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Maisie Williams: I miss being anonymous

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams says the only thing she misses now she’s famous is “being anonymous”.

The 18-year-old actress shot into the spotlight playing Arya Stark in the hit US TV show Game of Thrones.

And while many of her counterparts have found fame in various other ventures, Maisie insists she will stick to what she’s good at.

“I want to stick with performing—acting, singing, dancing,” she told Entertainment Weekly magazine. “It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do. It’s the only thing I’m good at. But I don’t want to f**k it up. And I can totally see how it happens. I’m lucky to have a great group of people around me.”

When it comes to role models, Maisie admits it’s one of her co-stars she finds the most inspiring.

British actress Lena Headey, 41, plays Queen Cersei Lannister in the programme, and Maisie admires the way she goes about her daily life.

“I look at Lena Headey; I admire her lifestyle,” she said. “She goes to the awards shows and does the famous things, but still lives a very normal life. I also want to live anonymously, and that’s the one thing I miss: being anonymous.”

Another person Maisie admires is Keira Knightley. She admitted in the interview that she prefers people who “are not affected by this industry” – adding that Keira is the perfect example.

“I met Keira Knightley at the SAG Awards, and she was just so normal and so nice,” she said. “When they’re just not affected, you just think, ‘Teach me!’ This industry is crazy. It’s completely mental. Someone makes an itinerary, then a car picks you up and takes you over here, and then you get a plane, and it’s just easy to rely on other people and become a bit like, ‘How do I make coffee?’ You hear these horror stories. Then you meet somebody who’s like, ‘Nope.’ That’s the sort of person I look up to. “

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