Video Interviews

How Anya Taylor-Joy Became Beth Harmon for The Queen's Gambit

The future Furiosa breaks down her most complex role yet: The orphan, addict, and chess prodigy making moves in Netflix's thrilling new miniseries.

by | October 21, 2020 | Comments

How do you turn yourself into the world’s most formidable chess prodigy when you barely know how to play the game yourself? That was the question facing Anya Taylor-Joy as she prepared to step into the mind of Beth Harmon, the protagonist of Walter Tevis’s novel The Queen’s Gambit and its lavish Netflix adaptation, which arrives on the service this month. Set in the 1950s and ’60s, the limited series follows Harmon’s rise from orphan with a talent to teen prodigy to national champion, all as she deals with addiction to tranquilizers – crippling, but sometimes useful when she’s plotting her moves alone at night – and the men of the chess-world boys’ club who want to keep her out. Ahead of the series’ release, Taylor-Joy sat down with us to break down how she tapped into Harmon’s pain, why she relates to her solitary pursuit, and how her dance training helped her feign a mastery of pawns, rooks, and knights. (Thumbnail image courtesy of Netflix)

The Queen’s Gambit is available on Netflix from Friday, October 23, 2020. 


On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

Endgame Pop Awards Tour New York Comic Con NBA SDCC YouTube Red Trivia Drama Amazon Prime book Bravo Country anime witnail joker Holidays jamie lee curtis Quiz japan Calendar TNT boxoffice USA cartoon Showtime Black Mirror hidden camera Western james bond 71st Emmy Awards Classic Film Travel Channel USA Network Reality Lionsgate Starz aapi LGBT technology cats discovery AMC TCA Awards Watching Series child's play diversity Fox News hollywood Tomatazos BET zombie heist movie Certified Fresh a nightmare on elm street OneApp toy story Food Network Winter TV Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Super Bowl 2017 documentary wonder woman The Purge FXX GLAAD Shudder Anna Paquin adenture all-time Mary Tyler Moore canceled TV shows south america PaleyFest SundanceTV politics spy thriller thriller zombies Apple TV+ concert DC streaming service FX on Hulu El Rey Trophy Talk Dark Horse Comics TBS high school Paramount Network screenings IFC Films tv talk international psychological thriller Apple TV Plus cars DC Comics Crackle documentaries Nickelodeon MCU miniseries Rocky The Arrangement Amazon Prime Video action-comedy Lifetime singing competition Avengers docudrama natural history Holiday Marvel french Netflix Christmas movies hispanic heritage month sequel 24 frames SXSW theme song Brie Larson cults critics Podcast Countdown rt archives NBC jurassic park Vudu ESPN YouTube Premium target Elton John 90s razzies Universal Sundance Ellie Kemper VICE book adaptation Superheroes 2018 richard e. Grant blockbusters latino police drama Comedy Central Extras Awards 1990s Oscars Pet Sematary VOD Sci-Fi Interview Disney streaming service rt labs Exclusive Video RT21 99% canceled zero dark thirty Red Carpet toronto Warner Bros. ID BBC America Turner Classic Movies Musical Musicals franchise Peacock laika Pop TV Television Critics Association Disney+ Disney Plus Tubi prank Sony Pictures Comic Book GIFs Disney CW Seed Cannes saw Spectrum Originals Tarantino facebook harry potter independent TCA streaming nbcuniversal 20th Century Fox monster movies Star Trek TruTV Discovery Channel FOX Netflix Reality Competition indiana jones Rock news superhero Polls and Games Film Festival composers Mindy Kaling renewed TV shows comic books Disney Plus stoner Year in Review Comics on TV true crime Sneak Peek rom-coms political drama satire Black History Month new york Acorn TV reboot know your critic trailers sports Turner worst movies biopic Ghostbusters Apple olympics worst halloween PBS cancelled psycho Britbox dark talk show blockbuster christmas movies The Walt Disney Company social media japanese ratings Comedy dc television American Society of Cinematographers kaiju comic book movie dceu australia films Emmy Nominations halloween tv doctor who crime thriller strong female leads Opinion Biopics Best and Worst 4/20 sitcom twilight The CW anthology foreign adventure revenge batman Pacific Islander Writers Guild of America Sundance TV X-Men Action gangster Spring TV popular Freeform Women's History Month WGN indie mutant posters Marathons Hulu Ovation biography Hallmark remakes ghosts space stand-up comedy comic book movies archives fast and furious critic resources 45 History PlayStation Funimation Nat Geo fresh disaster spanish robots Academy Awards 73rd Emmy Awards Fantasy First Look young adult RT History superman E3 stop motion DGA Comic-Con@Home 2021 video directors Infographic slasher supernatural 93rd Oscars Television Academy TV movies Amazon Studios Teen DC Universe universal monsters Premiere Dates 2019 Character Guide TV Land Spike Music Creative Arts Emmys President telelvision Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt new star wars movies mcc serial killer marvel cinematic universe HBO Max comedies Paramount Plus what to watch quibi marvel comics cancelled television ABC best YouTube The Walking Dead free movies name the review streaming movies HBO Thanksgiving Horror award winner legend rotten movies we love NYCC vampires new zealand CMT blaxploitation mission: impossible Trailer mockumentary Adult Swim festivals rt labs critics edition king kong italian werewolf Emmys DirecTV pirates of the caribbean Baby Yoda Animation hist feel good golden globes adaptation Superheroe A24 romantic comedy Masterpiece kids medical drama Summer Lifetime Christmas movies TV renewals Nominations game show 2021 scary movies rotten Shondaland Pixar 72 Emmy Awards suspense 21st Century Fox cooking parents Tumblr movie elevated horror BBC Esquire deadpool Walt Disney Pictures Broadway Rocketman comiccon Fall TV dragons festival Cartoon Network classics unscripted binge Epix Video Games Pirates football APB ABC Signature Family Sundance Now golden globe awards Winners finale game of thrones series debate scorecard Valentine's Day HBO Go historical drama Star Wars MTV basketball Mudbound National Geographic TCA 2017 cancelled TV shows Captain marvel cops Box Office Toys The Academy dramedy die hard period drama Schedule war Mystery Grammys IFC YA TIFF TCM slashers casting science fiction nature spinoff romance Martial Arts Legendary spanish language Photos Marvel Studios chucky BBC One Mary Poppins Returns ITV crime drama Set visit TCA Winter 2020 TV One versus nfl Chernobyl Heroines dexter A&E Disney Channel Rom-Com BET Awards criterion Film Lucasfilm children's TV MSNBC Election emmy awards OWN Pride Month Marvel Television Stephen King king arthur comic Christmas spain Hallmark Christmas movies Crunchyroll sag awards 007 boxing justice league TV Arrowverse royal family kong Kids & Family LGBTQ Tokyo Olympics Fox Searchlight Binge Guide BAFTA Mary poppins 2015 Logo First Reviews godzilla CBS All Access Hear Us Out Song of Ice and Fire crossover San Diego Comic-Con Syfy Image Comics Paramount See It Skip It venice transformers sequels ABC Family cinemax crime movies VH1 CBS green book FX travel dogs lord of the rings Amazon Wes Anderson animated Cosplay docuseries cancelled TV series reviews obituary comics women 2020 TLC ViacomCBS asian-american 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards The Witch Columbia Pictures teaser based on movie hispanic WarnerMedia video on demand spider-man scene in color E! black screen actors guild GoT aliens 2016 Alien breaking bad live action CNN