Anya Taylor-Joy Recalls Key Scene From The Witch She Asked The Director To Change, And I’m Glad She Spoke Up

Anya Taylor-Joy has become a household name with her mesmerizing performances in movies and TV shows like The Queen’s Gambit, Emma, and Last Night in Soho. But it was her breakout role in Robert Eggers’ chilling 2015 film The Witch that first showcased her immense talent. The actress recently opened up about a pivotal moment during the filming of terrifying film that prompted her to discuss a change with Eggers. And I’m so glad she did, because it not only highlighted her dedication to her craft but also showcased her willingness to stand up for her character’s integrity.

In a recent video interview with British GQ, where the Northman actress breaks down her most iconic characters, which hail from some of Anya Taylor-Joy’s best movies, she shared an insightful behind-the-scenes story about a critical scene in the Puritan period piece. Her revelation sheds light on her early experiences in the industry and her collaboration with director Robert Eggers. She shared her instinctual understanding of her character, Thomasin, and how she influenced a significant change in the film’s portrayal of female emotions. According to the actress: 

I remember having a really important conversation with Rob, where there’s a moment where Thomasin’s been accused of doing everything, and she’s trying to tell her parents and it’s actually the twins and that they’re making this covenant with the devil. And Rob had written that I was hysterically crying, and I just couldn’t get there, which was weird for me because tears come relatively easily. And I just looked at Rob and I was like, ‘She’s angry. We have to stop pushing this narrative that we just cry all the time. Like, she’s so angry right now.’

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