Anya Taylor-Joy, of Witch and Split fame, will play another witchy woman. In The New Mutants, Magik, aka Illyana Rasputin—younger sister of Colossus of the X-Men—has sorcery and teleportation powers. Long before she registered on the radar of Hollywood, Taylor-Joy was just another young hopeful looking for her big break. Stories of young actors being discovered in mundane situations abound in show business, from Marilyn Monroe being spotted while working in a munitions factory for the war effort, to Charlize Theron being noticed after getting into an argument with a bank teller.
In the case of Taylor-Joy, her story is a bit more of a hair-raising experience. The star was walking her dog while trying out high heels for the first time when she noticed a car following her. Panicking, as many of us might when spotting a dark car creeping down the street behind us, Taylor-Joy grabbed her dog and started running. "And this guy popped out," she explained to Interview Magazine, "and was like, 'If you stop, you won't regret it.' Which now, looking back, I'm like, dumb move. If someone says that to you, you keep running." Good thing she didn't though. That man was a modeling scout and helped set Taylor-Joy on the path to Hollywood.