‘It’s nice to look more fem­i­nine’

Maisie Wil­liams says GOT made her ‘ashamed’ of ma­tur­ing body

Edmonton Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

Maisie Wil­liams felt shame at hav­ing to hide her fem­i­nin­ity, in­clud­ing strap­ping down her chest, to play young Arya Stark on Game of Thrones.

the ac­tress be­gan film­ing on the first sea­son of the Hbo se­ries when she was just 11. but her char­ac­ter’s time­line didn’t match up with her own, mean­ing she was forced to ap­pear younger on cam­era — which she in­sists made her feel “hor­ri­ble.”

“around Sea­son 2 or 3 my body started to ma­ture and I started to be­come a woman, but arya was still very much like try­ing to be dis­guised as a boy,” she told Vogue. “I had to have re­ally short hair and they’d con­stantly cover me in dirt and shade my nose so it looked re­ally broad and I looked re­ally manly...

“they’d also put this strap across my chest to flat­ten any growth that had started and that just felt hor­ri­ble for six months of the year, and I felt kind of ashamed for a while.”

While the star was un­happy at the time, she now ap­pre­ci­ates that be­ing able to play younger roles adds “value” to her as an ac­tress, ex­plain­ing: “When you’re a young ac­tress you want to look re­ally grown up. I was re­ally con­scious not to do that at the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer be­cause even though I was 16/18, I was still look­ing like 12/14. that’s re­ally pow­er­ful when you’re an ac­tor. Play­ing younger is a valu­able thing.”

Wil­liams, now 22, went on to share the ex­pe­ri­ence of in­hibit­ing her fem­i­nin­ity re­sulted in her en­deav­our­ing to “em­brace” her body, adding: “In this new phase of my style it’s nice to look more fem­i­nine and have a real waist­line, and you know em­brace the body that I have.”


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