I’ve been a fan of Anya Taylor-Joy since 2015’s “The Witch” and she now wonderfully and perfectly embodies the role of Beth Harmon in Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit” from director Scott Frank.  It’s an intelligent coming-of-age story and an honest look at addiction while paying homage to the brilliance of chess!  I sat down with Taylor-Joy to talk about her connection to the character, and how she showed her range in the series.

“The Queen’s Gambit” starts streaming on Netflix on Oct. 23rd.

Harry Melling, the bratty Dudley Dursley from the “Harry Potter” films is all grown-up and playing Harry Beltik in Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit.”  Meanwhile, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, you may remember him as the eldest of the children in 2005’s “Nanny McPhee” is also all grown-up and stars as Benny Watts.  I talked to the actors about their interest in joining the cast and their characters’ relationship to Beth beautifully played by Anya Taylor-Joy.

I was so excited to talk to Marielle Heller for her brilliant films “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”  She hasn’t acted in front of the camera for years until “The Queen’s Gambit.”  Why did she choose to return to acting, and what attracted her to the character of Mrs. Alma Wheatley?  Take a look at our interview.

“The Queen’s Gambit” is Moses Ingram’s first big break and on-screen role.  She stars as Jolene, Beth Harmon’s friend from the orphanage.  So what did Moses learn from her foray into TV series, what were the challenges, and what attracted her to her character?

Here’s the trailer for the Netflix series.