Anya Taylor-Joy on learning to be herself and why she had to grow up fast

From horror’s It girl to her latest role as ambassador for Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Midnight, Anya Taylor-Joy is fast becoming one of Britain’s brightest stars. She talks to Martha Hayes about impending fame, finding her voice, and why she’s a bit ‘extra’ and totally OK with that

Anya Taylor-Joy

In a secluded corner of an art-deco hotel bar in London, Anya Taylor-Joy collapses into a regal-looking armchair and reaches for the wine list. ‘I’m so Argentine,’ she laughs, ‘red wine runs through my veins.’ Not that she needs an excuse. It’s Friday night, and she’s just got back from shooting her first fashion campaign – for Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Midnight fragrance – in New York. If Anya Taylor-Joy (who is of Argentine, Spanish, Scottish and British descent) wasn’t already about to go stratospheric with her acting career, then her latest role as a beauty ambassador for Viktor & Rolf’s new perfume will surely seal the deal. ‘It’s going to be weird,’ she nods, taking a sip of Merlot and removing her leather jacket to reveal a long T-shirt and skinny trousers that look like tights – ‘I’m very into Edie Sedgwick at the moment’. ‘I’m going to get bombarded by family members taking awkward selfies in front of billboards and I’ll be like, “Oh my God”.’

Since the 22-year-old burst on to the big screen as the lead in cult indie horror film The Witch in 2015, Anya Taylor-Joy has quietly carved out a kooky niche as a scream queen in psychological thrillers like M Night Shyamalan’s Split (2016) and Glass (2019), and the sci-fi horror Morgan (2016). She rose to wider prominence in BBC One’s memorable adaptation of Jessie Burton’s debut novel The Miniaturist in 2017. This year, the actress is stepping things up a gear with roles in the much-anticipated Marvel movie The New Mutants, big-budget CGI animation Playmobil: The Movie (with Daniel Radcliffe), and Marie Curie biopic Radioactive (alongside Rosamund Pike). There’s also, most significantly, a lead role in Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, coming soon to Netflix, and starring everyone from Helena Bonham Carter to Alicia Vikander.

Anya Taylor-Joy

You’ve filmed projects back to back since you started out. That’s prolific for someone between the ages of 18 and 22. I got a degree in those years, but I can barely remember anything else.

‘I can remember everything; I don’t know which is worse! I have [the ages of] 18 to 22 recorded on film. At the beginning, it was a bit of a baptism of fire. I’m certainly my own worst enemy. If I was in a boxing match with myself, I’d be formidable. I’d rather have The Rock in there than me. I am not someone who is particularly good at being famous.’

Why do you think you’re not cut out for it?

‘I’m quite “extra” as a person. I spent so much of my childhood trying to be normal and dampen down all [my] craziness. Then, last year, I just thought, “I’m done.” I’m gonna be myself and do weird things with my hands and sing at inappropriate moments. The other day my sister said, “You do realise that since you’ve stopped trying to be normal, you’ve actually become normal, because you’re not behaving in the way you think you should behave.”’

It takes some people decades to get to that point…

‘I grew up really fast because I had to. You couldn’t pay me to go back to being 16.’

What happened at that age?

‘I moved out [of my parent’s house in London] and started living alone. There’s definitely a story to be told there, but I want to make sure that when I do tell it I’ve got all my ducks in a row, so it can make an impact for the greater good. I was in a really difficult place, and I’m not kidding when I say [acting] saved my life.’

You come from a large family – the youngest of six children – how supportive were they?

‘There’s a large age gap between myself and my siblings, so I grew up like, “I’m going to this party, people will be drinking and smoking, but I’m not going to do any of it and I’ll probably come back around this time.” They never got angry with me because I always told the truth. My parents and I have a unique relationship; they’ve always trusted my judgement.’

Long before you were an ambassador for Viktor & Rolf’s fragrance, you were scouted on the street at 16 by Sarah Doukas from Storm Models (who famously discovered Kate Moss). How did you move into acting?

‘From the second I walked into Storm, I thought, “I want to be an actor.” I didn’t think I could be a model. I grew up as a tomboy and never saw myself as pretty. 
I met [Downton Abbey star] Allen Leech on my third ever [modelling] job and he took my name and number. A couple of weeks later, I got a call from his (and my now) agent. Allen jokes that he should be getting commission from all my movies. I’m like, “Dude, you’re not wrong!”’

You’ve worked with some great people, from James McAvoy to Sarah Paulson. What’s the best advice you’ve been given along the way?

‘I’m lucky actors who are older than me seem to take me under their wing. Jennifer Jason Leigh [her co-star in Morgan] once said to me, “Even if you don’t understand a script or what’s going on, if you love the director, just jump, because they’re going to do something right.” Romola Garai [her co-star in The Miniaturist] gave me a book that killed me. Inside she wrote, “Make sure your voice is heard; take a seat at the table.”’

When you’ve had nice experiences, it must be disheartening to hear about those in the industry that aren’t so good.

‘It’s not all been smooth sailing, but the uncomfortable or painful experiences I’ve had have shaped me to be someone who is starting to understand their worth. You have to set your own boundaries, and I think we’re coming into a [time] where women feel more comfortable finding that voice. It’s fun to be difficult sometimes. And, by the way, being difficult does not mean being a dick, it means saying, “I’m sorry, I’m not comfortable with this, so I will not be doing it.”’

When was the last time you were difficult?

‘I don’t think I’m a difficult person. I’m very easy to work with and I work hard. I’m kind to people, but don’t bullshit me because I will call you out on it. I just read this incredible book called In Praise Of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo [about how] the term “difficult” has been used to brand women when really they just know what they want.’

Why do you think you attract such dark, edgy roles?

‘If you had told baby me that I would be known as a scream queen or as horror’s It girl, I would have laughed so hard. That is so not me; I’ve never even seen a horror movie. I’ve never actually looked at genres. I’m about to start shooting [the lead in a new adaptation of [Jane Austen’s] Emma by a director called Autumn de Wilde. She’s the coolest.’

Have you seen Gwyneth Paltrow’s Emma (1996)?

‘No. I want my own Emma. I’m quite excited to bring a more eccentric version to the screen. I’d like to create a very real person with very real insecurities. That’s not a comment on Gwyneth’s performance, because I haven’t seen the film. It says a lot about the character that Austen says [at the beginning of the book] that she’s written a character who nobody other than her will like. I love that.’

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How to Grow Facial Hair & Beards

In this guide, we’re going to discuss how to grow thicker facial hair faster and how to fix a patchy beard.

A common issue for men growing a beard
A common issue for men growing a beard

The beard has long been associated as a symbol of virility and masculinity. Although leaders are often clean shaven in the contemporary world, it is now becoming commonplace to see perfectly manscaped beards take center stage as an extension of a modern man’s style.

The Benefits of the Beard

  • It is a sign of maturity.
  • It is a sign of fertility.
  • Beards are often associated with wisdom and leadership.
  • It can make men with baby faces look older, and older men look younger.

If you’re wondering how to properly grow a beard, be sure to check out our in-depth guide.

If your beard isn’t coming in the way you would like it to, keep reading.

Dalton Gullo, 21, is growing out his beard as part of No Shave November.
Dalton Gullo, 21, is growing out his beard as part of No Shave November.

Your Beard is Not “Patchy” – It’s just growing

Most men cut their growth short when they start noticing that parts of the beard are coming in thicker, or if parts are just patchy or not growing in at all. Believe it or not, this is completely normal. Your beard isn’t patchy. It’s just growing.

Beards take some time to grow in. If you’re not quick to grow a consistent beard, it’s best to start growing it just before going on vacation, when you can justify not shaving for a while. You may even decide to take a “beardcation” just to help grow out the beard without looking awkward at the office. If you have holidays coming up, stop shaving a day or two beforehand; hopefully by the time you return to work, the beard will be distinguishable as a beard, and it won’t look like you were too lazy to shave.

The First Month of Not Shaving

For most men, beards only start to fully connect without glaring patches after a full month of growth. That’s the average, though for some it may take longer.

This is why a beard is a commitment. Growing it out takes patience and some work. You’ll be dealing with a few issues:

  1. Patchy and unkempt facial hair that looks like you just forgot to shave.
  2. Itchiness.
  3. Coarse hair your significant other may dislike.
  4. Having to deal with people commenting or staring because you look a little rough around the edges.

As soon as you start growing your beard, there are a couple of things you should consider doing to keep it healthy:

  1. Wash it regularly. Keep it hydrated, but don’t over-wash the beard. Just like your hair, it doesn’t need to be washed daily, or you run the risk of drying it out.
  2. Immediately begin applying beard oil to keep it soft, prevent excessive itching and keep it healthy.
Growing a beard takes commitment and will grow out eventually
Growing a beard takes commitment and will grow out eventually

After the first month has passed, you have two options. Either commit to growing a beard that might land you on Duck Dynasty or start grooming the beard to look more polished. Grooming can be done from the start, but the risk of starting too early is that you won’t have the chance to see how your beard falls along its natural lines. This can be problematic for some men who misjudge how their beard will grow, and then have to grow out an area they have trimmed or shaved.

If after the first month, you still notice glaring patches or a lack of density in certain areas, you may need to give it a bit of extra help. There is good news, however. If you have trouble growing a full beard easily, chances are you don’t have to worry about going bald. Studies have shown that most men who easily grow beards from a young age are more prone to male pattern baldness than men who have difficulty growing a beard.

How to Help Your Beard Grow

So, how does one grow a beard that’s giving you a hard time?

Let’s debunk some myths.

It is a process to get it to a comfortable length
It is a process to get it to a comfortable length

Your Beard is Not Growing Slowly

Your beard actually grows at the same rate as every other man, unless you have some kind of skin condition.

The Patches Are Caused By Thickness, Not Length

There are a couple of attributes that cause some beards to look denser and others to look patchy.

  • If you have lighter hair, it will almost always appear thinner than someone with dark hair.
  • Like the hair on your head, facial hair can be thick or thin, and thicker facial hair always appears fuller.

Fact: You cannot make your beard grow faster, but you can make the hair appear or even grow thicker.

Start trimming after about four weeks
Start trimming after about four weeks

Here are a few tricks and tips:

Don’t Shave It

Shaving a beard does not cause it to grow back thicker or faster. The only way to grow a majestic beard is by actually making the commitment to let it grow. You’ll get there.

Exercise

Exercising and losing weight increases testosterone and blood circulation which both have a huge effect on facial hair growth. Short, but intense workouts will cause testosterone to increase faster and will also prevent it from declining. Testosterone and beard growth go hand in hand, so head to the gym and break a sweat to see thicker beard growth.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

In order to remain healthy, we require sleep. The old saying “maybe you’ll feel better in the morning” is like saying “maybe if you turn it off and back on again, it will work.” One study in 2011 by the Journal of the American Medical Association said that if you sleep for 5 hours or less, your testosterone levels will decrease by as much as 15 percent. In other words, go to bed!

Patchy beards are part of growing it out but it doesnt have to be this bad
Patchy beards are part of growing it out but it doesn’t have to be this bad

Minimize Stress and Anxiety

Stress has been shown to constrict blood vessels and some evidence even points to cortisol reducing testosterone levels. The same way you can lose hair due to stress, it can also prevent you from growing your beard out.

Eat Well

A healthy and well-balanced diet is key to growing facial hair. Vitamin, protein, and mineral rich diets are a great way to grower thicker hair.

You may look unkempt at the office for awhile its just part of the process
You may look unkempt at the office for awhile its just part of the process

Consider Taking Some Vitamins

Taking supplements like iron; vitamin B, D, and E; magnesium; zinc and copper can all increase hair thickness. Check with your doctor before taking any over the counter supplements. There are even some out there that are designed specifically for beard growth, but since supplements are a highly unregulated industry, be prepared that they might not work.

Give Yourself a Break

We all know a big part of how fast our beard grows in is caused by simple genetics, but unlike some aspects such as your height, your beard will keep growing. It may take a little bit of time, but if you make the commitment, you will be rewarded with a lush and majestic beard.

If for whatever reason, you aren’t growing any facial hair, that’s a whole other issue, and you make require medical treatment to fix it.

Trimming your beard to match the lowest patch can help but lengthens the process
Trimming your beard to match the lowest patch can help but lengthens the process

Fixing Glaring Patches

If you can’t justify waiting for all the hair to grow out, and you need to fix glaring patches, the only quick way is to trim the entire beard down to the length of the lowest patch. It will prevent your beard from growing out quickly, but it will help to improve the hair growth consistency and density.

Make sure you outline the beard so it looks like you didnt forget to shave
Make sure you outline the beard so it looks like you didn’t forget to shave

Recommended Products

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Premium Beard Oil and Conditioner Beardsmen Spirit $
Dual Action Beard Comb & Protective Sleeve Huntsman Beard $

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The next best thing, Beard Grow XL maintains an impressive four and a half stars on Amazon out of more than 900 reviews. There aren’t many supplements that can make that claim.

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Huntsman Beard Co. Beard Comb and Pouch

We really like this beard comb because one side of it has teeth perfect for coarse facial hair, whereas the other side is intended for thinner facial hair. If you’re new to growing a beard, and unsure of how your beard will grow in, a comb like this will ensure that regardless of your facial hair, you’ll have a product that will work. The comb is slightly thicker than most, but for us that just says it’s durable. It also comes with a sleeve so it won’t snag in your pocket when you’re out on the town. The only thing that may be an issue for some, is that it has a sandalwood scent. For those who are sensitive to scents, this may be a problem since your beard is right under the nose.

Buy the Huntsman beard comb here.

Conclusion

If you find you have a patchy beard or are having trouble growing it out, rest assured it will come. It may take one, two or even three months, but it will come with time and patience. In the meantime, start imagining how great it will look fully grown. What beard issues do you face? Any tips or tricks?


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Vinyl and Cassette Sales Continued to Grow Last Year

Albums sold on vinyl and cassette both saw a growth in sales according to BuzzAngle Music’s End-Year Report profiling U.S. music industry consumption for 2018.

Vinyl sales grew by just shy of 12% from 8.6 to 9.7 million sales, while cassette sales grew by almost 19% from 99,400 to 118,200 copies sold in the US, The Verge reported.

Sixty-six percent of those vinyl sales were of albums that are more than three years old and feature classic bands like The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and Pink Floyd, reported BuzzAngle. Cassettes saw popularity in newer releases.

CDs on the other hand have declined by 18.5% in popularity leading to a total decline in physical album sales of over 15%, reported The Verge. Meanwhile, audio streaming saw an increase of 41.8%, the largest of all music consumption.

In addition to millennials reviving the vinyl industry, the sales are seeing another trend: musical diversity. Rolling Stone reported that while 65% of vinyl album sales fell into the rock genre three years ago, that figure was 54% in 2017 and 42% in 2018–meaning the bulk of vinyl albums last year were actually in categories like pop (26%) and urban/hip-hop (14.4%).

These were the 20 top-selling vinyl albums of 2018, according to BuzzAngle, as pointed out by Rolling Stone:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Various Artists)
  2. Thriller (Michael Jackson)
  3. Abbey Road (The Beatles)
  4. Rumours (Fleetwood Mac)
  5. Purple Rain (Prince & The Revolution)
  6. Back to Black (Amy Winehouse)
  7. Love Is Here to Stay (Tony Bennett & Diana Krall)
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  9. The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)
  10. Legend (Bob Marley & The Wailers)
  11. American Teen (Khalid)
  12. The Greatest Showman: Original Soundtrack (Various Artists)
  13. Chronicle – 20 Greatest Hits (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  14. Divide (Ed Sheeran)
  15. Nevermind (Nirvana)
  16. Man of the Woods (Justin Timberlake)
  17. DAMN. (Kendrick Lamar)
  18. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band (The Beatles)
  19. Ultimate Sinatra (Frank Sinatra)
  20. good kid, m.A.A.d city (Kendrick Lamar)

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You Don’t Need a Green Thumb to Easily Grow These 5 Herbs at Home

If you’re anything like me, you love the smell and taste of fresh herbs but seem to kill every plant with the misfortune of living at your house. That’s why I tend to rely on dried herbs and freshly picked herbs when cooking for my family.

But dried herbs just aren’t the same as fresh, and I usually can’t get through an entire pack of freshly cut herbs so end up throwing them away. Since I hate waste and love food, I decided to look at the best way to grow herbs, and which herbs are the easiest to grow.

Plant Care 101

Before you start planting, you need to consider where you’re growing your herbs. The best way to keep them contained is to grow each herb in an individual pot. Growing them this way also allows you to put them outside for some sunlight on a nice day and bring them inside overnight or when it’s cold.

I spoke with Amy Enfield, consumer horticulturist with Scotts Miracle-Gro, to get some tips on growing herbs indoors.

Use the Right Pot

Some pots have solid bottoms, but for growing herbs you need to look for pots with drainage holes in the bottom to allow excess water to escape, Enfield says.

Location, Location, Location

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Kaitlyn Blount is growing herb seedlings at her home in Tampa, Fla. She is trying to grow thyme, parsley, chives and dill. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

If you put your herbs in the darkest corner of the kitchen and leave them to their own devices, they won’t do very well. “Indoor herb plants will require light, water, food and frequent trimming,” she says.

Instead, choose a window that faces south or southwest and gets at least six hours of sunlight. Create a reminder on your phone to check on them often to see if they need anything.

Don’t Overwater

Too little water can be fatal for a plant, but so can too much water .

“When the soil on the top looks dry, simply stick your finger an inch into the soil. If the soil is moist you can wait; if the soil is dry, it is time to water,” recommends Enfield.

Check the soil more often when the weather is hot and dry. This is one area where I fail at growing plants, so I recommend putting the herbs in a location where you’ll easily see them and be reminded to check them. Alternatively, you can write a note or create a reminder on your phone or computer.

Trim and Feed

“Frequent, light trimming of herbs every two to three weeks, regardless of whether you are using them for cooking, will keep your plants compact and growing new leaves,” says Enfield. She recommends never removing more than one-third of the plant at once, and waiting until your herbs measure six inches tall before harvesting them.

“Frequent trimming also keeps your herbs from flowering,” Enfield says. This means more leaves to use in recipes.

Herbs to Grow at Home

Certain types of herbs are easier to grow than others. Here are five simple herbs you can grow at home.

Basil

A woman harvests basil from a plant.
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Stan Miklis, farmer and degreed horticulturist with 40 years experience growing herbs, works at Caliper Farm to Table. One of his top recommendations for anyone to grow at home is basil.

“[Basil] is absolutely the best for the Italian kitchen and outdoor aroma,” he explains. “[It’s] easy to grow because any loose seedlings will reproduce new plants.”

Basil is typically used in pasta sauces and pizza, but can also be cut up in a salad for an extra pop of flavor, or infused in water with cucumber or strawberry for a refreshing summer drink.

Miklis also recommends Thai basil, which is a fragrant and tasty addition to your garden or kitchen.

“[Thai basil] makes a soothing tea called tulsi,” he says. All you need to grow this herb is soil and water. Additionally, Miklis explains that “a piece of stem placed in a jar of water will sprout new roots,” making it easy to grow new plants to share with friends and family.

Cuban Oregano

Tatyana Rodriguez, botanist and writer for Florence’s Flowers, recommends Cuban oregano as one of the easiest-to-grow herbs.

“Cuban oregano is a very hardy plant [that] likes warmer climates,” she explains. “It doesn’t require that much water [and] prefers full sun, but can also grow in the shade.”

This is one plant that is impossible to overwater. “They tend to grow faster if you keep the soil drenched [and] eventually will look like a bush,” says Rodriguez. You can also easily take a clipping of your Cuban oregano and use it to start a new plant.

Rodriguez mentions numerous health benefits of Cuban oregano, such as treating skin conditions, detoxifying the body, defending against the common cold, easing arthritis pain, stress relief and optimizing digestion.

Citronella

Another easy-to-grow herb recommended by Miklis is citronella. If you live anywhere that mosquitoes thrive, you’ve probably heard of this plant. It’s a main ingredient in mosquito-repellent candles and other remedies.

“[Citronella] grows outside when temperatures are favorable for mosquitoes,” explains Miklis. “[It’s] essential for outdoor living [and] easy to grow in low light.”

Mint

A woman harvests mint from a plant.
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Any gum-chewer knows that there are multiple types of mint, the most popular ones being spearmint and peppermint. Mint is also used in various recipes and is delicious infused in water with lemon (or in a mojito after a long day).

When it comes to growing mint at home, even the most challenged gardener shouldn’t have problems getting it to thrive.

“All [mint varieties] grow so vigorously that they may become problematic,” explains Miklis. “I suggest growing [each one] separately in an elevated container.”

Lemongrass

Sign with text Lemongrass in front of planted lemongrass plants
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One of my favorite flavors is lemongrass, especially in Thai dishes. According to Miklis, lemongrass is also a wonderful herb to grow at home.

“[Lemongrass] is a lovely, swaying, tall grass that also releases the essential oil that repels mosquitoes,” he says. “[It’s] easy to grow in a wide variety [of] soils with a lot of water and bright light.”

Growing your own herbs is much cheaper than buying them from the store and you’ll notice a difference in the flavor of fresh herbs over dried or cut ones. Start with these five suggestions and branch out to other herbs as your green thumb develops.

Catherine Hiles loves cooking and eating, so having fresh herbs at home is ideal. Of the herbs mentioned, her favorite is mint, which she loves mixed with lemon and infused in cold water.

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