Maisie Williams Discusses Sexuality and the ‘Frightening’ Aspects of Hollywood
This Game of Thrones actress is opening up about what’s going on in her noggin.
Maisie Williams is the cover girl for NYLON’s May Young Hollywood issue, in which she gets real about being a part of Hollywood as a young actress at the ripe age of 19. While speaking with the magazine’s VP of digital, Leila Brillson, on a roller blading adventure, Williams was stopped by a fan to take a picture, but she politely declined.
“I still don’t feel like I owe anyone anything,” says Williams. “If I don’t want a picture one day, I don’t have a problem saying no. I know some people get really weird about that, like, ‘You’re so mean.’ But if I was really in love with someone, I wouldn’t just want a picture. I would want to hang out with them.”
The actress is still learning how to navigate a relationship with her fans in the Instagram age, where we feel more connected to our faves than we actually are. “Sometimes my fans say things like, ‘That’s not Maisie.’ I’m like, ‘How do you know what is not me?” she says.
“One, I have never met you, and two, I am not yours. I am myself.”
Williams, who openly admits to having a boyfriend, says that she has recently been sitting up “for hours” thinking about her sexuality. “It’s like what Shailene Woodley said: ‘I fall in love with personalities and not people or genders'”, quotes the actress. “I have no problem with anyone who would want to be labeled, but I also think that it is no one’s business.”
Woodley is seemingly a glowing exception to the darker sides of Hollywood that Williams has encountered.
“Honestly, this industry frightens me—it scares me seeing people who are evil,” she says, before regrouping. “No, not evil. But seeing people change. Seeing what this industry has done to me, and then having to pull it all back again. I am very happy with who I am, and people always say, ‘Don’t change,’ but no one ever intentionally changes. It is frightening.”
Read Williams’ interview in its entirety over on NYLON, or pick up the May issue when it hits newsstands on April 24. Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view more photos from the spread.