Anya Taylor-Joy gushes over working with Ralph Fiennes on ‘The Menu’ | USA TODAY

Actress Anya Taylor-Joy dishes on what it was like working with Ralph Fiennes on the new movie “The Menu,” set for release on Friday, November 18th.

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Don’t watch “The Menu” on an empty stomach. In the dark comedy thriller (in theaters Friday), Anya Taylor-Joy plays an enigmatic young woman named Margot who accompanies her foodie boyfriend (Nicholas Hoult) to an exclusive restaurant run by a menacing celebrity chef (Ralph Fiennes). Margot scoffs at the bougie clientele and conceptual cuisine and refuses to eat the progressively depraved dishes. But there is one greasy entrée that she relishes at the end of the film – and it was well worth the wait, the actress says.

“By the time we shot that, I was so hungry from watching everybody eat all day that I really did devour the whole thing,” Taylor-Joy says in an recent interview. “Just talking about this movie makes me hungry. I’m really looking forward to lunch.”

After breakthrough roles in 2016’s “The Witch” and the 2020 Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit,” Taylor-Joy, 26, has become one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. She also appeared in “Amsterdam” and “The Northman” this year, and just wrapped shooting the “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel “Furiosa” in Australia, playing a younger version of Charlize Theron’s renegade warrior. With so many scripts coming her way, it can be hard to find projects that are genuinely surprising.

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