Anya Taylor-Joy reveals she was 'devastated' after seeing The Witch

Anya Taylor-Joy reveals she was ‘devastated’ after seeing her breakthrough movie The Witch for the first time… and she almost quit acting

Actress Anya Taylor-Joy burst onto the scene more than six years after after her feature film debut The Witch premiered at Sundance in 2015, though the actress thought she would never work again.

The 25-year-old actress earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Thomasin in writer-director Robert Eggers’ film, which launched her acting career after getting her start as a model.

The Queen’s Gambit star opened up on the early days of her career in a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she was so ‘devastated’ after seeing The Witch she thought her acting career was over.

Scared: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy burst onto the scene more than six years after after her feature film debut The Witch premiered at Sundance in 2015, though the actress thought she would never work again

Thomasin: The 25-year-old actress earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Thomasin in writer-director Robert Eggers’ film, which launched her acting career after getting her start as a model

‘Rob showed us the film maybe two hours before the audience screening, and I was devastated,’ she began.

‘I thought I’d never work again, I still get shivers thinking about it. It was just the worst feeling of, “I have let down the people I love most in the world. I didn’t do it right,”‘ she added.

‘And I’m quite verbose, I like to talk, I like to communicate. I did not talk, I just cried. I couldn’t handle seeing my face that large,’ she continued.

Devastated: ‘Rob showed us the film maybe two hours before the audience screening, and I was devastated,’ she began

Fortunately for Taylor-Joy, her instincts about her performance were quite wrong, leading to her playing the title character in 2016’s Morgan and Casey Cooke in Split, a role she reprised in 2019’s Glass.

She was also working regularly on the small screen with roles in Peaky Blinders and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, but she also revealed that, around that time, she was contemplating quitting acting.

‘What it was about is it took me a second to realize that the people around me weren’t working the way that I was working. I thought everybody finished a job, got on a plane, and started the next job. And I am incredibly grateful that that’s the way that I learned how to work. But these are pivotal years in my development as a person, and I had put all of my energy into fleshing out other people, and I suddenly got to a point where I had no idea who I was, trying to hold on to relationships, and trying to build a home without having any kind of root or tether, because I hadn’t figured out that I had to be that for myself,’ she said.

Instincts: Fortunately for Taylor-Joy, her instincts about her performance were quite wrong, leading to her playing the title character in 2016’s Morgan and Casey Cooke in Split, a role she reprised in 2019’s Glass

The actress added that she literally worked for a year straight while filming Emma, The Queen’s Gambit and her upcoming movie Last Night in Soho.

‘I literally worked for a year. I had, collectively, a week off that entire year; it was crazy, and I was already starting off at an emotional space where I was like, “Oh, I don’t know if I can do this,”‘ she added.

‘But it’s the year that has most changed me. I just fell in love with my job again. I was just tapped out, and I’d forgotten that the job feeds me. I felt like I’d been feeding it for a little while, if that makes sense,’ she stated.

Year straight: The actress added that she literally worked for a year straight while filming Emma, The Queen’s Gambit and her upcoming movie Last Night in Soho

She also opened up about her first ever audition, to play the younger version of Angelina Jolie’s title character in 2014’s Maleficent.

‘My first audition was to play the young Angelina Jolie in Maleficent. Oh, I wanted it so badly. It was Disney and I love Angelina. I look nothing like her, so I was never going to get it, but I was naive and I thought, “Miracles happen,”‘ she said.

‘But yeah, not long after I got asked to audition for The Witch, so I went in and taped, but just never thought I would get it, because the character Thomasin was described as plain. And I just thought, “Okay, there’s a lot of things that I can do, but I can’t really change my face that much,’ she continued.

First audition: She also opened up about her first ever audition, to play the younger version of Angelina Jolie’s title character in 2014’s Maleficent

Miracle: ‘My first audition was to play the young Angelina Jolie in Maleficent. Oh, I wanted it so badly. It was Disney and I love Angelina. I look nothing like her, so I was never going to get it, but I was naive and I thought, “Miracles happen,”‘ she said

Witch: ‘But yeah, not long after I got asked to audition for The Witch, so I went in and taped, but just never thought I would get it, because the character Thomasin was described as plain. And I just thought, “Okay, there’s a lot of things that I can do, but I can’t really change my face that much,’ she continued

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