Rising star Anya Taylor-Joy calls her role of Casey in M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming film "Split" quite a "daunting" undertaking, so much so that she admits to crying after the first time she read the script.
"I come from a place of love, and I love her so much," Taylor-Joy explained about her tormented character. "I really feel for her, which also means that I feel her pain. I'll always remember after the first read-through -- and I knew it would be daunting to get into this headspace -- I just cried, because I felt for her so deeply."
In addition to her own performance, which she delivers with intense emotional depth, Taylor-Joy made sure to call out McAvoy for his tour de force turn as Kevin, who has 23 other personalities living inside him.
"James performs so beautifully," she gushed. "His work is truly epic in this film. I could tell [which character] I was speaking to just from, you know, a flicker of an eyebrow or the turn of a mouth."
Watch my full conversation with Anya Taylor-Joy above. Split hits theaters on Friday, Jan. 20.
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Anya Taylor-joy attends the presentation of the movie MULTIPLE at the Villamagna hotel in Madrid January 12, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 12: (L-R) M. Night Shyamalan, Anya Taylor-Joy and James Mcavoy attend 'Multiple' photocall at Villa Magna Hotel on January 12, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/FilmMagic)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 11: M. Night Shyamalan and Anya Taylor-Joy attend a photocall for 'Split' on January 11, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Anya Taylor-Joy arrives at AFI FEST 2016 Presented By Audi - Screening Of Universal Picture's 'Split' at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Actors Betty Buckley and James McAvoy, director/writer/producer M. Night Shyamalan, and actress Anya Taylor-Joy attend the premiere of 'Split' at AFI Fest 2016, presented by Audi at The Chinese Theatre on November 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for AFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Burberry show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer collections 2016/2017 at Makers House on September 19, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the IWC Schaffhausen Dinner in Honour of the BFI at Rosewood London on October 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for IWC Schaffhausen )
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 on September 21, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for GUCCI)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle's annual celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for InStyle )
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Anya Taylor-Joy attends W Magazine NKPR IT House x Producers Ball Studio at IT Lounge on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actresses Anya Taylor-Joy (L) and Jenna Elfman from the film 'Barry' pose for a portrait during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at the Intercontinental Hotel on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the 11th Annual Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy discusses the film 'The Witch' at Apple Store Soho on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Model Anya Taylor-Joy arrives at the Saint Laurent show at the Hollywood Palladium on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy arrives at the premiere of A24's 'The Witch' at ArcLight Cinemas on February 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/Getty Images)