Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Game Of Thrones actresses Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner in the latest issue of Rolling Stone

As sisters they have cut wildly contrasting paths through the treacherous world created by author George RR Martin and brought to the screen by HBO in long-running fantasy drama Game of Thrones.

But as the show prepares for what promises to be a brutal, bloody swan-song with the imminent arrival of season nine, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams spoke to Rolling Stone about their own personal journeys into adulthood and the enduring friendship that began almost a decade ago.

The young actresses, best known for their respective roles as Arya and Sansa Stark, met while taking part in a reading for the show, organised by producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to establish the right chemistry between two radically different characters.
 ‘I thought Sophie was the coolest thing I’d ever seen,’ said Maisie, 21. ‘I get why they do chemistry reads, because when it’s right, it’s so right. Like, we’re best friends. And they could see that all those years ago, and it must have been real magic watching these two girls have the best time together.’
Despite their closeness off-screen, the pair would spend six years filming apart while their characters fought their way back to Winterfell, enduring rape, misogyny, swordplay and even temporary blindness along the way.

But while the harrowing journey home only served to harden the tenacious Arya and her more pragmatic sister Sansa, the passage of time has also had its own individual effects on Maisie and Sophie.
‘I’m just a nervous wreck at the moment,’ said Sophie, 23, who went on to admit she has struggled with mental health issues.

‘Definitely. Depression for sure, anxiety, all of those things,’ she added. ‘I still experience it, but I had therapy, I’m on medication, and I feel so much better. The fact that I spoke to someone changed my life.’

Maisie also had her own struggles, with her developing body at odds with the slight physicality of boyish Arya.

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