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“I’m obsessed with cults”: Game of Thrones Star Maisie Williams Breaks Down After Revealing Childhood Abuse From Father, Says She Was Brainwashed as a Child

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Trauma isn’t something many can escape, be it either one of us or a famous celebrity who we all appreciate. So before you read on further, this is a trigger warning of mentions of abuse.

No one knows what is truly going on in a celebrity’s life until and unless they themselves come out to tell us their stories. One such case comes forth with none other than The Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark herself, Maisie Williams.

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Maisie Williams

In a podcast interview, Diary of a CEO with Steven Barlett, Maisie Williams revealed aspects of her past and how she has overcome the pain and reached where she is now. Alas not without shedding a few tears, the actress spoke up about her childhood trauma and how her father had been abusive.

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Maisie Williams Is Stronger Than She Appears

The much-loved actress who rose to fame with the role of Arya Stark in The Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams opened up about her childhood and everything she had to suffer. At only eight years of age, stuff like not having breakfast, chronic insomnia, and whatnot had become usual for her and something which she did not understand to be wrong.

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams

Although she avoided going into detail, she explained about her traumatic relationship with her father and how any thought of it being wrong was in fact, wrong to her. The actress had experienced multiple forms of trauma and abuse which she did not understand at that little age.

To recall how it was a huge part of her childhood brought Williams to tears.

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Maisie Williams Teacher Saw The Signs

There is no doubt that quite often there are tells of whether a person is being abused or not; be it the slight flinching or actual bruises, the mental exhaustion, or the inability to say ‘no’. Much like so, Maisie Williams’ teacher too spotted such signs in the actress at the age of eight.

The school teacher asked the future actress questions relating to her meals and furthermore.

“And she was saying, like, ‘What’s wrong,’ you know, like, what’s happened? Are you hungry?’ … ‘Did you eat breakfast?’ I said, ‘No.’ And she said, ‘Oh, why not?’ And I said, ‘We just don’t have any breakfast.’ And then she says, you know, ‘Do you normally have breakfast?'”

Maisie Williams Wants to Do a Bollywood Movie
Maisie Williams, actress

She later stated how her mother had come to pick her up from school and how suddenly her entire life had shifted. Nothing was hidden behind doors anymore. She claimed how she was still wanting to fight for her father because back then, not understanding as much, it was as if they were taking her father away from her.

“I was indoctrinated in a way. I think that’s why I’m obsessed with cults. Because I’m, like, I get it. I get it. I was in a child cult.” 

The actress remarked teary-eyed. Maisie Williams was then set to play the role of Arya Stark at the mere age of twelve and had been playing the character up until three years ago when The Game of Thrones’ final season aired.

Game of Thrones is streaming on HBO Max.

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Source: Marca

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.