Maisie Williams, who’s better known for playing the short but feisty, tiny but deadly character of Arya Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, recently appeared on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast and spoke about feeling self-hatred in her life.
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Maisie, who's now 22, began her acting stint on the Thrones when she was the ripe age of 12, which means she's been exposed to the overly-critical public eye for a while now. And if her fellow cast mate/BFF, Sophie Turner, was suffering with mental health issues over this period, it makes sense that Maisie was too.
The star said:
“I went through a huge period of my life where I’d tell myself every day that I hated myself. It got to a point where I’d be in a conversation with my friends and my mind would be running and running, and I’d be thinking about all the stupid things I’ve said in my life and it would just race and race. We’d be talking and I’d be like, ‘I hate myself.’”
Well, if that doesn't break your heart, we don't know what will.
Maisie idenitified the culprit that led her to all the negative, self-hate thinking, and stated it was all due to the criticism of social media and how intimidating it can be.
“It got to me a lot because there’s just a constant feed in your back pocket of what people think of you. It’s impossible to turn a blind eye."
More and more celebs have been falling victim to hate social media comments and unecessary online bashing - from the likes of Selena Gomez, Justin and Hailey Bieber and Ariana Grande. It's just so sad to see our fave celebs battle internet trolls while they're just trying to live their lives.
Getting back to Maisie, she also said:
“When people are on social media they feel like whatever they write, no one’s gonna see it, no one’s gonna read it, but they do. And it will affect them for a long time. When I do feel myself going down a rabbit hole, it gets to a point where you’re almost craving something negative so you can sit in a hole of sadness. It’s really bizarre the way that it starts to consume you.”
Maisie's solution is to break free from the drama associated with social media and take a much-needed breather. Apparently, it's very Maisie-like for her to be away from her phone for an entire week (can't relate but really good for her).
Maisie also explained that she makes sure not to let herself slip back into that negative thought cycle again by working on her mental wellbeing every day.
"It’s now really terrifying [thinking] that you’re ever gonna slip back into it and I think that’s something that I’m really working on.”
Thanks for being so honest, Maisie. What a hero.