Anya for Variety

Anya has graced the cover of the latest issue of Variety! Check out the photos and article below.

Witness Anya Taylor-Joy: The ‘Furiosa’ Star on Making the ‘Mad Max’ Icon Her Own and Hopes for ‘Dune 3’

VARIETY – If you want to become a dystopian feminist warrior, you’re not going to get much sleep. That was one of the first things Anya Taylor-Joy learned on the set of George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel “Furiosa.” Under heavy coats of makeup, shooting in the Australian winter when daylight was scarce, Taylor-Joy wished she could have stayed in bed at least through the crack of dawn. Instead, she’d rise up in the middle of the night, ready to do battle.

“I had the earliest call time of my life: 1:45 a.m.,” the 28-year-old actress says on a recent Los Angeles afternoon. “I’d be like, ‘I just wrapped! What do you mean?! It’s a mistake!’” Taylor-Joy recalls the painful mornings now with a gleeful theater-kid energy. She chronicled her entire transformation as Furiosa, and took photos of her various makeup tests. She flips through her phone to show me.

The photos are startling: Of course Furiosa, whom viewers first met when she was played by Charlize Theron in 2015’s “Fury Road,” lives a rough-and- tumble life — she’s fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world governed by road warriors. But the grit and grime covering Taylor-Joy’s face suggests hours in the makeup chair. “You will not believe how dirty I had to be for it to read on camera.” She pulls up a picture. “The first time I looked at myself in the mirror”— she fake gasps — “I was like, ‘Whoa!’ I looked like a creature from the Black Lagoon.” She’s covered in globs of brown and gory red. “That’s seven layers,” she says. “Of course, there’s blood — I’m always the ‘More blood!’ girl.”
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