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'The Queen's Gambit' Star Anya Taylor-Joy Learned English By Reading 'Harry Potter'

Yup, her first language is *not* English.
PHOTO: Netflix/The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit is a new show on Netflix that has been getting a lot of positive attention on social media. It stars Anya Taylor-Joy who plays the chess prodigy Beth Harmon. Since then, she's been taking the spotlight for her impressive performance on the series. Before that, though, she already played a variety of roles in the films Split and Emma, and in the shows Peaky Blinders and The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, which made fans even more interested in her.

But Anya actually has a very interesting upbringing. Born in Miami in 1996, the 24-year-old actress grew up in Argentina, which is why her first language is *not* English. She only learned it when her family moved to England. In an interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Anya revealed that she learned English through the Harry Potter books. Because of this, she would always be muttering fictional words as a child. "I was either casting spells continuously or using very annoying words," Anya shares.

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Her first language is Spanish and she is still fluent in it. Here she is doing a press interview for the movie Split in her first language. Talk about a bilingual queen!

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