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How Anya Taylor-Joy’s parents helped her overcome bullying

Anya Taylor-Joy’s family helped her deal with bullies who made fun of her looks growing up.

“The Menu” actress said on Thursday’s episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show” that she wasn’t always “embraced” for her unique looks while growing up.

“I was very, very lucky with my parents because when I was bullied for my looks my mom always said you look at the inside of somebody… you look at the inside of somebody you don’t look at class, you don’t look at anything like that,” the “Queen’s Gambit” star, 26, told Barrymore.

“You don’t look at what they do for a job, it’s just do you like that person’s heart? And I really have to give a Huge shout out to my mom for that because it was really helpful,” Taylor-Joy continued.

Anya Taylor-Joy & Drew Barrymore interview.
Anya Taylor-Joy got c&id about her childhood on “The Drew Barrymore Show.”
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The actress — who secretly married boyfriend Malcolm McRae over the summer — previously spoke out about her isolated childhood, saying her only friends were “the characters in the ‘Harry Potter’ books.”

“I spent the first two years in Engl& playing h&-clap games with plants — if you slap them hard enough, they clap back — & learning how to read,” Taylor-Joy told Entertainment Tonight last year about moving from Buenos Aires, Argentina to the UK as a kid.

She continued, “That was my existence. I didn’t hang out with other kids. I was clearly a very normal child.”

Although the “Last Night in Soho” star went on to recall being made fun of for having wide-set eyes & even being stuffed into lockers, she refuses to give the tales anymore “airtime.”

However, her saving grace ended up being entering the entertainment industry where she finally felt like she fit in.

Anya Taylor-Joy childhood photo.
Taylor-Joy says she had a hard time making friends.

“I needed to believe in a place where I could be valued & appreciated, & actually have something to contribute rather than constantly feeling like, ‘What is wrong with me, & why do I not fit in?’” she told the outlet.

While the actress had a hard time forming relationships in her younger years, she was able to finally find her partner in crime in McRae.

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The “Queen’s Gambit” star recently married Malcolm McRae.
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“I’ve finally found someone who will happily sit in silence with me reading. We’re basically 80 years old & 7 at the same time, & it works really well,” she gushed to British Vogue in March.

The actress & 28-year-old musician first sparked engagement rumors in June after the blonde bombshell was spotted with a diamond sparkler on that finger.


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