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The Queen's Gambit Actor Anya Taylor-Joy Believes She's Not 'Beautiful Enough' For Film

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The Queen's Gambit actor Anya Taylor-Joy has said she doesn't feel 'beautiful enough' to be in films, despite being the star of one of this year's biggest small-screen hits.

Taylor-Joy, 24, features in the new Netflix series as chess genius Beth Harmon, who battles it out in the 'male-dominated world of competitive chess' while also tackling her own 'personal demons'.

But while she's being heaped with praise by viewers, it seems she's still not filled with confidence - having admitted she doesn't see herself as 'beautiful'.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: "I have never and I don't think I will ever think of myself as beautiful.

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"I don't think I'm beautiful enough to be in films. It sounds pathetic and my boyfriend warns me people will think I'm an absolute d*** for saying these things, but I just think I'm weird-looking."

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Taylor-Joy added: "I won't go to the cinema to watch my own film, I'll watch it before. The beauty of being in your own skin is that you don't have to look at your own face."

The actor even said she doubted herself when she took on the titular role in this year's adaptation of Jane Austen novel Emma, saying: "I genuinely had a panic attack on Emma because I thought, 'I am the first ugly Emma and I can't do this', because the first line in the movie is, 'I'm handsome, clever and rich'. "

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After The Queen's Gamit debuted last month, fans appeared to have nothing but love for Taylor-Joy, filling social media feeds with virtual applause for the star - saying her performance was 'phenomenal' and 'enchanting'.

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Her portrayal was so strong, in fact, that many people said it encouraged them to pick up a chess board for the first time, prompting a huge surge in popularity for the game.

Luckily for her fans, Taylor-Joy has said she would 'certainly' reprise her character if she was asked.

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Speaking to Town & Country, she said: "If I've learned anything from being in this industry, it's never say never.

"I adore the character, and I would certainly come back if I was asked to, but I do think we leave Beth in a good place.

"I think the rest of her life will surely be an adventure as well, but in the quest that she goes on in this to find some form of peace, just some form of being able to be happy with who she is.

"I think it ends in a nice place."

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Of course, while she'd be game, there is only one book, and there's also been no news from Netflix about the possibility of more to come either. Still, we live in hope.

Watch The Queen's Gambit on Netflix now.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]