There is only one Reddit, and the commenters’ names are many. And there is only one thing we say to an AMA: “Okay, today.” Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, aka Arya Stark, is only 17, but she handled those Redditors like a pro.
What’s her biggest struggle since she began working on the series?
“Very long hours. Because I love to sleep. I like sleeping more than most of my siblings. So staying awake and working long, long hours is very difficult.”
On the biggest change in her life since she started Game of Thrones:
“Being recognized in the street. I used to enjoy being quite anonymous, and now I have to kind of be aware that people know who I am sometimes.”
When did she realize the series was a big deal?
“Season 3. At the season 3 premiere, we went to the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, and stepping out of the car, with hundreds of people screaming my name, is when I realized that this show completely changed my life. It was very, very daunting - I found it quite scary - but it happened gradually, so I had time to get used to it.”
On reading the books…
“I haven’t read the books. And I didn’t read them before I got the role.
I do want to read them but I’m going to wait until the season is finished. But I can’t wait to see what really happens to Arya! Yes!”
What’s been her most difficult scene to film?
“There’s actually a scene in the coming season… which was my most difficult scene to film. And I think fans are going to be really excited about it. More emotional than we’ve seen Arya in previous seasons.”
On how her left-handed swordplay is going…
” MUCH better. I feel like I’ve improved a lot. I don’t hit anyone, or myself, as much anymore. Still don’t know if I could actually kill anyone though.
I could try?”
Who would she have Arya kill?
“It’d be pretty cool to kill a White Walker. But I don’t know how much good that would do, because like 6 million of ‘em would gang up on her. But that would be on Arya’s bucket list - to kill a White Walker.”
Which cast member is most like his/her character?
“Rory is quite similar to The Hound before breakfast, in that, if he hasn’t eaten, he’s kind of grumpy! haha! But I love ‘im regardless.”
If she could change roles with another Game of Thrones character, who would she like to play; Who would she like to see end up on the Iron Throne?
“I would love to play… Cersei, because she’s badass.
Ehm - I think… Bronn (Tyrion’s left hand man) would do a really good job? Cuz he’s funny!”
Has she ever experienced an uncontrolled laughing fit while filming?
“The one time was in series 3, episode 8, when I was supposed to laugh anyway - when Arya cracked up laughing at the news of her dead aunt - and I was watching funny videos on my phone, so I giggled endlessly, and they liked it, and so did the audience.”
What with all the adult content, is she allowed to watch the show? What are the issues with having minors on set?
” I’m allowed to watch the show. I’m not around when they shoot the more adult scenes. But yeah, I watch the show, I enjoy it, and I feel like I’m a bit of a fan of the show.”
What would her house sigil and words be?
“I’ve answered this question before! My sigil would be a tortoise, and my saying would be “Go hard or go home” because your shell is hard, and it’s also your home, so…”
Has she taken any souvenirs from the set?
“I have sneakily removed some of the Faceless Man coins from set. And they have gone missing. And I have NO idea where they went!”
Does she get to keep Needle (or a replica)?
“Not yet! But I’m hoping to steal one in the future, so I can keep it for myself!”
Does she ever get to see (the dog) who played Nymeria anymore?
” I don’t get to see the dogs anymore. But after my dog (who played Nymeria) finished playing Nymeria, she actually went on to play Shaggy Dog, and they dyed her. She was the best behaved dog out of all of them, so she ended up playing all the other wolves, even though she was mine originally. Yeah. It’s cool!”
Has anyone topped the strange request she got from a fan in Indianapolis — to read his name in the death prayer?
“NO, that is still definitely the weirdest fan encounter that I’ve had.
I tell people about it all the time, it was so funny.”
A certain someone stopped by…
How did she not faint around Pedro Pascal?
“It’s very difficult. I’m madly in love with him. And it’s quite - everybody has a crush on him. But I’d never tell him. Oh well, now the internet knows.”
If she wasn’t an actress, what career would she choose?
“Dancing. That was kind of my career path before acting, but yeah. Things change. And now I’m acting.”
A famous person (living or dead) she’d love to meet…
“Audrey Hepburn. And I don’t know if I’d even want to do anything? I’d probably just want to sit and stare at her for a bit, because I think she’s really cool.
I’d be starstruck. Embarrassing stuff, really. But it’d be worth it.”
What actor(s) she’d love to work with…
“Um… I would like to work with… I really admire Charlize Theron, but I don’t know if I’d want to work with her, because I’d be hugely intimidated, but I think she’s a fantastic actress.”
Does she have any bad habits?
“Strange habits… not habits, but like, if at the beginning of the day, when I’m getting into my costume for work, if I don’t have everything on properly - like my socks aren’t underneath my trousers, and my t-shirts not buttoned and tucked in, then I automatically feel like I’m going to have a bad day. It’s less a habit, and more an OCD thing.”
Her favorite video game?
“Me and my brothers enjoy playing a computer game called “Amnesia” which is really scary!
We haven’t completed it yet, but we’re close.”
The superpower she’d choose…
“Ehm…oooh! If I had a super-power… I can’t think of anything? Oh! Probably shape-shift.”
What would she name the first city on Mars?
Ehm. What would I name the first city on Mars? Mar-zipan!
I find marzipan quite disgusting, but that was the first thing that came into my head.”
Her answer to redditor NarwhalKing1’s marriage proposal:
“No. Haha. Let’s just be friends!”
Is she playing Ellie in The Last of Us film adaptation?
“THE LAST OF US movie is in very early days. I have spoken to powerful people who are getting THE LAST OF US on its feet. And I’m hopeful that I can play Ellie in the future, but we’ll all have to wait and see.”
Is she Team Batman or Superman?
“Batman! Because he’s got a cool car.”
Her favorite breakfast is “TOAST. And Marmite. Every day;” she prefers pie to cake (“I like savory pies, like meat pies. I don’t really like sweet food.”); and patronizing adults are her least favorite thing:
“Patronizing adults, saying “back in my day, blahblahblah” because I’m sure they found it annoying in their day when adults said back in MY day - I don’t know what it was like in your day, I was only born 17 years ago, so stop being patronizing about it!”