Maisie Williams opens up about her mental health after ‘Game of Thrones’. Williams was 13 when she was cast as Arya Stark.
In an interview on the Happy Place podcast, the 22-year-old revealed how her fame after Game of Thrones has taken a toll on her mental health. She said, “Honestly, I want a normal life…I don’t want any of this crazy, crazy world because it’s not worth it.”
She continued further saying, “In my own personal life, I think I just went through a lot of real revelations where I was like, ‘I’m not very happy doing this and pretending everything was fine.’”
“I think there was a period of time where I was very sad, and then I came out of that, and now it’s just really terrifying that you’re ever going to slip back into it,” Williams further added. “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.”
“It gets to a point where you’re almost craving something negative, so you can just sit in a hole of sadness. I still lie in bed at, like, 11 o’clock at night telling myself all the things I hate about myself.”
She also mentioned that she had definitely made some progress with her mental health. “That wasn’t a public thing, but after going through that, now I’ve sort of tried to be a lot more genuine and it just becomes a lot more relaxing after that, I think. You just drop it all and that’s when you can really have fun.”
Williams concluded by saying that she just wants to be genuine and true to herself, “I think that’s definitely a first step. Not trying to be who you want me to be right now in this moment.”
The last episode of Game of Thrones airs on Sunday.