"The Menu"'s Anya Taylor-Joy Sees Acting in Horror Movies as "Free Therapy"

Anya Taylor-Joy in THE MENU. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

Anya Taylor-Joy is simply 26, however she’s already an icon within the horror film style. She first broke out in 2015’s “The Witch,” which she adopted up with movies like “Split” and “Glass.” Her new film “The Menu” is the most recent in a protracted line horror motion pictures for the actor, who admits to POPSUGAR that she’s not precisely a fan of watching them.

“I’m horrible at watching scary motion pictures. My creativeness is simply too huge. And I’m a deep believer,” she explains. “I’ve by no means been to a film and left that behind. I stay in that world for a minimum of three days after I’ve seen one thing.” She must be cautious about her movie selections, lest she watch one thing completely terrifying that ruins her sleep for days.

But it is a completely completely different story relating to performing in them. “I like it. I completely like it,” she admits. “They find yourself being actually enjoyable units to be part of as a result of, if the fabric is so darkish that you just’re continually going there, you want the gaffer to make you snigger after a take otherwise you want a water balloon battle.” She provides of her horror characters, “I really like going to these [dark] locations in my thoughts as a result of it is free remedy, actually.”

And although she’s a horror professional, “The Menu”‘s script stored her guessing the primary time she learn it. “I’m horrible to observe movies or tv with as a result of I can all the time guess the road, I can all the time guess the ending, I can guess the overarching theme. It’s infuriating for different individuals,” she says. “And with ‘The Menu,’ I didn’t see it coming.”

Taylor-Joy filmed “The Menu” on the tail finish of 2021, and she or he says the film’s distinctive construction made the forged really feel extra like a “theater troupe” than a standard film forged. Most of the film takes place in a one-room restaurant, the place the cooks and diners are seen to one another more often than not. Director Mark Mylod needed the digital camera to have the ability to rove round, so everybody was sitting at their tables, improvising. “You by no means knew whether or not you have been on-screen or not,” she says. And when there have been closeups, everybody would cling round to observe. “You had a entrance row seat to a superb efficiency. . . . Every desk was its personal world and stuffed with scrumptious characters,” she says. “There was a number of clapping after takes, which I really like.”

Taylor-Joy spent a number of time at her desk with Nicholas Hoult, who performs her character Margot’s date for the night. The two grew to become very shut. “I can not think about being on a dinner date with someone for 2 and a half months that you don’t like,” Taylor-Joy says. “We simply had a blast. He’s one of the best huge brother I may ever ask for.”

And the 2 would improvise freely with one another, and a few of their selections made it into the movie, like when Margot, in Taylor-Joy’s phrases, leaps over the desk “like a feral cat.” She had a tough time conserving a straight face throughout a few of Hoult’s antics. “He’s so humorous on this movie. He’s deplorable. But so typically, I simply needed to chew my cheek,” she says. “The Menu”‘s mixture of horror and humor makes it one of the crucial enjoyable watches of the 12 months.

The character of Margot additionally appealed to Taylor-Joy deeply. “I beloved that Margot was an enigma not solely to the individuals within the restaurant, however to the viewers as nicely, and the thought of a efficiency inside a efficiency,” she says. Margot, she explains, is carrying a “masks,” so it was like enjoying two completely different characters on the identical time. “I really like that she’s unapologetic about who she is,” she says, including that Margot “adores her career.”

“And in an atmosphere that ought to technically make her really feel lower than, she is the one which calls BS on all of it and refuses to be advised that she is just not worthy.” In distinction to different characters she’s performed, Margot is the one who’s “probably the most snug in her personal pores and skin.”

And as a result of Margot is the outsider amongst the characters, she’s the one one who can join even just a little with the film’s villain, Chef Julian Slowik, and her actions assist carry the movie to its riveting ending. “I’m totally conscious that what he is doing is twisted and completely bananas. But I feel she understands the place he is coming from,” Taylor-Joy says. “She’s clearly scared of the state of affairs that she’s in, however I feel she additionally simply sees a deeply wounded artist, somebody who’s genuinely damage, and it connects to that.”

“The Menu” is in theaters now.

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