GoT Star Maisie Williams Opens Up On Her Struggle With Mental Health
While talking in a podcast “Happy Place”, hosted by Fearne Cotton, Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark) said, “I still lie in bed at, like, 11 o’clock at night telling myself all the things I hate about myself.” She opened up about how the show reflected on her career and her mental health. She said she struggled with mental issues.
The podcast started with Maisie saying, “Honestly, I want a normal life….I don’t want any of this crazy, crazy world because it’s not worth it.”
“Last year, in my own personal life, I just went through a lot of real revelations where I was like I’m not very happy doing this and pretending everything was fine. That wasn’t a public thing. But after going through that, now I’ve sort of tried to be a lot more genuine. It just becomes a lot more relaxing after that I think,” she said.
“You just drop it all and that’s when you can really have fun,” she remarked.
“I think there was a period where I was very sad, and then I came out of that, and now it’s just really terrifying that you’re ever going to slip back into it. That’s still something that I’m really working on, because I think that’s really hard. It’s really hard to feel sad and not feel completely defeated by it.”
Further claiming that said she is far from perfect, she said: “I still lay in bed, like at 11 p.m., telling myself all the things I hate about myself. There’s still a journey, I think. But at least dropping the act and just being who you truly are, that’s definitely a first step. Not trying to be who you want me to be right now in this moment.”
“I think that’s definitely a first step,” she told Fearne. “Not trying to be who you want me to be right now in this moment…”
Co-star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the show, has also come out earlier explaining how the pressure of being on a show cost her mental well-being. In an interview on Dr. Phil‘s podcast, the 23-year-old actress admitted that she has battled depression for several years, adding that she “used to think about suicide a lot when I was younger.”
“I would just believe it. I would say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress.’ I would just believe it. I would get [the costume department] to tighten my corset a lot. I just got very, very self-conscious,” Sophie told the host.
“I had no motivation to do anything or go out. Even with my best friends, I wouldn’t want to see them, I wouldn’t want to go out and eat with them. I just would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and putting on clothes and be like, ‘I can’t do this. I can’t go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.’” the actress added talking about her struggle with depression.
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