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Maisie Williams has called out Hollywood beauty standards

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Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has called out beauty standards in Hollywood. 

You probably best know Maisie Williams for her role as the strong-willed, determined and fearless Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. But in the real world, it turns out, the actress hasn’t always had an easy ride.

Speaking to The Irish Times, Williams says she’s found it difficult to find roles outside Game Of Thrones – because of how she looks.

“It’s only now I’m starting to realise the characters that are available to me because of the way I look and the characters that aren’t,” she explains. “It’s a very shallow industry. And I don’t look like someone who is cast in roles that are, well, sexualized.”

“Don’t get me wrong. I’m completely in awe of Hollywood’s leading ladies. I love looking at those totally jaw-droppingly beautiful women,” she continued. “But I think it’s sad that you only get to see one type of beautiful on screen.”

The actress also spoke about her role in the upcoming Aardman Animations film, Early Age.

“Growing up, I loved Chicken Run, because it’s driven by Ginger, who is such a fantastic character,” she said. “So to be a part of that same world and to be playing another woman who is popular for her talents and not for her looks, and whose main story arc has nothing to do with the interest of boys, is very cool.”

And another role Williams is looking forward to? Being bridesmaid to co-star Sophie Turner, who’ll be marrying pop star Joe Jonas.

“[The wedding] is very, very exciting. It’s kind of bizarre though,” she told Radio Times.

“We’re waiting until this season [of Game of Thrones] is done until we get into any [wedding planning], but I think she’s already letting her little heart wander and imagine.”

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