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

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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.

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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 Keep Learning at Work: Tell Us Your Favorite Conferences, Networking Groups and Resources!

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Here’s a kind of odd career question for you: what are your best tips for how to keep learning at work and in your career — and what are the best resources you’ve found that fulfill requirements, keep you educated, and maybe go above and beyond, such as providing networking opportunities? This is going to be very career/job specific, so in comments please note what you’ve found that’s really excellent…

For my $ .02, in my prior job as a media lawyer I had attended a lot (and compiled/presented a fair amount) of in-house CLEs that my firm put on for lawyers at the firm and clients of the firm; I was also pretty involved with a yearly Practicing Law Institute tome on prior restraints, so I often attended the conferences around the presentation of those books. There are exceptions to everything, but a lot of those CLEs and mass conferences that I attended were… not good. Lots of droning by presenters… lots of audience members checked out and not even giving 25% of their attention. Then I got the opportunity to go to some other continuing legal education things and was wowed by the difference… (For my $ .02, which is worth even less because I have a long history of working with/for the organization, but still: if you’re interested in media law, the absolute best general conference to attend (and get a ton of CLEs) is the biennial Virginia conference run by the Media Law Resource Center. Great content, really engaged presenters and audience, great opportunities for networking.)

In my current job as a professional blogger, I’m still struggling to find “the best” conference that affords opportunities to network as well as brings me up to date on the things that I need to know. I’ve written before about taking classes like Marie Forleo’s B-School and Elite Blog Academy and recommend those to other newbie bloggers/digital entrepreneurs; I’ve gone to RewardStyle conferences in the past as well, as well as a ton of Fashion 2.0 events back in the day. I’ve looked into but haven’t pulled the trigger on things like Ali Brown’s Iconic conference or things like that; I’d love to find a mastermind group but ultimately know what I need to do and just need to find the time to do it.

Over to you, readers — what are the best resources you’ve found to keep learning in your career? What conferences and networking groups offer the best of the best educational and networking opportunities for you in your chosen career? 

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Reflective Nostalgia: Neri&Hu’s Lyndon Neri On Learning from the Past

Too often we look to the future without thinking about the past, argues Lyndon Neri.

The architect and designer appeared at the Fortune and Wallpaper* Brainstorm Design conference in Singapore last Thursday. A founding partner (alongside Rossana Hu) of Shanghai-based Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Neri joined the event to explain “reflective nostalgia,” a concept first articulated by the Harvard philosopher Svetlana Boym and since adopted by his practice as a guiding principle, in the context of the rapid recent growth of China’s economy.

As a measure of the frenetic pace by which China has developed, Neri points out that 60% of its population will be living in urban areas by next year. The flip side of this is the decline of rural areas, not only in terms of the number of villages (there are 300 lost per day), but also a loss of inherited wisdom, time-honed craft, and the sense of clan and community.

“These conditions are obviously exacerbated in China,” he said, “but every country around the world has to deal with them.”

Neri introduced two projects that demonstrate Neri&Hu’s efforts to reconcile the future with the past. The first: The Waterhouse at South Bund, a 19-room boutique hotel converted from a 1930s Japanese army building and completed in 2010. (The original concrete structure had three stories, which were largely kept intact; Neri & Hu added a fourth in Cor-Ten steel.) Showing an image of the lobby, with stripped concrete walls that evoke Shanghai’s nongtang lanes, Neri recalled that his design approach was initially unpopular. His own mother had queried whether the project was complete–and when he answered in the affirmative, she proceeded to ask whether the client had paid in full. His practice soon lost two major projects and was questioned by the government for two years. “But in the third year, they put it on the cover of Shanghai Tourism to attract people to come,” he said.

A more recent project, The Walled – Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat (2018), is situated in Yangzhou and modeled after a walled city, a local typology. “We recycled bricks from demolished buildings in neighboring areas to build this hotel,” Neri explained. The reclaimed walls, which merge tradition with modern architectural language, “became the guiding force that pulls the whole project together.” (This project was more quickly embraced, earning a spot on the Best New Hotel shortlist for this year’s Wallpaper* Design Awards.)

Having cemented their reputation as one of China’s foremost architecture and design practices, Neri&Hu received 400 project requests last year, of which they only accepted 15. “We really have to think through the process, whether we can do them and do them well,” he explains. With ongoing international projects in London, Porto, Stockholm, and Cologne, Neri notes that a strong grasp of context is particularly important to foreign architects. “We always send a team over to understand the places in which we are practicing, to learn about the weather, living conditions, the way people move in and out buildings,” he said.

He also noted that Neri&Hu’s holistic design approach, which extends to product and graphic design as well as urban planning, has been essential to the practice’s success. “The idea [of a Gesamtkunstwerk] is nothing new–they did in the Renaissance, then again during the Bauhaus movement,” he said. “But for us, it’s also a matter of survival. With clients that want everything done in 10 days, or yesterday, multidisciplinary design bides us time and give us control. We find it liberating.”

Neri concluded by urging the audience to expand their notions of sustainability beyond materials and material culture. “Sustainability is also about learning from the older generation. Younger generations tend to think they have to keep looking forward, and go faster and faster,” he said. “They forget their grandparents’ and parents’ wisdom. Which is why we talk about reflective nostalgia. It’s important not to forget about the past. We shouldn’t copy or monumentalize things, but we need to wistfully understand the lessons of history as we move ahead.”

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Real-world learning experiences, like summer camps, can significantly improve children’s knowledge in a matter of just days, a new study suggests. Researchers found that 4- to 9-year-old kids knew more about how animals are classified after a four-day camp at a zoo. It wasn’t that children who attended just knew more facts about animals, the researchers noted. The camp actually improved how they organized what they knew — a key component of learning.
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More STEM Learning Access for Underrepresented Students

REDMOND, Wash. — Kaiser Permanente today announced that it has joined with Washington STEM to support smart, scalable solutions that lead to opportunities for those students most underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields. Washington’s students — particularly students of color, girls and young women, and students from low-income and rural communities — need access to more STEM learning to ensure they have the skills they need to succeed at high-demand careers and continue growing Washington’s economy. Kaiser Permanente’s 2-year, $ 1.2 million partnership will help fund STEM programs in schools across the state.

“We take pride in joining with Washington STEM to support direct efforts creating equal access to education pathways that will help more than half a million students prepare for the jobs of the future,” said Susan Mullaney, president of Kaiser Permanente Washington.  “A prescription for health includes access to education and career-track jobs, both of which are as critical to the health of a community as exercise, healthy eating and staying active.”

The new investment will build on active partnerships with Washington STEM’s regional networks and dozens of school systems throughout the regions, including the largest systems in the state — Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma.

Kaiser Permanente’s investment in Washington STEM programs will fund an expansion of existing programs in schools throughout the state. The two organizations are supporting smarter, sustainable solutions and look forward to achieving a greater impact together.

“Through our partnership with Kaiser Permanente, we’ll be able to accelerate and expand our impact across the state. Kaiser Permanente shares our belief that our health care and other fast-growing industries will be even more innovative when their workforces reflect the diversity of Washington state,” said Caroline King, CEO of Washington STEM. “It starts with ensuring our earliest learners have fun with math and moves to supporting students year over year to be inspired and prepared to lead in the game-changing STEM careers of today and tomorrow.”

The partnership between Kaiser Permanente and Washington STEM will have real, on-the-ground near-term impacts:

  • Tracking 641 more students to earn credentials and be ready to thrive in STEM careers by age 26.
  • Serving an additional 16,028 children ages 0-8 in Early STEM.
  • Equipping more than 600 additional early educators and parents/family members to support early math learning, especially for children of color and children from low-income communities.
  • Exposing 500,000 students across 45 local school districts in King, Snohomish, Spokane and Pierce counties to high-demand career pathways.

“It is imperative that our schools provide every student with a well-rounded education that affords her or him many options for a successful future,” said Damien Pattenaude, Ed.D, superintendent of Renton School District and Washington STEM board member.  “There are many pathways for success for our students who enter STEM fields. With partners like Washington STEM and Kaiser Permanente, we can continue to ensure there is equity in preparing every student for access and opportunity in choosing those pathways.”


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Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit advancing excellence, equity, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. For more information, go to www.washingtonstem.org.

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Kaiser Permanente and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington are committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

 

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Flipped classroom enhances learning outcomes in medical certificate education

The quality of medical certificates written by students of medicine was better when they were taught by using the flipped classroom approach instead of traditional lecturing. A randomly selected student from the flipped classroom group had an 85 percent probability to receive a better total score than a student from the traditional teaching group, according to a new study.
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Janice Dickinson – The Alleged Victim Says She ‘Laughed With Joy And Relief’ Upon Learning About Bill Cosby’s Guilty Verdict!

One of the many women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, Janice Dickinson, made it very clear that she couldn’t be any happier about the man’s prison sentence. The retired supermodel, now 63, was in attendance at the Carousel of Hope Ball last night and while there, she talked to ET, opening up about Brett Kavanaugh frustratingly getting onto the Supreme Court despite the accusations brought against him.

But at least Bill Cosby was found guilty, right?

‘I have had a tough week because of the Kavanaugh thing and I really am an activist that is behind women because I was not believed in the beginning. You have to believe the women, so I am going to keep my fight going.’

She went on to share that ‘I am still suing Cosby in a civil case, even if my attorney Lisa Bloom has to go to prison to take his deposition. But, you know what, I feel vindicated. We came out on top and it was just really a good thing for all women for the biggest serial rapist in the United States history gets taken away in handcuffs.’

The outlet’s reporter was curious to know how she reacted when learning about Cosby’s verdict.

‘I just laughed. Others cried. I was laughing just with joy and relief that he will not be able to do that to another woman,’ Dickinson responded.

She also previously talked to the Daily Mail shortly after the sentencing, saying: ‘I have been holding this in since 1982 and it is slowly seeping out of me, the toxicity levels of emotion and the catastrophic pain and the nightmares for so many years. I just bounced out of bed and was like, ‘Wow.’’

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