Maisie Williams on how ‘Game of Thrones’ stardom impacted on her mental health
Nick Reilly May 16, 2019 10:13 am BST
“You can just sit in a hole of sadness”
The actress, who has drawn widespread acclaim for her portrayal of Arya Stark, told Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast how it was tricky to navigate fame as a teenager.
The star was just 13-years-old when she was cast in the role and said that she often became overwhelmed by negative comments on social media.
“It gets to a point where you’re almost craving something negative, so you can just sit in a hole of sadness,” Williams said.
While Williams now gives less attention to negative thoughts, she admits that she still considers how they affected her.
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
” I still lie in bed at, like, 11 o’clock at night telling myself all the things I hate about myself,” Williams said. “It’s just really terrifying that you’re ever going to slip back into it. That’s still something that I’m really working on, because I think that’s really hard. It’s really hard to feel sad and not feel completely defeated by it.”
Describing her desire for a “normal life” after the show ends on Sunday, Williams admitted: “I don’t want any of this crazy, crazy world because it’s not worth it.”
It comes as fans gear up for the end of the show after eight years – although the final season has proved divisive.
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