Maisie Wil­liams blasts sex­u­al­iZa­tion of young ac­tresses

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Maisie Wil­liams has blasted the sex­u­al­i­sa­tion of young ac­tresses in Hol­ly­wood. The 'Game of Thrones' ac­tress says it is un­fair that teen stars are "forced to play char­ac­ters who are a lot more ma­ture" and she feels lucky that this hasn't hap­pened to her. Speak­ing to the Sun­day Times Style mag­a­zine, Maisie said: "I have been re­ally lucky, in that I play char­ac­ters who aren't nec­es­sar­ily the eye candy. It's hard for young ac­tresses who still feel like scrappy teenagers but are sort of forced to play char­ac­ters who are a lot more ma­ture, be­cause, you know, 'young sexy woman' re­ally sells in Hol­ly­wood." Maisie landed her role of Arya Stark in 'Game of Thrones' when she was just 12 and says she was a lot more fear­less at the age of 12 than she is now at 20. She ex­plained: "At 12, I was fear­less and didn't care, so I re­ally en­joyed it. But then, as each sea­son passed, the pressure built and it be­came a lit­tle de­struc­tive. Every­one goes through that dip in con­fi­dence. That also came with pu­berty. It all fiz­zled out a bit, and I lost my con­fi­dence and now I'm slowly start­ing to get it back again. "But the first two years were weird. I was hav­ing the time of my life, but I look back and I think I wasn't re­ally very happy be­cause I didn't have many friends. I had left school and I was work­ing a lot and it was a strange time. I re­mem­ber in maybe sea­son two or three, other cast mem­bers com­ing up to me and say­ing, 'Your life is go­ing to change', and to me that wasn't ex­cit­ing. I was, like, 'I don't want it to change, I quite en­joy my life.'"

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