Hollywood actress Anya Taylor-Joy revealed that she was bullied at school because of her physical appearance. The star of the hit series "Lady's Gambit" thanked her parents for teaching her how to deal with peer violence, as a guest on her colleague Drew Barrymore's show.
After carefully considering the subject, Barrymore asked The Northman star the following question: “I heard you weren’t always embraced at school”. Taylor-Joy replied: “I was very, very lucky with my parents because when I was bullied for my looks my mum always said you look at the inside of somebody.
“You look at the inside of somebody you don’t look at class, you don’t look at anything like that”. “You don’t look at what they do for a job, it’s just do you like that person’s heart? And I really have to give a big shout out to my mum for that because it was really helpful”.
Previously, the star admitted to feeling out of place at times.
At the time she did not speak a word of English and found it hard to adapt to her new home country. “Argentina is all green and I had horses and animals everywhere – all of a sudden I was in a big city and I didn’t speak the language,” she recalled to The Sun.
“I didn’t really feel like I fitted in anywhere. I was too English to be Argentine, too Argentine to be English, too American to be anything. The kids just didn’t understand me in any shape or form. I used to get locked in lockers”.
The effect, she said, was that she spent a lot of time in school “crying in bathrooms”. Having decided to pursue acting as her profession at the age of 14, she moved to New York City and two years later renounced her education.
This decision was "terrifying" for her family. In a fortunate turn of events, she landed back in London soon after that, where she was spotted by Sarah Doukas, founder of the prestigious Storm model agency, who is also credited with discovering Kate Moss.