Anya Taylor-involvement Joy’s in a project typically ensures a few things: a disturbing storyline, a primary character who is misunderstood, and a string of eye-catching press tour appearances. The actress appears to be taking that final one extremely seriously in order to promote her most recent movie, The Menu.
The dark comedy, which was directed by Mark Mylod (Succession), centres on a young couple named Margot and Tyler (Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult), who go to a high-end destination restaurant for a special dining occasion. The movie, which opens in theatres on November 18, purportedly uses gore, murder, and horror to parody the competitive fine dining scene. Hungry?
As a result, Anya Taylor-Joy serves up (pun intended) a variety of diverse looks during The Menu promotional events. The actor’s varying outfits over the past week have ranged from sci-fi-inspired to vintage to gothic glam, and felt more like a collection of costumes than everyday clothing for going out. When Anya Taylor-Joy is on a press tour, it seems like the Met Gala is happening every day, but the general public isn’t complaining.
On November 9 in London, the actor walked out wearing a surreal, antique black and white houndstooth dress and coordinating jacket by Alaa, kicking off the fashion festivities. Later that day, she changed up her look with an asymmetrical bright blue dress from the spring 2023 collection by Alexander McQueen. But this was just the start.
Taylor-Joy donned a delectably unexpected look the next day, on November 10, when she went to accept an award at the Harper’s Bazaar UK Women of the Year Awards. She accessorised her tie-up top and hoop skirt ensemble from Dior’s spring 2023 collection with thick eyeliner and trailing pigtails. The Little Bo Peep meets vampire style was affectionately referred to as “strange” and “odd.” Above all else, though, it felt authentic to her, or rather, to her characters.
Even though Anya Taylor-Joy is a highly sought-after Hollywood star, not much is known about her. The celebrity is typically private about her personal life, even getting married in a “secret” ceremony to boyfriend Malcolm McRae during the summer, aside from her headline-grabbing red carpet appearances.
Street style paparazzi photos, which have developed into their own aesthetic category among her supporters, are the only actual glimpses the general public receives into her daily life. In the end, her elusiveness just enhances her mystifyingly ethereal appearance and, in some ways, helps her embody her on-screen identity on the red carpet. Anya Taylor-Joy can be anybody she wants on the red carpet since we don’t really know who she is.
Taylor-characters Joy’s are frequently strange, unwelcoming, and challenging to read, from her spooky debut performance in 2015’s The Witch to her fascinating portrayal of the competitive Beth Harmon in 2020’s The Queen’s Gambit to her take on a sneaky witch in 2022’s The Northman. She actually prefers them that way. She recently said of her on-screen personas, “What has drawn me to them is that they’re outcasts.
Margot from The Menu is similarly referred to as a “enigma.” She isn’t bothered by the glitzy restaurant’s publicity and isn’t frightened to be herself in an exclusive, frightening environment. Therefore, we shouldn’t settle for anything less than a parade of Anya Taylor-shamelessly Joy’s bizarre outfits to advertise the movie. And that is exactly what we are receiving.
The actor shocked the audience on November 10 while dressed in a tough Harris Reed bell bottom ensemble. On November 14, she wore a lacy Dior short dress with cut-out opera gloves to the New York premiere of the movie in order to retain the keep-’em-guessing vibe. She changed into a vampy-yet-romantic outfit the following day, donning a red Magda Butrym minidress, a trench coat to match, tights, and pumps.