She may be young, but Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams is most definitely wise beyond her years. She’s unimpressed with the way roles are written for women and is calling on the industry to create better roles than “the girlfriend” or “the hot piece” and for women to “stop playing those characters.”
In an interview with the Evening Standard, the 18-year old actor also praised her Game of Thrones character Arya Stark, whom she described as “a great female character” and “a fantastic role model for girls”.
“There are a lot of roles that come in that are ‘the girlfriend’ or ‘the hot piece’ in a movie or TV series,” she said. “That’s something I’ve seen first-hand and read all the time.”
She added that women frequently end up stereotyped in scripts, while men are given roles with more depth: a script “will say ‘Derek: intelligent, good with kids, funny, really good at this’ and then it will say ‘Sandra: hot in a sort of cute way’ — and that’s all you get. That’s the way your character is described, so going into an audition you are channelling “hot,” which isn’t like a person, that’s not who a person is. That’s what I see and that’s what needs to change.”
We love that this talented young star isn’t afraid to speak her mind about what is a prominent issue in the entertainment industry at the moment.
Williams expressed her hope that women would stop playing those characters, so that “they’ll stop being written. ”She has been widely praised for her strong role and performance in Game of Thrones, as her character provides inspiration to young women.
“Women need to stop playing those ‘hot’ characters.”
This isn’t the first time Williams has expressed her views on various issues surrounding young people. In a recent interview with Dazed and Confused, she argued against the notion that young people don’t care about politics. “I picked up my voice at a young age and I wanna use it”, Williams said. “People think we’re f**king stupid and we don’t know anything about anything. It’s really degrading.”
Via Evening Standard