Anya Taylor-Joy Recalls Being Bullied for Her Looks

Anya Taylor-Joy is grateful for her parents’ support.


At the time of viewing it The Drew Barrymore show this week, The Menu The actress, 26, told host Drew Barrymore that she was bullied for her looks when she was younger. Taylor-Joy credited her parents for giving her advice that helped her see past negative interactions with her peers.

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“I was very, very lucky with my parents because when I was bullied for my looks, my mother always said, ‘You’re looking at someone’s insides, you’re looking at inside someone,’” she said. “You don’t look at class, you don’t look at anything like that. You don’t look at what they do for work. It’s just: ‘Do you like the human heart that?’ ”

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The The Queen’s Gambit the star told Barrymore that she wanted to “give a big shout out to my mom for that [advice] because it was very helpful.”




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During the interview, Barrymore, who is no stranger to twisting movies with roles in movies like Screampraises Taylor-Joy’s new thriller The Menu as “so unlike any film I’ve seen in a long time.”


“With The Menuyou really – I didn’t know where it was going,” Taylor-Joy said of the new film, which follows her character Margot as she and several other guests arrive at an isolated island restaurant and meets mysterious chef Ralph Fiennes, who makes a series of delicious – and sinister – dishes for his guests.


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“If you’ve seen that last scene, who on Earth could have seen that coming?” Taylor-Joy said. “I was so excited at the prospect of being on something that was original but also collaborating with these amazing actors.


Taylor-Joy’s The Menu Costar Nicholas Hoult called the actress “amazing” at the film’s premiere in New York City on Monday and told PEOPLE he’s loved her since watching The Witch and her Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit.



“To see the commitment she brings to her characters – she’s always looking for the truth about how to make every moment the best for the story, so it was a real joy to be watching her and being a scene partner with her,” Hoult said.


The Menu – also starring Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Judith Light, John Leguizamo, Reed Birney – is in theaters now.

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