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Anya Taylor-Joy Reveals She Suffered Burnout after Filming 3 Movies in a Year

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Sep 01, 2021
05:00 A.M.
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"The Queen's Gambit" star Anya Taylor-Joy recently opened up about the past burnout she experienced amid her hectic acting career. Read on to find out the habit she developed while filming one movie after another.

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Award-winning actress Anya Taylor-Joy became a household name after the release of "The Queen's Gambit" series. She stars as orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon on live streaming service Netflix.

Her exceptional performance on the critically-acclaimed 2020 series earned her at least two coveted awards, including the Golden Globe award for best actress in miniseries or television and an equivalent Screen Actors Guild Award recognition.

Anya Taylor-Joy attends the "Emma” premiere at DGA Theater on February 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Anya Taylor-Joy attends the "Emma” premiere at DGA Theater on February 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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She also received various nominations that cemented her reputation as an actress. Taylor-Joy has become one of today's most sought-after actresses. With her hectic schedule, the actress admitted to developing an unhealthy habit, telling Tatler:

"I survived on Diet Coke, cigarettes and coffee, and by the end of it, I was like, 'I need to eat a vegetable."

At that time, she had back-to-back movie projects, namely "Last Night in Soho," "Emma," and "The Queen's Gambit." The grueling work and its impact on her taught her the importance of self-care.

Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Paris Fashion Week on March 3, 2020 in Paris, France. | Photo: Getty Images

Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Paris Fashion Week on March 3, 2020 in Paris, France. | Photo: Getty Images

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While filming the popular Netflix series, the 25-year-old actress would be going to bed at 8 p.m. She admitted that she sometimes felt like she was missing out on life because she could not do what most people her age are doing.

Taylor-Joy has truly come a long way since her breakthrough performance in the 2015 film "The Witch."

But Taylor-Joy said she was not the type of person who needs a drink to have fun. She also became more efficient at balancing work and life. She would squeeze in time to catch up with family and friends.

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In an earlier interview with Vogue, the Golden Globe winner shared her self-care regimen amid the lockdown. Her routine included reading books and enjoying restorative baths as well as soothing scents.

Taylor-Joy said reading helps her recharge, adding, "If I make time every day to read, I feel like I've done something for myself." The Argentine-British actress also finds joy and rest in spending time with nature.

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She recently shared about the perks of virtual award ceremonies, saying she could unmute herself and run around her room while the event is going on. With the pandemic, most award shows have been held virtually, foregoing the usual red-carpet events.

Besides winning Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, she was also nominated for this year's Emmy Award for lead actress in a limited series or movie for her outstanding performance in "The Queen's Gambit."

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She was nominated alongside talented actresses: Michaela Coel ("I May Destroy You"), Cynthia Erivo ("Genius: Aretha"), Elizabeth Olsen ("WandaVision"), and Oscar winner Kate Winslet ("Mare of Easttown").

Taylor-Joy has truly come a long way since her breakthrough performance in the 2015 film "The Witch." As for what's next, she recently finished filming a period drama, starring Robert De Niro and Margot Robbie.

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