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Anya Taylor-Joy’s Character Struggles with Addiction in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Anya Taylor-Joy’s Character Struggles with Addiction in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Anya Taylor-Joy

BGN interviews Anya Taylor-Joy (Beth Harmon) for the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit.

Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama The Queen’s Gambit is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.

The series is directed and written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series.

Interviewer: Jeandra LeBeauf

Video Editor: Kassandra Igbokwe

The Queen’s Gambit premieres Friday, October 23rd on Netflix.

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