WWD caught up with “Game of Thrones” ingenue Maisie Williams at the HBO show’s Season Six premiere on Sunday. The 18-year-old Brit talks about Arya’s journey, her upcoming films and dressing with “more flash.”
WWD: How excited are you for the show to return on April 24?
Maisie Williams: I don’t know if I’m excited yet. I’m very nervous. But I’m excited for the fans to be able to see the whole series. I feel like this season we have topped ourselves. And that’s amazing to be able to do so far along in the show and so late on in the overall story.
WWD: What can you tease about the overall season?
M.W.: I’m excited for people to see Arya’s story line. This is the first time that we’ve seen her as an underdog, and it’s a very different position to the one we’ve seen her in. Lots of people think that she’s their favorite character, and we’re now going to see if people stick by her — even when she’s at her lowest point. Because that’s a big deal. Anyone can like a character when they’ve constantly got good one-liners and are constantly mouthing off and constantly that little girl that’s telling men what to do. That’s funny and people enjoy that, but now we’re going to see her at a really low point, and it’ll be interesting to see if people are loyal to her.
WWD: To what lengths do friends and fans go to get information out of you? Are they always asking for spoilers?
M.W.: Lots of my friends don’t watch the show. We just hang out. Some of them do, but they never really ask me about it because I’m just Maisie, really. But lots of people have asked and lots of people have been very disappointed, and it’s a shame because I get on really well with Kit [Harington, who plays Jon Snow], and it’s so sad that he’s not here and we’re losing so many people. But there are loads of other really interesting story lines — like myself — and so people won’t be disappointed.
WWD: You have a couple films in the pipeline, including the Mary Shelley biopic “A Storm in the Stars,” with Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth and Joanne Froggatt, in addition to the drama “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” with Jessica Biel and Jason Sudeikis, which is debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival this week. Do you work with a stylist for press tours?
M.W.: My stylist [Harriet Byczok] always nails it. She always gets it right. Honestly, people are always like, “Do people ever put you in clothes that you don’t want to wear?” It’s actually the complete opposite. I have no fashion sense at all, so I go to Harriet and she put me in this dress and I’m like, “Oh, so this is how I would look if I knew how to dress myself!” [For tonight,] I was like, “I’m one year older, maybe a bit more flash. Nothing scandalous, but something flirty and fun.”