MY WORLD / Maisie Williams on growing up famous
Aug 9, 2019
Gallery Update / Interviews / Photoshoots

‘To be nominated in a category like that, with so many women from the show, it just feels so good’, says Maisie of her 2019 Emmy nomination. Maisie has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the role which catapulted her to stardom: Arya Stark of the internationally acclaimed TV show Game of Thrones. Since the finale, the actor’s down-to-earth charm has surpassed her character’s buzz and has led to her becoming one of the most celebrated women on the planet. Here, Maisie gives us a glimpse into how she shaped Arya, reflects on the moments that have defined her and selects some of her favourite pieces of the new season.

Photography by Reuben Selby.

‘I grew up in the public eye. All of my lessons were learned while people were watching me. I think that was actually really helpful, in some ways…

As a famous person, people are constantly asking you about yourself, and it sort of forces you to be really aware of who you are – but sometimes a bit too much, particularly with your physical appearance. You’re constantly trying to prove who you are through the way you look, and it can drive you a bit insane sometimes. But, in terms of what’s on the inside, I sort of had to figure that out very quickly because so many people were asking for my opinion. It makes you really try and understand where you stand in the world, and, although it was quite a difficult way of doing that, I think for me it definitely kick-started that hunt for who I really am. I think a lot of people don’t really have that conversation with themselves, but being under a microscope definitely made me think about those things. The other women on Game of Thrones, like Lena Headey, really taught me a lot. She was always someone I could confide in.’
In shot: Maisie wears top by Pleats Please By Issey Miyake and bag by Paco Rabanne.

‘I was obsessed with my mum gelling my hair when I was a kid. Sometimes I’d get her to gel it back and down, or scraped back into a ponytail. From that moment on I knew I was going to be a star! [laughs] …

My big brothers would always gel their hair, so I think I wanted a piece of the action. She’d gel it backwards – which actually is a really high-fashion look now – but flat and knotty. Growing up I was very particular about what I wore. My mum wasn’t allowed to dress me – I dressed myself. One of the first memories I have is from when I was about three. I went to playgroup and we were allowed to play dress up, but we had to take the costumes off for lunch. So I decided to go to nursery wearing a little fairy costume so that I never had to take it off. I’ve got really vivid memories of it. I also used to have this recurring dream about being underwater with a massive whale. He would swim up to me and we’d just be nose to nose, looking at each other. And it wasn’t just from my perspective, like, I could see from far away how big the whale was and how little I was. Maybe it just meant that I was really small.’ In shot: Maisie wears T-Shirt by Off-White and dress by Burberry.

‘I’m definitely in a period at the moment between wearing what’s appropriate and what makes me feel most comfortable. I think that those two things, for me, are a little different..

What makes me feel most comfortable is expressing myself, and I think maybe that doesn’t quite fit in with the status quo. So I’ve just been sort of experimenting with a lot of different patterns, shapes and layers – like with the Prada look I wore at Comic Con. Like, I just knew that I was going to stick out like a sore thumb at the event, but it made me feel so comfortable. For me, there’s no point in wearing a sweet little dress because that’s not how I want to feel, or how I want to portray myself. My boyfriend has a good sense of style – it’s fun having him style me, sometimes. I have a lot of enthusiasm about everything, so to have someone that can be honest and say, “Take away that” is nice. Sometimes you’re in a room with people who say everything looks great, and it’s like, how do I actually know what looks great when they say everything is amazing? It’s nice when someone’s just like, “No” – that’s the kind of honesty you need.’ In shot: Maisie wears shirt and skirt by Prada.

‘I very much modelled Arya on myself. I have two older brothers and an older sister who I used to fight with constantly [laughs], so her placement within her family made a lot of sense to me…

And then the way that she dealt with trauma – particularly towards the end of the first season – was something that I could really understand. Arya was written as a child, and when you’re younger your understanding of emotions is a lot more basic. The anger and the fury that came from the trauma that she had had to deal with made sense. But it wasn’t until I got older and Arya got older that I started to understand how that can really affect someone long-term, and then I could add in those layers, you know? That wasn’t really necessary from the beginning, as I don’t think anyone at that age really understands what they’re going through until they grow up, look back and realise quite what it was. I drew a lot from how I think I would have reacted to the situations she found herself in.’
In shot: Maisie wears top by Pleats Please By Issey Miyake and bag by Paco Rabanne.

‘In May we launched the web version of Daisie [a digital platform co-founded by Maisie], and it’s going really well – we’ve now got over 100K followers. It’s great to set out on a mission to try and solve a problem…

The platform is about helping creative people discover one another so they can work together and collaborate. All I seemed to be hearing was “How do you meet anyone?”, and I was like, this doesn’t make any sense; we’re supposed to be the social-media-crazed generation, connected to people all around the world, but no one knows how to find a photographer. We’ve been working on it for a really long time and it’s so nice to finally launch it. I’m really proud of everything that everyone’s doing and I’m so happy that it’s helping people.’ In shot: Maisie wears T-Shirt by Off-White and dress by Burberry.

Maisie attends SDCC 2019
Jul 21, 2019
Gallery Update / Game Of Thrones / Public Appearances

Maisie attended San Diego Comic Con for the Game Of Thrones panel that was being held, I have added images to the gallery so I hope you enjoy viewing them!

Maisie attends the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Jul 8, 2019
Gallery Update / Public Appearances

Maisie attended the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships with her boyfriend Ruben Selby, I’ve added images to the gallery enjoy.

SUPER Magazine x CONTACT Agency Launch
Jun 15, 2019
Gallery Update / Public Appearances

Maisie hosted a Super Magazine x Contact Agency Launch back June 7. I have added images to our gallery, enjoy!


Maisie Williams reveals one Game of Thrones final season regret
May 22, 2019
Game Of Thrones / Interviews / Season 8

EW-Were you disappointed Arya Stark never confronted Cersei Lannister in the final season of Game of ThronesEspecially given that the scheming queen had been on Arya’s assassination hit list for so many years?

It turns out the actors felt similarly — at least at first.

When EW asked Maisie Williams what was her biggest regret for her character, the actress said it was not getting a season 8 scene with Cersei actress Lena Headey.

“I just wanted to be on set with Lena again, she’s good fun,” Williams explained. “And I wanted Arya to kill Cersei even if it means [Arya] dies too. Even up to the point when Cersei’s with Jaime I thought [while reading the script], ‘He’s going to whip off his face [and reveal its Arya]’ and they’re both going to die. I thought that’s what Arya’s drive has been.”

Then Williams began to think more about her character’s final season journey and embraced Arya’s different, more hopeful direction.

“The Hound says, ‘You want to be like me? You want to live your life like me?’” Williams said. “In my head, the answer was: ‘Yeah.’ But I guess sleeping with Gendry, seeing Jon again, realizing she’s not just fighting for herself anymore but also her family — it’s bringing up all these human emotions that Arya hasn’t felt for a long time. When The Hound asks her if she has another option, all of a sudden there are so many more things in [Arya’s] life that she can live for, that she can do. It was a shock for me because that wasn’t how I envisioned her arc going this year. Then I realized there were other things I could play, bringing Arya back to being a 16-year-old again.”

“It’s not a Game of Thrones ending for Arya, it’s a happy ending,” she concludes. “It gave me a place to take Arya that I never thought I’d go with her again.”

Game Of Thrones 806:The Iron Throne Gallery Update
May 21, 2019
Gallery Update / Game Of Thrones / Season 8

I’ve added screencaps from the finale of Game Of Thrones, it was a bit meh for me but I’m happy they didn’t kill Arya off! Enjoy the caps