Maisie Williams has a brash new interview with The Evening Standard to promote her new film, The Falling. Maisie’s a full-on adult (as of April), so she has room to talk about how teens “just get a bad press for everything” and constant “eyerolls” from the grownups. She’s doing fairly well for a young adult who’s lived the past several years in the spotlight. Most of us can thank our lucky stars the paparazzi weren’t around to see us mess up at age eighteen. Maisie has kept it together though. We haven’t seen her falling out of nightclubs, only throwing a little verbal rebellion, which is fine. Perfectly civilized, actually.
Maisie, who has just filmed her first sex scene, tells the paper she became an actor because she likes making people laugh and feels “much more confident making a d*ck out of myself.” She does have a blissfully wicked sense of humor, yet she draws the line at taking her career into creampuff roles:
“There are a lot of roles that come in that are ‘the girlfriend’ or ‘the hot piece’ in a movie or TV series. That’s something I’ve seen first-hand and read all the time. It 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. I just hope that if we stop playing those characters, they’ll stop being written. [Laughs] It’s a very big thing to say for me, on behalf of all the women in this industry.”
Will Maisie remain successful in her quest? Many actresses have lamented the difficulty in capturing the few prominent female roles that aren’t a variation of manic pixie/hot piece/sidekick/girlfriend. In real life, Maisie has accomplished as much. She alludes to her boyfriend, who is “very, very nice.” Yet she remains steadfastly private about his identity, which is a rare move in the entertainment industry. She says her guy got her hooked on hip-hop and now she’s addicted to Kendrick Lamar’s “powerful messages” within his music. Maisie’s gonna be alright.
(via The Evening Standard)