It’s not everyday when your favorite Game of Thrones character openly admits why they are acting in the first place. Thought the HBO series has been widely popular, Maisie Williams recalled the initial reason why she said yes to the gig.
Maisie Williams was cast when she was just 12-years-old. After seven years of playing Arya Stark, she went from being a weird young girl to this lady prepped for stardom.
The time when she was starting out, Maisie Williams admitted that she was quite obsessed about the fact that she would earn money in acting.
“The thing I was really obsessed about was whether I would earn enough money to buy myself a laptop.”
She told the Guardian that she and her stepdad, Gary, were quite in agreement at the time. Gary told her, “I think there’ll be enough for a couple of laptops, Maisie.”
Maisie Williams has gotten quite an adjustment on this new-found fame. Being an actress, she knew that she was quite different from the generic Hollywood standards. Williams also said that she has a “weird” feeling about her fame.
“I know my looks are kind of weird—compared to other actors my age—but they work for me.”
They definitely did. Her feisty charm has given life to the beloved Arya Stark of Game of Thrones. With the sixth season just around the corner, fans are waiting to see what has changed for Maisie Williams and her character.
So far, there are no spoilers yet from Williams, but according to Yahoo!, the TV series would stray away from novelist George R. R. Martin’s version.
Nonetheless, it was interesting to discover the humble beginning of Maisie Williams.
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When Maisie Williams got accepted on Game of Thrones, she said she did not know much about HBO. But, when she landed the job, she still celebrated “not because I thought, ‘Oh, this could be a really big TV show.’ It was more like, ‘Oh, look! Maisie got cast in SOMETHING!’ ”
Even during the first two seasons of GOT, Williams still could not comprehend the massive impact of the show. It was not until the beginning of Season 3 that she realized how big their reach has been.
“We had our first proper premiere in L.A., and that was the first time I saw lots of fans in one place, and lots of paparazzi and cameras. I never believed that kind of thing actually happened, and there I was, standing in the middle of it all. That was the first time I thought, ‘Wow, my life is changing.’ “
Since Maisie Williams practically grew up in Arya Stark’s shoes, the actress said she had a parallel growth with the GOT character.
“I was just like Arya when I was little. I was no daughter of a lord like Arya, but I definitely preferred playing with my brothers more than with my sister. I used to watch my sister straightening and combing her hair and thought, ‘Oooh, that looks like so much effort!’ “
Williams added that Arya Stark has grown so much since the first time she encountered her story.
What’s even more captivating about Maisie Williams is her grip on reality. Though Game of Thrones has had the entire worldwide audiences at the edge of their seats, Williams realizes the fact that Game of Thrones will not stay here forever.
She said that the opportunity has been good for her, but she wanted to fight for her right to continue her craft.
As for spoilers, though Williams is a chatty girl, she never ever let the reporters steal any information from her.
“People feel like they want to know what’s going to happen, but they don’t really want to know. They wouldn’t want it spoiled for them,” she insists. “So it doesn’t feel like I’m keeping a deep, dark secret. It feels like, ‘Just wait! It’s going to be so much better with you sitting down and watching it, than with me ruining it for you by explaining it now.’ ”
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