‘Game of Thrones’: Maisie Williams says playing Arya made her ‘ashamed’ of maturing body


Cydney Henderson


USA TODAY

Published 5:33 PM EDT Oct 3, 2019

Maisie Williams is embracing her femininity. But that wasn’t always the case. 

The “Game of Thrones” star, who grew up in front of the world as Arya Stark, revealed that she felt “horrible” and “conscience” about her body image while shooting the series. 

“Maybe around Season 2 or 3, my body started to mature and I started to become a woman,” Williams said during Vogue’s “24 Hours With Maisie Williams” Tuesday. “But Arya was still very much, like, trying to be disguised as a boy.”

The British actress said the lengths “GoT” went to disguise her developing body and mask her womanhood made her “a bit ashamed” of her figure for a while. 

“They would also put this strap across my chest to flatten any growth that had started, and I don’t know, that just felt horrible for six months of the year,” she said. 

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Williams started playing Arya, a tomboyish young girl, when she was 14. When the HBO series concluded in May after eight seasons, she was 22.

“I had really short hair and they constantly covered me in dirt and shaded my nose so it looked really broad and I look, like, really manly,” she added. 

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However, the actress said she’s learned to love the skin she’s in post-“GoT.”

“With this new phase of my style, it is nice to look more feminine and have a real waistline and just embrace the body that I have,” Williams said. 

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