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Anya Taylor-Joy (Image source: Instagram)
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Anya Taylor-Joy said she felt 'devastated' when she watched her performance in 'The Witch'

ANI | Updated: Jun 23, 2021 18:18 IST

Washington [US], June 23 (ANI): Golden Globe-winning actor Anya Taylor-Joy, who became a household name after her performance in 'The Queen's Gambit', revealed that there was a time when she thought her acting days were numbered - barely after they began.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter for a recent interview, the 25-year-old actor recalled feeling "devastated" while watching 'The Witch', which marked her film debut, shortly before an audience screening.
"I thought I'd never work again; I still get shivers thinking about it," said Taylor-Joy.
She added, "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.' "
The actor further said, "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."
As per People magazine, her audition for 'The Witch' came shortly after she tried out to play the part of the young version of Maleficent in the 2014 film of the same name.
"Oh, I wanted it so badly," Taylor-Joy admitted.

She added, "It was Disney and I love Angelina [Jolie]. I look nothing like her, so I was never going to get it, but I was naive and I thought, 'Miracles happen.' "
Isobelle Molloy and Ella Purnell were eventually cast as the child and teenage Maleficent, respectively.
She was asked to audition for 'The Witch' afterward "but just never thought I would get it because the character Thomasin was described as plain," the actor said of her lead role in the film: the oldest sibling dealing with the supernatural in the 1630s New England.
"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,' " Taylor-Joy said.
Between her gigs in 'Emma', 'The Queen's Gambit', the upcoming psychological thriller 'Last Night in Soho' and more, Taylor-Joy told The Hollywood Reporter that she "worked for a year" straight.
"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 admitted.
But despite being "completely overwhelmed" and "tapped out" to the point of considering quitting acting altogether, the silver lining for Taylor-Joy was that it was "the year that has most changed" her - for the better.
"I just fell in love with my job again. I'd forgotten that the job feeds me. I felt like I'd been feeding it for a little while," she said. (ANI)