Maisie Williams has long been one of our favourite young stars and we didn’t think we could love her any more, but we were wrong! As well as being an ambassador for the Always #LikeAGirl campaign, she has been totally killing it with her gender-equality speeches and has even launched a Youtube channel to spread her wise words.
Now, in a new interview with Radio Times magazine, the Game Of Thrones star has done it again. Being young herself, Maisie took the interview as an opportunity to highlight how people her age are underestimated.
“The young generation are very passionate, it’s just that not very many of us are given a voice, and every time we are we’re shut down by people who think we don’t know anything.”
She went on to add: “I’m still trying to be a good role model, because whether I like it or not I do influence a lot of people.”
“But you only get 70 or 80 years on this world. Young people in this industry.. we’re doing all right! It’s good to make mistakes; that’s what this time is for.”
Hear, hear Maisie.
The 18-year-old’s Youtube channel also comes as a way for Maisie to share her pearls of wisdom. Kicking off with a Q+A, the young star’s first video featured a cameo from her on-screen Game Of Thrones‘ sister, Sophie Turner. You can watch her first blog post below, but beware it does contain a spoiler from the most recent series of Game Of Thrones, so if you are playing catch up – don’t watch!
We’re not sure exactly how Maisie plans to use her channel, but if we go by her recent history, we have a feeling it’s going to be pretty inspiring!
When she’s not giving young people a voice, Maisie uses her influence to address sexism in the acting industry. Speaking to the Evening Standard earlier this year, Maisie urged women to stop taking certain parts so writers stop creating them.
“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 the 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.”
She continued, “That’s what I see and that’s what needs to change. I’ve been lucky enough to play a very great female character from a young age, who is a fantastic role model for girls. I just hope that if we stop playing those characters, they’ll stop being written. It’s a big thing to say for me, on behalf of all the women in this industry.”
It doesn’t stop there, during her first speech as ambassador for the #LikeAGirl campaign, Maisie said:
“Fight for yours, grab it with both hands, and hold it like the course of your future depends on it. Because it does.”
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The summit was to launch the latest #LikeAGirl campaign, which is based on a study that found that 66% of young girls feel held back by society and dictated by what they can and can’t do. 18-year-old Maisie is an ambassador to fight this feeling, and we couldn’t think of a better person for the job!
In an interview with The Telegraph, the actress explained:
“I’ve always been told to keep my mouth shut. But that just fuels me to do the opposite. I’ve always been bossy. I’ve always wanted to take control. Every girl should feel like that and take control of their future.”
Maisie – who has had massive success on both the big and small screen – finished her first speech with:
“The world is desperate for leaders, male and female. It’s not about gender, it’s about purpose … Fan your fire, move from your core, and be quick on your feet. Sharp in your mind, gentle in your heart. Be authentic. If you can do all that? Well then get ready for greatness. Chin up, chest out. You are unstoppable. Like a girl.”
If she doesn’t inspire you to be a little more ballsy today, then who will? High five to that Maisie!