Maisie Williams has revealed the negative impact that being famous has had on her mental health, saying she would prefer to live a ‘normal life’.
If you’ve been keeping up with pop culture throughout the past few years, you’re probably aware of who Maisie Williams is. If not, don’t fret – I haven’t kept up with Games Of Throne either. Williams is a 22 year old English actress who made her debut as Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones. She’s been a part of the cast since she was 13 and has now revealed just how much fame has negatively impacted her mental health.
In an interview on Fearne Cotton’s podcast Happy Place, she goes onto open up about how she experienced an extreme amount of self-hate as a result of the feedback she received on social media. Candidly, she spoke about how she felt the need to make people believe she was ‘always fine’. She also went onto explain how she would demean and belittle herself in everyday situations, falling into what she called 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. It’s just really terrifying that you’re ever going to slip back into it.Maisie Williams
Due to the fact that there was a lot of social media interest in her character Arya Stark, she was also subjected to media scrutiny. She felt compelled to read negative comments about herself and actually began to seek out negative feedback so that she was able to justify belittling herself.
Even though she still experiences self-doubt and feelings of low self-worth, Williams has explained that she’s working towards understanding the importance of self-care.
At one point during the interview, she goes onto admit that she sometimes wishes that she lived a ‘normal life’ as the world of show-business ‘is just not worth it’. This seems to be the path that she’s going to pursue for the next period of her life, as she’s decided to take a break from acting now that Game Of Thrones has come to an end.
This isn’t the first time a Game Of Thrones cast member has spoken up about how fame has impacted their mental health, either. Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark, also recently opened up about her battle with her mental health.
It’s unfortunate that such young actresses feel the need to hide themselves away to reduce the amount of negative comments that they receive. While we all know that social media plays a big part in the media industry itself, that doesn’t justify the hate that runs ramped on the platforms.
Hopefully, by speaking up about how comments have negatively effected her mental health, Maisie Williams will be helping other celebrities to speak up about their own experiences.