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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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Can You Guess the Bookish Emmy Winners (That Aren’t Game of Thrones)?

Last night the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were the light of many viewers eyes. The final season of Game of Thrones might have lead the charge with no less than thirty-two nominations, but history was made when Billy Porter became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work in “Pose.”

In addition, Fleabag took home four Emmys, Chernobyl took home three, Ozark and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home two each.

But besides Game of Thrones taking home Outstanding Drama Series (no comment) and Peter Dinkage taking home Outstanding Supporting Actor, do know what other bookish adaptations took home Emmys?

 

A Very English Scandal

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They were A Very English Scandal

 

Killing Eve

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…and Killing Eve.

 

 

A Very English Scandal is a true crime non-fiction novel by John Preston. Published on May 5th, 2016, the novel details how in 1979 Jeremy Thrope, a Liberal Party leader who served in Parliament, stood trial over accusations that he hired a hitman to kill his alleged ex-lover, Norman Scott.

The book details Thorpe’s early, secretive love life, at a time when sexual activity between men was illegal, his subsequent public exposure, and how he was acquitted at trial.

The Guardian described the novel as “a real page-turner” and claimed that it was “probably the most forensic, elegantly written and compelling account of one of the 20th century’s great political scandals”

Of course the book got an adaptation, and the three-part series that got a premiere on BBC One on May 20 2018 and on Amazon Prime on June 29 2018.

 

Jeremy Thrope and Norman Scott

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Hugh Grant stared in the show as Jeremy Thorpe, the former Liberal Party Leader,

Ben Whishaw portrayed Norman Josiffe/Norman Scott, Jeremy’s alleged lover…

 

Monica Dolan as Marion Thorpe

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…and Monica Dolan played Marion Thorpe, Jeremy’s wife.

The Rotten Tomatoes‘s critical consensus on the show reads, “Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw impress in A Very English Scandal, an equally absorbing and appalling look at British politics and society” and Metacritic gave the miniseries a weighted average rating of 84 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.

 

Hugh Grant

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Hugh Grant got a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, but lost to Jharrel Jerome’s portrayal of Korey Wise in When They See Us.

 

Russell T Davies

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Russell T Davies got a nomination for “Best Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama,” but lost to Craig Mazin, writer of HBO’s Chernobyl, the show that made HBO Viewers everywhere regret cancelling their HBO subscription when Game of Thrones ended.

 

Stephen Frears

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Stephen Frears got a nomination for “Best Directing for a Limited Series”, but lost to Don Roy King, director of the always-funny-sometimes-hilarious Saturday Night Live.

 

Ben Whishaw

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Ben Whishaw got the nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie,” but thing weren’t looking too good for him.

See, the real Norman Scott is the only one of the main cast still alive, and he told the Irish News back in May that:

Artistic license is fine but this isn’t my story. And there’s nothing funny about someone trying to kill you…I’m portrayed as this poor, mincing, little gay person … I also come across as a weakling and I’ve never been a weakling

Well, Ben Whishaw won the Emmy anyway for his portrayal of Norman Josiffe/Norman Scott.

 

 

Codename Villanelle

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Codename Villanelle is a 2018 thriller novel by British author Luke Jennings. Published from 2014 until 2016, the novel is actually a compilation of four serial e-book novellas that follows both Villanelle and Eve Polastri.

Once a Russian orphan, Villanelle murdered the killers of her gangster father before being rescued from prison and trained as a hitwoman by a shadowy group called The Twelve.

Then we have the “dowdy but dogged MI5 agent” Eve Polastri, the agent assassinating with taking down Villanelle.

As Polastri gets closer and closer to Villanelle in her investigation, she develops an obsession with catching this killer while Villanelle interest in this MI5 agent also turns into an obsession.

Publishers Weekly praised the book as an “exceptional spy thriller” with “superior prose” and “cracker jack plot”,

Too juice to resist, the book was adapted by BBC America and renamed Killing Eve.

 

Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri

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It stars Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri…

 

Jodie Comer as Villanelle

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…and Jodie Comer as Villanelle.

Interestingly, each of the show’s seasons has featured a different female showrunner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge was head writer of season one, while Emerald Fennell took over for season two. Suzanne Heathcote will serve as showrunner for season three.

Before we get ahead of ourselves and binge-watch season 3, let’s find out how season 2 held up at the Emmys…

 

 

To start, Killing Eve was nominated for “Outstanding Drama Series”, but to Emmy Awards-darling Game of Thrones.

 

Emerald Fennell

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However, both Emerald Fennell and writing-team David Benioff and D.B. Weiss of Game of Thrones both ended up losing to Jesse Armstrong from Succession for the “Writing for a Drama Series” award.

Ozark was also repeatedly taking down Killing Eve.

 

Lisa Brühlmann

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Lisa Brühlmann might have got a nomination for “Directing for a Drama Series”, but Jason Bateman, director of Ozark, got the award.

 

Fiona Shaw

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And Fiona Shaw, along with Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams from Emmy Awards-darling Game of Thrones, all lost to Julia Garner from Ozark for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series”.

But before the end of the night was the “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” award where both Jodie Comer (Villanelle) and Sandra Oh (Polastri) were nominated. They faced off against Laura Linney from Ozark and Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones, as well as a host of other talented actresses, but Jodie Comer won out in the end. Funny enough, Comer didn’t invite her parents because, get this, she didn’t think she had a chance.

 

 

So what do you think of these winners? What do you think of the non-adaptation winners? What show was your favorite?

 

 

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Wins Big at the Emmys!

On Sunday night, the cast of Game of Thrones took their final bow. Actors and actresses who we’ve grown to love in their iconic roles throughout the series, such as Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Gwendoline Christie assembled a final time on stage.

 

 

Despite coming off the heels of the (very) controversial final season, it was nevertheless a wonderful night to see this talented crew one last time. Game of Thrones was nominated in all of the major categories but surprisingly, only went home with two, although they were nevertheless very big ones. Let’s dive in and see what went down last night!

 

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Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice van Houten
71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Show, Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, USA – 22 Sep 2019

 

Unfortunately, most of Game of Thrones’s wonderful cast were not winners this evening. Despite being nominated for Lead Actor, Lead Actress and Supporting Actress, the fantasy epic series ended up losing all three of them. Fan favorites such as Maisie William’s Arya Stark, Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark, and Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne of Tarth, to say nothing of Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen. Disappoint for all the work the ensemble put into the show, especially in terms of its outstanding female cast.

 

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However, one actor who didn’t get left out was Peter Dinklage, who took home his fourth win for the series. He set the record with the most wins ever in his category (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), beating out Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. In his acceptance speech, Peter Dinklage said:

 

“I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is all about tolerance and diversity, because nowhere else could I be standing on a stage like this. It’s been about 10 years, all said and done, from the moment I met David and Dan till now. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew that David and Dan were quite brilliant…We did nothing but sweat, we did nothing but laugh. Dave and Dan, we literally walked through fire and ice for you—literally—and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”

 

He faced tough competition but emerged the only cast member with an award from the evening. Peter Dinklage’s win was pretty much guaranteed but he undoubtedly deserved it and his work as Tyrion Lannister will doubtlessly remain one of the iconic roles of television.

 

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The show also lost out on Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing, but took home arguably the biggest prize of the night: Outstanding Drama Series. This also marked the show’s fourth win for the award and took home the final win for the night overall. The entire cast, plus writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, took the stage to thank the world for watching the series. It was a bittersweet end and we’re sure to now be feeling the effects of a post-Game of Thrones world.

But never fret! Two spinoffs are on the way and maybe, someday, George R.R. Martin will finish the Winds of Winter. Just because the show is over doesn’t mean the world of Westeros hasn’t come to an end.

 

 

 

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Maisie Williams and Arya Stark

Maisie Williams Killed It With the Best/Worst April Fools Joke EVER!

Breaking news! Maisie Williams accidentally spilled the beans on the Jimmy Fallon Show.

The interview starts out with the basics: Jimmy asks Maisie what events in the have defined Arya, and Maisie starts with, “Number one would be Ned’s beheading”.

 

Ned Stark's final moments

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Ouch. And she says it with such candor. Seven years and this type of candor still feels too soon. Maisie continues with talking about how Arya was with Sandor Clegane, steadily getting dark, culminating in the line, “One day I’m going to stick a knife through your eye and out the back of your skull” and how this line showed “how messed up in the head [Arya] had become.”

Cue nervous laughter from the audience.

 

Arya and Sandor Clegane
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Honestly at this point it was all pretty standard, and I was getting relaxed in my seat. Get to the good stuff!

Maisie keeps going, talking about how in Season 5, Arya got rid of her original costume and how in “last season she reunited with Sansa”. That last part is straight out of Maisie’s mouth, and it’s about as exciting as watching paint dry. No offence to Maisie , but all this stuff is standard at this point. It’s been said before and said again at least a thousand times by now.

Then the bomb shell drops. About a minute and thirty seconds into the video, after Maisie gets done with talking about how HBO wants the cast to keep a tight lip on everything, Jimmy asks for “just a crumb”.

“Just a crumb, m’lady,” Jimmy goes.

Maisie chuckles before talking about how the last day was really emotional with saying goodbye to everyone “because when I found out Arya died in like the second episode it was…”

 

A shocked Maisie Williams

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Maisie pauses, and gasps. You can hear a pin drop in the room. There are gasps in the room. Maisie holds a hand over her mouth. She’s shaking, asking if this is live, if they can edit it out. Jimmy does his best to comfort her but she’s near tears. Her smiles are fake, her eyes are as wide as a deer in the headlights.

 

Maisie Williams and Jimmy Fallon

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At this point, I wanted to un-hear what I just said. Maisie was tugging at my heart strings. It was uncomfortable and I felt bad for her, bad I could still hear. Jimmy tries to start over with an applause, but as soon as it stops Maisie can’t take it and runs off stage.

A distraught Jimmy Fallon

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And Jimmy sits there, distraught. What he just heard, what he just saw, it was, it was….too much.

After a while he stands up, goes to the side, pulls the curtain, and he and Maisie go “APRIL FOOLS!”

And you think we’re bad.

Seriously, though, this just proves what we already know: Maisie Williams is an amazing actress. Check it out for yourselves!

 

 

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Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams Is Gunning for the Theater After ‘Game of Thrones’

Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams has over a year before HBO’s smash adaptation ends, but she’s already planning on her post-Arya Stark years. While promoting Early Man, which features her debut voice acting role, Williams revealed what she’d like to do after GoT.

 

After doing this and really working on my voice I would love to do theatre. It would be wonderful to constantly stay inside my comfort zone but I think I owe it to myself just keep pushing myself and wanting to do more different things and new and exciting things.

 

She is an actress, so the idea of performing in theater is, you know, not surprising. Still, it does make theater fans wonder who Williams could play. Maybe Viola from Twelfth Night? Stella from A Streetcar Named Desire? Nora from A Doll’s House?

 

Arya Stark is a slippery character, and Williams has had to wear several hats (or faces) in her time on GoT. Though she’s trying to get out of her comfort zone, I’d say Arya has given her plenty of room to try new things out. Every season she seems to be the most recognizably different than pretty much any other character on the show. As others change incrementally, Arya has a proper transformation every season.

 

Whatever the future holds for Maisie Williams after GoT, at the moment, I really only care to see how Arya’s arc ends. And will it be different from what George R. R. Martin has planned? Only (a lot of) time will tell.

 

Arya Stark

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