Maisie Williams Speaks Out: Playing Arya Made Her Feel ‘Ashamed’ Of Her Body

Game of Thrones is over. But we’ll likely be hearing behind the scenes tales for years to come. And one such story has emerged from no other than Maisie Williams, who portrayed the very popular Arya Stark on the show. According to BuzzFeed, Maisie William felt many negative pressures as she continued on the show through the years. She began to play Arya at 14 but Maisie Williams revealed that when her body started to mature around season 2 or 3, steps were taken behind the scenes to make sure her body matched up with how Arya was supposed to be.

In a statement, Maisie Williams said:

“Around Season 2 or 3, my body started to mature and I started to become a woman, but Arya was still very much like trying to be disguised as a boy.”

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The extensive modifications and makeup required for this included: cutting her hair incredibly short, covering Maisie in dirt, smudging her nose, and suppressing her breasts with a strap. This process caused Maisie to have negative images of her body and made her feel ‘horrible’ for six months per year during shooting. However, since the show’s end, Maisie has been embracing her body and showing it off more, embracing fashions and even a new, pink hairstyle to distance herself from the role of Arya.

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Maisie further said:


“In this new phase of my style it’s nice to look more feminine, have a real waistline, and, you know, embrace the body I have.”


Its unfortunate that Maisie Williams was subject to such extreme conditions that she hated herself. Hopefully, now that the show is over, she can embrace herself and feel much better about life. How do you feel about Maisie’s story? Let us know in the comments!

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Danaerys riding dragon

New ‘GOT’ Teaser Reveals Jon Finally Riding Dragon!

No, this isn’t an April Fools joke! This weekend, specifically March 31st, a new Game of Thrones promo was released. Although it features a lot of footage taken from the main trailer, the new promo also features tantalizing new details that have us salivating for the new season in just two weeks. Some specific new aspects of footage look to finally be confirming fan theories and giving us the season we’ve been waiting for.

The promos were not released online but in true internet fashion, they’ve been posted online anyway through shaky cam footage filmed on TV screens.  Check out the clip below!


The promos were not released online but in true internet fashion, they’ve been posted online anyway through shaky cam footage filmed on TV screens. This article from Vanity Fair showcased the footage that was glimpsed by fans and they do not disappoint. Highlights include:


Daenyrus sits on the throne in a triumphant pose, looking straight at the viewer
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  • The two dragons flying over Winterfell. Arya and Sansa are looking up in wonder at the magnificent beasts, which makes sense since they haven’t the creatures yet. But also looking up in wonder are Davos, Tyrion, and Varys, who have been spending tons of time around dragons. It makes sense then that they’d be astonished since Jon himself would be riding a dragon and with Tyrion on the ground, it has to be Jon up there. While the dragon’s backs appear to be empty, Jon was probably edited out to avoid spoilers. We hope that’s the case, at least!


  • In the assembly hall of Winterfell, as Tyrion addresses the crowd, Arya and Sansa are sitting side by side. It looks like the sisters are working together, heading Winterfell side by side in the face of a larger threat.


  • Beric Dondarrion is also seen, waving his flaming sword around. While the context is ambiguous, it also is accompanied by a shot of the Hound wincing, suggesting either Beric is threatening his old opponent or Beric draws his sword is close proximity to the Hound, pointing towards them working on the same team. Either way, its exciting!


  • Finally, we see Jon walking away from Daenyrus, as Daenyrus looks moodily into a campfire. Perhaps the two have finally figured out they are related and this puts a damper on their admittedly sort of gross relationship. Drama!


In any case, the new footage looks great and we can’t wait to see it all, especially our deep hope that Jon finally takes to the air on a dragon’s back! Catch the premier on April 26th, only on HBO!



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