father is a former banker.

The Taylor-Joy family came to Argentina when Anya was a baby. Here he went to elementary school in the exclusive Northlands School bilingual school, and already in London he continued attending private establishments, such as the Hill House School, in Kensington, and the Queen’s Gate School.

His upbringing between two countries, two languages ​​- when he arrived in London he only spoke Spanish – and two different cultures was somewhat traumatic for him. “I could never fit in well anywhere when I was little, occasionally I noticed that I had something different, but I did not know what it could be, “he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

As a girl I wanted to be a dancer, but started working as a model after she was discovered walking her dog on the street, although he only did two photoshoots. In one of them she recited a poem and an agent was in charge of helping her to change course and put the bow to the performance.

After a couple of television appearances in series like Endeavour Y Atlantis, the GTA duo, made up of Djs Julio Mejía and Matt Toth, chose her to star in the video for their song Red Lips. There he realized that he could take advantage of his particular face for a film that was looking for a protagonist: The witch, the Robert Eggers.

After going through the casting, her first major film role was notable: she played Thomasin, the eldest daughter of a settler family in the 17th century in the United States. From the forest near their precarious home, an evil presence stalked the family, and especially her, who was both terrified and attracted by this situation.

He was just 19 years old. “I think that to be an actress I sacrificed having a normal adolescence. But, in essence, I do not regret any of that: this was the life path that I was destined to have,” she reflected these days in an interview with the EFE agency.

The great impact of The witch it opened the doors of Hollywood to him. It was summoned to Fragmentedby M. Night Shyamalan, where he shared the limelight with none other than James McAvoy (and would repeat the role in Glass).

That year, 2016, he was also part of the sci-fi thriller Morgan, cousin of Luke Scott, son of the great Ridley, with the company of Paul Giamatti and Kate Mara.

Among other outstanding works, he starred Marrowbone’s Secret Y Emma, based on the novel by Jane Austen. He also appeared in six episodes of the hit series. Peaky Blinders, in the role of Gina Gray. Soon we will see her as the protagonist of Furiosa, the prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road.

In the six chapters of Queen’s gambit, which is set in the ’50s and’ 60s, is Beth Harmon, a girl chess prodigy with a very hard life.

Daughter of a math genius who at the beginning of the series intentionally crashes her car with her baby inside, Beth spends her childhood in an orphanage: there she discovers chess thanks to a janitor who plays alone in a basement, and also becomes addicted to tranquilizers.

The miniseries is a portrait of the chess underworld and a growth story with a feminist pulse. One of the nuclei is the conflictive relationship between Harmon and his adoptive mother, Alma (Mariele Heller).


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