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Maisie Williams: on cyberbullies and the fame game

At 12, the Bristol schoolgirl landed the role of Arya – and soon found herself juggling ordinary teenage life with online abuse and a growing fanbase

 

by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Friday 12 December 2014

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There was a moment, not long after Maisie Williams landed a role in the soon-to-be hit series Game Of Thrones, that the extent of her double life became apparent. One day, as the child warrior Arya Stark, she would be filming sword fights opposite Sean Bean and Kit Harington; the next, she would be catching the bus to school in Bristol – and everyday teenage life could be just as confrontational. Williams remembers receiving dozens of abusive messages on the social networking site Formspring. “I had an awful time,” she says. “It was around the time I was starting to act, and I knew exactly who it was, but it was all anonymous. Just awful things.”

 

She recalls sitting next to her mother on the train home from filming, and feeling trapped in another world. She was getting messages telling her that success had made her stuck up, that she thought she was too good for everyone else. “There were people all around me. And I was just stuck in my phone, stuck in this constant stream of what people thought of me.”

 

As Game Of Thrones grew from niche show to a global phenomenon, Williams was in the strange position of having an international fanbase and less popularity closer to home. She is reluctant to put this down entirely to classroom jealousy. “People just get kicks out of making other people sad,” she says, before admitting that her career played a large part. “No one ever said anything to my face, ever. It was awful.”

 

In the studio today, Williams is full of energy and life, chewing gum and blowing bubble after bubble so the photographer can get his shot – she’s a pro, after all, having got her break at 12. Dressed head to toe in bright primary colours and sporting heavy eye makeup, she looks like a carefree 1960s poster girl. But off set, the image is entirely different: the 17-year-old is back in trainers and a parka, her nose ring in, and after a quick roll-up outside, she’s ready to sit down and talk.

 

Williams was born in Bristol, the youngest of four children. She went to school in Somerset, before enrolling in a performing arts college in Bath. Game Of Thrones took a while to take off in America, she says, so she wasn’t instantly catapulted into the limelight. “It happened quite slowly. And I don’t think you ever really class yourself as famous, because there’s always someone who’s doing more, or having more hassle from people. I still feel like Maisie.”

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THE 2014 SAD BASTARD AWARDS

Moe from “The Simpsons.” All of Damien Rice’s albums. “Winnie the Pooh’s” Eyeore. Steve Buscemi’s Seymour in “Ghost World.”

 

Sad bastards are sometimes the leads, like Matthew McConaughey’s Rusty in “True Detective” or Hazel in “Fault in Our Stars.” Sometimes they’re just the whipping boy like Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Big Lebowski” or the stricken Ellinor in “The Knick.” And sometimes they’re not even characters: they’re just Drake.

 

Sad sacks deserve their own recognition, because we kind of love them due to, in spite of and aside from their sinking-rock sulk. So as part of our Year-End roundup from 2014, we’ve decided to recognize the sourest, most unfortunate characters in TV movies and even music: The 2014 HitFix Sad Bastard Awards. Check out who we picked from “Mad Men,” “Rectify,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” the Grammys, “Game of Thrones,” “Orange Is The New Black” and more.

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Saddest No-Nothing Bastard: Jon Snow (Kit Harrington)
“Game of Thrones”

It’s hard at there for an illegitimate son of an honorable traitor. Whether it’s killing your commander to gain the trust of the enemy, or sleeping with the enemy (literally), or falling in love with the enemy, or watching as a small child enact righteous vengeance on your enemy lady love, or trying to form an unofficial peace treaty with the enemy while your “allies” wish you death, the only thing Jon Snow truly knows is “FML.”
– Donna Dickens

Source: HitFix

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ICYMI – Let it Go(T) – The Game of Thrones/Frozen Mashup Crossover

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Gallery Update

 

 

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Awesome News for Fans! Game of Thrones Compendium

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Q: What is a compendium?

A: (noun) a collection of concise but detailed information about a particular subject, especially in a book or other publication.

The Game of Thrones Compendium will be the world’s first collaborative, crowd-sourced compendium. The end result will be a printed and bound edition. Every entry chosen for inclusion in the printed book will receive a copy with their name listed as an author.

Q: Who can participate?

A: Anyone who lives in United States of America and its territories and possessions (“U.S.”), the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Canada and is at least 18 years of age or older the equivalent age of majority (legal adulthood) in respective countries.

Q: What do I need to do to participate?

A: You need to submit an original composition — artwork, photographs, crafts, music and analysis are all welcome. Your submission will be reviewed by a Council of Editors, and if accepted, will become part of the curated gallery of work.

Q: Do I win anything?

A: No you do not. This is not a contest. However, if your submission is accepted as a finalist by the Council of Editors, your work will be in the running for selection in the printed book. Every entry chosen for inclusion in the printed book will receive a copy of the Compendium with their name listed as a contributor.

Q: Who are the Council of Editors?

A:Our Council of Editors are Zack Luye, Laura Hudson, Kevin Hatch, Greg Hildebrandt, Arthur Chu, Gerald Brom, Tom Colicchio, and Nina Garcia.

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