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Maisie Williams on 'Game of Thrones', the Internet, and Emma Watson's 'First-World Feminism'

By Genevieve Burgess | Celebrity | December 13, 2014 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Celebrity | December 13, 2014 |

Maisie Williams gave a lot interview to The Guardian today that covers a number of topics, though a lot of it focuses on how landing the role of Arya Stark changed the course of her life. Williams is an impressive presence in the cast, and a fan-favorite, but that didn’t protect her from some nasty comments. She says that when the show first blew up “There were people all around me. And I was just stuck in my phone, stuck in this constant stream of what people thought of me.” She says that being close with her mom has helped her through the worst of it, and has said that her mother has complete access to her Twitter account just to keep an eye on what’s going on there for her.

As for the kind of life she wants for herself, she says that Lena Headey is her role model because “She’s a fantastic actress but she doesn’t live in the limelight. I never see headlines about her. I think she’s just cracked it - I don’t want to be on the pages of Hello! magazine.” Here’s hoping she gets exactly what she wants.

Williams also spoke about feminism, saying that she is a feminist but that it doesn’t define her. “There are bigger things going on in other countries,” Williams added. Referring to Emma Watson’s recent UN speech, in which she talked about her reasons for becoming a feminist, Maise seemed unbothered by Watson’s brand of “first-world feminism.”

“A lot of what Emma Watson spoke about, I just think, ‘that doesn’t bother me.’ I know things aren’t perfect for women in the UK and in America, but there are women in the rest of the world who have it far worse.”

Source: The Guardian

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Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.