Maisie Williams is know all across the world for playing the role of Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. Even if you haven’t watched Game of Thrones, you must’ve watched clips of Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. It’s hard to miss a character as iconic as Arya Stark. However, it wasn’t a completely rosy situation for Maisie.
It was Maisie’s first-ever role, and she was just 14 years old when the show premiered. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if we say that she literally grew up as Arya Stark during the 10 years that she spent playing the role.
And in a brand new interview with Glamour, Maisie shared details about the early years of her career, saying she felt like an “outsider” when she began performing and admitting she nonetheless deals with imposter syndrome.
“I’d never trained to be an actor and because I started when I was really young, I didn’t really feel I was in the acting crowd,” stated Maisie. “I’ve definitely felt like an outsider.”
“I think even being an actress for over a decade now, I still have imposter syndrome,” Maisie went on. “Where you’re asking yourself, ‘Oh, is this really what I’m supposed to be doing? Am I actually going to do this for the rest of my life?'”
“Maybe I should just stop overthinking everything and start just doing you, right?” she added. “But instead I’m sitting in my bed, thinking, ‘Maybe no one wants me. Maybe I shouldn’t go out, maybe I shouldn’t leave the house.'”
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But, Maisie mentioned, things got better when she discovered a bunch of pals who gave her a way of belonging. “I just wanted to allow myself to be freer. I used to be just so neurotic and overthink everything,” Maisie stated when asked what would be the one piece of advice she’d give to her youthful self. “She would probably say ‘You don’t know anything. Shut up. You don’t know me.'”
This is not the first time Maisie has opened up in regards to the negative aspects of fame. She has spoken with Fearne Cotton on the Happy Place podcast concerning the “crazy, crazy world of showbiz”, admitting fame is usually “not worth it”.
“When people are on social media, they feel like whatever they write, no one’s gonna see it, no one’s gonna read it, but they do,” Maisie mentioned. “And it will affect them for a long time.”
“When I do feel myself going down a rabbit hole, it gets to a point where you’re almost craving something negative so you can sit in a hole of sadness,” she added. “It’s really bizarre the way that it starts to consume you.”