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Maisie Williams: I struggled to conform to traditional beauty standards

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams said she “fought” to fit the perception of traditional beauty before cutting her hair in a mullet and bleaching her eyebrows.

The 25-year-old British actress, best known for playing Arya Stark on the hit series, said she’s “lost” in outside expectations of attractiveness.

Williams will next play punk model Pamela “Jordan” Rooke in Danny Boyle’s new Disney+ TV series Pistol, and said that since Game Of Thrones ended, she’s searched for roles that “touch all sides of my personality.”

She told digital magazine Porter: “Arya was written as hot-headed and I find myself in roles that jump straight to accusation, anger or excitement.

“I feel like I kind of deviate from that because that’s not a lot of people’s reality.

“But it was Arya’s reality and maybe mine too, so I jumped into it like it was my consolation spot…I’d like to put the crying and screaming behind me for a while.”

Williams said she’s also changed the way she approaches her own looks, adding, “I’ve struggled for a long time with wanting to look traditionally what people think is beautiful, and I’ve really lost myself in it.

“Then I cut my hair in a mullet and said, ‘Well, I’m not even going to try anymore and I’m just going to do something that I think really suits me and is still very different from anything, but what I’ve done feels right.’

“I never got ‘oh my god she looks so beautiful’ (comments) before but I definitely got ‘wow that’s really cool’ afterwards.”

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Of her permanently bleached brows, she said, “When you’re known for something that feels far from where you want to be, every single public appearance is an opportunity to take that one step closer.”

Williams lives in rural West Sussex with boyfriend Reuben Selby, where she says she goes largely unnoticed apart from a couple of double takes, adding: “It’s hard to know what people are looking at though.

“Sometimes we’re in a store and we’re like, ‘Are people looking at us because they recognize us, or because we look weird?'”

She said country life suited her, telling the magazine: “I’ve just never felt better. What I’ve learned about myself is that I win a lot more when I’m alone and it’s a lot harder to do that when you’re on stage.

“It’s hard to really let go, and there’s a tendency to give in to the pressure while living in this world.”

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