At the age of 12, Maisie Williams was thrust into child stardom when she began her role as the young and feisty Arya Stark. Now, Williams has turned 20 and she is reflecting on her teenage years that were spent filming Game of Thrones, as well as other shows like Doctor Who.
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In an interview with The Times, Williams explained that in the early days of Game of Thrones, she was fearless. However, she revealed that this did not last forever. “As each season passed, the pressure built and it became a little destructive,” Williams said, adding, “Everyone goes through that dip in confidence. That also came with puberty.” She says she is now beginning to regain her confidence.
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Giles Hattersley of The Times emphasized, “she is hands down the best adjusted child star I’ve ever interviewed.” So how did the star of a wildly successful show like Game of Thrones manage to stay grounded? The actress shared, “It’s just that I never thought, growing up, I could really achieve my dreams, no matter how hard I worked. So when I did, I was, like, ‘Well, this could all end tomorrow, so I better do something good with it while it lasts.’”
Although Williams is still young, she says she notices herself turning more and more into a woman. And as she continues to grow, she will continue pursue a life that is ‘normal.’
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