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After growing up being bullied in school, Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams is focusing on how younger generations can make social media a positive place. As one of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World, the 19-year-old exclusively tells PEOPLE the reasoning behind her inspirational mission.

“I think we have an idea of who victims of bullying are, and actually it’s anyone really,” shares Williams. “There’s no separate thing about me that made me, ‘the bullied.’ ”

“It can happen to absolutely anybody,” she adds, “And I wanted to get that across and let young girls know that you shouldn’t feel different for being bullied and you shouldn’t feel singled out.”

Williams also emphasizes that there’s “no reason” for bullying. “There’s nothing about you that made you the victim. It’s just mean people,” says Williams, who personally “didn’t enjoy school” as a kid.

“I loved being in the classroom and I loved my group of friends, but school as a whole, I actually didn’t get on very well,” she admits.

In fact, it surprises people when they learn Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the hit TV series, was bullied.

“People say, ‘Oh, that’s so strange that you got bullied,’ ” she shares. “And I’m like, ‘It’s so strange that anyone gets bullied.’ We are the most developed generation
 in terms of talking about difficult subjects, homophobia, and sexuality, and racial issues. That’s what I love about us.”

Still, if Williams could change the world in just one way, she would “love for people to wake up one morning and be more accepting. Wake up and not just turn a blind eye to what’s going on in the world, and wake up and want to make a change,” she explains.

The actress believes that if everyone took responsibility then “everything would be a lot easier” and “the world would be put to right a lot quicker.”

“I’m not the reason that five million refugees are in refugee camps in Greece, but I’m going to do everything I can to try and change that,” adds Williams, who got the opportunity to go to Greece earlier this year and work with the International Rescue Committee.

“I’m going to make the second half of this year my mission to try and better their lives,” says Williams of how she’s turned her efforts to helping better the lives of Syrian refugees.

“You can’t have a small percentage of the population living like this,” she adds, while raising her hand, “And the rest in dire poverty. It’s not acceptable.”

Source: People

December 8, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews




Yet again, private pictures of a celebrity are circulating online, and yet again, we’re here to remind you not to look at them. According to Marie Claire, a hacker published half-naked pictures of Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams online. Maisie is the latest in a line of celebrities to have her privacy violated in this terrible way, but the fewer clicks those links to her pictures get, the less power those hackers have over her. So, don’t click!

Marie Claire reports hackers published photos of Maisie that are reportedly to be from a private Facebook or social media account. The pictures circulated on various sites like Reddit over the weekend. Even though it seems like many people have already seen the photos, this is a reminder that private images of someone without their consent is never okay, and neither is looking at them. She may be OK with sharing those images with her friends, but she definitely doesn’t owe the public access to those photos.

While the images are reportedly not sexually explicit, they apparently show a topless Maisie at a spa with friends, and while there’s nothing inherently sexual about breasts or nipples, the photos belonged to Maisie and she didn’t give permission for them to be distributed. If Maisie had posted these photos on a public social media account, there would be nothing wrong. But since someone stole these photos and distributed them, Maisie’s privacy has been violated.

While some may argue that the person in the pictures shouldn’t have taken them because they know there’s a risk of hackers, but honestly this argument is garbage. First of all, no one should have to expect that someone will re-publish naked or half-naked pictures without their consent. And second of all, that argument is victim blaming. Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer known for her defense of victims of revenge porn, demolished this argument in a single quote.

“Are you just supposed to never take your clothes off?” Carrie told the New Yorker. “You can’t get naked, you can’t take a shower? Are you never supposed to go out in public in a skirt? Or what about images where somebody’s face has been Photoshopped onto somebody else’s naked body? What’s getting distributed isn’t necessarily images that were consented to in the first place. That’s why it’s the distribution you have to focus on.”

Exactly. Maisie can take whatever type of pictures she wants, and it’s no one’s right to repost them. We saw the same thing when apparently Photoshopped photos of Justin Bieber hit the internet, and when Jennifer Lawrence’s photos were released.

Beyond it being a huge breach of privacy, posting someone’s private photos can have severe consequences. In some states, posting someone’s naked photos without their permission is against the law. It’s always illegal and can be considered distributing child pornography if the person in the photos is under 18. Posting the photos can also lead to bullying — and in some cases suicide — for the person in the pictures.

Posting someone’s private pictures without permission is wrong in every way, regardless of how much of their body is in the photo. And so is viewing them. There are just some photos that we only want to share with our close friends, and that’s something everyone can relate to.

Source: Teen Vogue

December 8, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Photos





HBO has just answered a huge lingering question about Game of Thrones.

EW asked the network’s new programming president Casey Bloys if he plans to go along with showrunners’ David Benioff and Dan Weiss’ oft-stated desire to end their fantasy hit with season 8.

Bloys said yes, that is the current plan – the first time somebody at HBO has confirmed this.

“Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday. “Believe me, as the new [programming executive] coming in, if I could get them to do more. I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show.”

The showrunners have also planned for the eighth season to consist of merely six episodes. On that front, however, Bloys said the exact number of season eight episodes is not yet final.

We then asked if the team is considering a Thrones spin-off to continue the valuable franchise. Thrones is one of TV’s most watched shows with 25 million total viewers this year across all platforms.

“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “It’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure that [Benioff and Weiss] could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production [on season 7]. It’s a pretty intense production, they’re about to start production soon. I’m open to it. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans for it at this point.”

Also, with the production delay of season seven – which will debut its seven episodes next summer – the executive confirmed the plan will take Thrones out of the running for the Emmys next year. Thrones received 23 prime-time 2016 Emmy nominations, more than any other show, but requires a heavy amount of winter location shooting for the next season (locations include a production unit filming in Iceland).

Still, Bloys pointed out, “Even if we took Thrones Emmys away this year, we’d still have more than anyone else.”

The executive was also asked about the fate of True Detective, and had this to say.

Read More | Source: Entertainment Weekly

August 11, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Game of Thrones




Maisie Williams, Tracy Morgan, and more Emmy nominees react on Twitter

Social media is the place you want to be on after the Emmy nominations are announced because that’s where you’ll see the nominees initial reactions to being honored by the Television Academy. The 68th Emmy nominations were annnounced this morning, and the stars are already reacting to the news on Twitter. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best reactions so far. Read on to see what they have to say, and come back later as the reactions pour in.

Maisie Williams wasn’t prepared for her nomination.

And, Lena Headey, who was also nominated, congratulated her young co-star with an on-point Game of Thrones reference.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

July 14, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews




You might assume that celebrities who have hit the big time would just go and spend mega-bucks with a pedigree breeder when the time comes that they decide they want a furry friend, but that line of action didn’t sit right with internationally acclaimed actress Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark from Game of Thrones).

Maisie actively supports the #adoptdontshop message and adopted her dog Sonny from the RSPCA in Bristol earlier this year. She felt that it was of the utmost importance that she avoided inadvertently supporting the cruel puppy trade, and would like to encourage others to follow her lead (pardon the expression!)

Maisie recently returned for an impromptu visit to the Bristol dogs home to check in with staff, visit the animals and proudly show off a healthy and happy Sonny and I (Carly) was lucky enough to be asked to photograph the occasion.

Many walls at the RSPCA have been recently decorated walls by a talented local Bristol-based graffiti artist, Ollie at Gage Graphics, so I was spoilt for choice when choosing a backdrop.

Sonny and Maisie had a good laugh on the shoot and an effortlessly relaxed relationship that was beautiful to capture on camera.

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Maisie but she was kind, funny, and totally down-to-earth, certainly not someone who has let fame get to her head.

It was not just an exciting day because it was the first celebrity shoot for The Pet Collective, but also due to the fact that we’re always thrilled to hear other people actively promoting rescue centres over back yard breeders and puppy farms.

When the #adoptdontshop message is coming directly from an intelligent and respected celebrity such as Maisie Williams with easy access to a huge audience spanning all ages, the potential for positive action is massive.

If you’re thinking of getting a pet why not consider visiting a rehoming centre?

Bristol has some fantastic places like the RSPCA (where Maisie adopted her dog Sonny) and Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary (where we adopted our 3 kitties) that are sadly always overflowing with the sweetest animals patiently waiting for their forever homes.

If you’re anything like us at The Pet Collective, you’d feel much more comfortable knowing you’ve supported a struggling charity instead of lining the pockets of some of the many irresponsible and heartless breeders out there.

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Source: The Pet Collective UK

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June 25, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Photos , Photoshoots




‘Game Of Thrones’ Stars Set For Potential Season 8 On HBO With Big Raises

HBO’s fantasy drama Game Of Thrones has been a rare combination of a ratings smash, cultural phenomenon and a critical darling, winning the Best Drama Series Emmy last year. I hear the stars of the series are sharing in its success with major new salary bumps for what is rumored to be Game Of Thrones’ final chapter.

I hear mainstays Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) will all be paid north of $500,000 an episode for Season 7, which has been officially picked up, and Season 8, which is widely expected. HBO has not specified the size of the order for Season 7, but speculation has been that both Season 7 and Season 8 would be shorter than the standard for the show 10 episodes, possibly seven episodes (Season 7) and six episodes (Season 8).

HBO said that it doesn’t discuss contract negotiations.

The move helps secure the key GOT cast for the series’ final run. However, I hear it does not guarantee that all five characters will survive til the end as the show’s last episodes are yet to be written. I hear the contracts of the other regulars who landed raises alongside the Big 5 in fall 2014, have not been redone yet.

I’d heard that the previous major GOT cast contract renegotiation in 2014 netted close to $300,000 an episode for Harington, Dinklage, Clarke, Headey and Coster-Waldau heading into Season 6 in exchange for the actors giving the network an option for a seventh season.

Now in a similar fashion, the stars are securing a major new salary increase for Season 7 as they also sign on for a possible Season 8.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

June 22, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Game of Thrones




Watch Maisie Williams Prank Unsuspecting ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans
And things get weird


If there are two certainties in this world, it’s that everyone loves Maisie Williams and hidden camera pranks. So it was a no-brainer to combine the two and ask our May cover girl to take on her toughest acting challenge yet, as the shop clerk at Aero Hobbies in Santa Monica, California.

Wearing an earpiece and taking directions from our team behind the scenes, Williams faced unsuspecting customers who swore they recognized her from that really popular HBO fantasy show, but couldn’t quite figure out what she was doing behind that counter. Like the pro she is, Williams didn’t break character once, and instead offered customers free GoT swag if they were willing to act out some of the show’s more memorable scenes. Naturally, utter chaos ensued.

Source: Nylon

April 21, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Videos




The Stark family was at the center of Game of Thrones when the hit fantasy premiered in 2011, but the shocking deaths of patriarch Ned, his wife, Catelyn, and eldest son, Robb, turned Winterfell’s rulers into Westeros has-beens.

But a new generation on the cusp of adulthood — daughters Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams) and son Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) — is bringing the noble clan back with a literal vengeance as the Emmy-winning HBO drama opens Season 6 (April 24, 9 p.m. ET/PT).

The three, along with youngest brother Rickon, are spread through Westeros – a continent of epic battles, royal intrigue, existential threats and dragons that echoes Europe’s distant past – and beyond. Political pawn Sansa escaped enemy-controlled Winterfell (and sadistic husband Ramsay); assassin-in-training Arya was blinded by mentor Jaqen H’ghar in Braavos; and Bran, absent in Season 5, returns with supernatural skills developed north of the Wall.

Could there be a family reunion? Williams isn’t holding out much hope: “I think that would be very cool, but it would almost be too much of a happy ending for this show.”

The British actors reveal how they (and their characters) have grown up on HBO’s biggest hit, which is based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling book series.

Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)

Faceless Men mentor Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) blinded Arya at the end of Season 5 as punishment for putting the killing of foe Meryn Trant ahead of subverting her identity and will.

“Arya is now learning to use her ears and other senses,” Williams says, which ultimately will “make her a better assassin. But the beginning will be spent as an underdog and will be a real struggle.”

The situation also finds Arya using a weapon other than her trusty sword Needle.

Arya met Jaqen in Season 2 when she was in disguise and on the run after her father’s execution. She later learned of her mother’s and brother’s Red Wedding murders.

“She definitely experiences more than any 12-year-old, more than any human, should have,” Williams says. “She’s got this (kill) list and she’s carried the pain of losing her family members. It changes a person. This season, we see her get lost in someone else for a bit.”

Williams, 19, who made her acting debut on Thrones, drew attention during a casting search for Arya, an unconventional girl more interested in sword-fighting than social niceties.

“I was Arya when I was 12. As I got older, I’ve become a very different person,” Williams says.

She appreciatesher burgeoning career, which includes The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, but growing up is difficult enough without having to do it in the spotlight.

“Teenage years are the time you make your mistakes. It’s what shapes you into being a good adult,” she says. “It’s very difficult to make those honest mistakes that every teenager makes when you’re in a position that you can’t make mistakes.”

Williams admires Arya’s “pure intelligence and individual drive,” noting Arya observes her elders but is selective about what she picks up.

“She doesn’t think The Hound is very smart, but she knows he’s a good killer because he’s brutal and gets straight to the point,” she says. “So, I’m going to leave his wit behind me. But the way that he kills, that’s really beneficial.”

She may have similar thoughts about Jaqen.

“Arya starts this season getting a little bit sick of his whole third-person” type of speaking, Williams says. “At the beginning, it seemed mysterious, but the more she learns about the House of Black and White, the more she starts to realize it’s not as all-knowing and scary as she thought.”

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Source: USA Today

April 20, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Photos , Photoshoots




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