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Maisie Williams Was 'Consumed By Sadness' For A Long Time

Tara Walsh
Tara Walsh

02:15 13 May 2019


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Maisie Williams battled with negative thoughts

Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams has opened up about a darker time in her life.

She said she would have very negative thoughts and was often consumed by sadness.

Maisie admits it's, 'impossible to turn a blind eye,' to social media.

 

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The actress opens up on the new series of Fearne Cotton's Happy Place podcast.

'I went through a huge period of my life where I'd tell myself every day that I hated myself.'

'It's something I'm really trying to break free from at the moment.'

 

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Maisie admits she would constantly have negative thoughts running through her head.

'It got to a point where I'd be in a conversation with my friends and my mind would running and running..'

'I'd be thinking about all the stupid things I've said in my life and it would just race and race.'

 

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She talks about how difficult it is to live your life knowing negative comments are being made about you online.

'There's just a constant feed in your back pocket of what people think of you.'

'It's impossible to turn a blind eye.'

 

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'When people are on social media they feel like whatever they write, no ones gonna see it, no ones gonna read it...'

'but they do and it will affect them for a really long time.'

 

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The 22-year-old dug deep into her own mind in order to understand.

'When I started digging in and figuring out why I said those things, actually it was nothing to do with myself.'

'So many of these problems are really linked to things in your past...'

 

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'As soon as you start digging and start asking yourself bigger questions than "Why do I hate myself", it's more "Why do you make yourself feel this way?"'

'The answers to all of these questions really are within you.'

 

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Williams says she soon realised, 'everyone is a little bit sad.'

'One thing I learnt is that everyone is a little bit sad and it was really eye opening to me to understand that.'

'I'm still definitely really struggling to let sadness wash over me without it consuming me.'

 

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'There was a period of time that I was really sad and then I sort of came out of that.'

'It's now really terrifying that you’re ever gonna slip back into it, and I think that's something that I'm really working on.'

 

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'When I do feel myself going down a rabbit hole, it gets to a point where you're almost craving something negative so you can sit in a hole of sadness.

'It's really bizarre the way that it starts to consume you.'

 

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Maisie has come to accept herself for who she is

'My boyfriend said, "You're an acquired taste"!'

'But I heard that as just a compliment, because I thought, "Do you know what? It's true, and those bits that are a bit jarring to some people are the bits that I really like about myself".'

 

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'I've definitely said things that I regret, and I've definitely done things I regret, and haven't been the best role model at certain times.'

'I remember telling myself there's no worse role model than someone who isn't being genuine.'

 

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'Everyone makes mistakes and things happen that you regret...'

'If you try and paint the picture of a perfect girl you're only gonna get found out, so just do you, and that's what girls should look up to.'

'I'm definitely not model human. I still lie in bed at night at 11pm telling myself everything I hate about myself. There's still a journey I think.'

 

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Maisie wrapped up filming the final season of Game Of Thrones earlier this year.

We can't wait to see what projects she has lined up.


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