Maisie Williams has opened up about growing up in the spotlight
The 17-year-old has starred as the feisty Arya Stark in the popular HBO series since the tender age of 13 and admits that young people in show business have a "track rate of going a little bit mad".
However, Maisie said she copes by taking breaks "to get her head straight again."
She told The Independent on Sunday: "A lot of the time I am in London or away filming and staying in hotels in different countries and cities. But when I am home I spend a lot of time in my apartment in silence, which is something I do like."
Maisie – who recently moved out of her family home in Bristol – added: "I didn’t want to escape my life and become a big actress and live my dreams. That was never the way it was, it was just these amazing opportunities that happened."
The actress said one of the positive sides to her fame is that it has given her a voice.
"To express your views as a 17-year-old and be listened to is wonderful but with that comes great scrutiny and it’s difficult to find the balance," she said.
"No one teaches you how to be a famous person; no one teaches you how to be a role model. It’s something you have to do on your own."
The star said the positive side of fame is that it gives her a voice
The teen was speaking ahead of the premiere of Game of Thrones season 5, which airs tonight in the US and tomorrow in the UK.
Speaking of Arya\'s fate, Maisie revealed: "I was filming in Croatia, so she’s in the warm with a new outfit, with new characters."
She added that she "lets go of the weight" of trying to avenge her father’s murder in the new episodes.
Game of Thrones airs in the UK tomorrow on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.
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