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Anya Taylor-Joy on the cover of InStyle, October 2021.

Anya Taylor-Joy on the cover of InStyle, October 2021.

Anya Taylor-Joy covers the October issue of InStyle magazine, as photographed by Sebastian Faena, and styled by Law Roach. 

On fitting into a box and finding yourself in the character, Taylor-Joy says: "To go from being somebody like Emma to Sandy to Beth [The Queen's Gambit], I thrive off that.. It is so much fun to be able to pick apart a different person and go, 'Oh, how am I going to make myself either bigger or smaller to fit into their shoes?' You end up working out some of your own shit that you didn't even realize that you needed to work out because you're clearly connected to that person for some reason. It's very esoteric and wanky, I apologize. But yeah, I don't appreciate boxes. I don't think that is helpful to anybody or a very intelligent way of looking at human beings."

Taylor-Joy on growing up with older siblings: "I had to get very good at entertaining myself. I would create all of these different worlds and go off into the woods. I remember my sister once coming into my bedroom as I was putting up posters and playing six different characters at the same time, doing all the voices. I turned around and she said, 'You are so strange,' and I was like, 'But you guys aren't going to do it. I have to be all of the characters. Otherwise, no one's going to play with me.'"

Read the full story here

Watch Anya do the InStyle Badass Questionnaire below...

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