Maisie Williams was only 12 years old when she made her television debut in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Even at that age and a newbie, the actress capably lent her character Arya Stark strength and a touch of stubborness. Four years later – and five seasons in – Arya has grown into a formidable character, as has Williams as an actress.
This month, the 18-year-old Brit is featured in CNN’s Ones To Watch. She was chosen as the subject in the monthly feature programme by Steven Gaydos, an award-winning screenwriter.
In an interview transcript provided by CNN, Williams gives an insight into her career and life so far.
You were just 12 when you began playing Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones, working with names like Sean Bean and Lena Headey. What did you learn from them?
It was a great experience as a 12-year-old. I watched and tried to take in as much as possible, I learnt things like the vocabulary of a film set, how to behave … I know I asked lots of questions but no one seemed to mind.
Are there similarities between yourself and Arya, or are you very different in real life?
When we were younger, we were quite similar I think, but as I got older I have matured into someone quite different.
As you add more film work to your roster – Gold, The Falling, and The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea – have you noticed differences in your approach and technique?
Yes, creating a new character for a new film is vastly different and more challenging than returning to a character you have already portrayed. It needs much more preparation.
Jessica Biel, your co-star in The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, has complimented your work. What inspiration did you take from her?
Jessica was great to work with, not only did she make me feel relaxed and at home in a foreign city, but on set she encouraged me to go with my instincts, giving me confidence.
You’re set to guest star in a forthcoming episode of Doctor Who – are you a fan, and what does it feel to take part in such an iconic series?
I did watch and enjoy Dr Who as a child as have most people! It’s quite daunting to be a part of such an iconic series but everyone was so lovely and they are such a great team, I slotted in straight away. I can’t wait to see what the fans think of it.
Don’t miss Ones To Watch: Film on Friday at 5.30pm on CNN (Astro Ch 511).