Sunday 11 December 2016

‘I’ve never sat up and thought about my sexuality’ - Games of Thrones star Maisie Williams on labels and her new love

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 16/04/2016 | 14:38

Cast member Maisie Williams attends the premiere for the sixth season of HBO's
Cast member Maisie Williams attends the premiere for the sixth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in Los Angeles April 10, 2016. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
Maisie as Arya in Game of Thrones
Actress Maisie Williams attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Maisie Williams attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Maisie Williams is ready to leave her “clean and neat” child star image behind.

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In a new interview, the Game of Thrones star opened up about her sexuality, saying she doesn’t feel the need to label herself.

“It is quite a natural thing for teenagers to be confused. There is a label for everything now, which is okay, because some people need labels,” she told Nylon magazine.

“I’ve never sat up and thought about my sexuality for hours. It’s like what Shailene Woodley said: ‘I fall in love with personalities and not people or genders,' she went on, referring to The Fault in Our Stars’ actress’s comments on her own sexual preferences.

Cast member Maisie Williams attends the premiere for the sixth season of HBO's
Cast member Maisie Williams attends the premiere for the sixth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in Los Angeles April 10, 2016. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

“I have no problem with anyone who would want to be labeled, but I also think that it is no one’s business. Do what you want,” Williams added.

At the moment, the Bristol-born actress is smitten with a boy she met at school.

“He’s really sweet. I feel like I’m in love right now, but I don’t know what I am going to feel like down the line.

“That’s why I am kind of closed-minded about marriage – I don’t even know if I want to get married.”

Maisie as Arya in Game of Thrones
Maisie as Arya in Game of Thrones

The 19-year-old described the pressure on child stars growing up in the spotlight, referring to criticism she has received about what she wears and how she looks.

However, she's eager to present herself exactly how she is in real life.  She also discussed what it means to her to be a role model for other young women.

As Arya Stark on the hit HBO series, Williams has developed a huge fan base, with over 1m followers on Twitter and close to 2m on Instagram, as well as a YouTube channel offering ‘Random Moments of Madness with Maisie’.

She said she used to present a version of herself online that was very clean and neat but felt that being 'someone else' online than in real life was being a bad role model.

Actress Maisie Williams attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Maisie Williams attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“Being perfect is a bit disheartening. Life’s too short and I want to inspire people to have fun and not take life too seriously,” she said.

She said she's prepared to make mistakes and say the wrong thing as she's growing up and "learning like everyone else".

Actress Maisie Williams attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actress Maisie Williams attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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