Recently in an interview with Vogue, actress Maisie Williams revealed some facts from the time she was filming for HBO’s Game of Thrones. This show was the 22 year old English actress’ first big break in Hollywood as Arya Stark. She was 14 years old when she began filming season 1 of the show. Williams spent most of her teenage life on the set of the show and practically grew up in it.
In the 24 Hours With Maisie Williams, she revealed that the makers of the often tried to keep her character young and masculine. Arya Stark’s character is known for her badass combat skills and desexualized characterization. She was a little girl who spent most of the time on the run in the show. She implied that the makers put a strap across her chest to flatten her growth of the mammary glands. This really made her conscious of her body image.
They were trying to suppress her womanhood and it made her feel ashamed of her body for the time being. Williams felt horrible for those 6 months of filming the show every season. It is clear that the makers didn’t want Arya Stark’s character to be feminine at all and Maisie Williams had to face the brunt of it. Around filming for season 2 and 3, her body began maturing into a woman, but Arya was disguised as a boy, she said. She had short hair for most of time in the show, and the makers contoured her nose to make it look broad and more manly.
Actresses, especially teenage ones, often have to act an age that is more than their actual age. Teenage romantic comedies always show older women playing the role of a 17 year old teenager. Mila Kunis was 14 when she auditioned for the role of her 18 year old character in the sitcom That 70’s Show. Women are already made to feel inferior and insecure because of their bodies constantly. Things like these only bring them identity crisis and issues to deal with for the rest of their life.