Game of Thrones is finally drawing to a close, forcing us all to consider life after the fantasy epic — not least the actors who star in it.
Kit Harington has broadened his repertoire with lead roles in Gunpowder and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, while Emilia Clarke has snagged a part in upcoming Star Wars spin-off Solo. For one cast member, however, leaving Westeros will be even harder.
Maisie Williams as good as grew up on the show, embarking on the role of Arya Stark at the age of 12. And now, at the ripe old age of 20, she is contemplating a career beyond the Narrow Sea.
She told The Irish Times yesterday (January 23) she’s worried what the future will hold, and for one surprising reason.
“It’s only now I’m starting to realize the characters that are available to me because of the way I look and the characters that aren’t available to me,” she said. “It’s a very shallow industry. And I don’t look like someone who is cast in roles that are, well, sexualized.”
Maisie’s resume is hardly lacking in good parts. In recent years she’s popped up in Doctor Who, and shown her versatility in films as diverse as teen thriller iBoy, historical drama Mary Shelley, and the upcoming animation Early Man alongside Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston. She’s even got a role as a mutant werewolf in upcoming Marvel movie The New Mutants.
But Maisie is clearly concerned about her future in the movie industry, and in particular the weight it places on a certain type of look.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m completely in awe of Hollywood’s leading ladies,” she went on to say. “I love looking at those totally jaw-droppingly beautiful women.
“But I think it’s sad that you only get to see one type of beautiful on screen.”
Something tells us Maisie will go on to huge success nonetheless.
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