Anya Taylor-Joy is entering the world of Mad Max and taking on the role of Furiosa in her own solo film. First introduced in Mad Max: Fury Road where she was played by Charlize Theron, Furiosa quickly won fans over with her bad-ass energy. Taylor-Joy is seemingly happy to tackle that but seems most excited to work with the legendary filmmaker George Miller.
In the latest Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Taylor-Joy sat down with Emma co-star Josh O’Connor and opened up about her excitement about getting to learn from Miller’s wild mind.
“The thing that makes me most excited about Furiosa is, No. 1, George Miller. That brain is incredible. I feel so lucky and privileged to spend time with him and to grow alongside him. I’m also really excited to do something physical. To physically become something else is something that will weirdly give me a lot of peace. I’m quite excited to work hard.
Taylor-Joy also gave an adorable little story about her father’s struggle to get the character’s name down: “My dad gives me a lot of hell because we speak Spanish; he calls her ‘Furiosa’ [with a pronounced accent]. And I’m like; it’s an English-speaking film. But, like, ‘OK, Daddy.’ I’ve got a grace period until August, and then I will be working back-to-back until mid-2023.”
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