Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams On How Growing Up as Arya Stark Conflicted With Her Womanhood

The English actress reflected on her time as the legendary character in an interview with British ‘GQ’ released Tuesday, as well as on what she has learnt about herself in the aftermath of the successful fantasy series.

Maisie Williams opens up about her experience as Arya Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, a role and series for which she was cast at the age of twelve. Williams literally grew up on television and experienced several coming-of-age events on set over the course of the show’s eight seasons, which contributed to his conflicted views towards the role.

In an interview with British GQ published Tuesday, the now-24-year-old actress recounted being handed a bra for the first time in the costume department, and how it felt out of character with the tomboyish and athletic figure that Game of Thrones fans had grown accustomed to over the years.

“I believe that when I began to develop as a woman, I resented Arya because I was unable to express myself,” she told the publication. “And then I despised my body for being out of step with the piece of me that the world celebrated.”

Williams was nominated for two Primetime Emmys for her performance on the series. Fellow cast members Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, and Kit Harington were also honoured, as was the show, which received multiple honours.

Williams responds to a question about what she misses about the show, “Can I say none of it?” The actress emphasises that, while she “adored” her time on the fantasy series, she does not intend to express an explicit nostalgia for that period of her youth.

“I don’t believe it’s healthy for me to miss it,” she says. “I look at it with such fondness and pride. However, why would I choose to make myself miserable about the best thing that has ever occurred to me? I’m not interested in associating that with sensations of agony.”

Williams did, however, reprise his role as Arya in the Warner Bros. computer game MultiVersus – but only in voice. “I’m not saying it would never happen,” Williams tells GQ when asked if she would reprise the role. “The proper time and the right people must exist.”

Williams has been in a number of other episodes since Game of Thrones concluded, including the dramedy Two Weeks to Live, the animated adventure series Gen: Lock, and the biographical series Pistol, which chronicles the life of Sex Pistols musician Steve Jones.

Williams compared the Game of Thrones aftermath to “being born again” in the GQ interview, telling the publication that now is the moment to embrace new characters. “I was rejecting a lot of the aspects of myself and my image that I’d been so well-known for,” she adds, referring to her recent cosmetic modifications. “I believe that sometimes other individuals want assistance in recognising that you are a distinct person.”

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