Anya Taylor-Joy Reveals What She Knew About Chess Before Starring in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Anya Taylor-Joy is opening up about how she didn’t know anything about chess before starring as a chess prodigy on the hit Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit.

The 24-year-old actress talked about her lack of chess knowledge during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which will air on Friday (December 4).

“I knew that there was a board and that there were pieces, but that was pretty much it,” Anya told Ellen about her knowledge of chess prior to playing Beth Harmon.

Anya added, “I’m so glad that my introduction came from such incredible people and such wonderful teachers.”

When asked if she still plays chess, Anya said, “I do. I have a beautiful chess set so it would be a shame if I wasn’t using it. But I’m excited to play some more over Christmas.” Ellen said that people might be intimidated to play her and she responded, “Well, hopefully, because if they actually play me they’ll see I’m not as good as Beth and that would be mildly embarrassing.”

Anya recently opened up about her appearance and why she thinks she’s “weird-looking.”

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