Maisie Williams Talks Arya and Game of Thrones Fame
Maisie Williams may not be a household name but, for many, her character surely is.
16-year old Williams has played Arya Stark in the HBO television series Game of Thrones since it premiered in 2011. It was her first role and since then she has received critical acclaim for her performance. In 2012, she won Best Supporting Actress at the Portal Awards, making her the youngest ever to win in that category.
Despite being on one of the hottest shows on television, Williams isn’t exactly comfortable with all the fame she is receiving, especially recently at the premiere of season four at the Lincoln Center.
“It was crazy. And really embarrassing!” she said. “I just lit up so much, I buried my head.”
However, Williams does not regret getting the role of the youngest Stark girl.
“I’m just so grateful that I got the opportunity to work with these people because I came in to this not having a clue what I was doing” she told DNA in an interview. “It’s been so nice to have such fantastic influences on set there with me and to be sat opposite these fantastic actors and just to feed off of them.”
One actor that she is working closely with in the new season is Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, played by Scottish actor Rory McCann. Williams spoke about their on-screen partnership as one that is perhaps not the healthiest of relationships.
“I feel like [Arya’s] being heavily influenced by the Hound and his intense brutality. He just tends to get the job done rather than worry about emotions and what is right and wrong. He’s probably not the best influence when you’re 12 years old,” she said.
But Williams’ favorite actor on the set? None other than Tywin Lannister.
“When [Charles Dance] is on set everyone is just silent for him, but he deserves everything – he’s just the most fascinating person to watch and I’m just so privileged to have worked so closely with him. The way that he incorporates props into the scene or how he moves around the space … and how natural he was in saying this dialogue that is not natural for someone of my age, you know, it’s not a natural way of saying things – it was really helpful just listening to him.”
You can catch Arya – and the rest of the Game of Thrones crew – on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. EST on HBO.
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